Beach parking expanded for spring break
With spring break beginning today, the city expects about 5,000 people a day to visit Clearwater Beach between now and April 18. The peak time of the break is expected to be Easter weekend, March 27 to April 4, when it is also spring break for students in Pinellas County schools. To help with crowds on Clearwater Beach, the city says, there are 400 new public parking spaces available 24 hours a day to residents and visitors at the Hyatt Aqualea garage, 301 S Gulfview Blvd. They include both self-parking and valet parking, ranging from $2.25 per hour to $20 overnight. In addition to the 2,600 metered parking spaces on Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Park, the city has leased 400 temporary parking spaces in three lots, the majority of which are south of the roundabout.
'Click It or Ticket' sweep under way
The Clearwater Police Department has joined others across Florida in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign to intensify enforcement of seat belt requirements. The campaign runs through March 15. The department says research shows that properly used lap and shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat car occupants by 45 percent, and to light truck occupants by 60 percent.
Sponsors needed for Blues Revue
Tampa Bay Blues Brothers, a part of the Showcase Arts Foundation, is seeking sponsorships to help offset costs of sound and lighting equipment for its Downtown Blues Revue on April 24 in Pioneer Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund, and will feature several local blues bands. Sponsorship fees range from $300 to $1,500. For information, visit the event's Web site at www.TampaBayBlues Brothers.com or call (727) 488-2423.
Golf tourney pays low-income grants
The Palm Harbor Recreation League, along with the parks and recreation department and community center, will hold its first Scholarship Golf Tournament on May 16 at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar. Proceeds go toward providing financial aid to residents in need so they may participate in recreation programs. The group is seeking sponsorships and donated goods and services to be used as prizes or auctioned at the tournament. For a donation form, visit www.phrec.org.
Support needed to send kids to camp
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast have launched a summer literacy program. Working with the Pinellas County school system on curriculum, facilitators and books, the camp will run 10 weeks this summer, from June 10 to Aug. 20. The organization's goal is to send 200 children to the camp. With a cost of $1,000 per child, it needs support from community groups, businesses and individuals. For more information about sponsorships or donations, visit www.bgcsuncoast.org or call (727) 524-2427.