Holiday closes government, business offices
With the Fourth of July on Sunday, most government offices and businesses will observe the holiday Monday. Here's a look at what's closed and what's operating on a normal schedule or holiday schedule:
Government: All federal, state, county and city offices closed. That includes the U.S. Postal Service.
Courts: All federal, state and county courts closed.
Libraries: Closed Sunday and Monday.
Banks, credit unions: Closed. Other businesses may be closed, too. A general rule is to call ahead before making an unnecessary trip.
Transportation: All PSTA buses will operate on a normal schedule.
Garbage collection: City of Belleair residential trash normally picked up on Monday will move to Tuesday; regular pickup Tuesday will be on Wednesday. Residential trash pickup in other north Pinellas cities — Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar — will not be changed because of the holiday.
Building site may have new buyer
The unbuilt mansion some residents have called the Edgewater eyesore may soon have a new owner — though it won't be the city. For months neighbors have pressured city leaders to buy the site at 570 Edgewater Drive and turn it into a parking lot or stormwater drainage. But City Manager Rob DiSpirito said Thursday that the bank that owned the land wanted $2 million — five times the city's appraisal. Finding no open grants or funds, the city's negotiations for the land froze. The bank is now speaking with another prospective buyer who has promised extensive work and landscaping, DiSpirito said. The site still has a building permit allowing the construction of a single-use home until 2012.
Preserve offers kids' nature camp
Professional herpetologist George Heinrich, owner of Heinrich Ecological Services of St. Petersburg, will lead a camp Tuesday through Friday at Brooker Creek Nature Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Campers will be learning about amphibian and reptile ecology and conservation. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Cost: $120. Session is limited to 30 campers and registration is on a first-come basis. For more information on the camp, call (727) 865-6255. For information on the Brooker Creek Preserve, visit brookercreekpreserve.org.
Church needs vendors for festival
Craft vendors are needed to take part in North Bay Community Church's fourth annual Craft & Fun Festival scheduled for Nov. 6 at the church, 3170 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. A limited number of inside booths are available for $30 to $35, and outside for $20 (parking space size). Call (727) 796-0071 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a vendor application.