Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Clearwater to break ground on new fire station

CLEARWATER

City to break ground on new fire station

The city will break ground on its new downtown fire station at a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at 1140 Court St. Mayor George Cretekos, fire Chief Robert Weiss, members of the City Council, and city and Fire Department officials will attend. The new Fire Station 45 will be a four-bay, three-story station to house fire apparatus, firefighter living quarters and administrative offices for the city's fire chief and staff. "The old fire station served us for 39 years, but new energy-efficient technology will help us save about $8,000 a year in operating costs, and dorm-style rooms will help us accommodate a diverse work force," Weiss said. Construction is scheduled to be complete in April 2014.

Mayor throws first pitch for Phillies

Mayor George Cretekos threw out the first pitch Saturday at the Philadelphia Phillies' opening day of spring training at Bright House Field. He did so accompanied by three babies — two boys and a girl. Born in the past six months, all three were the children of city parks and recreation workers who work at the ballpark. "They all touched the ball for good luck before I threw it," said the mayor, who successfully delivered the ball. "I caught the lower outside corner of the plate."

DUNEDIN

Weekend auction benefits art center

The Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., will receive a portion of proceeds from an auction this weekend of more than 40 artworks from the collection of residents Susan and Richard Gehring. The auction will include paintings by James Michaels and Denis Gaston, multimedia works by Roland Poska, pottery by Ed Ross, Nigerian and Cherokee baskets, and sculpture by Donna Linder. The pieces will be on preview from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. The live auction is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. All sales are final. For more information, visit dfac.org or call (727) 298-DFAC.

Antiques fair set for Saturday

The city will host its Spring Antiques Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dunedin. Main Street will be closed east of Alt. U.S. 19 between Broadway and Douglas avenues, where more than 65 antiques dealers will display their wares. There will also be an Antique and Classic Car Show along Broadway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (727) 812-4530.

COUNTYWIDE

Fluoridated water makes its return

Pinellas County will begin fluoridating drinking water again on Friday. County water customers will receive it, as will customers of Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs. The fluoride level will be 0.7 parts per million, which the county says is the optimal level for dental health.

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