Voters to decide on expanding council terms
Clearwater voters will decide next year whether the City Council's term limit will jump from eight to 12 years. Council members voted unanimously Thursday night to place the three-term extension on the Jan. 31 ballot after the Charter Review Committee suggested abolishing term limits. A third of Florida's 410 cities, towns and villages use term limits, including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Dunedin. But the volunteer committee and the council say the limits force out good candidates and give the upper hand to special interests. Voters in the next election will also vote on whether the city should publish a notice of the city's annual audit and whether the Charter Review Committee should meet every six years instead of every four.
City's flood plan available online
The city of Clearwater has released its 2011 progress report on implementing its Floodplain Management Plan, which is available at www.myclearwater.com/flooding. The plan, which helps to identify areas in the city that are prone to flooding, enables residents to obtain discounts on flood insurance. The plan serves as a five-year outlook of what residents can expect when it comes to stormwater, flooding and residents' homes.
Pet, family photos will benefit SPCA
Professional photographer Laura Allen of Laura Allen Studios will be donating her time and talent to benefit the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Allen will be taking pet and family photos at the SPCA of Tampa Bay for several days. Here's the schedule: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30. The session fee starts at $15 (for up to two pets and five people) and goes up to $30 (for five pets and five people). You must preregister online at www.LauraAllenStudios.com or by calling (727) 584-5040.
Entries sought for Harbor Art festival
The Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., is now accepting entries for Harbor Art, its 37th annual fine arts and crafts festival. The event is scheduled for Dec. 3-4 on Florida Avenue. A total of 105 artists will be selected to compete for more than $6,000 in cash awards in 15 categories. Submissions must be received by Sept. 15 to be eligible for awards. All entries must be original works of art completed within the past two years and must be available for sale. Entries will be judged by a juried panel. For more information and registration, visit palmharborcc.org or call (727) 784-4287.
Note to readers
The crime report is in today's section because of space constraints in Sunday's section. Crime, Page 4.