Support up for longer alcohol sale hours
An ordinance that would extend weekend alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. passed on first reading Monday night. After Pinellas County pushed bar hours to 3 a.m. in July, almost every city in mid and north Pinellas followed suit. Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs were the only holdouts. A few e-mails from area bar owners trickled into City Manager Matt Spoor's in-box, and one owner went before the City Commission on Sept. 20 to suggest a compromise: 3 a.m. alcohol sales on Saturdays and Sundays, 2 a.m. sales on all other days. Commissioners unanimously supported the proposal Monday "because our businesses would lose out to Oldsmar, Clearwater, Dunedin, surrounding communities that have extended their hours," Mayor Andy Steingold said. A second reading and final vote has been scheduled for Nov. 1. Steingold said that if Safety Harbor incurs additional law enforcement costs as a result of extended alcohol sales, he would like to revisit the issue.
Fire damages wall in school restroom
Authorities responded to a small fire in a boys' restroom at East Lake High School at dismissal time Tuesday. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, which responded along with East Lake Fire and Rescue, it appears the fire was set in a paper towel dispenser in a second-floor restroom of the school at 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. No injuries were reported. The fire was reported at 1:50 p.m. as students were leaving for the day. As a precaution, those remaining in the building were evacuated. Fire and smoke damaged an adjacent wall, the Sheriff's Office said. An investigation is ongoing.
College daze? Find help at workshop
Registration is under way for Safety Harbor Public Library's Countdown to College, a workshop for students and parents. It will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the library, 101 Second Street N, Safety Harbor. The program is being presented by Erika R. Grace, the president of EG Collegiate Career Consulting. For registration, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.
Grants available for nonprofits
The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club has opened the application process for the 2011 Daisy Grants. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County that have demonstrated positive service to the community. The application can be accessed through the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club website, clearwatercwc.org. The deadline is Jan. 7. The awards will be presented at the 40th annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show at the Belleair Country Club on March 31.
The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., will host the program, Urban Sustainability, at 2 p.m. Sunday. An incorrect day was listed in Saturday's paper.