Intersection to close for streetscaping
The city's contractor for the downtown streetscaping project plans to close the intersection of Cleveland Street and Missouri Avenue beginning July 25. MTM Contractors Inc. anticipates re-opening the intersection Aug. 10. During the closing, the company would mill the existing asphalt surface, remove the old potable water main, build new pedestrian crosswalks with pavers as well as pave and stripe the area. Detours will reroute drivers north to Drew Street. Access to Cleveland Street businesses will be maintained through adjacent side streets and avenues. The streetscaping project is expected to be completed by January.
New parking garage open
A new public parking garage has opened on Clearwater Beach. The garage, at 311 S Gulfview Blvd., is south of the Pier 60 parking lots and a few steps from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort. Owned and managed by Britt's Surf Style, the 300 spaces cost $1 an hour on weekdays and $2 an hour on weekends.
Pride to hold advocacy dinner
North Pinellas Pride will host an advocacy dinner at 6 p.m. July 22 to raise funds for the group's fall festival, its Anti-Bullying Conference and ASAP of Hospice. The dinner at Beso Del Sol Resort in Dunedin aims to bring together members from all walks of life to raise awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Speakers include Susan Latvala, chairwoman of the Pinellas County Commission, who was instrumental in the county's human rights ordinance; Joe Nash, 17, a Dunedin High School student involved in the Anti-Bullying Conference; Dunedin Vice Mayor Ron Barnette; and a surprise guest speaker who is an international athlete. Former Miss Gay USofA Natasha Richards will serve as emcee. The event, which includes dinner and wine, is $75 per person or $500 for a table of six. RSVP by Saturday to Contact@Brady KarlinEvents.com. Visit www.NorthPinellasPride.com for information.
Ageless Grace offered weekly
Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater offers the Ageless Grace healthy lifestyle program to all North Pinellas County seniors at 9 a.m. every Thursday at 1204 Rogers St., Clearwater. The instructor is Katherine Campbell, MA, certified Ageless Grace educator. The fee is $3 per session. Advance reservations required. Call (727) 442-8104. For information on the program or to view a video clip, visit agelessgrace.com.
County awarded for achievement
The National Association of Counties has honored Pinellas County with two 2011 achievement awards for an electronic Transportation Town Hall event and the county's Financial Assistance Program 3-Track System. The e-transportation town hall, the first of its kind in the region, encouraged citizen interaction on the future of local transportation via a cable TV show, a moderated blog conversation and streaming Web video. The financial assistance program is based on a three-track self-sufficiency model, so assistance is provided to people who meet specific criteria.