Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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PINELLAS County

Chat about coyotes at library presentation

Lara Miller, a natural resources agent with the University of Florida Extension Service in Tarpon Springs, will discuss ways to protect your property and pets from coyotes, facts about coyote behavior and the history of the animal. The hourlong presentation starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N, Pinellas Park. For information, call (727) 541-0719.

KENNETH CITY

Call for council candidates

Applications for the vacant seat on the Kenneth City Town Council must be turned in by 3 p.m. Tuesday. The seat became available in late June when Ellen Dalbo resigned after less than four months in office. The council must appoint someone by June 26. Her replacement must have lived and been registered to vote in the town for at least two years. The person chosen will serve out the remainder of Dalbo's term, which will end in March 2016. The position is nonpartisan. Council members hold at least one meeting and one workshop a month. They earn $300 a month. For information or to pick up an application, go to the Town Hall, 6000 54th Ave. N.

PINELLAS PARK

Tax rate holds steady

Property owners will likely see no tax rate increase under a proposed city budget for the coming fiscal year. City Manager Doug Lewis, who is presenting his first budget to the council, said he wanted to keep spending stable for 2014-15. Under the proposal, the operating budget would increase by about $836,540 from its current $50.6 million to about $51.5 million. The tax rate would remain at about $5.59 per thousand dollars of assessed, taxable property value. The owner of a home valued at $150,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay about $559 in property taxes for city services in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

SEMINOLE

Walmart opens Wednesday

The Walmart at Tyrone Boulevard and Park Street is set to close permanently at 6 p.m. Tuesday. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, a Walmart Supercenter will open a little less than 2 miles away at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. The 198,800-square-foot facility faces east toward 100th Way N and includes a 1,300-square foot liquor store and a 4,000-square-foot garden center. The store also will have a pharmacy, grocery, deli/bakery and vision center. There are plans for a gas station with 16 fueling stations abutting 100th Way.

Free CPR training

Seminole Fire Rescue is offering free basic CPR classes. The classes use the American Heart Association curriculum. Included in the course are how to use an automatic external defibrillator as well as CPR on children and infants, and how to help someone who is choking. The class is 7 p.m. Thursday at Seminole Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N. There is $5 fee if you want a Heart Association course completion card. Use the station's rear entrance off 70th Avenue N. To reserve a spot, call (727) 393-8711, ext. 210.

Business networking

Seminole Chamber of Commerce chair Victor Adamo of Adamo & Associates will have a social from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 8200 Seminole Blvd. All are invited. Bring your business cards to network. Refreshments will be served.

ST. PETERSBURG

Profits from pendant

Sundial has a signature sterling silver pendant featuring images of the retail plaza's sundial on one side and dolphin sculptures on the other. There's a sun above the dolphins to represent the Sunshine City. The pendant, which is 1 inch in diameter, costs $199 and is available at Diamonds Direct. It was designed by the jewelry store's founder and CEO, Gary Sanchez. The pendant can be custom-ordered in gold as well. All profits from sales of the item will be donated to the Edwards Family Foundation or the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, both connected to Sundial owner Bill Edwards. A Diamonds Direct spokesman declined to say what amount of the pendant's sale price is profit.

Hit the aisles in your PJs

Get ready for pajama-clad bargain hunters to hit Beach Drive. More than 40 downtown retailers will open their doors at 6:43 a.m. on July 17 for the 41st annual Sunrise Sale. Shoppers are invited to come in their bedclothes.

There will be free cake in the main tent in front of the Museum of Fine Arts and merchants often offer coffee, juice and other treats as well. St. Petersburg's Downtown Business Association will be collecting paper products for Ronald McDonald House.

Cow costume nets entree

The Chick-fil-A at 4241 Fourth St. N will reopen days after a major renovation. The store's more modern look includes stainless steel tile, white subway tile and round, red tiles on the walls. It's going for more of a bistro feel with wood paneling and booth seats upholstered in a geometric print of red and black ovals. The playground has a bouncy floor covering, along with new netting around the slide, which will be replaced soon. Customers who come to any Chick-fil-A dressed like a cow today will receive a free entree as part of the company's Cow Appreciation Day. "You don't need to go out and get a cow costume," said Tricia Ulrich, spokeswoman for the Fourth Street store. "Just wear something white with black spots."

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