Commission to vote today on land use rules
County commissioners will vote on a series of land use changes affecting the Brooker Creek Preserve at their 6:30 p.m. meeting today in the commission's fifth-floor chambers, 315 Court St., Clearwater. Changes could include allowing industrial buildings as tall as five stories for utility uses and a water reservoir on 260 acres north of Keystone Road. Though the budget item says the intensive land use category the county is creating would apply to 894 acres, county officials have negotiated with environmental groups to say they will use only 260 acres. The public hearings start with Item 40, continuing through Item 45. For more information, go to www.pinellascounty.org, click on Commission, then on Meeting Agenda, then on March 17, 2009, and go to the individual items. Call (727) 464-3377.
Flotilla's programs focus on safety
The Clearwater Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary has two upcoming programs open to the public. A workshop on boating safety will be held at the Clearwater Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd., Sand Key. The two-day program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost for the materials: $30. The organization will offer free vessel safety checks from 9 a.m. to noon March 28. Boaters can find out what's required for their vessel. The inspections will take place at the Seminole Boat Ramp, 198 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call (727) 469-8895.
Kids' performance will follow dinner
Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts will hold a dinner and performance at 5 p.m. Friday. The organization provides dance and performance instruction to children and young adults with special needs. It will be held at Crossroads Christian Church, 1645 Seminole Blvd., Largo. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for a family of four. For information, call (727) 394-2636.
Workshop could lift your spirits
Feeling Better About Ourselves, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for those affected by depression, addiction or bipolar disorder, will hold a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28. Called the Toolbox of Recovery, the program will be held at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast's Gathering Place, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Largo. The discussion will include how to improve our self-worth, processing anger and emerging from codependency. For reservations, call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.