Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Free rides set for aquarium attractions

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Free rides set for aquarium attractions

To accommodate a growing number of visitors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is partnering with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to provide free transportation between the aquarium on Island Estates and the aquarium's Dolphin Tale Adventure movie exhibit in the Harborview Center downtown. Visitors can park in the Harborview Center lot and ride the trolley to the aquarium and back. The free trolley service will be provided continuously from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is available to the general public as well. For additional information, visit www.PSTA.net.

Join celebration as Coast Guard City

Clearwater will celebrate its designation as a Coast Guard City at 6 p.m. today on a downtown stage at Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young and the Coast Guard's Quintet and Silent Drill Team will attend the event on the Blast Friday stage. Home to the largest Coast Guard air station in the country, Clearwater was awarded with the federal honor in September.

east lake

North County officers elected

The Council of North County Neighborhoods, a nonprofit community organization based in East Lake, has elected its 2012 slate of officers and board members. They are Don Ewing, president; Ron Schultz, second vice president; Barbara Schultz, secretary; Terry Haas, treasurer; and Bill Hickman, Roger Johnson and Jeff Hunt, directors. CNCN founders John Miolla, first vice president, and Jim McDonald, director, serve as permanent board members. At its recent annual meeting, the group discussed issues for 2012, including use of reclaimed water, fluoride in drinking water, managing the Brooker Creek Preserve, and possible new development in Ridgemoor/Tarpon Woods.

oldsmar

Deadline nears for senior exemption

The city of Oldsmar offers an additional property tax exemption to senior residents, known as the Oldsmar Senior Exemption, if certain requirements are met. The deadline for applying is March 1. Here are the requirements: There must be at least one property owner who is 65 years of age or older on Jan. 1, 2012; the applicant qualifies for a homestead exemption; the total household income for 2011 was $26,203 or less. (However, Social Security income is usually not included in that amount if a resident is not required to file an income tax return.) Everyone must reapply each year. For more information, call the Personal Exemptions Division, (727) 464-3294. Information is also available on the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website at http://pcpao.org.

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Fire sends smoke through roof of Brass Flamingo adult club in Port Richey

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