county okays subtle shifts in three districts
The Pinellas County Commission approved subtle changes to three of its seven districts as part of its redistricting process. After a vote Wednesday, the changes shift more of Lealman into Commissioner Ken Welch's District 7 and move part of west Bardmoor into John Morroni's District 6 from Karen Seel's District 5. Unlike other area counties, Pinellas lost population over the past decade, triggering only subtle changes. All three at-large seats and Susan Latvala's District 4 were unaffected. The School Board will mirror the commission districts.
Small rate hike for utilities customers
Pinellas County Utilities customers will see higher rates on their next bill. The typical household bill will rise $1.78 for sewer service each month, and another $1 if the customer has unmetered reclaimed water service. The increases, which went into effect Saturday, are the start of a four-year series of hikes approved by the County Commission last week. Similar future increases will face commission review, but will automatically take effect unless rejected.
Open house twice as nice on Tuesday
The City Council and the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce plan to show off their new digs on Tuesday. The public is invited to open-house events planned for much of the day at the renovated historic Oldsmar Bank Building. The chamber will host its open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Light snacks prepared by member restaurants will be available. The City Council will hold its ribbon-cutting celebration at 6 p.m. The building, which will also house the Oldsmar Historical Society, is at 101 State St. W.
Public may speak out on land buy
The public will have the opportunity to give input about a proposed $4 million land purchase at the beginning of the City Commission's next four regularly scheduled meetings. The first public comment period will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 324 E Pine St. Last month, the commission voted to explore the purchase and redevelopment of nearly 20 acres of land. A portion of the land housed the former Linger Longer RV Park at 355 Anclote Road. Some commissioners think the area would be a prime location for a city-owned boat ramp. The other three public comment opportunities will be Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. For information, call (727) 938-3711.
Art event along the Sponge Docks
The Tarpon Springs Art Association has put out a call to artists to participate in the second annual Plein-Air Paint and Photo Tarpon Springs event. It will be held Nov. 9-11 along the Sponge Docks as well as the Golden Crescent area of Tarpon Springs. Artists will create their submissions during the three days and be eligible for awards, which last year totaled $1,225. The event is followed by an awards reception and weeklong sale. Registration is open now and is required in advance. There's a $20 signup fee. For information, call Heather Risley at (727) 937-7125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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