Clearwater FL, April 2007 - Believe me: Clearwater is the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. It’s a small town of friendliness, aff ordable housing, good schools and growing business opportunities. It’s a true—officially voted—beach lover’s paradise, it’s the new 9-million dollar Cleveland streetscape, the new multi-million dollar beach walk, the new downtown marina with gorgeous water taxi that will take us back and forth from the white sand beaches and all the new shopping and restaurants of downtown. What more can we ask for? Apparently our Mayor Frank Hibbard dared to ask for much more than that and to many that was very politically incorrect. It will probably take a miracle to grant our mayor’s wishes, but given that it is over a decade since there has been a good miracle in Clearwater, (ever since the Blessed Virgin Mary briefl y chose to appear on the dark-tinted window panes of an office building on the side of US19 highway back in 1996. This made Clearwater world famous almost overnight) I think it’s time for another, and I hope I could help.
Clearwater Downtown Partnership Launches
Clearwater, FL June 2008 - The evening of Wednesday May 28th saw over 100 members of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership (CDP) and city officials including Mayor Frank Hibbard and Vice mayor George Cretekos gathered downtown for the 2008 Momentum Awards for businesses, organizations, individuals and projects that have added to the vitality of downtown. After a wonderful meal catered by downtown Mediterranean restaurant Tangerine, the Mayor reviewed recent successes such as the beautiful streetscapes, a contract to bring boat slips to downtown in 2009 and residential projects such as Water’s Edge, Station Square, and The Strand.
Hard City Hats Tour Water’s Edge
Clearwater FL, June 2008 - The opening gala that commenced at Water’s Edge on May 23rd marked a brilliant light at the end of the tunnel of the seemingly unending residential construction in Downtown Clearwater. Roughly 200 visitors comprised of potential buyers, realtors and city councilmen were wined and dined at Water’s Edge Sales Center located at 401 Cleveland Street in
Downtown Clearwater. The guests were escorted in small groups over to the massive 26-floor luxury residential condominium building to tour one of the newly completed and elegantly decorated units (furnishings by Robb & Stucky).
What are “The CCV Ladies” up to Now? Supporting Our Troops and More…
“We are making something called ‘coolie ties’—5,600 of them to be exact—for the troops in Iraq. They are basically tubes that tie around the neck and have little pellets in them (the kind you can put in your plants). When you soak them in water, the pellets expand and hold onto the water and voila - you have a cool neck!”
Clearwater FL, July 2008 - Signs of the Futrue
A small plaza in downtown Clearwater, across from Classic Cars, where Cleveland Street turns toward Gulf to Bay. On this corner I was uncertain whether to feel safe or not. The transients were living an unfamiliar life to me, some locals did not dress or behave in customary ways, some did not speak my language, some did not look healthy, and others did not look trustworthy.
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.
The team raced a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in four CCS races and in ASRA Superstock at the CCS/ASRA Race of Champions at Daytona with rider Greg Gorman.
The Way to Happiness Racing Team made its debut at the CCS/ASRA Race of Champions at Daytona with rider Greg Gorman. The team raced a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in four CCS races and in ASRA Superstock.
The Birthplace of Clearwater Jazz Holiday
October 15, 2008, Downtown Clearwater—On Wednesday the 15th of October from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Church of Scientology hosted a cocktail reception in the lobby of the Clearwater Bank Building to showcase to the public for the first time the new designs, handcrafted furniture and special features that will be part of the historic Fort Harrison’s makeover. The building, which has been an icon in Clearwater since 1926, is being renovated from top to bottom to modernize its facilities and polish up its 1920’s splendor. The announcement coincided with the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which grew out of a series of jazz concerts held in the Fort Harrison during the 1970’s.
According to Chuck Adams, the co-owner of the former WAZE radio station and who was responsible for planning those concerts, “Back in those days, the Fort Harrison hosted the likes of jazz greats such as Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Keaton, and Buddy Rich. That was when I realized how much Clearwater loves jazz.”
"The September Concert" to Remember 9/11 victims and to Celebrate the "Sister Cities International" program
On Thursday, Sept 11th, the City of Clearwater joined communities around the world from Beijing, China to New York City as they filled the skies with the universal language of music in The September Concert.
The September Concert is a series of free musical performances held in cities around the world on Sept 11th every year in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy. The concerts offer a way for communities to commemorate this historic date and focus on bringing all people together, reaffirming our hope for world peace and celebrating life and universal humanity.
Sister Cities International is a movement founded in 1956 after U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower convened a White House Summit on Citizen Diplomacy. In a speech delivered on September 11, 1956, President Eisenhower called on Americans to forge people-to-people ties with communities abroad and to build a lasting peace based understanding and respect.
CLEARWATER - The Community Learning Center (CLC), which has been offering tutoring and study skills to individuals and families throughout Tampa Bay for over 10 years is launching an exciting new program - the Community Cookbook.
The Community Cookbook is a special project to get community members to submit their very best recipes to be included in the book. The cookbook is scheduled to be released in time for Mother's Day. In addition to the recipes local businesses are being encouraged to place very reasonably priced ads in the publication.
"This will be a fun and simple way to generate a tremendous amount of community participation as well as financial resources for local non-profits and schools to continue to deliver quality programming for young people"