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Cleveland Street ROAD CLOSED Featured

Written by  Angela LeMay
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 Clearwater

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Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the ‘Road Closed” signs, more appeared. However, these signal exciting happenings on Cleveland Street.

The past two weekends Cleveland Street has been host to FREE community events.  Starting off, Mike Reeves from Q105 celebrating their 35th Anniversary with live entertainment provided by Get Back! The Cast of Beatlemania.

Calvin Walton with his music-themed works shown at the Walk - Photo by Simaen SkolfieldNext was the Inaugural Jazz ‘N' Art Walk which added another depth of art to the already talent packed Clearwater Jazz Holiday venue. The turnout was awesome with visual artist displaying a wide array of aesthetic artwork. 

Just above the streetscapes on the lamp post artistic jazz banners were displayed.  The banners are part of the temporary art exhibit in conjunction with the annual “Clearwater Jazz Holiday”Artist Susi Galloway’s “Jazz Town” was one of ten banners that were selected by a panel of judges and displayed as a temporary exhibition of artist-designed banners in the Cleveland Street District of Downtown Clearwater.

Artist Susi Galloway’s “Jazz Town” was one of ten banners that were selected by a panel of judges and displayed as a temporary exhibition of artist-designed banners in the Cleveland Street District of Downtown Clearwater.

To participate in next years event or find out about upcoming public art events contact:

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More Cleveland Street District/Clearwater Community Redevelopment: John P. Brennan showcases his colorful paintings - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

I have heard various remarks from speculators ranging from business owners to residents regarding “what needs to be done” to revitalize Downtown Clearwater. Some say, there are not enough businesses in Downtown Clearwater. Others say nobody comes to Downtown Clearwater and some say it is a marketing issue. Although there is obviously more to do, the funny thing is I have noticed more positive change in the past 3 years with regards to Community and Economic Redevelopment, than the entire 15 years that I have resided here in Clearwater.

When I ask Mayor Hibbard to comment he said, “I believe we have made great progress in downtown but much remains to be accomplished.  The City has always felt that our responsibility is to create the right environment for the private sector to see value in downtown and invest. The City has invested in the library, bridge, boat slips and streetscape.  I think we are seeing the dividends from these investments and as the economy improves, and it will, we will see additional investment by the private sector.“ Mayor Frank Hibbard gets involved and sells beads to Keep Jazz Free - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

When asked what needs to be done now and in the future? Mayor Hibbard Replied, “We have to be patient, St. Petersburg is a local example of a great turnaround but it did not happen overnight.  We need to make sure that we are continually improving downtown and using events to draw people into what can become the best urban downtown in Florida.  We have momentum right now and with more residential coming online I am hopeful that we make another leap forward in the next several years.“

- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper

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