Board approves plans for hotel in parking lot
In a 13-minute meeting and with no discussion, the city's Community Development Board on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a 15-story, 116-room Hampton Inn & Suites to be built in the parking lot of the Quality Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach. To build the Hampton, the developer requested 76 units from a hotel density pool the city created that allows more units to be built on the .8-acre site than would otherwise be permitted by city code. The two hotels plan to share a new parking garage that will be built as the first five floors of the new hotel. Although the board approved the plan, the City Council must approve a development agreement between the city and the developer before the project can go forward.
Actors to conduct 2 free workshops
The Aquila Theatre Company will conduct two free workshops Tuesday in the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs: a reading workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and an acting workshop from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Advance registration is recommended, as seating is limited. The staged community reading at 2 p.m. will be led by Aquila Theatre actors and will include scenes from Agamemnon, Ajax, Herakles and The Odyssey. Attendees may participate in the reading or watch and listen. For the acting workshop, Aquila Theatre actors will work with up to 50 participants, who may remain after the previous workshop or attend separately. The Aquila Theatre actors will work with any actors, community or professional, who want to become more skilled in the classic theater genre. The actors will reference Greek as well as 19th century French plays. Call (727) 942-5605 or register online at www.tarponarts.org. The workshops are part of a two-day residency that culminates in a production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac on Wednesday. Funding has been provided in part by South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Humanities Council and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Dance lessons offered at center
Feel as if you have two left feet when you dance? Visit Dunedin's Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., for ballroom dance lessons with professional dancer Arielle Giordano. No partner is needed. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, and preregistration is required. The cost is $36 a month with a recreation identification card or $54 without one. The daily fee is $10 with a recreation card or $15 without one. Contact Elaine Swinehart at (727) 298-3299 for more information.