Pinellas news briefs

Published June 1 2018
Updated June 4 2018


The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has introduced Operating Room /Post Anesthesia Care Unit family waiting room displays. The new VetLink feature allows family and friends to monitor a patientís progression through a procedure or surgery taking place at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center operating room or outpatient surgery center.

When a veteran arrives for check-in at a surgical unit they are provided a surgery brochure with a unique and confidential queuing number associated with their name. The brochure instructs the family member or friend the patient chooses to share the brochure with, the ability to monitor the progress of their surgery or procedure in addition to frequently asked questions.

The new enhancement is one of several improvements made to the health VetLink Kiosk system. Kiosks are located at all Bay Pines VAHCS facilities to include the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and community based outpatient clinics in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg.

For information visit or call (727) 398-6661, ext. 10122.

Safety Harbor seeks volunteers, eaters for watermelon eating contest

Watermelon eaters and volunteers are needed July 1 to help Safety Harbor break the Guinness World Record for "Most Participants in a Watermelon Eating Contest." The free, family-friendly event will be at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park and is open to all. Register by June 23 to be a part of the world record. Each participant will be required to attempt to eat at least one plate of watermelon. The fastest eater after two rounds will be crowned the "2018 Melons for Moolah Champion." Participants are encouraged to fundraise for a nonprofit of their choice. Volunteers to help judge and prepare are needed as well. Volunteer stewards will monitor 15-20 watermelon eaters each during the event to ensure they follow Guinness rules. Volunteers are also needed to set up and tear down the event. For volunteer and participant registration and more information, go to, email or call (727) 314-5664.

Call for vendors: 37th Annual Johnís Pass Seafood Festival

The Johnís Pass Village and Boardwalk is seeking craft and art vendors for the 37th Annual Johnís Pass Seafood Festival. This yearís festival dates are Oct. 25 Ė Oct. 28. For full event vending details or to download an application, visit: