Make us your home page
Chamber Notes

Largo plan aims to promote West Bay growth while preserving community

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

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 or call Cindy Paquin at (727) 584-2321.

Largo plan aims to promote West Bay growth while preserving community 06/20/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ousted to political Siberia by Corcoran, Kathleen Peters sets sights on Pinellas Commission

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The perks of power in Tallahassee are a coveted chairmanship, a Capitol office in a prime location and a prominent seat on the House floor. Now Rep. Kathleen Peters has lost all three, but here's the twist: Her trip to "Siberia" might actually help her reach the next step on the Tampa Bay political …

    Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, has been relegated to the back row in the State House chamber, moved to a fouth floor office and stripped of her job as chairwoman of a House subcommittee after a series of disagreements with House Speaker Richard Corcoran. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. UPS relocates express operations from St. Pete-Clearwater to TIA


    TAMPA — United Parcel Service Inc. is switching airports for its express air operations. Beginning in October, UPS will relocate from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Tampa International Airport.

    Beginning in October, UPS will move from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Tampa International Airport. [Associated Press file photo]

  3. Richard Corcoran takes aim at public financing of campaigns

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, may not be running for governor — not yet anyway — but his latest idea will get the attention of those who are.

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Constitu?tion Revision Commis?sion to ask voters to repeal the state’s system of partial financing of statewide elections.
  4. Related Group breaks ground on complex at old Tampa Tribune site

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — When Miami developer Jorge Perez first eyed a 4.2-acre tract on the west bank of the Hillsborough River two years ago, people asked him if he wouldn't prefer to build on the opposite side closer to the downtown core.

    No way.

    From left, Related Group executive associate Arturo Penaa, Jorge Perez, center, founder and CEO of the Related Group, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Steve Patterson, the President of Related Development dig their shovels  during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 400 unit Riverwalk Manor apartment complex on site of the old Tampa Tribune building on Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  5. Eat 3-course meals for $35 at these 100 restaurants for Orlando's Magical Dining Month

    Food & Dining

    In the early 1900s, hotels offered "table d'hote" or "prix fixe" menus as a form of loss leader. Hotels didn't necessarily make money on these lower-priced, multi-course meals, often served at communal tables, but they made up for it on the booze. Prohibition may have contributed to a gradual shift toward a la carte …

    Bulla Gastrobar serves a variety of Spanish and Portuguese dishes.