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3 planning agencies will move their offices in Pinellas County

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Three planning agencies will move offices

Next week, the Pinellas County Planning Department, the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be moving their offices a few blocks south, from the Bank of America building at 600 Cleveland St. to new accommodations at 310 Court St. in the Pinellas County Courthouse complex. Phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Anyone who has business with those agencies is advised to call the Planning Department's main number at (727) 464-8200 or the PPC at (727) 464-8250 to determine the status of the moves during the week. The relocation is part of Pinellas County's ongoing plan to shift county offices from leased space to county-owned buildings, and it also anticipates the proposed unification of the MPO and PPC.

Oldsmar

Event will benefit deputy's family

Friends of Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Jason Shoulta, who died in an April motorcycle accident in Pasco County, are holding a benefit for his family Sunday. It will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Hennessy's, 127 Forest Lake Blvd. S. The fundraising event, organized by the group Lifting Hearts 2Gether, will feature live music, biker games, a silent auction, a barbecue and raffles. Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Shoulta, 43, worked at the Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He was a patrol deputy but had also been a court bailiff and a SWAT team member. For more information, call (813) 439-3650.

Dunedin

Craft festival is today and Sunday

The Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival is this weekend. The annual juried outdoor festival returns with original handmade crafts, affordable gift items, a green market offering a wide variety of plants, and crafts in a variety of media including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at Main Street Dunedin, 271 Main St. For more information, go to artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615.

Palm Harbor

Learn preparation tips at storm expo

A Hurricane Expo is happening today at Manor Care, 2851 Tampa Road. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Area vendors will come together to help the community prepare for hurricane season at this event, which will feature free food, children's activities, giveaways and raffles. For more information, call (727) 787-4777.

North Pinellas

Volunteer drivers sought for patients

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their cancer treatment appointments throughout the county. The amount of time the volunteer drives, as well as the geographic area, is based on the volunteer's preference. To sign up or for more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

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