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East Avenue is slated for a makeover this fall. - Photo by Heidi LuxClearwater, FL -- The City of Clearwater has been awarded $1.39 million in stimulus money, under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to enhance the section of the Pinellas Trail traversing downtown Clearwater.

When the Pinellas Trail opened in the 1990’s, no designated trail was built through downtown Clearwater. A larger sidewalk was later built along East Avenue, from Drew Street to Turner Street, to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. The current plan, approved for the federal stimulus money, will transform the southbound lane of East Avenue into a two-way bicycle lane, through this same stretch.

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Mayor Hibbard presents the Neighborhood of the Year Award at the City Council meeting. - Photo by David ZiffClearwater, FL -- At the Clearwater City Council meeting on Thursday, May 21st, the City of Clearwater Neighborhood Services Division presented their annual Neighborhood of the Year and Home of the Year awards for 2008/2009.

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Fort Desoto BeachTAMPA BAY, FL  –  Two beaches in the St. Pete/Clearwater area made TripAdvisor’s list of the top ten beaches in the U.S., according to the company’s annual summer travel survey released this week.

Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park took top honors for the second consecutive year, while Honeymoon Island State Park ranked ninth on the list published by the Expedia-owned industry giant, the world's largest online travel community.

Friday, 29 May 2009 21:44

Beth's Closet Gives Hope to Girls Featured

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Girls from the PACE Center - Photo by Heidi Lux St. Petersburg, FL -- On May 8th, girls from the PACE Center for Girls (Practical Academic Cultural Education) were treated to some “prom magic.” At the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg, the Beth Dillinger Foundation held a fashion show and luncheon to benefit the charity and the PACE program. 

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The Belleair Causeway BridgeBELLEAIR BEACH, FL. - The Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge opened to two-way traffic on Friday, May 29. The bridge that connects the Pinellas County mainland peninsula to the barrier islands is 80 percent complete. Full completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the year.

Begun in March 2007, the $72.3 million infrastructure project has continued on time and on budget, with bridge builders facing few weather delays and only one nonstructural repair.

The full scope of work encompasses 1.5 miles of a new large span "main" bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, a small relief bridge, as well as an approaching causeway roadway in Belleair Bluffs to the east and Belleair Shore and Belleair Beach to the west. In addition, new storm drains, retaining walls, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, curbs and gutters and a widened roadway will provide safe use for the public.

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Clearwater Main LibraryCLEARWATER, FL - The Clearwater Public Library will begin their Summer Reading Program with an event on Monday, June 8th at 2 p.m at the Clearwater Main Library , located at 100 N. Osceola Avenue.

Students can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and receive a free book, while supplies last.  Also, the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team with mascot Raymond will be at the Main Library only, to kick-off their Reading with the Rays program.

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The Jolley Trolley does its rounds on Clearwater Beach.Clearwater Beach, FL -- The fate of the Jolley Trolley could be in limbo, but newly-named Executive Director of the service, Bob Longenecker, has dedicated himself to saving Clearwater Beach’s familiar yellow and red trademark.

The city of Clearwater is in the tough position this year of having to make budget cuts, meaning the Jolley Trolley is likely to lose some or all of its funding. Longenecker says that the trolley could possibly take up to a $20,000 budget cut, however if the trolley loses all of its funding, it is likely to go under. “If the city funding gets cut too dramatically, too fast, we don’t see how we can be viable,” Longenecker says. Currently, for every dollar of revenue the trolley receives, $0.30 comes from city funding. The rest comes from fares, charters and advertising. Longenecker predicts that in the future, the trolley will require less subsidized funding from the city, but it is not there yet at the moment. 

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PSTA Haul PassKids Can Ride All Summer Long For Less Than $2.40 a Week!

Many parents simply don’t have the time or money to drive their kids around this summer and that’s where PSTA’s Summer Youth Haul Pass comes in. For only $35, kids ages 18 and younger get unlimited transportation on PSTA for the entire summer (excluding the 100X and 300X routes to Tampa). That’s less than $2.40 a week for unlimited transportation!

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Drug-Free Marshalls and North Greenwood Community Coalition members taking back their community - Photo by David ZiffClearwater, FL.

Approximately 70 community activists made their voices heard in the seventh anti-drug and clean-up march on Saturday May 2, 2009, beginning at 4:00 P.M. at a 1300 North Fort Harrison staging area. Their mission purpose: to mount a protest against drugs and crime in the North Greenwood area and keep the pressure on the perpetrators.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 09:51

Cinco de Mayo en Downtown Clearwater! Featured

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Traditional dance added brilliant color to the event. - Photo by Randall GillionCleveland Street District, Clearwater.

On Cinco de Mayo, Clearwater residents had yet another reason to visit the Cleveland Street District when the 500 and 600 blocks were closed off to hold the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Local Clearwater businessman and Global Pioneer Cary Goulston bonds with a Haitian child. - Photo by Brad KuglerGlobal Pioneers, a team of volunteer Scientologists, just returned from their most recent tour to assist the peoples of Haiti.  They have been involved with bringing help to Haiti for nearly two years now, with the latest group including Cary Goulston, Brad Kugler and Mike Campbell.

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Station Square Condominiums, ClearwaterClearwater, FL.

One hundred parking spaces are now available in the Station Square condos, and it’s most certainly welcomed! You don’t have to live in the condos to park; all you have to do is drive your car downtown.

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clearwaterinpictures.jpgClearwater, FL - Over the course of four months, "Clearwater In Pictures" is the result of the most comprehensive and up-to-date images from one of the most exciting and energetic cities on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

From the pristine white beaches of Clearwater Beach, the architecture, festivals and energy of a great downtown, it is no wonder why Clearwater is ranked amongst the best cities in Florida to work, live and play, and this book will show it all in full color.

 

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2009worldtourlogo.jpgTAMPA BAY - MAY 1-3    Youth For Human Rights International conducted the annual International Human Rights Petition Signathon to create grassroots support for mandating that human rights, specifically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, be taught to every child in school.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". The pursuit of human rights was a central reason for creating the UN. World War II atrocities and genocide led to a ready consensus that the new organization must work to prevent any similar tragedies in the future.

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These newfoundlands were last years winners of the large breed dog race.Downtown Clearwater - Lots of pet owners and dog lovers will be attending the 4th Annual Clearwater Spring Pet Fair, scheduled to be held on Cleveland Street between the blocks of East Street and Fort Harrison Avenue and sponsored by the Clearwater Downtown Development Board and Gulf Coast Dog Magazine.

The event includes a pet parade, contests, rescue groups, pet supply vendors, entertainment and food. The Suncoast Animal League will microchip your pet for $15 and the Pinellas County Animobile will be on hand. Fun and Free!

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Say No To Drugs
Youths to Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life in Clearwater Beach. Photo by Antonella Antonecchia.
The Foundation for A Drug-Free World Distributes  Millions of Drug Education Booklets Around the World.

 Clearwater, FL (April 18, 2009) -  As part of a global effort that took place this past weekend in cities throughout Europe, the Middle-East, South America and North America, the Foundation for A Drug -Free World volunteers made an impact into local Tampa Bay communities by distributing informational materials on the dangers of drugs. Throughout the bay area, 50 plus volunteers distributed over 5,000 of "The Truth About Drugs" booklets. These were handed out in areas such as Ybor City, Clearwater Beach and St Pete by youth volunteers who wore their distinctive turquoise t-shirts.

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