City expecting Heavy traffic for convention
The city is warning motorists to expect spring break-type heavy traffic starting Sunday because of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. "Although the convention is being held in Tampa, many RNC visitors will be staying in or visiting Clearwater to enjoy our city and beautiful beaches," said public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts, adding that heaviest congestion is likely to be on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, downtown and in Clearwater Beach. No road closures are planned. The RNC begins Monday and continues through Thursday.
New York pastor to give special sermon
A pastor widely known as "the preacher's preacher" will speak at various churches around the bay area Sunday, including the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater at 2:30. James A. Forbes is senior minister emeritus of Riverside Church in New York, and he will be speaking around Tampa Bay during the Republican National Convention and in Charlotte, N.C., during the Democratic National Convention. His message is titled "Words of Hope For A Spiritually Depressed Nation." The public is invited.
City sandbag site will open today
The city of Oldsmar will have one sandbag site open for Oldsmar residents this weekend, starting at 7 a.m. today. It's in a parking area on the east side of City Hall, 100 State St. W. City personnel will be on hand at the site from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist people if needed. The site remains open through Sunday, but the city won't be staffing it that day.
Learn boating skills in six sessions
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla will teach the in-depth "Boating Skills and Seamanship" course in six two-hour sessions scheduled for Sept. 10, 12, 17, 19, 22 and 24. Class times are 7 to 9 p.m. on weeknights and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Register by Sept. 5 to receive course materials prior to the class. Designed for both experienced and novice boaters, the course will cover topics including boating emergencies, getting under way, navigation, legal requirements, lines and knots, radio communications and more. The fee is $50, with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. All classes are held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Classroom at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. For more information, call Larry O'Brien at (727) 736-1191, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine and snack in historic downtown
Sample wines and snack on hors d'oeuvres in historic downtown and at the Sponge Docks at today's Wine and Art Walk from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the event and include a custom wine glass souvenir. Buy tickets online at sponge docks.net or in person at Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Blvd. For more information, call (727) 942-9463.
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