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BELLEAIR - After weeks of dealing with accusations of micromanaging and interference in day-to-day operations, Police Chief Tom Edwards has resigned. His resignation came in a brief letter to Town Manager Micah Maxwell on Sept. 15.

“I would like to provide you two weeks’ notice and tender my resignation with the town of Belleair effective on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the close of business,” wrote Edwards. “If I can assist you in any way in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.”

With that, Edwards eight-year tenure as Police Chief ended.
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BELLEAIR - Belleair Commissioners unanimously approved the budget Sept. 16 for the upcoming fiscal year. The tax rate is set at 5.9 mills for the budget of nearly $6 million to operate the town and $17 million for capital projects and water, solid waste and wastewater funds.

Commissioners passed the budget on second reading.

There was little comment on the budget. Commissioners and residents had studied the budget with comment at various workshops and at first reading two weeks ago.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The Belleair Bluffs City Commission voted at its final budget hearing Sept. 15 to leave the tax rate at 5.35 mills. The rate has been the same for the past four years. However, with property values rising, the city will receive about $48,000 in added income.

Also, a 5 percent utility tax on electricity use that begins in January will bring in more revenue. The commission also approved a budget totaling $1.73 million for the coming year, with an increase in the operating budget of 3.7 percent.

In her budget message to the commission, City Clerk/Finance Director Debra Sullivan said the city will continue its conservative fiscal policies of previous years, aware that revenue from local and state sources has been reduced in recent years, affecting the city’s reserves for future projects and disaster planning.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Belleair Bluffs Commissioners Jack Nazario and Joe Barkley have been appointed to Florida League of Cities boards.

The league also appointed Nazario to its board of directors.

Nazario has been active with the Florida League of Cities for several years in various positions, serving as trustee for the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust and the Florida Investment Trust, vice president of the Suncoast League of Cities, which serves the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota, and as a member of the Energy and Environmental Quality Legislative Policy Committee.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Patchington has partnered with local communities to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Party with a Purpose will run Sept. 18-20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Patchington, 280 Indian Rocks Road N., Belleair Bluffs.

“This is the kick-off of our six week domestic violence awareness campaign,” said Michael Levich in a press release. Levich is Patchington CEO and president. “We are passionate about this cause and are excited to add this new event to our other initiatives such as our bi-annual Trade-In Event.”
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Wednesday, September 10
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It seems there is nothing a child likes more than to play in and on vehicles with sirens and flashing lights. There was plenty of that going on at Indian Rocks Beach’s second annual Public Safety Day on Sept. 6.

The event was held in Kolb Park across the street from City Hall and from the moment it began at 10 a.m. the children were there, curious and energetic. There was so much to see.
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BELLEAIR - An investigator’s report into allegations that Police Chief Tom Edwards acted inappropriately regarding several issues and micro-managed his employees indicates that morale is dangerously low in the department.

The report is now in the hands of Town Manager Micah Maxwell, who said he will address the report’s main conclusion about morale quickly.

“The underlying issue is what a number of people talked about; morale,” he said. “The report tells me that there are some morale issues that were deeper than we first believed and that they were of greater concern to the officers than it was on its face.”
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BELLEAIR BEACH - The city of Belleair Beach’s long search for a means to create enough public parking spaces to qualify for periodic nourishment of its beaches may soon be over.

City Manager Nancy Gonzalez announced at the City Council meeting Sept. 8 that the county had approved a plan that would let the city substitute bicycle racks for vehicle parking spaces to meet the requirements.

Beach nourishment rules established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Belleair Beach needs 100 total parking spaces, distributed along the beachfront. The city has been about 30 short. Four bicycle racks would count as one vehicle parking space.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - When the milling and repaving work on Gulf Boulevard began recently, the Indian Rocks Beach Commission, officials and residents were ecstatic. The county had been promising the work for months and it was finally underway; but not so fast.

