Parking crunch as building begins
The city will permanently close 165 parking spaces on Clearwater Beach as construction begins on a 15-story hotel at the site of the demolished Adam's Mark hotel on S Gulfview Boulevard.
The temporary spaces in city Parking Lot 32 were created through an agreement between the city and the developer, Ocean Properties, after the 2008 demolition of the Adam's Mark, according to a city news release.
Beach visitors are encouraged to use the parking garages at the Hyatt Regency Resort and at the Surf Style in the 300 block of S Gulfview Blvd. On-street spaces are also available on Hamden Drive, Coronado Drive and Fifth Street.
For a beach parking map or more information, visit the city's website at www.myclearwater.com/parking. Residents also can call the Parking System office at (727) 562-4704.
Help needy kids at Clear Sky cafe party
Leadership Pinellas' Class of 2014 is hosting a clothing drive this week for the Clearwater-based nonprofit Clothes to Kids.
Admission to Leadership Pinellas' public party, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, is a package of new youth underwear.
According to a news release, Clothes to Kids annually distributes 67,500 pairs of underwear plus other clothing free to Pinellas County students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The drive, held in conjunction with Clothes to Kids' annual celebration of "Drop (Off) Your Drawers Month," is this year's class project for Leadership Pinellas, a local leadership development program.
Learn about eye health in free talk
A free seminar on macular degeneration will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave.
Leonard Kirsch, a retina specialist from the Eye Institute of West Florida, will talk about modern treatments and those to expect in the future.
Questions? Call (727)298-3299.
Celebrities are pouring drinks at Pete & Shorty's
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County's second annual "Stars Behind the Bar" local celebrity bartending fundraiser returns 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Pete & Shorty's Tavern, 7402 49th St. N in Pinellas Park.
Pouring the drinks this year are Dave Andreychuk, former Tampa Bay Lightning player; Meredith Walusek, co-host of the WiLD 94.1 Morning Show; Todd Kalas, Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster; Roxanne Wilder, 98.7 the Fan and Studio 10 Media personality; Corey Dylan, 970 WFLA-AM Tampa Bay host; Chris Hovan, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player; Toby Hall, former Tampa Bay Rays catcher; and Brooke Bennett, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist.
The public is invited to mingle with the celebrities, who will also participate in a comical pumpkin carving contest. The event will also feature a silent auction.
Visit bbbspc.org or call (727) 518-8860 for more information.
Commission to discuss proposed sales tax increase
The Pinellas County Commission will hold a work session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room, 315 Court St. in Clearwater.
Commissioners will discuss a planned 2014 referendum on adding a 1 percent sales tax in Pinellas to pay for light rail and an upgraded bus system. Other items on the agenda include an update on the economic impact of poverty in the county and discussion on administration of contracts.
The meeting is open to the public.