LEED-certified Sweetbay store opens today
A Sweetbay Supermarket, Tampa Bay's first LEED-certified grocery store, will open to customers today in the Meres shopping center at Alt. U.S. 19 and Meres Boulevard. The store had a grand opening celebration Friday, with dignitaries touring the facility. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and the program was created by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. LEED ratings have become the recognized national building benchmark for energy efficiency, conservation and sustainable development practices. Among other things, the store will use low-flow toilets and faucets, and the toilets will use reclaimed water. There are designated spaces in the parking lot for low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles and spaces for those who car pool and van pool. Those who bike to the store can get their tires filled with air for free.
Officials ID thief as Safety Harbor man
The robber who deputies say stole money from a Bank of America on Nov. 6 is a 32-year-old Safety Harbor man named Dorian Deon White, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said White, who was wearing a purple sweater, black stretch pants and a wig, implied he had a gun before fleeing the bank at 2551 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Tarpon Springs, and forcing a man to drive him to Safety Harbor's Philippe Park. He is wanted on charges of bank robbery, burglary and kidnapping. White is a 5-foot-8, 180-pound black man with brown eyes, black hair and tattoos, deputies said.
Annual dinner will be Sunday
The Seventh Annual Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 602 Marshall St. The event brings people from the North Greenwood community together for an afternoon of socializing and eating. The meal is free and will be held at the home of O'Neal Larkin, which is at Myrtle Avenue and Marshall Street. The dinner is sponsored by the Clearwater Community Golfers. Food donations are welcome. Call Larkin at (727) 742-6287 or (727) 447-6287.
Group to present petition at Publix
The congregation of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Church will team up with about 40 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. today in front of the Publix store at 525 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. The group plans to present a petition signed by congregation members to the manager of the grocery store to mark the members' concerns about higher wages and safe working conditions for Florida farmworkers. The hope is that Publix will support the coalition's fair food campaign, said Abhi Janamanchi, the minister of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. At 3 p.m., a workshop discussing the coalition's work will take place at UUC, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. For details, call (727) 531-7704.