Saturday, May 18, 2013
A military flag plaza, repairs and a new entry sign are part of renovations for Pier 60 Park were unanimously approved by city leaders Thursday.
A pricey playground is not part of renovation plans for Pier 60 Park. But a military flag plaza, repairs and a new entry sign still will be part of the project at the park after city leaders unanimously approved the $500,000 plan Thursday. The more than $300,000, concrete sandcastle playground structure was removed from the project after city leaders heard opposition from resident and business groups. The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition, Clearwater Beach Association, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Beach Chamber all were opposed to the plan. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board also was against it. A handful of residents wearing homemade paper buttons with the words “Beach Friends Library, Pool, Rec Center” written …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Restaurant week continues through Saturday, with local chefs indulging diners and showing off the sophistication of Clearwater Beach dining.
Restaurant Week on Clearwater Beach is hardly over, though only hours remain of the event that delights visitors and shows off the sophistication of local restaurants. Take a look at the images, reviews and comments from Restaurant Week, which runs from May 10-18.
The annual volunteer cleanup keeps artificial reefs clean for recreational divers.
The annual artificial reef cleanup is Saturday off the Clearwater coast. Recreational divers as well as dive teams from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police and Fire Rescue will participate. This is a big event for local divers, who get to gather and dive together in an effort to remove trash and debris from the reef. This year, a group from the Wounded Warrior Project also will take part. Reef Monitoring Inc. hosts the event, with this year's cleanup at Rube Allyn Artificial Reef, which is 12 miles southwest of Clearwater Pass. The cleanup is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. “Our cleanups are not only fun for all who participate but they play a vital role in preserving our underwater habitats and protecting all marine animals…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Upgrades are expected to come to Pier 60 Park, but they won’t include a pricey sandcastle playground structure.
Upgrades are expected to come to Pier 60 Park, but they won’t include a pricey sandcastle playground structure. City leaders briefly discussed removing the more than $300,000 item that is part of a nearly $600,000 package of renovation work at the park, which is sandwiched between Clearwater Beach and the roundabout. The other parts of the project including an entry sign, repairing parts of the existing seating wall and walkways, irrigation and improving the special event layout to mesh the park more closely with the look of Beach Walk still could still be completed. Plans also call for adding a military flag plaza. City leaders still have to approve the expense, minus the playground, at the city council meeting Thursday. Already, the …
The fourth annual 'Bags on the Beach' is May 18 with check-in behind the Palm Pavilion Bar Beachside Grill & Bar. The charity cornhole tournament benefits the Homeless Emergency Project.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Show the world all the great things about living in Clearwater.
Do you use Instagram to snap photos of your life in Clearwater? Show off some of those photos to fellow Clearwater Patch readers. Just tag your photos #ClearwaterPatch, and we will create a mashup of the images for other Patch readers to see. Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Check out the results of this online contest to find the "best beach bars" in Florida for 2013.
Clearwater Beach is home to one of the state's best beach bars. That's according to voters on FloridaBeachBar.com, which on Monday released the results of its annual "best beach bar" contest. Shephard's Beach Resort cracked the top 10 for the second straight year, coming in at No. 8. Shephard's finished second overall in 2012 behind Jimmy B's Beach Bar in St. Pete Beach. Sharky's on the Pier in Venice took the top honors for 2013. Read a full review of the list here. What do you think of the results? Was Shephard's ranked too high or two low? Are there other places you would have added to the list? Click here to leave a review about Shephard's Beach Resort. Sign up for the Clearwater Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines …
Friday, May 10, 2013
A more than $300,000 sandcastle playground structure is planned as part of renovations to Pier 60 Park.
A more than $300,000 sandcastle playground structure is planned as part of renovations to Pier 60 Park. The more than $600,000 project also includes a new entry sign, repairing parts of the existing seating wall and walkways and irrigation system and improving the special event layout to mesh the park more closely with the look of Beach Walk. Plans also call for adding a military flag plaza. Related coverage: Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Some Clearwater Patch readers shared their thoughts about potential plans for nearly $600,000 in upgrades to Pier 60 Park which includes more than half of the cost for a sandcastle playground structure.
Some Clearwater Patch readers shared their thoughts about potential plans for nearly $600,000 in upgrades to Pier 60 Park which includes more than half of the cost for a sandcastle playground structure. The beach is a playground and another is not necessary, the project is a waste of money and not needed, they said. The more than $300,000 concrete structure is designed for children aged 5-12 years old. It would be about 14-feet tall at its height and take up about the same footprint as the existing playground. The project also includes a new entry sign, repairing parts of the existing seating wall and walkways and irrigation system and improving the special event layout to mesh the park more closely with the look of Beach Walk. Plans also …
The president of the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition reacts to potential plans to bring nearly $600,000 in improvements to Pier 60 Park, which includes more than half of the cost for a sandcastle playground structure.
The following was submitted to Patch by Carl Schrader, president of the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition: The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition became aware of the Pier 60 Park playground expansion at our September 12, 2011 meeting when a city employee presented this information to us. Since grant funds were going to be used, which is sometimes the case with capital projects; the grant conferring agency required a public presentation. Our organization is frequently the audience for these types of presentations so this was not unusual. During the presentation the speaker was interrupted on more than one instance by audience members made up of neighborhood representatives. The concern was that there were other parks that needed …