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.
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.
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.
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