June 5, 2009 CLEARWATER, FL – On June 5th, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce was proud to host six of Pinellas County’s legislators at their annual legislative breakfast at the Clearwater Harborview Center. Issues surrounding transportation, education, growth management, tax burdens, gaming compact, and property insurance were just a few of the issues discussed. Ed Armstrong, moderator of the event posed frank and tough questions to each legislator and received very thoughtful and forthright responses. Legislators present included: Senator Mike Fasano, Senator Dennis Jones, Representative Ed Hooper, Representative Jim Frishe, Representative Janet Long, and Representative Bill Heller.
The legislators gave a great deal of history regarding decisions made over time that help explain many of the situations we are currently facing as a result of unintended consequences. Decisions such as Save our Homes and constitutional mandates have facilitated imbalances and significant funding challenges. They all expressed their concern for the ability of the state to have sustainability over the long term.
The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce applauds their leadership in making decisions that impacted the lives of every Floridian during these very difficult and unprecedented economic times. With our mission to enhance the business environment and promote economic health and growth in the Clearwater region, we encourage all of our lawmakers to step up and demonstrate real leadership in making this state a place where businesses can continue to grow and create jobs.
Again we congratulate our legislators on a successful session and thank them for their leadership. We encourage all of our members to work independently and in partnership with the Chamber to meet with our legislative delegation to discuss the future business needs for our county and state.
The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is an independent, not-for-profit business organization dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of the area, while protecting the unsurpassed quality of life that its residents enjoy. Established in 1922, the Clearwater Chamber is the leading advocate for business in the Tampa Bay area. Their professional staff provide businesses innovating opportunities to market their products and services to the public. The Chamber also represents the interests of businesses at all levels of government. For more information regarding the Clearwater Chamber please call 727-461-0011 or visit www.clearwaterflorida.org.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Clothes To Kids, a not-for-profit organization that provides free new and gently-used clothing to low-income Pinellas County school children, is joining forces with the IronKids Triathlon, coming to St. Petersburg, FL on June 6 -7, to help raise awareness of the Clothes To Kids program and to boost clothing donations.
June 20, 2009 - CLEARWATER, FL - Singer/Actor Paul Wilson has been added as a special guest performer at the upcoming Sunscreen Film Festival concert/fundraiser on June 20th at the Ft. Harrison Hotel. The event features the concert “Hit Songs From Stage and Screen” and will be accompanied by the screening of two entertaining and uplifting short films, as well as great desserts and libations. Paul will join the fabulous “Broadway & Beyond” group, featuring Joanie Sigal and Tom Godfrey, the nimble fingers of Jim Nelson backed by the mellow tones of the Fort Harrison Band.
Clearwater, 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.
You’re invited to a free party on Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater! It will be held on April 24th from 5:30-9:00pm, so bring your friends and family to enjoy great music, beer, wine, soft drinks and all kinds of food and local goods from vendors and local businesses.
This month’s band is Kenny McGee. Kenny is the lead vocalist from Julliet, a national rock act. Julliet went on to get signed to Capitol Records and toured in the 80's and early 90's and worked with such producers as Frankie Sullivan (Survivor) and Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot).
Kenny eventually branched off and formed a solo band which has brought Kenny back to his southern rock roots. In the early 90s, with "Baby Jane" he had the #1 most requested song for 6 months on 98 Rock . At the same time, Julliet’s “Revvin' Me Up” was being played on rock stations nationwide.
To this day, Kenny remains one of the most sought out singer/songwriters with which to work . His solo band, as well as Juliet, are gearing up for a busy season; they will be doing a summer tour in support of their appearance at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma (4-day 80's rock festival).
4th Friday Events are Sponsored by the CDP (Clearwater Downtown Partnership), for more information visit http://www.4thfridayclearwater.com/or call 866-550-3472
Clearwater Celebrates Arbor Day with Free Trees for Residents
CLEARWATER, FL (April 14, 2009) - The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 25th, from 9am to 2pm at the Public Services Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Ave., with a ceremony and tree giveaway. A representative from the Florida Division of Forestry will present the prestigious Tree City USA award to Clearwater. This is the 27th consecutive year Clearwater has been honored as a Tree City USA.
Following the Tree City USA ceremony, Clearwater residents are invited to receive two free trees per household, plant them and watch them grow. Available trees include these species: Live Oak, Shumard Oak, Chickasaw Plum, Red Cedar, Bald Cypress, D. D. Blanchard Magnolia, Red Maple, Slash Pine, Walters Viburnum and four colors of Crape Myrtles (pink, white, red, and lavender).
For Leagues's First-Ever Green Week - Magic to Hold In-Game Activities and Works Toward Carbon Neutrality
Orlando, Fla., April 1, 2009 - The Orlando Magic announced today their participation in the inaugural National Basketball Association (NBA) Green Week 2009 which tips-off on April 2 and runs through April 10. The NBA will partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on its efforts.