commissioners to run, serve in assigned seats
City commissioners last week were assigned numbered seats in accordance with a charter amendment voters passed in March. The assignments are: Julie Scales, seat 1; Deborah Kynes, seat 2; Dave Eggers, seat 3 and Julie Ward Bujalski, seat 4. The mayor's seat is not numbered. Candidates for the commission can now run for specific seats in the future, and city voters will cast ballots in all races. In the past, candidates simply ran for the commission itself, and if there were two seats open, the top two vote-getters would be elected.
Sculptures sought for Heritage Village
Artists, take note: The Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department has $100,000 to spend on four sculptures at Heritage Village, and it wants your proposals. The public art commission focuses on the creation of four sculptures that will become place markers representing the four interpretative areas in Heritage Village: coastal living, agriculture, community life and tourism. Applications and digital images for competition review must be postmarked by Aug. 11. To learn more, visit www.pinellasarts.org and click on the Public Art & Design Guidelines under the Public Art & Design tab, or call program director Mark Flickinger at (727) 453-7869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two safe boating classes offered
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has two safe boating classes coming up:
• A program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting this week and ending July 1.
• A one-day course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The classes are taught in the auxiliary room at the Landings Marina, 21 Oscar Hill Road, and cost $50. Class size is limited. To register, call (727) 938-8568.
Drivers license office is closing
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is closing its drivers license office at 13825 Icot Blvd., Suite 604, a quarter-mile east of U.S. 19 and Ulmerton Road, on June 27. This is the fourth office to close in Pinellas and will leave just one in Pinellas, at 6855 62nd Ave. N, Pinellas Park. The Pinellas County Tax Collector will continue to provide full driver license services including road tests at four locations countywide, and limited driver license services at two others. For information about driver license locations in Pinellas, visit www.taxcollect.com or call (727) 562-3262.
Celebate America in July 3-4 events
Mark your calendars now for the 18th Annual Clearwater Celebrates America event. Everyone is invited to downtown Coachman Park on July 3 and July 4 for two nights of concerts. The first night features jazz music with Eric Darius. The Mostly Pops Orchestra with John and Mary K. Wilson will play July 4. The city promises a "fantastic" fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. will follow the July 4 event. The event is free but the food is not. There also will be exhibitor booths and playtime activities for the kids. Gates open at 4 p.m. on July 3, and 2 p.m. on July 4. Call (727) 562-4700.