New regulation for vehicles used on beaches
The city will enforce new rules for rental bicycles, pedicabs and low-speed vehicles beginning next month, the City Council voted Thursday night. The regulations will bring insurance requirements, registration, safety inspections and other rules to the popular beach vehicles that have long been largely unregulated. The council began discussing the new rules last year and over the last few weeks added a few small tweaks, including specifications for four-wheel Surrey bicycle brakes and signs for gratuity-funded electric carts.
Police will up DUI checks for holiday
Clearwater police will be beefing up traffic enforcement this weekend because of the holiday. Officers will be fanned out across the city for a DUI detail in an effort to keep roadways safe this St. Patrick's Day, spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Other local agencies, including the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, also plan to have extra checkpoints this weekend.
Expect delays on Keene Road
Traffic lanes will be closed intermittently along Keene Road from Union Street to Flagler Drive now through May 28 due to the installation of reclaimed water pipes. Drivers should allow more time while traveling along this route. To learn more about this or other road closures, call Clearwater's Traffic Operations Division at (727) 562-4776.
Artist will teach basket weaving
Discover Cherokee basket-weaving with Feather Smith-Trevino on Sunday. An artist from the Tahlequah area, she has been basket-weaving since the age of 10. She wants to share her knowledge of a variety of cultural arts and crafts but concentrates her skills on basketry. The free event is 1 to 5 p.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater.
Free field trip with Audubon Society
The St. Petersburg Audubon Society will lead a field trip into Safety Harbor's Possum Branch Preserve and East Lake's Brooker Creek Preserve on Sunday. The trip will start at 7:30 a.m. and the group will meet in the driveway of Possum Branch Preserve on the east side of N McMullen-Booth Road just north of Mease Countryside Hospital. Look for the St. Pete Audubon sign. The field trip is free. Participants should bring binoculars, a hat and water. Optional are a field scope and trail snacks. Participants will be walking on shell and grass trails for 1 to 2 miles. Reservations aren't required.
Calling all green vendors for expo
The city of Largo is currently seeking all vendors with eco-friendly products, services and food to participate in the LarGoing Green Expo which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The LarGoing Green Expo is part of the fifth annual Trashy Fashion Show, organized by the city of Largo's recycling division. The show will follow immediately after the Expo at 6 p.m. Vendor applications will be accepted through April 13. Cost is $35. For more information and an application, call Tanya Fazekas at [email protected] or (727) 587-6740 ext. 4063 or visit largorecycles.com.