Novelist will appear today at main library
Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, will visit the Clearwater Main Library this afternoon. It's his only stop in Florida on his current book tour. His latest book, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, was released last month. Smith has written more than 60 books and is best known for his No. 1 Ladies series, which has been adapted as a television series by HBO. Books will be available for sale, and Smith will sign books after the lecture, which begins at 2 p.m. There will be open seating at the event, and reservations will not be taken. The library is at 100 N. Osceola Ave. For more information, call (727) 562-4970.
2 more say they'll run for City Council
Two more people in Clearwater have announced their intentions to run for the City Council in next year's election. Former council member Bob Clark says he'll run for the seat of mayoral hopeful George Cretekos. Community Development Board member Doreen DiPolito also expressed interest in running. Both plan to apply for candidacy when qualification begins in November. Mayor Frank Hibbard and Vice Mayor John Doran will leave office next year because of term limits, leaving three council openings. Clark, 65, recently retired from his company, Clearwater Printing Inc. He served on the council for six years ending in 2001. DiPolito, 44, is the president and owner of D-Mar General Contracting.
Online meeting to focus on services
Which Pinellas County services are most important to you? This evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the county will hold an online town hall meeting featuring commissioners and the county administrator. They're seeking public input as they prepare to cut services to make up a predicted $21.5 million budget shortfall. Citizens can ask questions and offer comments. Watch it live at www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall or on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44). Residents can blog comments at the above website, which is already open for early questions. To call in during the event, dial (888) 886-6603, then enter conference number 16403#. To send a tweet on Twitter, include the tag #pinellasbudget in the message. For more information, visit the town hall's website or call (727) 464-3000.
A story on negotiations between Clearwater and its firefighters union in Sunday's Clearwater & North Pinellas Times misstated some information about the Clearwater police union's step raises, which would continue after the expiration of that union's contract.