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Palm Harbor

Membership of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, a board that oversees the Palm Harbor and East Lake Community libraries and Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation, is being realigned by the Pinellas County Commission to add representation for the new East Lake library taxing district.

In preparation, members of the advisory boards that represent each of the three entities have selected their 2014 representatives to PHCSA.

They include current PHCSA chairman Rex Haslam, who will continue representing Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation; Rob Moore, who will represent the East Lake library; and Sharon Pikulinski, who will represent the Palm Harbor Library.

In September, the Pinellas County Commission passed an ordinance to change the makeup of PHCSA. While adding a seat for an East Lake library representative, the commissioners took away two seats held by the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce and also decided that four members of the seven-member PHCSA board would be appointed by the County Commission itself. PHCSA attorney Andrew Salzman will provide details on the transition at tonight's monthly PHCSA board meeting at 7 p.m. at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S.

For those interested in serving on PHCSA, there is still time to apply for one of the county appointments. Each appointee will serve a two-year term. Applicants must be a registered voter and reside in Palm Harbor or East Lake. Visit

Commissioners will meet Oct. 22 to make their selections.

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East Gateway advisory group is being formed

The city's Community Redevelopment Agency is accepting applications from interested Clearwater residents who would like to participate in an advisory group for the Clearwater East Gateway District.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group, or SAG, will focus on the area bounded by Highland and Missouri avenues on the east and west, and Drew and Court streets on the north and south, respectively. Group members will include residents, property owners, business owners and other interested parties. Member terms will run through September 2017.

The board will have six to 12 members and will meet monthly or bi-monthly. The Stakeholders Advisory Group is being formed to make recommendations to the East Gateway Task Force for the implementation of the East Gateway Five-Year Action Program approved in October 2013.

The Action Program provides measures to bring about positive change in the designated redevelopment area of Clearwater.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 21. For applications or more information, visit or call Geraldine Campos Lopez, director of Economic Development & Housing, at (727) 562-4023. Applications can be faxed to (727) 562-4075.

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Tree planting planned Saturday

Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department will partner with the Bay Bouquet Garden Club for a tree planting and adoption ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the city's new Tree Arboretum.

The arboretum is located on the northeast corner of Curlew Road and Bayshore Boulevard, parallel to the Pinellas Trail. Volunteer groups recently helped the city complete the flowering tree portion, which features 33 varieties including purple leaf plums, scrambled egg trees, white geiger trees and magnolias.

Future sections will include a conifer grove, hardwood forest and a wetland forest along with educational signs provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, call (727) 812- 4531.


Aging: a look ahead

Dunedin's Committee On Aging is hosting a series of community roundtable discussions to gather opinions on how the city can best serve the needs of its oldest demographic.

The first gathering will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane. The second will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

Among the discussion topics:

-What is your vision for the very best Dunedin to live in when you are age 53, 66, 70, 84 or so years old?

-Where will you be living in 10, 15 or 20 years? How will your needs for housing, health care, transportation, caregiving, disaster planning, food security and such be met?

-How prepared for the next 25 years are you, your community, your city in these rapidly changing times?

For more details, email


Free class teaches digital photography

Learn the best and most practical ways to take digital photos during a free seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave.

Attendees will learn about camera settings, memory cards, taking and emailing photos with smartphones, transferring photos to the computer, creating collages, and printing quality photos at a lower cost. Seminar leader Bill Smith will also demonstrate photo techniques and provide a complete list of do's and don'ts.

No registration is required. Call (727) 298-3299 with questions.