Ask questions tonight about transportation
The Pinellas Transit Alternatives Analysis Team and Pinellas County will hold the second "eTownhall: Transit Alternatives for a Stronger, Faster Pinellas" at 7 p.m. today. Between 7 and 8 p.m., the interactive, online blog, video and telephone communication will feature team members answering residents' transportation questions live. The panel includes moderator Bob Clifford, executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority; R.B. Johnson, Indian Rocks Beach mayor and chairman of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Brad Miller, PSTA chief executive; Brian Smith, executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and county planning director; and Ken Welch, Pinellas County commissioner. Residents can participate at pinellas county.org/etownhall. They can also watch live on PCC-TV on Bright House's Ch. 622, Knology's Ch. 18 or Verizon's Ch. 44. A random sample of 40,000 residents will be called tonight to participate in the telephone portion of the event. People can also join the telephone portion by calling toll-free, 1-888-886-6603, extension 16868#. Residents can also submit questions on Twitter, using the #pinellastransit tag in the message. The conference room at the Pinellas County Communications Department at 333 Chestnut St. in Clearwater will be open to the public. The Tarpon Springs Public Library and the St. Petersburg Public Library Johnson Branch will also have computers dedicated to the event. For more information, call (727) 464-4600.
Child neglect, drug charges are filed
A man and woman are accused of smoking marijuana in a parked car with a 2-year-old boy in the back seat. Ariel J. Fields, 23, of St. Petersburg, and Johnny R. Amey, 24, of Clearwater, were both charged with child neglect and possession of marijuana. According to arrest reports, Fields and Amey were sitting in a maroon PT Cruiser inside Soule Road Park, which is southeast of Lake Chautauqua, around 9:45 p.m. The park had closed at dusk. When a police officer approached the car, he saw it was filled with smoke, the reports show. Inside the car, the officer found a burning marijuana joint between the driver and front passenger seats. The child was lying down in the back seat, according to the reports. Reports do not say if the child was released to family members or taken into protective custody. On Tuesday afternoon, Fields and Amey were both being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $2,150.
Nehr will speak at town hall meeting
State Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs, will be the featured guest during a town hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. He will discuss the 2011 legislative session as well as issues of concern that may come before the legislature in 2012. Nehr will also host a Pinellas/Pasco redistricting meeting from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Tarpon Springs City Hall Auditorium, 324 E Pine St. For more information, call (727) 943-4880.