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Clearwater Fire & Rescue's rating could bring property insurance rates down


Your insurance may drop due to fire department

Clearwater Fire & Rescue has improved its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2, which could result in lower property insurance rates for some city residents. Of 725 fire departments rated in Florida, only 42 have a Class 2 or higher rating, according to the city. The ISO analyzes fire departments across the country and assigns them a rating from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. The fire services are rated on fire department response, equipment and training (50 percent); receiving and handling of fire alarms (10 percent); and the municipal water supply (40 percent). Some property insurance companies offer lower rates for a better ISO rating.


Sports camps for summer still open

The Pinellas sheriff's Police Athletic League summer sports camps still have openings. The camps include football, hockey, soccer, bowling, basketball, volleyball, wrestling and golf. The locations are as follows: multisports camp, Osceola Fundamental High, June 13-Aug. 12; golf camp, Brooker Creek Golf Club, June 13-Aug. 12; introduction to wrestling, Seminole High, June 13-30 (three days per week); introduction to volleyball, Seminole Middle, June 13-30 (three days per week); basketball skills camp, Osceola Fundamental High, June 13-17; ultimate soccer camp, Osceola Fundamental High, June 20-24; Falcons ultimate football conditioning and skills camp, Dunedin High, June 27-July 1; hockey camp, Clearwater Ice Arena, June 27-July 1; ultimate football conditioning and skills camp, Seminole Youth Athletic Association sports complex, July 11-15; and bowling is fun program, AMF Clearwater bowling center, June 14-Aug. 14 (Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings). For information, go to the sheriff's PAL website at or call (727) 580-1764.


Dine, shop to help disaster victims

Dunedin merchants and their employees will donate their proceeds and tips collected Wednesday to disaster relief. Organizers behind "Chalice for a Cause — Waiting for Relief" are challenging patrons to flood Dunedin's dining and shopping scene in a bid to raise $15,000 for the American Red Cross. Participating retailers, restaurants and servers have pledged a percentage (in some cases, 100 percent) of their proceeds and tips to the effort. Eighty percent of donations will benefit the Red Cross' Spring Storms relief efforts for American flood, tornado and wildfire victims; 20 percent will go to Japanese tsunami victims. A Red Cross representative also will be on hand to take donations and hand out information about volunteer opportunities. "Waiting for Relief" sponsors include the Living Room on Main, Stella Artois, Tito's Vodka and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association.

Starlight Dance program Monday

Enjoy an evening of dancing and music Monday night with the sounds of the Ellis Hale Band at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The Starlight Dance program will be held 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and June 20, July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8 and 22. The fee is $5 per person. No partner is required. Call (727) 298-3299 for more information.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue's rating could bring property insurance rates down 06/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:26pm]
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