Time to update the kids' vaccinations
Avoid the back-to-school rush by making sure your child's immunizations are updated before Pinellas County schools are back in session on Monday, Aug. 19. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County provides immunizations at no cost for babies, children and young people through the age of 18. Families do not need to make an appointment.
Center hours at these locations are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
• Tarpon Springs: 301 S Disston Ave., (727) 942-5457
• Clearwater: 310 N Myrtle Ave., (727) 469-5800
• Mid-county: 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo, (727) 524-4410
Plans for Walgreens
Safety Harbor will consider plans for a Walgreens store and pharmacy in Oakbrook Plaza at the southwest corner of McMullen-Booth and Enterprise roads during Monday's City Commission meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The site was a former Mobil Station and Checkers drive-in. The city's Planning and Zoning Board has recommended the project be approved.
Council rejects zoning change request
At a recent City Commission meeting, residents of the Bayshore Heights neighborhood spent three hours protesting developer D.R. Horton's plan to finish off their partially built subdivision. They won. The commission voted 3-2 not to authorize a zoning change that would have allowed the developer to build 51 homes in a space now zoned for 42. Now, the developer won't build any homes. City Manager Mark LeCouris, who recommended the zoning change to commissioners, is disappointed the city will lose out on the development opportunity and revenue. City Commissioner Townsend Tarapani, who voted against the change, said it's a shame a compromise couldn't be struck but he believes "other developers will come in soon." But Ed Armstrong, attorney for D.R. Horton, said that's doubtful. "I don't know what developer would be interested in undertaking that obligation," he said, adding that his client was being asked to replat land and possibly reconfigure a road system. "That's impractical in a half-built subdivision. You can't support that level of demand from the local government."
Hone your skills on the water with boating class
Refresh your boating skills or learn new ones. Know what to do in an emergency and become a better boater. "About Boating Safely," a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions July 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. The class is designed for both experienced and novice boaters and will explore topics such as boating emergencies, know your boat, getting under way, navigating the waterways, operating safely and legal requirements. Register by Monday to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount each two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course.
For more information, call Kristi Mackey at (727) 736-1191, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about drainage project
The city is hosting an open house Tuesday for residents who want to learn more about an upcoming stormwater drainage improvement project at President and Lyndhurst streets.
The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Officials say adding new pipes, curb inlets and other structures will help relieve chronic flooding on President Street, Douglas Avenue and other streets nearby. Construction is expected to start in mid September and last 10 to 12 months, limiting vehicular access to some homes for up to six weeks. For more information, contact Mark Walters at (727) 424-3811 or email@example.com, or Joe Goldbach at (727) 298-3186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free library class gets kids cooking
Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn how food gets from the garden to the table, and even whip up some delicious concoctions of their own during the Dunedin Public Library's "Home Grown Goodness" course.
The free session, led by Nan Jensen of the Cooperative Extension Agency, starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday. An RSVP is required. Call Youth Services at (727) 298-3080 ext. 1732 to register or for more information.
Volunteers needed at tourney
The city of Clearwater is hosting the Amateur Softball Association's 18 and Under Girl's Softball Gold National Championship July 21-27 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, 3050 Drew St., and volunteers are needed to help with the event. Helpers will greet visitors, monitor the fields by retrieving foul balls, help with scoring, and provide water and food to the umpires. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a meal during their shift. To sign up, visit www.myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer. For more information, call (727) 562-4803.
Opportunities to help elders
Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to help support its program protecting the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Volunteers are needed to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Training is provided. The local council will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Room 136, Largo, to discuss the program's current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. For more information, visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.