The City of Clearwater will host a forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Harborview Center for the public to meet the four finalists under consideration for Clearwater’s Chief of Police position. The public will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions and provide feedback to the city manager.
The “Sons of the American Revolution” members: Nelson Jantzen, George Pratt and David Kitchen, dressed in revolutionary war attire - complete with brass buttons, three cornered hats and drum - appeared at Clearwater’s City Hall on October 22nd, to present Mayor Hibbard with a certificate of appreciation for displaying the American flag.
To use medical terms, the illegal sale and trafficking in prescription drugs have reached epidemic proportions not only in the Tampa Bay area, but around the country. In an effort to target the increase in organized trafficking and sale of prescription drugs, doctor shopping and prescription fraud, Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats recently announced the formation of the Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit. The alarming increase in the number of pharmaceutical overdose deaths was another factor in this expanded investigative effort.
The media gives extensive coverage to the Florida Legislature during the annual legislative session (which takes place starting the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and proceeding for the next 60 calendar days). However, many people are not aware that the Legislature does meet in its official capacity for many months leading up to the start of the regular legislative session.
We recently unveiled a new and innovative Facial Recognition Partnership with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The partnership is the first of its kind in the state and in the nation.
A fire is sweeping through our society. Lives are being consumed, families destroyed, and hopes blighted. Billions of dollars are spent fighting this fire, yet it continues to rage out of control. The incendiary material? Drugs, both legal and illegal.
High speed rail (HSR) may be coming to the Tampa Bay region with the construction starting as early as two years. The Federal Stimulus Bill Feb '09- American Recovery & Reinvestment Act made $8 billion available to HSR with Florida's final application to be submitted no later than October 2, 2009.
I received this amazing message today from a friend and I thought it would be totally appropriate to forward it as part of my CRISIS BUSTER mission. You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there recently was a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is – so they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!)
Political philosopher Richard Weaver famously and correctly stated that ideas have consequences. Take for example ideas about rights versus goods. Natural law states that people have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A good is something you work for and earn. It might be a need, like food, but more “goods” seem to be becoming “rights” in our culture, and this has troubling consequences. It might seem harmless enough to decide that people have a right to things like education, employment, housing or healthcare.
On August 13th, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Clearwater helped the United States Coast Guard celebrate their 219th birthday. The festivities were held at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the largest and busiest Coast Guard air station in the country.
Keeping deputies on the road, in-service, and available to respond to citizens calls has always been a primary concern of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. To that end, in 2008 our office established a Prisoner Transport Unit (P.T.U.), in the sheriff’s office jurisdiction, with the goal of servicing our own deputies. The idea proved so efficient, that today the service is provided to all but four municipalities in the entire county.
The idea is a simple one. The Transport Unit is summoned to the scene where an arrest has been made, custody of the prisoner is transferred from the arresting deputy to the prisoner transport deputy, who subsequently transports the suspect to the Pinellas County Jail. At the very moment that the transfer is made, the arresting deputy is free once again and available to respond to the next call for service.
RHINO P.A.C. will hold their third RHINO P.A.C. mixer on August 26th at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg. During the RHINO P.A.C. mixer, citizens will have the chance to meet their future mayor and city council.
Clearwater Police Chief Sid Klein announced his retirement at the conclusion of his monthly staff meeting on August 13th. He gave his official six-month notice; setting Jan. 29, 2010 as his last day.
Chief Klein began his career with the Clearwater Police Department on Jan. 5, 1981. During his command, Chief Klein has recruited, trained and retained top caliber people in the law enforcement profession. He has also established an international reputation for CPD as a professional and progressive police agency.
In the near future, our congressional and legislative leaders will be making decisions which could determine the future quality of our water, beach, and marine life. Educating our communities will be a key factor in influencing our critical votes in Washington and Tallahassee.
CLEARWATER, FL - Businesses, neighborhood associations, and other organizations with at least six members are invited to volunteer to work with the city on various outdoor service projects. Groups may do one project, multiple projects or participate in the adopt-a-park program. In exchange for their hard work, the group will experience the reward of making a visible difference that everyone can enjoy, and the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile.
On Saturday, August 8th, the Mt. Carmel Community Development Corporation of Clearwater and the North Greenwood Community Coalition put on the Back to School Health and Wellness Fest at the North Greenwood Recreation Aquatic Center.