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Oldsmar residents can sign up for emergency alerts

A water spout forms over Tampa Bay on Monday. A service notifies Oldsmar residents in the event of a city emergency.

Courtesy of Julie Lauderdale

A water spout forms over Tampa Bay on Monday. A service notifies Oldsmar residents in the event of a city emergency.


Residents can sign up for alerts

A water spout that formed in Old Tampa Bay on Monday briefly went ashore in Oldsmar and did minor damage to one home.

Oldsmar residents might want to know that the city has contracted with Code Red Web to notify residents in the event of an emergency in the city.

In disaster situations, Oldsmar's emergency operations staff can send important information via recorded telephone message and email. Critical information regarding disaster conditions, evacuations, warnings, etc., may be sent to all Oldsmar telephone numbers or just to a portion of the city.

To sign up for the alerts, visit and click on Code Red on the left side of the page. You'll be asked to supply your street address, email address and phone numbers, which will be maintained in a secure database.

The service is available only to residents of the city of Oldsmar.

Vendors sought for free Art in the Park on Aug. 31

The city is seeking vendors for "Celebrate Oldsmar's Art in the Park," a free event scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in R.E. Olds Park.

Art in the Park's purpose will be to educate the public about the arts. It will feature fine art exhibits and sales, performing arts, demonstrations of various art media, art-related activities for children and more.

The city is encouraging vendors to consider a visual demonstration of their art or a short hands-on class for individuals who sign up and pay any required fees. Vendors also may display and sell their finished fine art pieces during the event.

For information about rules and registration, visit or call (813) 749-1150.


Officials consider city tourism pitch

City commissioners on Thursday will consider partnering with local tourism group Visit Dunedin on a $36,000 campaign to promote Dunedin and one of its new city slogans, "Dun Our Way," at the airport, at hotels and online.

If the city chips in $5,000, Visit Dunedin says it would raise the remaining $13,000 needed to match an $18,000 grant opportunity from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The money would pay for a year's worth of ads on 16 electronic screens at the Tampa International Airport baggage claim; promotion of the tourism group's new website to all users who do Tampa Bay-related travel searches; and a new brochure that would be distributed via the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, City Hall and local hotels.

Also at Thursday's meeting, the City Commission will consider contracts to install an irrigation system at Edgewater Linear Park and to add sidewalks, handicap curb ramps and improved crosswalks along south Douglas Avenue between Union and Lexington streets.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 542 Main St. Get a copy of the full agenda at


Carnival will raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Barnival, a carnival raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, will be held at Sea Dog Brew Co., 26200 U.S. 19, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. There will be games, prizes, food, a bounce house, sword swallowers, magicians and carnival food. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Susan Rolston, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, will be the first dunk tank victim.

A portion of proceeds from Barnival will be donated to the agency.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the event or entertain should contact Angie Croft

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County serves Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties. Learn how you can positively impact a child's life or donate at Contact Samantha Fenger, community outreach coordinator, at if you're interested in becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple.

South Prescott Avenue to close for roadwork

South Prescott Avenue at Belleair Road will be closed to traffic from now through Tuesday, July 23, due to construction related to the Hillcrest-Brookhill neighborhood traffic calming project.

Motorists can use S Betty Lane and Young Avenue as detour routes.

Residents with questions or comments can call Clearwater's Engineering Department at (727) 562-4750.

Oldsmar residents can sign up for emergency alerts 07/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:58pm]
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