BELLEAIR - Discussion of the potential new zoning designation as it relates to the Belleview Biltmore property again dominated the discussion at the Belleair Commission meeting on March 4.
The zoning designation RM-10 would allow any developer to build 10 units per acre on the land. The previous designation RM-15 was considered inappropriate for the property.
Several weeks ago, based on a motion by Commission Stephen Fowler, the commission voted 3-2 to shelve any discussion of the zoning for six months. That was considered a hindrance to developer Mike Cheezem, who intends to buy and develop the property.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The incumbents will keep their seats on the Belleair Bluffs Commission after the March 11 Municipal Election.
Joe Barkley will serve a fourth term and Taylour Shimkus will return for a third term.
They defeated challenger George Lawton, who also ran unsuccessfully for a commission seat in 2013.
According to the unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website, Barkley received 428 votes, 36.36 percent. Shimkus took in 406 votes, 34.49 percent. Lawton received 343 votes, 29.14 percent.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The five members of the city of Indian Rocks Beach’s Charter Review Committee met for the first time Feb. 26. They introduced themselves, shook hands and got down to work. Theirs is a six-month task and depending on what they discover, it could be a tough one.
The newly appointed chairman of the committee, Wally Clark, said he hopes the job will be finished long before the six-month deadline.
BELLEAIR BEACH - A group urging defeat of a proposed penny sales tax increase to fund rail transit and an improved bus system in Pinellas County presented their case at the March 3 Belleair Beach City Council meeting. A referendum vote on the issue, called Greenlight Pinellas, will be held this November.
“No Tax for Tracks” spokeswoman Barb Haselden said if the referendum passes, the county sales tax will increase by 14 percent, from 7 percent to 8 percent, and will be the highest sales tax in the state of Florida. The PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) bus system currently receives about $32 million a year in property taxes, Haselden said. Under the sales tax proposal, their revenue would increase to $130 million a year, hardly the “tax swap” that PSTA claims, she said.
Haselden said PSTA spending has continued to rise while ridership has leveled out. Citing PSTA figures, she said five local routes account for 46 percent of the system ridership and the trolley another 13 percent. The majority of the system’s routes have low ridership, “yet PSTA wants more bus routes, longer operating hours, higher frequency and a rail line,” she said.
BELLEAIR - Lorene Lane celebrates her 100th birthday Thursday, March 6. Born in Headland, Ala., on March 6, 1914, Lorene was the first of three children born to parents Margaret Ann and James Benjamin Quattelbaum.
When she was 7 years old, Lane’s family moved to Dunedin, where she attended elementary and junior high. After graduating from Clearwater High School, Lorene attended business school, then worked for two years for Coachman Estates. In 1935, she started what became a distinguished, 34-year-career with The Florida Power Company.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - For the past year Indian Rocks Beach Commissioners have been trying to figure out a way to allow golf carts to legally get from the northern section of the city to the Triangle Business District, south of the Walsingham intersection.
Despite the fact that golf carts are legal on city streets in Indian Rocks Beach they cannot get to the business district, where most of the restaurants are located, because the narrow yacht basin prevents sidewalks wide enough to accommodate them, and traveling on Gulf Boulevard is illegal for most golf carts.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - A long talked about new fire station to replace current Largo Fire Station 43 on Indian Rocks Road could be under construction by early next year.
Belleair Bluffs Mayor Chris Arbutine said at the Feb. 24 City Commission meeting that the project is “back on track.”
The station would be built on city-owned property near City Hall that Belleair Bluffs acquired in 2007. The proposed station had been last discussed in May of last year. At that time, a three-party agreement including Largo, Belleair Bluffs and Belleair being pushed by Largo had been deemed unacceptable by Belleair Bluffs. There was talk of moving the station site to the Belleview Biltmore Golf Course property that Belleair had recently acquired.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Free seminar on ageism in hiring
ST. PETERSBURG – Steven Watson, owner of St. Petersburg Resume Services, will offer a free seminar for older workers having difficulty finding work in today’s job market on Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the conference room at Cross Point Plaza, 3530 First Ave. N.
Major topics will include the need to address negative stereotypes that many employers hold toward older workers and crafting a résumé that reduces the impact of age issues.
This seminar will provide valuable information on several critical topics, such as:
• Identifying ways to reduce the impact of age issues on your résumé and other career materials
• Working harder to find a new job, but also working smart to maximize your efforts
• Taking advantage of positive attributes given to older workers, while addressing negative stereotypes
• Utilizing former/current colleagues, networking contacts, and even friends/family members to attract leads.
Registration is required. To register and for information, call 954-5364 or email email@example.com. When emailing, include name, contact phone number and indicate which session is preferred.
Good Samaritan Church Soup for the Soul
PINELLAS PARK – The season of Lent will be observed with the traditional Soup for the Soul beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continuing each Wednesday through April 9, 6 to 6:30 p.m., at Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd.
Soup for the Soul will feature a bowl of soup and a piece of bread followed by a time of prayer, scripture reading, meditation and music. The Reverends Bill and Jean Cooley will lead these services designed to prepare oneself for the celebration of Easter. Attendees need not be members of Good Samaritan Church to participate. Reservations are not required.
ISPOA happy hour INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Property Owners Association plans its monthly happy hour gathering on Wednesday, March 12, at Sea Breeze Island Grill, 17855 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
For questions, contact Art Newsome at 418-0220.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Monthly crafting event
LARGO – Attend a free evening of crafting while taking inspiration from non-fiction books at the Largo Public Library on second Wednesdays, 6 p.m., in the Jenkins Community Wing of the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Use a variety of materials to create a fun and unique project during this adult program. Families are welcome. The Nov. 13 craft will be a cross-stitch leather cuff.
No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Call 587-6715.
Presentation by Dr. Steven Masood and his wife, Karen SEMINOLE – Dr. Steven Masood and his wife, Karen, will give a presentation Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave.
The Masoods have a ministry called JesusToMuslims. All are welcome to this free presentation. They will have books and pamphlets written by Steven available.
Steven grew up in Pakistan into a Islamic reformist sect. He left home at age 18 to become a Sunni Muslim and studied the principles of Islam, even memorizing the entire Quran. However, when he began to question the tenets of his faith while in his Islamic studies he faced persecution from those around him, and even his family.
He miraculously escaped several murderous plots and was able to leave the country. He and his wife now live in Florida. Steven will give his testimony of why he chooses to follow Jesus and not Islam.
Red Hatters annual Red Hat Tea Party LARGO – Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to gather at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, for the annual Red Hat Tea Party Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Hatters will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a lunch freshly prepared by the Largo Community Center. Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and wear your best red hat as the group plans to take lots of pictures to commemorate this ever-growing springtime event.
Cost for one day of the event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; preregistration is required by Friday, March 7.
Purchase tickets by calling 587-6740, ext. 5004 or visiting the Largo Community Center.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.