MLK DAY eventS INCLUDE PARADE, AND A RALLY
The NAACP Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County Branch will present the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Parade and Rally from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The event kicks off at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at the North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Cost for breakfast: $4 for adults; $2 for children. At 9:30 a.m., a march will start at the complex and head south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and move through downtown. It will end in Coachman Park on the downtown waterfront. The celebration and rally will continue through the afternoon at the park. For more information, visit clearwater-fl.com or call (727) 614-2125.
Erosion project for bayous is on again
After a years-long delay as federal funding dropped off, a project to stop erosion along Whitcomb and Kreamer bayous is finally moving forward. The Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $1.9 million contract to stabilize the shorelines. Part of the funding will come from a federal grant, and the city and Pinellas County will pay for the rest. Once the contractor begins construction, the project is expected to take less than a year to complete, said Joseph DiPasqua, the city's Development Services director.
Workshop tackles bridge options
A community workshop and open house will be held to discuss a study to determine the various alternatives for replacing the Beckett Bridge. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, 350 N Spring Blvd. in Tarpon Springs. The purpose of the informal workshop is to allow the public to learn more about the alternatives under consideration, ask questions and express concerns. Visit www.pinellas county.org/beckettbridge or call (727) 464-3640.
County offices to close for holiday
Most Pinellas County government offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The courts of the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco) will not be in session. The Solid Waste Administration Building and HEC3 facility will be closed, but the scalehouse/landfill will be open regular hours on Monday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parks and Conservation Resources administrative offices will be open and beach and boat ramp passes will be available for sale.