Five Things We Learned This Week
A censored billboard stirs some controversy, city leaders approve the library fence and gate project, red light cameras start running for real and more recap some of the most popular stories on Clearwater Patch.
1. Clear Channel Billboard Controversy: First, the city is criticized for censoring a billboard supporting gay marriage in a national press campaign by dating website beautifulpeople.com. Then officials learn the content was not approved by Clear Channel Outdoors. An official there said it was censored because the advertiser did not get rights to use images of the actors portrayed in the political satire, not because it supports gay marriage. Then it turns out the billboard is across the street from a Catholic church, unintentional the advertiser said.
2. Library Fence and Gate Gets the Go Ahead: City leaders unanimously approved spending more than $127,000 to pay for a fence and gate for the Main Library at a City Council meeting. The courtyard enhancements including adding a green, seven-foot tall, wrought-iron style fence and gate around the entrance of the Main Library. Atop the fence is an arch that parallels the building’s signature roof-line.
3. Red Light Cameras: The city approved a measure to add the cameras for a six-month trial program back in November, and the cameras went live July 1. The cameras record traffic each minute, every day of the week, taking pictures and video of red light runners. The images are sent to Clearwater Police to review, and then a $158 citation is mailed to the vehicle owner.
4. Disappearing Sand Key: County officials hope to increase nourishment efforts in the wake of a sand impact study that shows an estimated 630,900 cubic yards of sand from Pinellas beaches washed away during Tropical Storm Debby, causing $25 million in beach damage.