Buddy Guy to headline Sea Blues Fest
Five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy has been announced as the headliner for February's Clearwater Sea Blues Festival. The two-day fest on Feb. 18-19 is a zesty jambalaya of world-class blues musicians, spicy local favorites and seafood. Even better: free general admission. This year's lineup includes Buddy Guy, Curtis Salgado, the Michael Williams Band, Janiva Magness, Ronnie Baker Brooks and more. You can take the free admission at Coachman Park or you can get one-day reserved seating for $25 in advance at Ticketmaster. Two-day reserved seating is $40 in advance.
Forum to feature mayoral hopefuls
The city of Clearwater will host a candidates forum at City Hall on Jan. 19, and the public is invited to attend. The forum will start at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 112 S Osceola Ave. It will give voters a chance to learn more about the two candidates who are running for mayor: current City Council member George Cretekos and Christine Marketos-Cuomo. For those who cannot attend, the forum will be cablecast live on C-VIEW TV and will be available on streaming video at myclearwater.com. The city election will be held in conjunction with the presidential primary on Jan. 31. Candidates Doreen DiPolito and Jay Polglaze are running unopposed for two City Council seats.
Crews battle brush fire for five hours
Fire crews battled 10 acres of flames for five hours Monday night before containing a brush fire that broke out near the heavily wooded Lake Chautauqua Park in Clearwater. No one was injured and no structures were damaged in the blaze, officials said. Firefighters responded to the brush fire behind 2195 Divino Drive about 10:25 p.m. It was not immediately clear what ignited the blaze. Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Dunedin and the Division of Forestry helped contain the fire. An investigation is under way.
EMS panel to meet first time Thursday
State Sen. Jack Latvala has scheduled the first meeting of a committee to appoint an accountant to study proposed changes to Pinellas County's emergency medical services system. The meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg College Epicenter, 13805 58th St. N, Largo. Latvala and other members of the county's Legislative Delegation voted last month to set up the committee as a way to come to some understanding of the financial impact of two proposals to change the EMS system.