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North Pinellas News Briefs for Sept. 11

Townsend Tarapani is the third generation in his family to serve on the commission.

Townsend Tarapani is the third generation in his family to serve on the commission.

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City commissioner announces plans to seek re-election

City Commissioner Townsend Tarapani plans to seek re-election. He is the first incumbent to announce he'll be running in the city election scheduled for March 2014.

Tarapani was elected to Seat 1 in 2011 and is the third generation in his family to serve on the commission.

"My goal while in office has been to bring balanced economic growth while at the same time protecting and enhancing our environmental beauty and preserving our rich history and important historical assets," Tarapani said. "I pledge my continued efforts to make Tarpon Springs a fiscally sound and vibrant community for all of our residents and visitors."

Among other issues, Tarapani is working to create a partnership that would allow select high school students interested in public service careers to spend a summer working for the city. He also initiated the project to install lighting along the Spring Bayou walkway and spearheaded this year's decision to bring back the city's July 4 fireworks.

Tarapani is a member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, Florida Cracker Cattle Association, Tarpon Springs Yacht Club and the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club. He sits on the board of directors for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College-Tarpon Springs.

North Pinellas

Project will smooth U.S. 19

If you are a motorist who has tired of all the bumps, ruts and holes on U.S. 19 in North Pinellas, a smoother ride is on the way.

A project to resurface U.S. 19 from Countryside Boulevard in north Clearwater to E Live Oak Street in Tarpon Springs is about to start. The project will take about a year and will cost $15.4 million.

In addition to the paving, the traffic signals will be replaced at the Nebraska Avenue intersection.

Lane closures will be necessary during the repaving.

Call (813) 975-6060 for more information.

League of Women Voters plans fall kickoff meeting

Register now for the North Pinellas League of Women Voters Fall Kick-off Meeting and Informational Session on Sept. 14.

Discussion will include voter registration opportunities, petition gathering for Florida's Water and Land Conservation Legacy amendment, the charter school study and consensus, public transportation in Pinellas as well as Medicaid expansion.

Checkin will be held at 10:30 with the lunch program to follow at 11 a.m. It will be held in the fellowship hall of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. Cost for lunch is $10. Send checks to Susie Rodenbeck, 1681 Sparkling Court, Dunedin, FL 34698 by today. For more information, call Judy McSwine, (727) 447 5493.


New budget proposal gets public hearing Thursday

A 10 percent property tax rate increase. Raises of up to 2 percent for nonunion city employees. The use of risk safety reserves to fund expansion projects at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin Historical Museum and Blatchley House.

Dunedin residents on Thursday get to weigh in on these items and more during the first of two public hearings on the proposed 2014 budget.

The hearing is wrapped into Dunedin's bimonthly City Commission meeting, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St. The second budget hearing will be on Sept. 26.

In addition to the budget, city commissioners this Thursday are slated to conduct a final vote on design and financial plans for the downtown Gateway project, decide how to spend proceeds from the recent sale of city-owned surplus properties, consider a contract to resurface roads at Dunedin Cemetery, and discuss a proclamation opposing legislation that will lead to an increase in flood insurance rates.

Get a copy of the full agenda online at or at the City Clerk's Office, 750 Milwaukee Ave.

Courses offer info on boating skill and safety

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla is offering a number of boating classes this fall for both the experienced and the novice boater.

On Sept. 21-22, "About Boating Safely" will be taught in two four-hour sessions. It covers boating emergencies, know your boat, getting under way, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely and legal requirements. The class will be presented again on Oct. 26-27. The fee is $35. Register by Sept. 16 for the September class and Oct. 21 for the October class.

"Boating Skills & Seamanship" is a more in-depth course that expands on "About Boating Safely" and also covers weather, lines and knots, boat handling, radio communications and more. The course will be taught in six sessions, on Oct. 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends and 7-9 p.m. weekdays. Register by Sept. 30. The fee is $50.

Two or more people signing up at the same time will receive a $5 discount each. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. Classes are held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., on the second floor.

For more information, call Kristi Mackey at (727) 736-1191, or email


Clearwater High to host 2013 College Showcase

Clearwater High School will host its 2013 College Showcase from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the media center at the school at 540 S Hercules Ave. Representatives from at least 36 colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools and military academies will attend. Students can get information on applications and essays, meet with college recruiters, and learn how certain classes, electives, activities and scores can help them through application and entrance processes. For more information, call CHS graduation coach Kathy Biddle at (727) 298-1620.

North Pinellas News Briefs for Sept. 11 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:25pm]
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