Friday, January 25, 2013
Here are some comments from readers regarding safety in the Skycrest neighborhood and at Crest Lake Park. What's your opinion?
Residents in the Skycrest neighborhood are disturbed and scared in the wake of the second stabbing within a year near Crest Lake Park. Here are some comments from Patch readers regarding safety in the Skycrest neighborhood and at Crest Lake Park: Michael D.: "Closing it isn't the issue, but more lighting would be a vast improvement. Even with the current lighting it is extremely dark at night. I like the park, but won't go there after sunset." Christine Petellat: "I remember this park has had nothing but tragedy after tragedy since as far back as the 70's. That's just my memory so probably even more. Maybe it's time for a serious face lift with lots of lighting. Or CLOSE it!!!" Peter Kraus said in a comment on the Clearwater Patch Facebook…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The residential burglaries happened in the North Greenwood, Old Clearwater Bay and Kings Highway neighborhoods since late September.
First, there is a knock at the door. When no one answers, someone breaks in through the back. It has happened like this at least 33 times in north Clearwater neighborhoods since late September, according to Clearwater Police. Four juveniles have been arrested in connection with four of the residential burglaries. Items taken include jewelry, stereos, televisions, money and firearms. Most of the break-ins in the North Greenwood, Old Clearwater Bay and Kings Highway areas happened during the afternoon and early evening hours, although the times vary, police say. They are a mix of unlocked and smashed window entry, and many include a similar method of operation, according to investigators. "While we have stepped up patrols in the areas, we …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A parking lot near Jack Russell Stadium will be named in honor of Rev. Walter C. Campbell.
It might be Tampa Bay Buccaneers Field but it is in a neighborhood galvinized by community leader Rev. Walter C. Campbell. That is why city leaders unanimously approved naming a Jack Russell Stadium parking lot near new multi use fields to Walter C. Campbell Sr. Park at the their meeting Thursday. Members of Clearwater's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board asked to rename the lot, which borders Palmetto Street; Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue; and Phillies Drive, in honor of Campbell, after the name was suggested at a public meeting in October. The advisory board held the meeting where about five members of the public, all related to the Campbell family, offered names. Only one was pitched. The lot is near the North Greenwood Recreation and…
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
- Jared Leone
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 …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Clearwater city leaders are expected to approve the $2.5 million traffic calming and stormwater improvement project for the Hillcrest-Brookhill neighborhood at their meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 112 S. Osceola Ave.
More roundabouts are coming to Clearwater. About 10 single-lane roundabouts are part of a $2.5 million traffic calming and stormwater project set for the Hillcrest-Brookhill neighborhood. City leaders are expected to approve the year-and-a-half project at their meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. The neighborhood, generally bounded by Missouri and Hillcrest avenues and Belleair and Lakeview roads, is one of the original eight that went through a process to implement traffic calming devices in 1999. The traffic calming features were envisioned by community residents at the Hillcrest-Brookhill Traffic Calming Charrette. The initiative gained support through a petition signed by owners of approximately 65 percent of …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Clearwater homeowners are awarded honors for beautifying their property.
Clearwater homeowners were awarded plaques and honors for beautifying their homes last week. Rumba Island Bar and Grill, designed with a tropical feel, is shrouded in palms and tropical decor and is an anchor along busy Gulf to Bay Boulevard was also awarded business of the quarter. Individual homeowners and a townhome community were honored for the improvements made. The Brigadoon Homeowners Association won neighborhood of the quarter after working with the city to maintain the property. Neighbors also meet regularly to deal with community issues. Lisa Lanza has put more than 20 types of trees, bushes and plants at her Cedar Woods subdivision home. It was recently repainted and hurricane rated windows, covers and garage door were …
Julius Richard Larrance, 19, opened fire on patrolling officers at Palmetto Park Apartments and was later found dead inside a unit Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
Carolyn Butler was shook up Wednesday. After taking the morning to care for her elderly mother with dementia, she got an unforgettable phone call. She said it was her nephew, Julius Richard Larrance, who opened fire on two Clearwater Police officers with a handgun leading to a foot chase near the Palmetto Park Apartments and at least one officer returned fire, striking him around 1:30 p.m., according to Clearwater Police. "I don't know how it started off," Butler said as tears started to stream down her face. "He ran and the police shot and killed him." Butler said she and her mother raised Larrance from a baby. Butler said his parents had died. Larrance, 19, fled when officers Karl Wassmer and Lauren Josey approached him, believing he …
Friday, June 8, 2012
City leaders, who asked for the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Complex to be renamed in January, decided not to approve any of the possible names at their meeting Thursday.
The name remains the same at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Complex. City leaders, who tasked Parks and Recreation Advisory board members to come up with a new name for the center in January, decided not to approve renaming it after community leader Rev. Walter C. Campbell or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at their meeting Thursday. The choices the advisory board brought forward came from the public during an April meeting. They were: A nearby center with King’s name recently closed and many of its programs moved into the North Greenwood facility. The Martin Luther King Center was closed because of costly repairs needed to the structure. The center was operated under an agreement between the city and Pinellas County Schools, who …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
City leaders discuss a possible name change to the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex in honor of neighborhood leader Walter C. Campbell at the City Council meeting at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Public discussion starts at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2012
A standing room only crowd gave its support to a proposal to change the name of the recreation center to honor the community leader.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jared Leone
Friday, April 27, 2012
Jeff Kronschnabl, who started working with the city as a police officer in 1972, came to the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Complex Tuesday with a wheeled cart holding four boxes filled with paperwork. Inside contained the history of the development and redevelopment of North Greenwood including paving old dirt roads, cleaning up the water treatment facility and getting the recreation center built. “This (the North Greenwood Recreation Center) would have never happened, never assume it would have happened,” Kronschnabl said. “Many thought this wasn’t necessary. My vote goes for Walter Cornelius Campbell and I’ve got the evidence to show it.” The standing room only crowd cheered as Kronschnabl lead off the public discussion at the …