Acid in truck closes road, harms worker
An incident involving hazardous materials sent a Belleair sanitation worker to the hospital and closed a road and a section of the Pinellas Trail in Belleair for almost three hours Tuesday. Largo division fire Chief David Mixson said sanitation workers discovered a substance in a dump truck shortly before noon. The workers called emergency responders, who blocked off Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Clearwater-Largo Road and Varona Street and the Pinellas Trail from Rosery Road to Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Firefighters eventually found a bottle of muriatic acid, also known as hydrochloric acid, in the truck. The chemical is sometimes used for household cleaning, including pool cleaning. A sanitation worker who inhaled some fumes from the substance was hospitalized and was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, Mixson said. Ponce de Leon Boulevard and the Pinellas Trail were reopened just before 3 p.m.
Drainage project, landscaping set
The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved contracts last week that officials say will yield long-anticipated improvements for two neighborhoods. Contractors with Augustine Construction of Tarpon Springs will add landscaping along Patricia Avenue between Lyndhurst and Lexington streets. The $187,715 project, part of ongoing beautification efforts along the city's southern entry, is also expected to include the installation of decorative streetlights for an additional cost. Keystone Excavating of Oldsmar will embark on $1,343,630 worth of drainage upgrades aimed at fixing flooding problems in the San Salvador Drive and Lake Paloma areas. Scheduling, detours and other details about the seven-month project will be distributed via the city website and door hangers. Both projects are slated to kick off in April.
April arts fest needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the 39th annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival April 6-7 at Craig Park on Spring Bayou from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Volunteers are needed to work two- to three-hour shifts Saturday and Sunday. Call Kim O'Kelley at (727) 831-1282.
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