crabby bill's at city marina for 4 more years
Crabby Bill's at the Clearwater Municipal Marina has agreed to a four-year extension on its lease with the city. Its current lease would expire in September. The new lease, which the City Council will approve Thursday, extends to 2015. Council members said Tuesday that this should calm some Clearwater Beach residents' fears that the city intends to redevelop the marina property. Crabby Bill's pays $10,000 a month in rent. The restaurant is agreeing to do a $30,000 roof repair, $50,000 in handicapped accessibility work, $60,000 in plumbing and electrical upgrades, and $50,000 in painting and facade work. "They've been great tenants and intend to continue to be great tenants and improve the building," said city harbormaster Bill Morris. Mayor Frank Hibbard joked, "Does this jibe with the conspiracy that we're ripping down the marina?"
Get married for free on Valentine's
Looking for a special day to tie the knot? For the fifth year in a row, Ken Burke, the Pinellas County clerk of the Circuit Court, is organizing a group wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day. It will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Couples should arrive by 1 p.m. with their marriage license and identification. The normal $30 fee to perform the marriage will be waived. To participate, couples must sign up at any Pinellas County Clerk's office by Feb. 7 and apply for a marriage license by Feb. 11. For more information, call (727) 464-3008 or visit www.mypinellasclerk.org.
Public invited to discuss SmartCode
The city will hold a public meeting Thursday on a draft of the SmartCode, zoning regulations that will guide new development and redevelopment projects in the city's central core, including downtown and the Sponge Docks. City staff and members of a consulting firm will be on hand to answer questions. Resident feedback is welcomed. The draft SmartCode is available on the City's website at www.ctsfl.us. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Heritage Museum at Craig Park.
Resume workshop set for library
Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, will host "Write a Winning Resume'' with John Sattler, a certified personnel consultant. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and will include a step-by-step process for creating a resume. For more information, call (727) 724-1525.
Vendors needed for Oldsmar Days
The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is looking for arts and crafts vendors for Oldsmar Days. The event, in its 50th year, will be March 25-27 at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. Vendor slots start at $125. The organization is also looking for parade participants. The parade will be March 26 with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 405 St. Petersburg Drive. There is no fee to enter a unit in the parade, but registration is required. For more information, call (813) 855-4233.
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