Commission to hear crime stats
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will present its latest update on citywide crime statistics during Thursday's Dunedin City Commission meeting.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 542 Main St. Other scheduled agenda items include: the first of two public hearings on RV parking rule changes; a discussion about website and fee updates for small contractors; and designation of an official city tree, flower and bird.
Get a copy of the full agenda online at dunedingov.com or the City Clerk's office, 750 Milwaukee Ave.
City to discuss funds for sponsorships
The city of Clearwater sponsors or co-sponsors 17 events a year, either with cash or in-kind contributions such as waiving parking fees or providing police officers for security and traffic control. This will cost the city about $24,000 in cash and about $358,000 worth of in-kind contributions this year.
The City Council will vote on these expenditures at its meeting Thursday night. At a work session Monday, the council considered requests for sponsorship from four other events.
Council members agreed to provide $825 of in-kind services for the Christmas Boat Parade in Clearwater Harbor and waive parking fees for Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week. They turned down requests for a $10,000 sponsorship of Light It Up Clearwater, a Clearwater Beach fireworks event, and $3,100 in services for a run/walk fundraiser for the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center.
The city's biggest sponsored events are the Clearwater Jazz Holiday ($14,500 in cash and $85,250 in services) and the Fun 'n Sun Festival ($102,640 in services). The City Council has talked of reviving the city's annual holiday parade, but the city doesn't have the money and needs a major sponsor for the parade.
City offers residents trees for Arbor Day
Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department hopes residents will help make the city a more beautiful place by accepting a free tree to plant in their yards as part of national Arbor Day. To receive up to two free trees, visit Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Saturday from 8 a.m. until there are no more trees.
Available trees are the flowering crape myrtle, cassia and little gem magnolia. Shade trees to be given away are the live oak, red maple, slash pine, American elm and bald cypress.
Please bring a proof of Dunedin residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill, and arrive early for best selection. Call (727) 298-3279 with questions.
Drew Street work will cause traffic troubles
The Florida Department of Transportation began repaving Drew Street between Myrtle Avenue and Mariva Avenue on Monday. Two eastbound lanes of Drew will be closed this week for tree removal at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and for sidewalk installation at Hillcrest Avenue. After this week, there will be single-lane closures off and on in each direction because of milling and resurfacing.
New sidewalks and hand railings will be installed on the north side of the Stevenson Creek Bridge where those facilities currently don't exist.
The contractor will also replace the hand rail along the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge. Damaged sidewalks within the FDOT right-of-way will be repaired throughout the corridor. The project is expected to be complete this fall.
Residents with questions can call the FDOT's Clearwater construction office at (727) 725-7950 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market hosts events for Earth Day
To celebrate Earth Day, which is Monday, the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market will have giveaways, cooking demonstrations and presentations during its regular hours Saturday.
The outdoor market offers fresh produce and artisan goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street (at its intersection with Missouri Avenue). Among the special events Saturday, master gardeners will start a Healthy Harvest series, teaching people how to grow vegetables and herbs in an urban environment, with more than 200 plants to be given away.
Volunteers will also give demonstrations of how to cook the harvest.
Which came first, chicken or the class
Several local governments in Pinellas County have adopted ordinances allowing residents to raise small numbers of chickens in their back yards. Interested in giving it a try?
The Pinellas County Extension Service will offer expert information about raising and caring for backyard chickens, and will also offer details about local government regulations, during Chickens 101, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Weedon Island Preserve Education Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. The cost is $10 per family.
Advance registration is required by calling (727) 453-6500.