Church plans fundraiser to help ailing 3-year-old
Christ the King Lutheran Church of Largo will hold the Kaeci Wagner Walk-A-Thon on Saturday to raise money for the 3-year-old Largo girl's growing medical expenses.
The walk-a-thon will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Taylor Park entrance. The group will walk south.
Kaeci was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and has been at All Children's Hospital since Nov. 1. She's recovering, but the long-term effects of the illness remain undetermined.
Her parents, Greg and Tina Wagner, longtime members of the church, do not have medical insurance.
For every $3 raised, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a not-for-profit financial services company, will donate $1.
"We've given people the option to walk anywhere from 1 mile to 8 miles,'' said Sharon McCullough, who is with Thrivent Financial's Largo office.
To register, or for information on donating to the program, e-mail McCullough, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 530-3480.
County approves new plan for Bayside project
The County Commission on Tuesday approved a revised development agreement for Bayside Reserves, a controversial affordable housing project proposed on 23 acres on Old Tampa Bay just west of the Bayside Bridge's southern end.
The revised agreement reduces the total number of allowed units from 209 to 193 and reduces proposed building heights. Of the units, 39 would be set aside as affordable.
The commission has voted three times to allow the project to go ahead, despite opposition from the Pinellas Planning Council and some of the county's own professional staff, who argue the project is a poor fit for the area.
Residents opposed to the project have appealed to the state Department of Community Affairs, which must approve development.
Park statue to honor police dogs, handlers
Largo city leaders will unveil a Police K9 Memorial Statue on Friday in Largo Central Park.
The 4 p.m. ceremony will honor past and present Largo Police Department K9 handlers and their dogs.
Twenty-eight current and retired K9 handlers have been invited to the ceremony.
The statue was bought with donations made by city employees.
Chamber holiday lunch planned for Tuesday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive, Largo.
The Largo Middle School Choral Group will perform under the direction of Sandra A. Walters.
The cost is $20 and people must register by Friday.
For reservations, call 584-2321.