Outback bowl Beach Day set for Friday
Join University of Georgia and Michigan State University football players, marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort next to Pier 60 during Outback Bowl Clearwater Beach Day. It includes performances by the school's bands and cheerleaders, a skydiver jump, and volleyball, tug-of-war, and key lime pie eating contests. Beach Day, which is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, is one of several events created to welcome this year's game between the Bulldogs and the Spartans, two of college football's best teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference. Kickoff for the Outback Bowl game is 1 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Mayor unopposed, gets another term
Mayor Gary Katica will serve another three-year term even though the town's election isn't until March. No one opposed Katica, so he was automatically re-elected after the town's qualification period ended last week. No one contested Commissioner Kevin Piccarreto's seat, either. His term will last one year because he replaced another commissioner after she resigned mid-term. Three other candidates qualified for the March 13 election: Deputy Mayor Stephen Fowler, Commissioner Michael Wilkinson and newcomer Jim White, who serves as president of the Belleview Biltmore Homes Association. They'll run at-large for two remaining seats.
Foil burglars; use safe box disposal
Flat screen TVs, video game consoles, computers, jewelry and more. It's not uncommon to see an array of boxes by the curb — advertising your expensive holiday gifts — right after Christmas. "When you leave these boxes just a few feet from your front door, it's very easy for someone to figure out what you have inside your home. This could make you an easy target for a burglar," said Clearwater Deputy Chief Sandra Wilson. This year, Clearwater is doing "Operation Safe Disposal," with five drop-off locations that have trash bins for the safe disposal of gift boxes and/or packaging. They'll be available through Saturday:
• Clearwater Police Headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
• Clearwater Police Countryside Substation, 2851 N McMullen Booth Road
• Clearwater Police Beach Substation, 700 Bayway Blvd.
• Clearwater Solid Waste/General Services, 1701 N Hercules Ave.
• Clearwater Fire Station 49, 565 Sky Harbor Drive
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