Wednesday, February 27, 2013
In a letter to Clearwater and five other cities, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke says there are flaws in the system and that his office spends too much time dealing with the fallout from violators.
Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke is asking Clearwater and five other cities to stop writing tickets for red light violations, arguing there are flaws in the system and that his office is spending a disproportionate amount of time dealing with the fallout from violators. "These citizens are upset with the poor communication, insufficient information and resulting unfair penalties," Burke wrote in a letter dated Feb. 20 to city leaders in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City, South Pasadena and Oldsmar. Burke said a significant number of red light violations are issued erroneously to the owner of a vehicle, not the driver. Further complicating the matter is the number of rental car companies that receive the notice of …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Clearwater city leaders look to approve a more than $250,000, five-year deal for state lobbying efforts by The Pennington Law Firm at their meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Clearwater city leaders look to approve a five-year, more than $250,000 agreement to retain a lobbyist group at their meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. “This firm has done a good job for us,” said Mayor George N. Cretekos during the city council workshop meeting Monday. The Pennington Law Firm takes some credit for its lobbying efforts at the state level to get these and other legislative measures passed or defeated on behalf of the city since 1996, according to a 66-page proposal. Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell and Dunbar, P.A. says they were able to: The firm’s other clients include Pinellas County, Tampa Bay Water, Volusia and Pasco counties. The contract would pay Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell and Dunbar, P.A. $4,000 …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Members of Clearwater's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will ask the City Council to change the name of a North Greenwood park to Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Community members are trying once again to get a city park in North Greenwood named after community leader Rev. Walter C. Campbell. Members of Clearwater's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will ask city leaders to rename a park near the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Complex to the Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park at the City Council meeting Nov. 15. In April, board members were tasked to come up with three name options for the City Council to vote on in June. The names were: Officials wondered why the list of names also did not include keeping the North Greenwood moniker as an option when it came before the City Council in June. This time around, board members were tasked to come up with five name options but they decided on just …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The response to a sign put up by Travis Wilkinson, owner of Berry Beautiful Salon, incited him to form a business coalition providing similar signs to members.
Travis Wilkinson's first sign is just a warm up. Wilkinson, a Southern Baptist, said it's "hurtful" that people think he's a Scientologist and that customers often think his business is associated with the church simply because it's located downtown. He is the owner of Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, and he placed a sign in front of his business stating “Notice: this is one of the only spas in downtown Clearwater not owned by a Scientologist" in September. Because of the support he has seen from the community since putting the sign up he is creating the Clearwater Small Business Coalition, which will offer members similar signs to place in front of their businesses. He doesn’t see anything wrong with the signs that read: “Notice: This …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The city issued 1,145 tickets in the first month of using the red-light cameras, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Drivers in Clearwater were ticketed more than 1,000 times last month at three local intersections with red-light cameras — including more than 800 at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The city issued 1,145 tickets in August using the new cameras, according to the Times' story. The breakdown: Those tickets come with $158 fines — although the city will collect less than a third of that. The state receives $100 of every ticket, and the city must split their revenues with the Arizona company that installed and maintains the cameras, the Times reports. Clearwater pays Redflex Traffic Systems $13,000 a month. Clearwater City Council member Bill Jonson told the newspaper: "This is all about …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Travis Wilkinson, owner of Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, is putting a sign up in front of his business to let the public know he is not a member of the Church of Scientology.
CLEARWATER, FL -- A local business owner wants to make clear first he is a devoted Southern Baptist. Too many people come into Travis Wilkinson's business, Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, assuming he is a member of the Church of Scientology because of the shop's proximity to downtown Clearwater. “And as a devoted Southern Baptist, for people to think I’m a Scientologist is very hurtful to me personally,” Wilkinson said. He wants people to know not every business downtown is owned by the church or one of its members, so he is getting the finishing touches made on a directional sign to place out front of his salon saying just that. “Notice: this is one of the only spas in downtown Clearwater not owned by a Scientologist” is emblazoned in red …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Many government offices are closed on Sept. 3 for Labor Day.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Here's a look at Labor Day holiday hours for some government services and parks on Monday, Sept. 3, according to news releases. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
City offices and buildings are closed because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Clearwater city offices and buildings will be closed on Monday, Aug. 27, because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Garbage also will not be picked up. Monday's garbage routes will shift to Tuesday, and Tuesday's garbage will be picked up Wednesday. Non-essential employees should not report to work, said Joelle Castelli, city spokeswoman. The Clearwater public library system — including the Clearwater Main Library, the Clearwater Beach Library, the Clearwater Countryside Library, the Clearwater East Library and the Clearwater/North Greenwood Library — will also be closed Monday. Residents should stay off the roads for their safety, Castelli said.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The city's plan to enhance the entrance to the Main Library got Clearwater Patch readers talking. What's your take?
The city's plan to spend more than $127,000 on courtyard enhancements for the entrance to the Main Library got Clearwater Patch readers talking last week. City leaders last Thursday unanimously approved the plan to add a green, seven-foot tall, wrought-iron style fence and gate around the entrance of the library. The enhancements are intended to create an appealing vision for patrons entering the library, as well as to keep the homeless from sleeping in front of the building when it is closed. Officials also removed the somewhat controversial words "Clearwater Public Library" from the project, reducing the cost by about $11,000. Here's a look at a few of the comments from Patch readers. What's your take on the gate? Share your opinion in …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Clearwater residents can now water their lawns twice a week, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
City of Clearwater residents who had been under one-day-a-week watering restrictions can now water their lawns twice a week, the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Tuesday. SFWMD let the emergency water shortage restrictions expire for Tampa Bay after it found significant improvement in water levels thanks to Tropical Storm Debby and regular summer rains. The irrigation schedule returns to two days per week, when residents may water before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. The watering schedule in Clearwater is as follows: Reclaimed water can be used any day of the week, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. There is also a 60-day establishment period for new plant material (sod, seeds, etc.) for lawns: Sprinkling cans, hand-held …