Enjoy the races, eat some seafood
Railway repair to close road for a week
Starting at 5 a.m. today, the Florida Department of Transportation and CSX will close all lanes on 66th Street N near 90th Avenue N for a week for railroad repairs. It should reopen by the following Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. Detour signs will be in place, directing motorists to the alternate north/south routes of Belcher Road and U.S. 19. Questions? Call FDOT at (813) 975-6060.
Dredge proposal bids to be studied
City staffers will sort through bids Monday from consultants vying to study the possible dredging of Cedar Creek and Lake Sperry. The public meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the engineering conference room on the second floor of Dunedin's Technical Services building, 737 Louden Ave. The potential project has split residents who say stormwater from upstream has caused flooding from trash and silt, and critics who believe dredging would benefit only a few private homeowners with boats. In July, city commissioners decided to hire an expert to analyze the city's role and responsibilities in the sediment buildup, determine what dredging parameters various state agencies will allow and draw up cost estimates. City staffers expect to appear before the Dunedin commission on Oct. 18 to recommend which engineering firm they think is best.
Bridging Freedom fundraiser Oct. 10
The Zonta Club of Pinellas is hosting a "Cheers and Chocolate" fundraiser for Bridging Freedom, a planned long-term therapeutic safe house for girls rescued from child sex trafficking. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Countryside Country wClub, 3001 Countryside Blvd. in Clearwater. The $35 entry includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and a chocolate fountain. There will be a silent auction and a talk by Clearwater police Detective James McBride, director of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking. Bridging Freedom is envisioned as a bay area holistic campus environment featuring life skills training, health management and equine, art and gardening therapies. RSVP by Oct. 7 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (727) 828-7000.