Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas News Briefs for March 19

Clearwater

City Council to look at proposal for dry-dock marina in Old Bay

The Clearwater City Council will discuss a proposed dry-dock marina in the Old Bay neighborhood north of downtown at Thursday's City Council meeting.

At Monday's council work session, city planners recommended the council deny the 200-slip facility at its meeting Thursday. The project was denied by the Community Development Board last year because a 2004 city plan designates the waterfront area for high-end residential development.

Vice Mayor Paul Gibson said it was a "pipe dream" that the area would develop with high-priced condos.

"I don't think it's realistic ... It's been 10 years, we haven't seen anything happen there," he said.

Council member Jay Polglaze agreed, saying there are lots of other residential projects in the downtown area, the boating community is strong in the city and a marina would stimulate economic development.

"A marina in that area is exactly the right thing to do," he said.

Mayor George Cretekos said the city might need to "change its focus" on the neighborhood since long-awaited development hasn't arrived.

The council will take up the proposal again at its 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

High school drama students present 'Nunsense'

Students from the Clearwater High School drama department will present the musical Nunsense at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Clearwater High School auditorium, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at the door.

Money raised from the performances will help fund the department's participation in the State Thespian Festival in Tampa, where students will perform their show at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on March 29.

Honoring Clearwater Bombers

An event to honor and remember the Clearwater Bombers, 10-time national men's fastpitch softball champions, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Capogna's Dugout, 1653 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The public is invited.

The recently formed Clearwater Bombers World Class Fast Pitch Legacy Committee, made up of former players, civic leaders and fans, is sponsoring the event to acquaint the public with the new organization and its plans. The committee is working with the Clearwater Historical Society and hopes to produce a film, establish a museum, and sponsor other projects. Food and drinks will be on your own. For more information, contact Jack Gibson at (727) 799-1524, Gary Kane at (813) 855-5420 or Jim Videtich at (727) 442-6981.

Dunedin

Local Planning Agency, City Commission to meet

Two city panels will hold public meetings this week.

At 6:30 tonight, the Local Planning Agency, a citizen advisory board, will talk about a request that the former Nielsen Media Research property at 375 Patricia Ave. be rezoned from light industrial to a new mixed-use category.

Wells Fargo officials hope the change will help the bank finally find a buyer interested in transforming the long-vacant, 23-acre parcel into a complex featuring retail, residential, offices and a public square.

The City Commission will meet Thursday. Agenda items include the staff's request for permission to: advertise for developers who could build a replacement city government services building; negotiate a development agreement with a company that wants to build a $15 million condo-retail complex at 200 Main St.; and spend $1.2 million on replacement city vehicles.

Both meetings will be held at City Hall, 542 Main St. Go online to DunedinGov.com for more information.

Funds available to help neighborhood improvement

Financial assistance is available to neighborhoods that want to improve their identification or make aesthetic improvements to increase pride, property values, safety and quality of life. The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program is open to homeowners associations, community associations, neighborhood organizations such as Neighborhood Watch, or groups of interested citizens without association representation.Beautification projects must be physical improvements of a permanent nature that fulfill a public purpose, on public property such as city right-of-ways and medians on city-owned streets. Applicants are required to match the requested city funding, either through cash or in-kind contributions. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and projects must be completed by Sept. 1.

For an application and information, contact Lanie Sheets, parks and recreation superintendent, at (727) 812-4529.

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