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Groundbreaking set for library expansion

Groundbreaking set for library expansion

Palm Harbor, FL -- The East Lake Community Library on 4125 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor will break ground Feb. 19 for its Phase I expansion, "A New Beginning."

The public is invited to attend the free event, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature an overview of the library's Phase I expansion plan.

The first phase of the expansion will include a large community/multi-purpose room, enclosure of the front entry for the Friends Book Nook and additional staff office space. Phase II will enlarge the building further to enable it to provide services according to Florida State Library Standards.

Survey Says! Dunedin calls for your input to make the city safer

Survey Says! Dunedin calls for your input to make the city safer

Dunedin, FL - The City of Dunedin needs you!

Officials are hoping every resident weighs in on a Pedestrian and Bike Safety Survey.

The idea is for city leaders to learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to walkways and bike trails within city limits.

Some of the questions on the survey ask if people feel safe walking or bike-riding on Dunedin streets; which type of streets people choose to walk or bike on; and what prevents people from walking or bike-riding in the city.

New sidewalks for North Beach parking lot

New sidewalks for North Beach parking lot

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- New sidewalks are being built on the north beach parking lot.

After replacing parking meters with pay stations, the city is ripping up the sidewalk on the Mandalay Park side of the Rockaway parking lot and replacing it with a wider sidewalk, according to Tracey Bruch, the city's parking system manager.

"We also determined that the beach side sidewalk was in need of repair and felt it was a good time to make this improvement," Bruch stated.

Cleveland Streetscape Part Two starts next month

Cleveland Streetscape Part Two starts next month

Clearwater, Florida - The streetscape project that transformed downtown Cleveland Street is moving east starting next month.

Phase two of the project will remake Cleveland Street from Missouri to Martin Luther King Jr. avenues, and should be completed in about 6 months, the city reports.

When completed, the street will have one lane in each direction separated by a landscaped medium. Parking will be allowed on both sides of the street.

The $2.9 million dollar project also includes repaving, new curbing, wider sidewalks, new crosswalks, removal of overhead electrical lines and the planting of medjool palms on the corners and mid block, along with crape myrtles and other Florida-friendly plants.

The work is being done by MTM Contractors of Pinellas Park.

Fort De Soto's historical fort closed to the public

Fort De Soto's historical fort closed to the public

Tierra Verde, FL -- Historic Fort De Soto, located in Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park, is closed to the public for rehabilitation work, according to the Pinellas County Parks Department. 

The remainder of the park will remain open to visitors.

Rehabilitation activities will consist of the removal of vegetation and earth from the top of the fort, concrete repairs, installation of a waterproofing membrane system and the replacement of earth and groundcover planting, as well as the replacement of downspouts and drainage outfall systems. A handicap access ramp will also be installed on the south end of the fort.

College planning workshop at local library today

College planning workshop at local library today

Clearwater, FL -- The Countryside Library is hosting an interactive college planning workshop for high school students called "Countdown to College" today at 2 p.m.

High school students and their parents are invited.

At the workshop attendees will receive help with their college planning timeline and learn steps they need to take to have a successful college application process.

Cold weather shelters open in Pinellas

Cold weather shelters open in Pinellas

Gulfport, Florida - Pinellas County Officials tell us the cold night shelters will be open for the homeless in Pinellas County on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The shelters accept adult men and women throughout the night, starting between 6 and 6:30 p.m., and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m. Shelter guests are provided with a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning.

Supplies such as paper products, coffee, twin-size blankets and sandwiches are always needed.

Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, contact Michael Amidei at (727) 543-2600 or Cliff Smith at (727) 464-8448. The list of shelters is below.