Clearwater, 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.
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.
Often we get caught up in our own busy lives and spheres of influence and forget that there is a whole other world out there, consisting of others that may not be as fortunate as us.
The economic situation in Haiti would make most of us long for home in appreciation for the opportunities we have in this country.
Haiti, with its 75% unemployment rate, $15-$20.00 average income per week, 70% illiteracy, 10,000+ homeless in the capital and thousands of children living on the streets; is visibly a country less blessed than our own.
Taking matters into their own hands, three of Clearwater’s Scientology Volunteer Ministers, Cary Goulston, Mike Campbell and Brad Kugler—all who have businesses and families to care for—decided to reach outside their comfort zone and give relief to Haiti. After months of fundraising and preparation, they traveled to Haiti last month to deliver enough Kenaf seeds (a fast growing plant that is an ideal food and building source) to feed thousands of Haitians. Equally important are the educational tools the three provided to the people of Haiti. These tools were developed by L. Ron Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) to further assist them in reversing their unprecedented rate of economic decline.
Clearwater’s rebirth of their main street has inspired many of its local businesses to do some remodeling of their own. In conjunction with this renaissance, Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center has undergone some recent changes; including a new management team and a new look for the store.
In the past couple of years, the face of Clearwater has changed a great deal. From the streetscape on Cleveland to the two new high-rise condominium complexes, it is clear to see that the future of this city is bright.
The Dunedin Blue Jays minor league baseball team, were hosts to some very special guests. Besides entertaining fans with that “all American” game they welcomed the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and around ten of its Drug-Free Marshals.
The Drug-Free Marshals took the field before the game and stood with the players for the national Anthem, which was sung by 12-year-old Drug-Free Marshal Sally Gatza. A prominent banner displayed “The truth about drugs – what you don’t know could kill you” get the facts www.drugfreeworld.org.
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.
“Clearwater Awards for Neighborhoods” - Where Everybody Wins
The City of Clearwater encourages its residents to get involved with their neighborhoods through The Clearwater Awards for Neighborhoods. As a result of “CAN” with its tag line: “Unite, Achieve, Grow and Win!” Clearwater residents are teaming together in their neighborhoods and are making a difference.
This year the first place award for “The Mayor’s Award of Excellence” went to the North Greenwood Neighborhood Coalition who was awarded $2,500.
For those of us who love living in the Tampa Bay area, boating and fishing rank high among favorite outdoor activities for many people. Serious anglers are willing to spend a great deal of time and money in pursuit of a wide variety of fish species. The expense often includes boats that are built for specific types of fishing. These boats range from flats boats that are designed to operate in very shallow water to large multi-engine boats designed to operate offshore in hundreds of feet of water.