Crews work to fix Sewage line on Sand Key
The bursting of Sand Key's main sewage line on Tuesday slowed traffic and sent crews scrambling to the break on Gulf Boulevard between Lighthouse Towers and the Crescent Beach Club. Sewer service was not stopped on the island, with vacuum trucks pumping the waste and dumping it at a beach lift station. City officials have asked Sand Key residents to conserve their water usage — postponing activities, such as doing laundry, that use a lot of water — until the 16-inch main is fixed. By Tuesday evening, officials said they didn't know what had caused the break, adding that they were prepared to continue working even if the fix took several days. Northbound traffic was diverted into the median turn lane without major delays.
Annual pet festival will be March 24
Vendors, entertainers and volunteers are needed for the seventh annual Downtown Pet Festival, which will be held March 24 in the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street between Fort Harrison and East avenues. The event will include a pet parade, contests, a Clearwater police canine demonstration, animal rescue groups, pet supply vendors, entertainment and food. Applications and more information are available online under the March 24 date at ClevelandStreetDistrict.com/events.
Park is site of controlled burn
Did you see smoke rising from Honeymoon Island State Park on Tuesday? From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Florida Park Service conducted a controlled burn that cleared about 5 acres on the western portion of the park's nature trail. The operation is an environmental management technique used to lessen the possibility of wildfires and encourage new growth.
Sign up now for anthem auditions
Only a few spots are left for people who want to audition to sing the American and Canadian national anthems before this year's Toronto Blue Jays spring training games and Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League games. Auditions are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. To try out, you must first schedule an appointment by calling Vince Caffiero at (727) 738-7067. Space is limited to the first 20 applicants. Applicants must be able to sing both O Canada and The Star-Spangled Banner to be considered for the Toronto Blue Jays' 17 spring training home games, between March 3 and April 3. Those interested in singing for the Dunedin Blue Jays' 70 home games between April 5 and Sept. 2 will need to know only the American anthem. When scheduling an appointment, indicate whether you are interested in singing during spring training, the Florida State League season or both.