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News Roundup

North Pinellas news briefs for March 9

Oldsmar

Weekend beach parking fee drops

The City Council voted unanimously last week to lower the $10 fee for parking at the Mobbly Beach parking lot on weekends and holidays to match the $5 weekday fee.

In November, City Council member Gabby McGee had asked city staff to consider making the change, describing Mobbly Beach as "underutilized.''

Residents will still be able to purchase an annual pass for $2.50 in order to park year-round.

It's like boot camp for cities

Register now for the Janice Miller Citizens Academy in Oldsmar. The nine-week academy, based at City Hall, 100 State St. W, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from March 13 to May 8.

The academy will include lessons about the city manager/city council form of government, maintenance of the city's infrastructure, growth management, and operations of various city departments, including the library, leisure services and fire rescue.

The academy is free, but seats are limited. For more information, call (813) 749-1116.

Clearwater

That's 2,168,000 lbs.

Clearwater's new single-stream recycling service seems to be popular with residents.

Since the program began Sept. 30, recyclables collected have increased by 150 percent.

In the first 11 weeks, 1,084 tons of recyclables were collected. That effectively diverted 1,000 tons of trash from the county landfill.

Last fall, residents received wheeled, 64-gallon carts for recyclables, which replaced laundry basket-sized bins that had to be carried to the curb for pickup. And residents now can recycle a greater variety of items.

Greenlight plan gets, yes, a green light

The Clearwater City Council unanimously approved the Greenlight Pinellas plan at its Thursday meeting. Supporters and opponents of the plan to bolster bus service and build light rail connecting St. Petersburg to Clearwater each gave 10-minute presentations.

The council asked questions of both sides before its vote, said city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

Funny business at Main Library: comic convention

The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., will host a comic convention from noon to 5 p.m. March 29.

The free, family-friendly event will feature well-known comic writers, a costume contest, graphic novel groups, games and prizes, plus information on how to get started in the comic business.

Luckily, there are other beaches: Causeway closed

Clearwater's Courtney Campbell Causeway beach is closed and will remain closed throughout spring break.

The closure is due to construction of the Courtney Campbell Trail, which will allow people to bike or walk all the way across Tampa Bay. The Pinellas portion is expected to be finished in March 2015.

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