Countryside Library to host grand opening this weekend
The grand opening of the Countryside Library is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. Mayor George Cretekos and members of the City Council will join Barbara Pickell, Clearwater Public Library System director, for a ribbon cutting followed by family activities throughout the day.
The 22,500-square-foot facility is next to the Countryside Recreation Center at 2642 Sabal Springs Drive. The $6.3 million project, with its multimedia creativity center, covered drive-through service window, youth and teen areas and study and conference rooms, was paid for by Penny for Pinellas and the Clearwater Library Foundation.
For information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
North Marina master plan proposal
Planning consultants will reveal initial design proposals for the North Marina Area redevelopment plan at a meeting next week.
The proposal will include suggestions made by North Marina residents and businesses at two prior meetings. The master plan, to be finalized by year's end, will be a blueprint to redevelop the 12 square blocks between the bay and Pinellas Trail from Cedar Street to the north and Eldridge Street to the south.
The final community meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Greenwood Recreation Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Group to discuss historical makings
The making of a historical district, discussion on the historical structures in Oldsmar and how to work on historic home preservation will all be part of "A Historic Preservation Summit: Restoring Oldsmar — Houses and Buildings,'' presented by the Pinellas County Historic Preservation Board and Oldsmar Historical Society.
Featured guests include County Commissioner Charlie Justice, chairman of the Historic Preservation Board; Gabby McGee, Oldsmar City Council member who owns a 1918 bungalow; and Robert N. Ray of Hoffman Architects.
The summit will take place from 1 to 4:35 p.m. Wednesday at the Oldsmar Public Library, TECO Hall, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E. For reservations, visit pinellascounty.org/historic/summit or call (727) 464-3363.
Church to be named historical site
The First Presbyterian Church of Safety Harbor will be named a historical site Saturday.
A historical marker from the Safety Harbor Historical Society will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 255 Fifth Ave.
The church was started in 1922 by four women who raised money to buy two lots in downtown Safety Harbor.
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Sunshine Law violations cost $1.2M
Sunshine Law violations have now cost the city more than $1.2 million, an amount that could have paid almost one-third the cost of a new library.
That amount includes the $606,000 the city already paid to its former law firm, Bryant Miller Olive, for its services in two Sunshine Law-related cases, a $125,000 settlement for opposing attorneys' fees in one of those cases, and now an additional $496,000 settlement for fees in a case relating to the long disputed city comprehensive plan.
The Florida Sunshine Law requires all meetings and documents to be available to the public with narrow exceptions.
Staff writers Piper Castillo, Tracey McManus, Laura C. Morel and Ayana Stewart contributed to this report.