Plan aims for growth, community preservation
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the West Bay Drive Redevelopment Plan presented to the Largo City Commission by city staff.
The plan was presented to the commission at its meeting Tuesday. Following comments by residents and businesses, it was sent back to city staff for additional fine-tuning. It will be reintroduced at a commission meeting on July 21.
Chamber president Tom Morrissette said the plan outlines density levels, character districts and mixed-use development in a way that promotes growth along the West Bay Corridor yet preserves the character of the community.
"For the past several years, the chamber has supported efforts that encourage growth within the city while maintaining a quality of life that we have all come to enjoy and expect," he said. "Central to our vision for the future of Largo is a vibrant center city downtown hub, which this plan would help create."
Morrissette said the chamber has represented the business community before elected bodies at county and state levels seeking the creation of Largo's West Bay Drive and Clearwater-Largo Road Redevelopment Districts.
It has spoken in favor of increased densities, mixed-use development and the creation of a medical arts district within the redevelopment corridors. Additionally, it has supported a Brownfields Area designation for the districts to cultivate new grant and development incentives, which was approved last year.
"If this city is to catch the next wave of development, the time to set the stage is now," Morrissette said. "There will still be some tweaking necessary to the plan as time moves on, but its approval sends out a strong and positive message that Largo is open and ready for business with its sights set on the future."
Event for networking, bowling set for July 21
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Shake, Rattle & Bowl networking event on July 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Bowling Lanes, 11401 Starkey Road, Largo.
The event will feature bowling, picnic treats and prizes.
The cost is $250 to sponsor a lane, which includes a team of four or five bowlers, company name advertised on the bowling lane, food and beverages, name and logo on commemorative program and prize contests. Basic team registration is $125 for a team of four or five players, food and prize contests.
Space is limited to 14 teams. To register or for more information, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominees wanted for 'Inspire' awards
The Women in Business Council of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its first "Inspire" awards. Presentations will occur during an awards luncheon on Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn & Express & Suites, 210 Seminole Blvd.
Nominees can be women who have inspired, educated and encouraged others in the workplace or the community. They must reside or work in the greater Largo/Mid-Pinellas region and be affiliated with a chamber business/organization member in good standing.
Nominations must be submitted in writing (not to exceed 500 words) along with any supporting documentation at the chamber by 2 p.m. July 10. The Women in Business Council will select a minimum of three to receive the honor.
For more information, visit the chamber Web site at largochamber.org or call Cindy Paquin at (727) 584-2321.