Fan and follower Jeremiah Khokhar does a great job telling stories from his lens. Here are a couple shots he shared of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge and Downtown Harbor Marina at sunset and after taken Aug. 4. If you have a sunset photo you would like to share with readers feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apparent sunset: 7:19 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a water ferry service between its Island Estates facility and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure downtown.
While some parts of Tampa Bay continue to talk about using a water ferry service for travel, it is being done to a certain extent already in Clearwater. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a water ferry service between its Island Estates facility and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure downtown. The water ferry has been running for about six months, said Krista Rosado, spokeswoman for the aquarium. Visitors to see Winter the dolphin can travel about 1.5 miles over the water between the two attractions aboard a 40-passenger catamaran. The aquarium has two of the catamarans to ferry visitors back and forth. After docking at the Clearwater Harbor Marina downtown, visitors take a short, uphill walk to the Harborview Center. Already, the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Work to remove material, improve the water quality and expand the size of Prospect Lake recently started.
Construction started recently to improve the water quality at Clearwater’s Prospect Lake Park. The $800,000 project will occur in two phases. First, crews will dredge about 4,300 cubic yards of material from the lake bottom. The sediment is comprised from a number of different sources including nitrogen. Then, the plan calls for enlarging the lake to the south and planting wetland plants in the southwest corner of the lake. That is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2013 and to be complete that summer. “These water quality improvements will benefit the downtown drainage district, which ultimately discharges to Clearwater Harbor,” said Ed Chesney, the city's environmental manager in a press release. The park is located in the …
Monday, July 16, 2012
City leaders are expected to confirm a rental agreement of the first floor of the Harborview Center for storage space for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure exhibit at their work session meeting Monday.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s downtown presence is expanding. At least that is what officials there hope. City leaders are expected to confirm a rental agreement of the first floor of the Harborview Center for storage space for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure exhibit at their work session meeting Monday. The 5,314 square foot space on the ground floor includes the former Pickles Plus Too restaurant. City manager Bill Horne approved the lease but it still is subject to confirmation and approval of the City Council as required by the City Charter. Aquarium officials requested to lease the space to store supplies related to the Winter’s Dolphin Tale exhibit. The 12-month lease is expected to start when …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
While Achieva Credit Union is leaving its office at the city’s East Gateway entrance, iDatix, a technology company in unincorporated Clearwater, will move in.
The Achieva Credit Union building at the city’s East Gateway entrance won’t sit vacant for long - if at all. The news of Achieva Credit Union moving its corporate headquarters from Clearwater to Dunedin in October did not come as a surprise to officials who worked to try and find another location within the city for the company. The Dunedin call center will house 143 employees pulled from other offices scattered throughout the county. There were not that many jobs at the Clearwater building, said Geri Campos-Lopez the city’s director economic development. She also worked to get another company into the four-story, 23,879 square foot building. With the help of Pinellas County Economic Development, technology company iDatix got financing to …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
One business owner has already decided to leave the Cleveland Street area, while others are seriously considering it.
When Clearwater Patch spoke to Tony Saydi nearly one year ago, he believed the Cleveland Street streetscaping project that was creeping toward his sub shop was not going to adversely affect his business. Eleven months later, Saydi, owner of Mr. Submarine, is unsure if he will be able to survive much longer. Saydi, who has been at the corner of Cleveland and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue for almost 25 years, was confident the quality of his food combined with the loyalty of his longtime customers would keep him afloat during the period when the project would affect his section of Cleveland. But on the heels of the city announcing an extension of Phase II of the project from February to April, Saydi and other business owners are thinking …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The popular events are popping up throughout the Tampa Bay area but could they come to Clearwater? Maybe, but not any time soon, officials say.
The crowds line the carts. Smells fill the air for blocks around. Thousands of food truck fans fill Cleveland Street in the East Gateway or maybe near the waterfront at Coachman Park. The food truck craze started with events in cities like Los Angeles a few years ago. More recently Miami and Orlando have had events with positive results and smaller rallies have been held in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Largo. But a food truck rally coming to Clearwater is just a concept and the city is approaching allowing the mobile vendors with trepidation. “We do think there is a lot of validity that if they could be positioned for festival types of events, that may be a great way to encourage the free business enterprise in our community and our region,” …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Howard Warshauer will get to give a presentation about the findings of the Coachman Park Enhancement Coalition at the Downtown Development Board’s Feb. 1 meeting.
Dennis Bosi had not seen anything like this happen before. Someone wanted to give a presentation to the Downtown Development Board. They were told they could. Then, they were told they could not. “I’m talking about an individual coming to speak before this board and then all of a sudden that time was taken away,” said Bosi, who has been a member of the board for eight years. “I don’t think there is anything to act on or say. I thought my job was to be listening to what people wanted to do and how that would affect downtown.” The presentation in question: the findings of the Coachman Park Enhancement Coalition. Bosi asked how an item is added or removed from the agenda, without any other board member’s knowledge. “The process is, it’s my …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A group working to develop a future use plan for Coachman Park hit a snag as the Downtown Development Board refused time at its Wednesday meeting to hear a presentation.
Howard Warshauer has a vision. Across America, cities are re-creating themselves through their urban parks, he contends. It happened at Battery Park in New York and it is going on across the bay at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. He resigned a post as vice president of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership, a group of business owners and residents working to encourage downtown commerce, so that he could give more time to the Coachman Park Enhancement Committee. He formed the committee in February to help create a vision for the future use of Coachman Park. The Coachman Park Enhancement Committee is working on a feasibility study that examines park elements, structures, programming, management and funding. Members hope to …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The latest Sculpture 360 art is installed along Cleveland Street downtown.
Three new artist's sculptures have been added, temporarily, to the downtown landscape. The pieces for the Sculpture360 Season IV traveling art show will be on display through October 2012. A public dedication of the art is planned during the Blast Friday event Jan. 27. The art includes: