Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Market of produce and goods debuts Saturday in North Greenwood

 A group is hosting a Saturday market with music in the parking lot of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 1201 Douglas Ave. to raise money to resurrect the center.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2008)

A group is hosting a Saturday market with music in the parking lot of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 1201 Douglas Ave. to raise money to resurrect the center.

CLEARWATER — A nonprofit group working to reopen the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will debut a market this weekend to raise money for the effort and supply North Greenwood residents with fresh food options.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the community center, at 1201 Douglas Ave. Vendors will sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to African art, clothing, jewelry, ready-to-eat food and novelty items against a backdrop of live entertainment by top musicians from around the region.

The market is organized by the MLK Jr. Neighborhood Coalition, which formed in the wake of Clearwater city leaders' decision in 2010 to shutter the aging community center because repairs and upkeep had become too costly.

The city estimated it would cost $200,000 for new roof, air-conditioning system and other fixes, plus $100,000 a year to operate it.

Coalition leaders, who have also begun preparing an organic garden less than a half-mile from the center, say they want to restore the center to its civil rights era mission of helping community members — especially youths — achieve their goals.

The market "is a fundraiser, but it is also something that is needed in the community," coalition vice president Milton James said. "There's no grocery store in the community, so by offering an opportunity for fresh vegetables and commodities, we're serving our community."

So far, James said, organizers have confirmed vendors and musical acts for this Saturday and Nov. 16, with future dates for the market to be determined. He said planners hope the market will become a weekly event.

In its heyday, the community center was the site of wedding receptions, neighborhood dinners and tutoring. The coalition is working to restore and update that legacy by adding computer classes, entrepreneurial business training, senior assistance and other services that residents request during community surveys.

Keyonna Summers can be reached at or (727) 445-4153. To write a letter to the editor, go to

.fast facts

For information

To learn how to become a vendor, call Rose Baker at (727) 515-3766. For general information about the market or MLK Coalition, email or call Milton James at (727) 475-0030.

Market of produce and goods debuts Saturday in North Greenwood 11/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 6:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump sprinkles political attacks into Scout Jamboree speech

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Ahead of President Donald Trump's appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering's official blog: Fully hydrate. Be "courteous" and "kind." And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as "build …

    President Donald Trump addresses the Boy Scouts of America's 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24, 2017. [New York Times]
  2. Trump, seething about attorney general, speculates about firing Sessions, sources say

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  3. John McCain to return to Senate for health care vote

    WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote Tuesday to try to advance a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws with the last-minute arrival of Sen. John McCain — but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but …

  4. Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies


    ORLANDO — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park, SeaWorld said.

    Thet orca Takara helps guide her newborn, Kyara, to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Kyara was the final killer whale born under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. [Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP]
  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.