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Pinellas news briefs

Free water safety lessons at the YMCA

The YMCAs of Tampa Bay are teaming up with the Florida Blue Foundation and the YMCA of the Suncoast is joining forces with the Juvenile Welfare Board to offer free water safety lessons from May through August. The Safety Around Water program is free and open to all 3 to 12-year-old beginners and non-swimmers in the community. During the four-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is not required, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required at the following Pinellas locations:

Greater Palm Harbor YMCA: May 20-23

Clearwater YMCA: Every Friday in May, June 24-27

Jim & Heather Gills YMCA: Aug. 5-8

St. Petersburg seeks vendors for marketplace outside new pier

The city of St. Petersburg is seeking a variety of businesses for the marketplace at the new pier. The city has hosted a series of events to provide information and address questions from prospective vendors. The next meeting will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N. Seven market stalls and up to 20 tents will be available to lease at the Marketplace. Additional information about the St. Pete Pier is available at: