Mondayis the deadline to register to vote in the March 11 municipal elections in Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and Belleair. Registration is available during regular business hours at any Supervisor of Elections Office, library, driver's license office or any government office handling social services or disabilities. For a list of sites, online registration application or more information visit www.votepinellas.com. Registered voters can request a ballot by mail by calling (727) 464-6788. For other registration information, call (727) 464-6108.
Pinellas' marks mixed in poll
Pinellas County residents rank their quality of life high and give county government good marks, according to a survey released Tuesday. The telephone survey of 800 residents took place from Nov. 12 to Dec. 6. Respondents ranked public safety, attracting and retaining high-paying jobs and transportation as the county's top three funding priorities. But when compared with 31 other jurisdictions with populations over 500,000, Pinellas sometimes fell short. Compared with those other places, Pinellas scored in only the 29th percentile on the question of whether residents are pleased with the overall direction of the county. To check out the survey, go to http://www.pinellascounty.org/visionpinellas/telephone-2007.htm.
Some top tennis beginning today
A wild card tournament will be staged today through Friday, at the McMullen Tennis Complex in connection with the Sheriff Jim Coats fourth annual Clearwater Women's Open. Among those competing will be local players Danielle Collins, Becky Bodine, Kayla Rizzola and Stadisha Robinson. The wild card winner receives a spot in the Feb. 19-24 main draw and the runner-up receives a berth in the Feb. 17-24 qualifying contest. Admission is free until the main draw semifinals Feb. 23, when a $5 donation is requested. The $25,000 U.S. Tennis Association's pro circuit tournament will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Pro circuit events are held nationwide and are stepping-stones to the U.S. Open. Visit www.clearwateropen.com for more details.