7 candidates vie for mayor, council seats
The slate of candidates for the 2010 municipal election is set. Three offices are up for election March 9: mayor and council seats 2 and 4. Seat 2 council member Suzanne Vale will try to unseat Mayor Jim Ronecker, who's seeking re-election. Former council member Janice Miller and Oldsmar Christian School history teacher Tom Eckert will vie for Vale's current job. And Seat 4 will be a three-way contest between former council member Loretta Wyandt, former Tampa Tribune sales and marketing executive Robert Brown, and Linda Norris, president of sales at Providence Painting Inc. in Tampa.
Boaters invited to join in parade
The 35th annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade, sponsored by the Island Estates Yacht Club, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, with a rain date of Dec. 13. The boat parade, one of the largest and most popular marine events in the Clearwater area, celebrates the spirit of the holidays and is the club's memorial tribute for cherished members who have died. The decorated boats will assemble at 6 p.m. in Mandalay Channel, between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach. At 6:30 the boats will set sail through many of Island Estates' canals, arrive at Coachman Park at 8 p.m., proceed under the Memorial Causeway Bridge, turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel and finally navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club judging stand. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats. There is no entry fee. For a registration packet, call Joel Briskman at (727) 461-1147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday parade takes place Dec. 12
The Palm Harbor Annual Community Holiday Parade will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 12. The public is invited to watch the parade go by. Groups or organizations are invited to create floats or decorate cars and join in. It will begin at Westlake Boulevard and Nebraska Avenue and wind around Florida Avenue to 11th Street. The lineup starts at 1:45 p.m. Cost to participate is $20 for businesses and $15 for nonprofit organizations. Pick up a registration form at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., or the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave. For information, call (727) 771-6000 or the chamber office at (727) 784-4287.
Church program: carols, readings
The 28th annual Santa Lucia Festival of Lessons and Carols will be 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. The program will include readings, carols and anthems, as well as a Baroque Ensemble. The event is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, call the church at (727) 585-9969 or pick them up at the church.