Squeaks and whistles for sequel to 'Tale'
The Clearwater City Council will consider a resolution Thursday in support of a possible sequel to the movie Dolphin Tale. The resolution should pass, as council members expressed their backing of the project at Monday's work session.
The resolution would " show support and provide community awareness," said council member Doreen Hock- DiPolito. She suggested that council members could also send individual letters of support.
Mayor George Cretekos said the resolution should thank state Sen. Jack Latvala and state Rep. Ed Hooper for their efforts in getting $5 million in the state budget to help entice Alcon Entertainment to make the sequel, and should also include the council's gratitude for state support of the restoration of the Capitol Theatre downtown.
The original Dolphin Tale in 2011 made a star out of Winter, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's dolphin with a prosthetic tail, and grossed more than $70 million. It also brought a huge boom in attendance to the aquarium.
Gov. Rick Scott has the authority to veto the $5 million allocation.
Police chief on homeless advocacy board
Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway has been named the newest member of the Homeless Emergency Project's board of directors.
HEP was founded in Clearwater in 1986 to provide homeless and low-income families and individuals with basic necessities in an effort to help them become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life.
President/chief executive officer Barbara Green said Holloway brings a wealth of leadership experience, social awareness and a unique insight into the population the group serves.
"We are eager to witness the fruit of Chief Holloway's contributions to our organization as we continue to seek new ways to give back to our community," she said.
Holloway joined the Clearwater Police Department in 1985 as a patrol officer, serving in nearly every division. He was police chief in Somerville, Mass., before he returned to become Clearwater's chief in 2010. Holloway is married to Clearwater attorney Andra Dreyfus.
Library wants you to feed your habit
The Friends of the Clearwater Library will hold a book sale through Saturday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The sale kicks off with a pre-sale event today from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and the public will be asked to make a donation of $10. Thursday through Saturday, admission is free. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the sale, books will range from 25 cents to $2. For more information, call Rita Garvey at (727) 446-3845.
City attorney retires as youngest moves on
Tarpon Springs City Attorney Jim Yacavone is retiring in August. He said in an email to City Manager Mark LeCouris and the Board of Commissioners the decision came at the urging of his wife to do other things now that his youngest son is in college.
Yacavone recommended as his successor Jay Daignealt, a partner at the law firm of Frazer Hubbard Brandt Trask Yacavone Metz & Daignealt in Dunedin.
LeCouris said the city is under contract with the firm, and he expects a smooth transition.
Learn about buying local — the tasty way
Taste buds and a sense of adventure are required for the Great Garden-to-Beer Trolley Tour 2013. This Dunedin Community Garden tour will shove off from Eagle Scout Park, 1040 Virginia St., at 11 and 11:30 a.m. May 19.
Attendees will gain a better understanding of the buy local supply chain in Dunedin, as well as learn how to be smarter consumers of locally produced items, which questions to ask when shopping and what to look out for.
The day concludes with a talk on beer making and the sampling of iced tea or beer made with garden herbs and local honey. Speakers include representatives from J.J. Gandy's Pies, Jensen Brothers Seafood, 7venth Sun Brewing and Bee Branch Creek Apiaries.
Tickets for this limited-seating event are $20. For information, go online to dunedin community garden.com or call Debby Sheldon at (727) 734-3185.
Join library advisory group and have a say
Dunedin is interested in hearing from residents who want to serve on the Library Advisory Committee. The volunteer group meets every fourth Monday at 6 p.m. at the Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The committee's purpose is to study issues relative to the library's operation and capital expenditures.
For more information, call Sharon Toner at (727) 298-3035 or go online to dunedingov.com to fill out an application.
Now you can hear Blue Jays on WTAN
Dunedin Blue Jays games will hit the airwaves. WTAN-AM 1340, an affiliate of the Tan Talk Radio Network, will carry more than 50 games throughout the remainder of the 2013 season. Most home games will be covered, in addition to select road games. Blue Jays broadcaster Tyler Murray will handle the play-by-play. The Tan Talk Network also includes WDCF- AM 1350 and WZHR-AM 1400, which broadcast in New Tampa and Zephyrhills.
On select nights, all three stations will carry the games. Road games will continue to be streamed on dunedin bluejays.com via MiLB Gameday Audio. For more information, visit tantalk1340.com.