Monday, November 20, 2017
News Roundup

Restrictions on reclaimed water use lifted in North Pinellas


North Pinellas County

Reclaimed water system up to full capacity

The North Pinellas reclaimed water system will return to full operation beginning Tuesday. Through the implementation of two-day-per-week watering, reclaimed water system shutdowns, customer response to a request to conserve, and the return of seasonal rains, the reclaimed water system in north county is now capable of operating at full capacity.

Reclaimed water customers are still encouraged to conserve by limiting irrigation to every other day as requested by the County Commission. To view the recommended voluntary irrigation schedule for reclaimed water based on house number, visit

Customers who have questions may call (727) 464-4000, or visit


Contractor chosen for art center expansion

The Dunedin Fine Art Center has inked a deal with J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs to remodel and expand its city-owned Michigan Boulevard campus.

The groundbreaking for the $2.9 million project, designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa, is slated for August.

Contractors will renovate 3,686 square feet of existing art center space and add a 7,306-square-foot wing that will house a gallery, four studio/classrooms and an updated Gallery Gift Shop and Palm Cafe. The project is the third phase of a four-part expansion, said executive director George Ann Bissett.

The construction was spurred by a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant. The City Commission voted 4-1 in February to chip in $500,000 toward the center's effort to privately raise at least $1 million by July and, thus, qualify for the rare $500,000, two-to-one matching grant.

For more information about the project, call Ken Hannon at (727) 298-3322.

Blue Jays plan blood drive

The Dunedin Blue Jays will hold a blood drive from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in support of their Fight for the Cure Night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. Each donor will receive an autographed baseball and ticket to see the Jays play the Brevard County Manatees that night. To ensure your donation spot, register online at

Safety Harbor

Chat with the mayor at 'Cup of Joe with Joe'

Safety Harbor residents who want to talk with Mayor Joe Ayoub about issues in the city can have a "Cup of Joe with Joe" on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. at Paradise Restaurant, 433 Main St.

"I'm excited for this event because I think it will be a good opportunity to have residents share their ideas and vision for the direction of our city," Ayoub said, adding he plans to stay at the restaurant an hour or more depending on how things go.

Anyone who wants to attend should RSVP to Janene McCulley at City Hall, (727) 724-1555 ext. 1405.

Palm Harbor

Library book drop closes during construction

The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is constructing a new parking area at the rear of the building, and because of the construction, the drive-through book drop lane will be closed starting Monday.

It will reopen in mid August. For more information, call (727) 784-3332.

Library showcases local teen's photography

The John Brock Art Alcove at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., will feature the photography of a 14-year-old local artist, Jill LaPine, throughout July and August.

Jill captures the details surrounding us each day that, in our busy lives, we may have missed. She has previously shown her art at the Largo Public Library and the Crystal Beach Children's Art Show.

The Palm Harbor Library's John Brock Art Alcove can be visited during any library hours. For additional information, please call (727) 784-3332 or visit www.palmharbor


Learn about city affairs in class

Applications are being accepted for the 12th annual Citizen's Academy, Clearwater 101, a 10-week program providing residents with a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County's second-largest city.

The program will begin with orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The nine classes that follow will also be on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., from Sept. 17 through Nov. 12. The interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in city affairs.

Sessions are led by elected officials, department directors and city staffers who share information about the city's operations and key issues facing the city today.

Participants must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions to graduate at a November City Council meeting.

A selection committee will choose 20 participants from the applications received.

The committee will judge applications based on responses to questions while ensuring that the class reflects the diversity of the Clearwater community, with representatives from different neighborhoods and sections of the city.

Applications are available online at or by calling (727) 562-4681. Applications must be received no later than Aug. 5.

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Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

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