City water users should boil for now
The city of Dunedin is advising its water customers to boil drinking and cooking water until further notice. At about 8 a.m. Thursday, a water plant valve that supplies water to the city was accidentally closed for about five minutes. Water pressure then fell below Florida's minimum requirements. When that happens, "there's a possibility (untreated) rainwater or groundwater might enter an unpressurized pipeline," said John Van Amburg, water production supervisor. The problem has been corrected and the water should be fine now, officials say, but the city advises boiling water for one minute to kill bacteria as a precaution. When the city gets good test results back, probably in about three days, the measure will be discontinued. For further information, call the Water Division at (727) 298-3100.
Pair rescued from gulf boat sinking
Rescuers plucked two men from the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday afternoon after their boat sank off Clearwater Beach. Firefighters were called shortly after 1 p.m. and checked out the boaters at the scene. The men, ages 50 and 29, refused medical treatment. The boat remains submerged near the south end of the Beach Walk (formerly the old Adam's Mark Hotel). Coast Guard personnel are handling the vessel, authorities say. Both men were wearing life jackets, officials said.
Here's your chance to show off talent
City Players will hold auditions for their summer musical production Once Upon A Mattress, from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Auditions will be at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. The show will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater beginning July 17. Rehearsals begin June 5. The production will showcase 60 talented performers, Broadway style sets and full orchestra. For information, call (727) 531-8026.
Larsen running for commission seat
Jeff Larsen, chairman of Tarpon Springs Planning and Zoning Board, has announced his candidacy for a seat on the City Commission. A middle school language arts and reading teacher, Larsen said he will seek Seat 3, which is being vacated by Peter Dalacos because of term limits. Tarpon Springs commissioners can only serve two three-year terms in the same seat. "I care about Tarpon Springs and I feel that I've learned enough from my involvement that I'm ready to make that contribution." Larsen has been a member of planning and zoning for almost four years. Residents will go to the polls March 9, 2010.
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