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Clearwater City Council considers dog waste ordinance


City council considers dog waste ordinance

An item appeared on the City Council's agenda last week: "Pooper Scooper Ordinance."

It turns out that in Clearwater, you're not actually required to pick up your dog's poop. Mayor George Cretekos would like to change that.

"A couple of people have approached me about, why doesn't Clearwater have an ordinance that says you really are supposed to pick up after your pets when you walk them on public property or even on somebody else's private property," Cretekos said.

Many other cities, including St. Petersburg, have such a law. But Clearwater doesn't.

Officials were surprised.

"It seems like we've got to have this in our ordinances now," said City Council member Bill Jonson. "Do we not have anything?"

Nope, said City Attorney Pam Akin. "Believe me, I did the research."

City Council members were all for it, so the attorney will draft an ordinance for them to vote on.


Hispanic concert Sunday

Reggaeton performer Yandel and Colombian salsa performers Grupo Niche will perform at the Hispanic Heritage Concert this Sunday at Coachman Park.

The concert will feature an array of musical styles by Puerto Rican, Dominican and Colombian artists.

Gates open at noon and performances begin at 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 10 and under are admitted free. To buy tickets in advance visit or call 1-800-514-3849 and press the number 1.


Firefighting boat under study

The city will train firefighters ahead of buying its first fire boat next year, but not before researching ways it can help improve the countywide response protocol for water emergencies.

Fire Chief Jeff Parks and City Manager Rob DiSpirito said fire crews have been pushing for the boat purchase for years.

They said their months-long research was hastened by a September houseboat blaze which raged 35 minutes before a Clearwater vessel arrived with additional equipment and rescued people trapped on the marina dock.

City commissioners gave staff permission to bring back a boat contract in about six months. The roughly $218,000 first-year implementation cost would come from Penny for Pinellas funds, and the county would contribute about 13 percent toward boat and lift costs.

Residents sought for survey

Residents are invited to take part in the Shaping Our Future Together survey, a collaboration involving the city, its Committee on Aging and the University of South Florida's sociology department.

Questions pertain to housing, health and wellbeing, care-giving and care-receiving, economic security, food security, environment, transportation and community life. The deadline is Sunday. Visit: or the city's website,

Workshops tackle trash pickup

Dunedin's Solid Waste Department is hosting several workshops ahead of the transition in January to once-weekly trash, recycling and yard waste pickup.

For helpful disposal tips, residents are invited to open houses:

•Wednesday: 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elliot Room of the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

•Nov. 15: 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

Questions? Go to or call (727) 298-3215.


Biltmore rezoning advances

A developer's desire to buy and redevelop the former Belleview Biltmore hotel cleared another hurdle Monday. The Planning and Zoning Board recommended that town commissioners approve JMC Communities' rezoning request and development agreement. The St. Petersburg firm wants to tear down the Biltmore and build a replica inn, condos and townhomes.

The Town Commission holds public hearings Oct. 27 and Nov. 13.


College to host open houses

The Clearwater and St. Petersburg campuses of Pinellas Technical College will host open houses from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, in preparation for the start of a new school term on Oct. 22. Pinellas Technical College staff members will help prospective students choose a career path and share information on financial aid with eligible students. The Clearwater campus is located at 6100 154th Ave. N and can be reached at (727) 538-7167. Call the St. Petersburg campus, 901 34th St. S, at (727) 892-2500.

Times staff writers Keyonna Summers, Piper Castillo and Mike Brassfield contributed to this report.