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Only the charred remains of support posts remain of a 3,000-square-foot observation tower which burned Wednesday at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. 


Only the charred remains of support posts remain of a 3,000-square-foot observation tower which burned Wednesday at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. 

Palm Harbor

Part of Wall Springs Park reopens after tower fire

The east side of Wall Springs Park has been reopened to the public.

The entire park was closed Wednesday morning as officials investigated a fire that destroyed the park's four-story, $315,000 observation tower.

Investigators have declared the fire suspicious and have asked the public to provide any information they can by calling detective Larry McLean at (727) 582-6200..

The east side of the park was reopened Thursday. The section on the west side will remain closed at the bridge.

Wall Springs is off Alt. U.S. 19 north of Alderman Road.


Beach stormwater project will affect parking, Mandalay Avenue

The continuing Mandalay Stormwater Outfall Project in Clearwater Beach will result in some closures of lanes and parking lots this week.

Starting Monday, parking lot No. 35 at 457 Mandalay Ave. will close. It is expected to reopen by Oct. 16. Motorists can use lots 34, 36 or 43 in the meantime.

Starting Tuesday, the center lanes of Mandalay Avenue (one lane in each direction) will close for three days to remove the median for stormwater work. This will be just south of San Marco Street. The lanes are expected to reopen Friday.

The outfall project began on April 22. It is upgrading the existing stormwater project and is adding infrastructure along E Shore Drive, including two stormwater treatment units. The cost of the project is $1.35 million and it should be complete late this year.

Film follows elder athletes

The public is invited next month to free community screenings of Age of Champions, an award-winning documentary about five competitors — including a 100-year-old tennis champion and an 86-year-old pole vaulter — who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

The first screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Inn on the Pond, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. in Clearwater.

The second screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, 255 59th St. N in St. Petersburg.

Each will be followed by a discussion about aging, health and fitness.

Please RSVP by calling Menorah Manor, which is hosting the events, at (727) 302-3710 or emailing Be sure to mention which location you will be attending.

Charity needs kids' pants

Clothes To Kids, a Clearwater nonprofit, has announced it has a critical need for boys and girls long and short pants in sizes 7-16.

According to the organization, more than 500 low-income Pinellas school children are shopping at Clothes To Kids each week. Each child receives a school wardrobe, including four pairs of pants.

Clothes To Kids asks residents to donate gently used pants, new pants or pants from thrift stores to help with clothing the children.

For more information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit the organization's website at

Donations may be dropped off at either Clothes To Kids store — 1059 N Hercules Ave. in Clearwater or 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145 in St. Petersburg — between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Physician to discuss medications at senior activity center seminar

Dunedin's Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., is hosting a free seminar at 10 a.m. Tuesday called "What Everyone Taking Medication Should Know."

The presentation will be led by Dr. Vakesh Rajani. Discussion topics include:

• How many medications are you now taking? How many is too many?

• Are your medications prescribed by more than one physician?

• Over-the-counter medication, vitamins and supplements.

• What is the best way to dispose of expired or unused medications?

Call (727) 298-3299 for information.

Session explores benefits of garden

Find out what health benefits are just waiting for you in your garden during a free workshop put on by the Dunedin Community Garden Association.

The seminar, set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Dunedin Community Center, will be led by registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist Carrie Gustafson.

People will learn the nutritional differences between the various kinds of lettuce, which herbs pack the most punch and whether they should eat yellow, purple or red tomatoes.

Participants also will receive kale recipes, as well as door prizes courtesy of Kalamazoo Olive Oil Co.

Visit dunedincommunity for more information.


Annual Teach-In puts volunteers in the classroom

Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for the 20th annual Duke Energy Great American Teach-In on Nov. 21.

For an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day, Teach-In participants are invited to share with students information about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class.

For alumni of Pinellas County Schools, the annual event is an excellent opportunity to return to old classrooms in elementary, middle or high schools and visit favorite teachers or staff members.

For more information, call the school you wish to visit or Dr. Valerie Brimm at (727) 588-6245 or Sherry Howard at (727) 588-6000, ext. 1355.

North Pinellas news and notes 09/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 5:43pm]
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