Stormwater project to be topic of meeting
Clearwater Beach residents are invited to attend a public meeting hosted by the city Tuesday to provide input on an upcoming stormwater project and to learn about its benefits and impacts. The meeting will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Complex, 69 Bay Esplanade. In order to decrease flooding and to provide water quality treatment, the city is bringing the Mandalay Stormwater Outfall project to parts of north Clearwater Beach. The existing stormwater system will be upgraded, and additional infrastructure will be added along East Shore Drive. Two stormwater treatment units also will be installed. Work on the project will take place along Mandalay Avenue, Poinsettia Avenue, East Shore Drive and Papaya Street. Construction is expected to last nine months. The project will cost about $1.65 million. To learn more, call the city's Engineering Department at (727) 562-4750.
Mayor's Breakfast will be Dec. 14
The cities of Oldsmar and Safety Harbor will hold their annual Mayor's Breakfast on Dec. 14 in the Nielsen Cafeteria, 601 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The event will benefit needy Oldsmar and Safety Harbor families served by the Neighborhood Family Center and the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary. The proceeds will provide holiday food for the families and gifts for their children. Mayors Andy Steingold and Jim Ronecker will help raise money by serving coffee for tips. This is billed as a special Mayor's Breakfast because it will be the sixth straight and final year that Steingold and Ronecker will co-host the event. Both are leaving office. This event is open to the public. The cost is $25. Tickets are available online and can also be purchased at the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Safety Harbor chamber and the Neighborhood Family Center. There will be an auction of decorated Christmas trees and other prizes. Entertainment will be provided by the Tampa Ballet Company and its version of The Nutcracker Suite. Donations of trees for auction and door prizes are welcome. Contact Mark Howe, Upper Tampa Bay chamber, at (813) 855-4233 or Janet Hooper, Neighborhood Family Center, at (727) 791-8255.
Hospital to host holiday celebration
The public is invited to Florida Hospital North Pinellas' 26th annual "Lights of Love" celebration on Thursday. The hospital's Christmas tree will be decorated with ornaments donated by family members and friends in honor of a loved one. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital's AllSpice Café with complimentary seasonal refreshments, Christmas carolers and other entertainment. Through 8 p.m., visitors can sip hot cocoa while enjoying local performers and a visit from Santa. The Christmas tree will be illuminated on the hospital's front lawn, 1395 S Pinellas Ave.