Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater tells Pinellas County it opposes zipline plan for Sand Key Park

Clearwater

City lets county know it doesn't like zipline idea

The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to send a message to Pinellas County leaders: no zipline course in our back yard. A treetop "ecological tour" proposed for the county's Sand Key Park is opposed by Sand Key residents, who pleaded with the city to stop it. Yet the city's recommendation could have little effect because the county, which has supported the course in the past, gets the final say in approving construction. Though the vote was unanimous, Mayor Frank Hibbard questioned whether the council was right to voice its opposition. "We don't have the jurisdiction here," Hibbard said. "I'm passing judgment on something I don't have a full-blown plan on." As for the ziplines themselves? Hibbard called them "a fair amount of fun."

City will give free trees to residents

Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday by giving free trees to city residents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Services Complex, 1650 N Arcturas Ave. Residents will be allowed two trees per household. Available species will include live oak, red cedar, bald cypress, red maple, slash pine, Walter's viburnum, bottlebrush, elm, weeping willow, southern magnolia and four colors of crape myrtles (pink, white, red and lavender). About 2,000 trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of Clearwater residency is required; a voter registration card, a driver's license or a recent utility bill will do. City staff will advise residents on how to maintain and water the trees.

COUNTYWIDE

Call-in topic: transportation

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority invites Pinellas residents to participate in a telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting is to gather comments and answer questions about TBARTA's master plan update, which is under way. The goal is to ensure that the plan continues to meet the changing needs of TBARTA's seven-county region. Between 40,000 and 80,000 people will be called through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. Pinellas residents who want to participate may also call in toll-free to (888) 886-6603, ext. 16197# on Wednesday. The meeting will last from 7 to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to review key material online while listening to the call. Questions and comments will also be collected online via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. For more information about the TBARTA master plan update, visit www.tbarta.com/update. For more information about the telephone town hall, call Amy Ellis at (813) 282-8200.

Palm harbor

Literacy council seeks volunteers

The Palm Harbor Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to become one-on-one tutors to teach reading, writing and spoken English to adults. Tutoring sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the tutor and the student twice a week. Materials are provided at no cost to the student or the tutor. Two-day teaching sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 and June 4 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Avenue. For more information, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3010.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries appear in the Tampa Bay section.

Clearwater tells Pinellas County it opposes zipline plan for Sand Key Park 04/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2011 2:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018

    Blogs

    The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

    And Ramos is giving the Rays a pretty good glimpse of what that can be like.

    In Friday's 8-3 win over the Orioles, he hit a grand slam - …

  2. Buccaneers-Vikings Scouting Report: Watching Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen

    Bucs

    No matter how much film we study, no matter how much data we parse, we just don't know how an NFL season will unfold.

  3. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Sue Carlton: Job or family when a hurricane's coming — a very Florida conundrum

    Hurricanes

    It must seem as foreign to Northerners as shoveling snow is to those of us raised in the Sunshine State: The very-Florida conundrum of having to choose between work and family — between paycheck and personal safety — when a hurricane comes.

    A hurricane helps the rest of us acknowledge the police officers, paramedics, hospital personnel, public works employees and others who stay on the job despite the storm. 
  5. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

    Blogs

    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.