Tampa pays for police radios bought for RNC
The Tampa City Council voted Thursday to reimburse the Clearwater Police Department nearly $1.37 million for buying 434 portable and vehicle-mounted radios, plus accessories, before last year's Republican National Convention. The radios were made by Harris Corp. and carry encrypted voice and data communications. The reimbursement comes from a $50 million federal grant for convention security. Clearwater wasn't the only agency to get new radios before of the convention. In a separate purchase, Tampa spent another $6 million for more than 1,900 radios to ensure that all officers working the convention were on the same communications system. Afterward, officials said the radios were to be used to create seamless communications between law enforcement agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay. Clearwater already has been reimbursed $470,586 for officers who worked the convention.
A reason to party with neighbors
Neighborhood associations and citizens groups in Clearwater are encouraged to hold block parties on Neighborhoods Day, Saturday, April 13. As many as 20 neighborhoods are expected to register for the city's Celebrate Clearwater Neighborhoods Day, an annual event that showcases the diversity and accomplishments of Clearwater's neighborhoods. In addition to the opportunity for social interaction at the gatherings, the parties provide a forum for residents and city leaders to communicate face-to-face. On April 13, groups of city leaders including the mayor, council members and department directors will travel across the city to visit the party sites. Residents are encouraged to share ideas with each other and take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to bring forward neighborhood questions and concerns. Neighborhoods that register for a party receive block party kits that include fliers to use as invitations, party decorations and other promotional items. The deadline to register is April 1. Call (727) 562-4554 for more information.
Moccasin Lake park plans preview
The public is invited to review the proposed Master Plan outlining the vision, mission, goals and objectives for Moccasin Lake Nature Park on April 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The park is located at 2750 Park Trail Lane. For more information, call (727) 562-4852.