“There has been no work in a week,” resident Patty Muneio told the commissioners at their Sept. 3 meeting. “They have promised the work will be done in a month but how is that going to be possible if they are not working?”
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• Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Aquaponics program
PALM HARBOR – An introduction to aquaponics will be presented Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., at the new Sol Terra Lifestyle Center, 1090 Michigan Ave. The program is free.

The guest speaker will be Gina Cavaliero, from Green Acres Aquaponics in Brooksville. She will present an introduction to aquaponics. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to produce both fish and organic/chemical free fruits and vegetables, in a dynamic, man-made, pond type ecosystem in their own backyard.

If there is enough interest in this class, Cavaliero hopes to return to the area soon to do a full day, hands-on workshop where she will demonstrate how to get started with aquaponics for a no-till, no-weeds, no-irrigation food production system.

Visit www.solterra.guru. Call 348-9435.
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Bone and Joint Lecture Series
ST. PETERSBURG – Two programs are scheduled in the weeks that follow at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, 701 Sixth St. S.

The Bone and Joint Lecture Series will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Brian Burke, Bayfront Health orthopedic surgeon, set for Wednesday, Sept. 24, noon to 1 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center. This free seminar will include a light lunch.

A Matter of Balance classes will begin Monday, Sept. 22. The eight-week session is designed for adults age 60 and older and will cover how to manage falls and increase activity levels.

For information and to RSVP for a program, call 895-3627. Visit Bayfront.com.
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Candidate forum
PALM HARBOR – The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Town Hall Series presents a candidate forum on Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library.  

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith will be the moderator.  

The event will feature the candidates for State Senate District 20, State Representative Districts 64 and 65, County Commission Districts 2 and 4, School Board District 4, and East Lake and Palm Harbor Fire Districts.  

This is an opportunity for citizens to meet the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supervisor of Elections staff will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. for voter registration.
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Fall prevention programs
ST. PETERSBURG – September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Bayfront Health’s Trauma Center will host several events on site at the hospital, 701 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg.  

The following events are scheduled:  

• A Matter of Balance – Monday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. This is the first program in an eight-week free class designed for older adults to learn fall prevention.  

• National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Lunch and Learn Seminar – Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Carol Bissinger, R.N., and Chastity Rogers-Johnson, R.N., will host a free presentation on fall prevention and stroke awareness. Light lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear yellow in honor if National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  

For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.
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Florida Silver Haired Legislature meeting
CLEARWATER – The relaunched Florida Silver Haired Legislature invites citizens 55 years and older to join its organizational meeting Monday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m., at the Suncoast Hospice Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd.

The group originally was organized in 1978 to advocate in senior, national, state and local issues.

Ernie Bach, a former leader of the group, is opening a new state headquarters in Pinellas County and chapters in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

The group is seeking new officers and members. To register or for more information, call 585-1111.
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Immunization seminar
ST. PETERSBURG – Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will host a seminar on immunization education on Monday, Sept. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center, Bayfront Medical Center, 701 Sixth St. S.  

A panel of clinical experts, including Bayfront’s own pediatrician Dr. W. Michael Brown, will be on hand to discuss and help educate attendees on the importance of immunization for children.

Seating is limited. To register, call 895-3627.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Fall prevention programs
ST. PETERSBURG – September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Bayfront Health’s Trauma Center will host several events on site at the hospital, 701 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg.  

The following events are scheduled:  

• A Matter of Balance – Monday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. This is the first program in an eight-week free class designed for older adults to learn fall prevention.  

• National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Lunch and Learn Seminar – Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Carol Bissinger, R.N., and Chastity Rogers-Johnson, R.N., will host a free presentation on fall prevention and stroke awareness. Light lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear yellow in honor if National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  

For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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Medicare lunch and learn
BELLEAIR – A lunch and learn session on understanding Medicare options will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road.  

Karyn Rizzo, director of patient services for Allegiance Care Services, will present the program. To RSVP, call 581-6540 or email gfortino@belleviewbiltmoregolfclub.com.  
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