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North Pinellas community news for Aug. 8

Creative Sign Designs installers, from left, David Mourra, Steve Harris and Greg Keller anchor one of 20 signs along the new 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Creative Sign Designs installers, from left, David Mourra, Steve Harris and Greg Keller anchor one of 20 signs along the new 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail.

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african-american heritage trail ready to open saturday

A 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail to honor and recount the history and memories of the city's black residents will officially open Saturday. The 5 p.m. ceremony will take place at 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue S, a key intersection. There, one of 20 historic markers will be presented during the event to include former Mayor Bill Foster, credited with initiating the project two years ago. The trail starts at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, the former community center of the historic Jordan Park housing complex. The route traces a 100-year period, beginning in 1868 with the arrival of the first African-Americans to St. Petersburg.

clearwater

St. Petersburg council member to visit church

The Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, will have a visitor from St. Petersburg on Sunday. Wengay M. Newton Sr., a St. Petersburg City Council member since 2007, is scheduled to make a guest appearance to present his program, "Schools to Prison Pipeline," concerning the tools and approaches of the criminal justice system in relation to the nation's schools. His appearance will take place during the 10:30 a.m. service. For information, call (727) 531-7704 or email mail@uuclearwatr.org.

Volunteers sought for courthouse program

Pinellas County is seeking people to be part of the Courthouse Ambassador volunteer program.

Courthouse Ambassadors are often the first contact citizens encounter while conducting business in the courthouse in Clearwater.

An information session will be held 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the County Clerk's Conference Room on the fourth floor of the courthouse, 315 Court St. RSVP to volunteer coordinator Alexis Sergeant at asergeant@pinellascounty.org or (727) 464-4092.

Go online to pinellascounty.org/volunteer or call (727) 464-8477 for information.

dunedin

Stirling Skate Park to close briefly for repairs

Stirling Skate Park will close Saturday through Aug. 15 for repairs. The park will resume normal hours on Aug. 16. For information, call (727) 738-2920.

countywide

Junior League to host recruitment meeting

The Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, which is recruiting members, will hold an information session 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Syd Entel Art Galleries, 247 Main St. in Safety Harbor.

Women ages 21 and over who live or work in Pinellas and Pasco counties are invited to learn more about the group.

To RSVP, contact Genevieve White, membership development chair, at (727) 738-5523 or recruitment@jlcd.org.

For other information, go online to jlcd.org/become-a-member. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15.

Safety harbor

City employees boogie on promotional video

While celebrating National Parks and Recreation month, members of Safety Harbor's recreation staff shot video around the city. With the song, Everything Is Awesome, by Tegan and Sara playing in the background, summer campers, the community's kayakers and fitness buffs and an assortment of city employees can be seen boogying through popular spots, including Rigsby Recreational Center, the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center and Mullet Creek Park.

The video can be seen on YouTube by searching "Safety Harbor Everything Is Awesome."

Indian rocks beach

Residents fret over 'party beach' notoriety

Commissioners here are wrangling over how to respond to residents upset over the city's "party beach" reputation.

Indian Rocks Beach has 28 beach access points and about 300 public parking spaces.

But particularly on busy weekends and holidays, many visitors also park their vehicles on narrow neighborhood streets.

Residents are also upset over the trash left on the beach and how some beachgoers bother turtle nests.

"Indian Rocks Beach has acquired the dubious distinction of becoming Pinellas County's party beach," said resident Carol McLaughlin, one of a large group of residents who complained to commissioners last month.

City officials cannot prevent beachgoers from using the city's beach access points, City Manager Gregg Mims stressed.

To do so would violate state and federal law, since the city used grant funds to build the access points and receives beach renourishment, funded by the state and federal governments.

Times staff writers Keyonna Summers and Waveney Ann Moore, and correspondent Sheila Estrada, contributed to this report.

North Pinellas community news for Aug. 8 08/07/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2014 4:00pm]
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