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Oak Trail Books closing after 16 years

Oak Trail Books closing after 16 years

Palm Harbor, Florida -- Despite still actively planning events through the month of March, local bookstore Oak Trail Books announced late last night that it will be closing its doors next month.

The following is a letter issued to the public by owner Lesley Klein:

"After 16 years in business, Oak Trail Books will be closing on April 30th.  As you know, endings bring new beginnings so don't worry about where you can get sage, candles, incense and other magickal items because a NEW metaphysical store called Celestial Circle will be occupying the bookstore space. 

Learn how to make your home energy efficient for free!

Learn how to make your home energy efficient for free!

There are many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency that do not cost a single penny.

Simple adjustments and easy behavior change can add up to make a real difference to your monthly bill, without affecting your lifestyle or comfort.

The Pinellas County Extension is having an online program, "Low Cost, No-Cost Ways to Lower Your Power Bill", on March 2 from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. for those who want to learn more.

Pre-registration is required at 24 hours prior to the session. Visit www.pinellascountyextension.org and click on "Online Class Registration" button then on "Extension Services" tab. For event and registration information call (727)582-2100.


Celebrate Mardi Gras cajun style

Celebrate Mardi Gras cajun style

Pinellas Park, Florida -- Cajun Cafe On The Bayou is hosting their Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m.

The event will feature live music from J.B. ZydecoZoo and Fiery along with accordion-driven dance music.

Admission is just $15 and includes an authentic cajun dinner featuring crawfish cornbread, roast pork, jambalaya, red beans & rice.

Dinner will be served from 6 - 9:00 p.m.

Gates open for the festivities at 6:00 p.m. and the party is scheduled to end at 11:00 p.m.

Reminder: Deadline for property tax exemption approaching

Reminder: Deadline for property tax exemption approaching

Pinellas County, Florida – According to a notice sent by Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, permanent residents of Pinellas County should remember that they may qualify for one or more property tax exemptions, which may result in hundreds of dollars in property tax savings. But, they must apply by the March 1st deadline. This year property owners may apply online from the website at www.pcpao.org.

Florida offers several types of property tax benefits for qualified residents:

  • Homestead Exemption for a primary residence
  • Low Income Senior Exemption
  • Widow/Widower Exemption
  • Disability Exemptions and Exemptions for Blind Persons
  • Exemptions for Veterans with a Service Connected Disability (or for his or her surviving spouse)
  • Discount for combat wounded Florida Veterans over age 65 who entered the service while a Florida resident.

Need info on reverse mortgages?

Need info on reverse mortgages?

Gulfport, Florida - Head down to the Senior Center today at 1 p.m. if you have questions about Reverse Mortgages.

Met Life will be there to explain how reverse mortgages work; how they compare to home equity loans; what government protections are in place; and even how to get started.

This is a no-cost, no-obligation information session with Chris Bruser from Met Life.

Gulfport Senior Center: 5501 27th Avenue South

For More Information: call 727-893-2237 or 727-893-1231


DBPR condo education seminar today in Clearwater

DBPR condo education seminar today in Clearwater

Clearwater, Florida -- The state is offering a free seminar today on the responsibilities of condominium board members and financial reporting.

The session is part of the DBPR's program to education condo owners, board members and managers on Florida's condominium laws and proper operating procedures.

The Clearwater session will be held today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Villas Condominium, 24862 U.S. Highway 19 North.


Affordable housing project opens in Pinellas

Clearwater, Florida -- Collaborators of the development of Stevens Creek will hold a celebration tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., honoring group efforts to complete the new affordable housing project.

Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County, Pinellas County, and the City of Clearwater combined forces to put the new community development plan into motion.

The city of Clearwater put forth a total $725,000 from its share of the Pinellas County Housing Trust Fund toward purchase of the land and demolition of the former apartments.

The spot was previously home to occupants of the Homer Villas, a public housing rental facility.