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Clearwater Chamber of CommerceJune 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.  



Published in Clearwater
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:49

IronKids Triathlon to Help Out Good Cause

IronKidsST. 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.  

Published in Racing

Actor and singer Paul WilsonJune 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.

Published in Theatre

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.

Published in Pinellas County

Kenny Mcgee 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

Published in Events
Friday, 17 April 2009 17:58

The Back Room Short Film Festival 2009

The Back Short Film Festival St. Petersburg, FL (April 10, 2009) - The Back Room Short Film Festival of Sarasota is seeking film submissions for a short film festival at the NOVA 535 on September, 9th from 6–9 pm.  This one-day festival will feature films from 2-7 minutes in length in three categories: inspiration/motivation, comedy and animation.

“This is a film festival designed as a family-friendly occasion with the movies rated PG or less,” said Paul Gruber, founder of www.PeopleAreReady.com and www.TheBackRoom.tv.   “We are encouraging people of all ages to participate and are reaching out to schools and other groups to encourage children, teens and young adults to submit a film.”
Published in Film
Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Come Experience a Magical Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy, May 14 – 17, 2009 at the St. Pete Times Form in Tampa!

See your favorite Disney Stories with high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Master and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s CARS race across the ice.

Drive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and experience the ‘Circle of Life’ with The Lion King. Then enter into the magical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all her fairy friends as they make their world premiere on ice!

Your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life as Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

For show times and tickets Click for Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Tickets
Published in Events
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 00:00

Free Trees For Clearwater Residents

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).

Published in Pinellas County
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00

NBA Going Green Week 2009

NBA Going Green

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.

Published in Basketball
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00

Sunscreen Film Festival Film Summer Camp

St. Petersburg, FL (April 1, 2009) - The Sunscreen Film Festival will present a two-week summer camp program that will teach kids how to conceive, write, shoot and edit movies. The camp will end with a mini-festival to showcase the creative output of the campers.

The camp will meet at Studio 620, located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg. It will run Monday through Friday, from July 6th  to July 17th from 9am-5pm. The cost for the instruction and special equipment is $500.00.

“A kid with a camera and a passion can bring a special energy to film,” said Tony Armer, Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival. “We want to provide youngsters with the knowledge to create good work with a beginning, a middle and an end that the audience can't wait to see.”
Published in Film
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