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North Pinellas news briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 2

Back to freedom in the gulf Clearwater Marine Aquarium biologist Cassie Seebart hands fellow aquarium biologist Cassie Edelman Bowie a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of two they were releasing off Honeymoon Island. The aquarium biologists released the two juveniles they named Bowie and Cher on Monday morning. The two turtles were rescued in May after acting lethargic near the same area where they were released Monday after rehabilitation at the aquarium. Kemp’s ridley is the world’s most endangered sea turtle species and is found mainly in the Gulf of Mexico.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Back to freedom in the gulf Clearwater Marine Aquarium biologist Cassie Seebart hands fellow aquarium biologist Cassie Edelman Bowie a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of two they were releasing off Honeymoon Island. The aquarium biologists released the two juveniles they named Bowie and Cher on Monday morning. The two turtles were rescued in May after acting lethargic near the same area where they were released Monday after rehabilitation at the aquarium. Kemp’s ridley is the world’s most endangered sea turtle species and is found mainly in the Gulf of Mexico.

Clearwater

Police officer resigns after third crash

A Clearwater police officer resigned last month after receiving a 15-day suspension for sleeping in his patrol car and crashing into the gate of a city fuel pump station, internal affairs records show.

Former Officer Reinier Airado, hired by the Clearwater Police Department in 2007, was found napping in his patrol car while waiting for crime scene technicians to arrive at a scene during two separate occasions on June 8 and July 7, according to records.

Then on July 28, Airado crashed his cruiser against the powered gate of a city fuel pump station while the gate was closing after another vehicle had recently left. It was Airado's third preventable crash since May 2012.

Airado resigned Sept. 16 before his unpaid suspension was scheduled to begin Sept. 28.

Gulf Blvd. pipe repairs

Construction is set to begin Monday on the Gulf Boulevard Force Main Repair Project. The area to be impacted is along Gulf Boulevard south of the Shoppes at Sand Key to the Coast Guard Station. Recurring pipeline failures have happened along Gulf Boulevard for some time, and this repair project will harden the pipeline to prevent future failures.

The scope of work includes replacing existing sanitary sewer pipeline fittings and restrained joints and constructing a temporary above-ground bypass to provide uninterrupted sewer service during construction. Traffic will be routed around the work zone during construction, and two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. Only temporary lane closures will be required.

Digital message boards along the project site are now in place, and the contractor is delivering resident notification letters to the condos in the area. Construction is expected to be completed by Jan. 8, 2014. Call the city's engineering department at (727) 562-4750 with questions.

Street repair at Drew and Garden Avenue

The city has announced an emergency road closure at Drew Street and Garden Avenue for a manhole repair. The eastbound curb lane of Drew Street, between Garden and Fort Harrison avenues, was closed Tuesday and will remain closed today.

Also, Garden Avenue northbound and southbound from the intersection is closed. For questions or concerns, contact the Traffic Operations Division of Engineering at (727) 562-4750.

Sailing camp helps kids overcome challenges

The 2nd annual Never Say Never Pirate Camp will take place at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Oct. 11-13. The camp is geared for amputee children and challenged youth. Last year, more than 20 children took part in the camp, which teaches them life skills while they learn how to sail. Last year, the children learned how to rig and sail different boats. And they played water battles, raced, kayaked, paddle-boarded and dressed up like pirates among other activities. The Never Say Never Foundation of Ocala, Pirates of the Care Free Being and Sailability Greater Tampa Bay are organizing the camp. They are looking for campers and donations so that the children can attend for free. For more information, contact the Never Say Never Foundation at NeverSayNeverFoundation.org or call Nick Stilwell and Regas Woods at (352) 502-0379.

The Clearwater Sailing Center is on Sand Key at 1001 Gulf Blvd.

Lawyer leads free estate planning talk

The Inn on the Pond, an assisted living residence at 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. in Clearwater, is hosting a free estate planning seminar at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The talk will be led by attorney Charles Robinson, who specializes in elder law issues including incapacity and disability planning, veteran's benefits planning, power of attorneys, health care directives, living trusts and wills. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, email rsvp@menorahmanor.org or call (727) 302-3710.

Dunedin

Salon holds cancer drive

Salon GW and LOX Extensions will partner this month to raise awareness and funds for cancer research as part of the annual "Paint the Town Pink."

This month, or while supplies last, the salon at 351 Main St. will apply LOX single strands in pink for $10 and donate 100 percent of proceeds to the Mammography Voucher Program for BayCare's Mease Dunedin and Morton Plant Hospitals.

The festival will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11.

Visit SalonGW.com for more details.

Help needed for park Halloween

Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for its annual "Halloween Happening" event, which will be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Highlander Park.

The family-friendly event features child-focused games and crafts, a "Boo in the Zoo" puppet show, bounce houses, spooky storytelling, a costume contest and a haunted hayride.

Assistance is needed with carnival games, the hayride and puppet show, tickets, concessions, and more.

For more information, contact Devyn Wilson at dwilson2@dunedinfl.net or (727) 812-4530.

North Pinellas news briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 2 10/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:47pm]

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