Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Kenneth City meeting to focus on city manager option

KENNETH CITY

Kenneth city to discuss a change in government

A special Town Council meeting has been scheduled to discuss the vote on whether the Kenneth City government needs to be changed.

A proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot asks town residents if they would prefer a council-manager form of government. Under the current format, the mayor and four council members oversee the daily activities of the town. If the referendum is approved, a town manager would take that role. The council would set policy and pass a budget.

The meeting, open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. For information, call (727) 498-8948.

LARGO

Program explores puppy mills

The SPCA Tampa Bay is hosting "Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida," which is described as a powerful and informative discussion about commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills, which put profit before animal welfare. Dogs at these mills are kept in deplorable conditions often resulting in sick puppies being sold to unaware consumers. Florida is the second largest market for dogs from Iowa puppy mills.

Learn about the agencies and laws affecting this industry and how the public can take action, including an update on Florida's Puppy Sellers' Disclosure Bill, first introduced in 2013. Although it did not pass, it may be reintroduced in 2014. Many Florida stores obtain puppies from out-of-state puppy mills and dupe consumers into thinking their dog came from a local breeder. This bill would require disclosure and would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets, from roadsides and at other outdoor locations.

The presentation by Dale Bartlett of the Human Society of the U.S. and Mary LaHay of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Call (727) 586-3591.

COUNTYWIDE

Artists can learn about business

Creative Pinellas has announced a second academy arts and entrepreneurship training program for Pinellas County artists. The six-week program helps develop artists and performing groups into entrepreneurs and small businesses. It will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 19. The program costs $75 and is held at the Greenhouse (formerly the Business Assistance Center), 440 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (813) 784-2972 or visit creativepinellas.org.

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