After you fry your turkey, recycle the oil
Last holiday season, residents brought more than 350 gallons of leftover grease to the city of Clearwater for recycling. If you use a turkey fryer to cook up a holiday meal this season, bring the leftover grease to the city's grease recycling drop-off center, located at 1701 N Hercules Ave. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the program is free and available to all city residents. Recycling household oils is easier than one might think. Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings, and salad dressings into an old plastic bottle or glass jar, bring to the drop-off site, and pour the contents into the receptacle. Grease that is poured down the drain causes costly sewer backups and blockages, which then lead to sewer spills, officials said.
Black Friday deals at thrift store
The Homeless Emergency Project Thrift Store in Clearwater is having a "Black Friday Sale" this week. Friday and Saturday, the store at 1212 N Betty Lane will offer $10 off any purchase of $25 or more. Call (727) 442-9041 ext. 330 for information.
Commission okays new business rules
The City Commission voted 4-1 last week to approve an ordinance that would require license agreements for private businesses operating on city property. Officials say the measure will regulate competitive business and protect the city from potential liability by requiring vendors to have insurance, background checks and a profit-sharing deal with the city. Commissioner David Carson voted no, calling the proposed permitting process too subjective and restrictive because the ordinance gives staff discretion to deny instructors or businesses that are seen as redundant. "We shouldn't pick and choose which businesses can come into town, as long as they're in an area of town that allows them to be there," Carson said.
Floats sought for holiday parade
The Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Palm Harbor Historical Society, Old Palm Harbor Main Street Inc. and Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation announce that registration is now open for floats and walking participants for the 29th Annual Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade to take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 10. All vehicles will need to be completely decorated, with the exception of those designated by the parade committee. All units and participants must be fully covered by insurance and have signed waivers submitted with their registration. The requested donation is $20 for a business; $15 for a nonprofit organizations. Donations help cover parade expenses. Register at the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., by Wednesday. For more information, call (727) 771-6000.