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Foster care for animals
Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to join foster care team, as part of an effort to save pets that need time away from the shelter.
The program requires a foster application and approval. All foster care parents are required to complete the volunteer orientation class and foster training held on Thursday, March 20, at the Pinellas County Animal Services shelter. Volunteer orientation class begins at 2 p.m., and foster training immediately follows at 4 p.m. more> (posted 03-14-14)
Vacancies on Housing Finance Authority Board
Résumés and applications are being accepted for two four-year appointments to the Board of Directors of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County.
The mission of the Housing Finance Authority is to assure that financing for affordable housing remains available to the residents of Pinellas County. This is accomplished through the issuance of single and multi-family bonds and programs that support the housing needs of the community. more> (posted 03-11-14)
Cross Bayou, Joe’s Creek cleanup
Last year, Pinellas County residents were able to haul 2,400 pounds of junk from Cross Bayou and Joe’s Creek when the Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure and Keep Pinellas Beautiful’s partnered for cleanup.
Pinellas County residents will once again have the chance to assist in keeping area waterways looking cleaner on Saturday, March 22. more> (posted 03-10-14)
Speaking of History: Frontier WomenAs part of the Speaking of History lecture series, author Elizabeth Neily will present Women of the Florida Frontier on Sunday, March 16. The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village.
more> (posted 03-10-14)
Radio show provides tax tips
With tax season in full swing, finances are a hot topic. The newly releases, There’s No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, tackles this timely issue. Listeners will hear information about free tax preparation sites and the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as money management tips, like how to rate their financial fitness, for tax season and beyond. more> (posted 03-10-14)
Electronics, chemical collections offered
Pinellas County residents can safely dispose of many household electronics and chemicals at upcoming mobile collection events. These household mobile collections offered by Pinellas County Solid Waste are free for county residents. more> (posted 03-07-14)
Vacancy on TDC announced
Applications are now being accepted for appointment to the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council (TDC). This appointment is valid until Oct. 31, 2014 and then eligible for reappointment for the 2014-2018 term. more> (posted 03-06-14)
St. Patrick’s Day specials at Animal Services
Make a pet feel lucky - take advantage of St. Patrick’s Day adoption specials at Pinellas County Animal Services through the end of March.
As part of the St. Patrick’s Day specials, the adoption fee will be $25 for large dogs and cats and $75 for puppies and small breeds during normal shelter adoption hours. The fee includes medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided. more> (posted 03-03-14)
Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan
Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2014 for the Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan. more> (posted 02-28-14)
Water restrictions change for customers
Pinellas County water restrictions will change for Pinellas County Utilities customers effective Saturday, March 1. These new changes will allow for lawn irrigation to return to two days per week according to the seasonal guidelines of a Phase II Severe Water Shortage Order previously issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board. more> (posted 02-26-14)
Animal Services has foster care class
Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to be a part of the foster care team as part of an effort to save pets that are in need of time away from the shelter. The program requires a foster application and approval.
All participants must complete the volunteer orientation training online at www.pinellascounty.org/volserv and complete the foster care training. Participants are required to bring completed printed paperwork from the online orientation training to foster care training. more> (posted 02-26-14)
Property appraiser relocates office
The Tangible Personal Property Division of the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office has relocated from the Supervisor of Elections building in the Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, to their main branch office, which is on the second floor of the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St, Clearwater.
Non-Tangible Personal Property personnel (real estate only) will remain co-located in the Tax Collector’s Starkey Lakes location at 13025 Starkey Road, Largo. more> (posted 02-24-14)
Public hearing set on Beckett Bridge
A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club. A formal presentation will be made at 6 p.m., followed by a public comment period. more> (posted 02-21-14)
Plant clinic opens at Weedon
Starting on Sunday, Jan. 16, residents will have another location to have their lawn and garden questions answered. more> (posted 02-14-14)
Helping special needs folks prepare
Valentine’s Day is a great time for people to show people how much they care about friends, relatives and neighbors. more> (posted 02-14-14)
Training for landscaping pros
Nutrients from landscape debris are major contributors to water pollution in Pinellas County. Education of landscape industry personnel is key to improving water quality and certification of these professionals is a requirement in Pinellas County.
Anyone providing landscape services in Pinellas County must complete a Best Management Practices (BMP) training and obtain a vehicle decal for landscape maintenance per Pinellas County fertilizer and landscaping ordinance #10-06. This requirement includes all employees who use mowers, edgers, leaf blowers or other landscaping equipment. This also includes tree service employees.
The Pinellas County Extension offers Landscape BMP certification classes monthly. Classes are offered in English and in Spanish. The class cost is $15.
more> (posted 01-24-14)
Recycling directory now available
The new Recycle Today: 2014 Pinellas County Recycling Directory has just been released. The directory is packed with the latest information about how to recycle in Pinellas County including local options for recycling cans, glass bottles, plastics #1-7, paper, yard waste, cardboard, electronics, chemicals and motor oil. more> (posted 01-17-14)
County deemed citizen-engaged
Pinellas County has been designated as a 2013-15 Citizen-Engaged Community by the Public Technology Institute. The PTI created this designation program to recognize excellence in the use of web technology and citizen engagement tools in local government. more> (posted 01-08-14)
Pinellas to tackle flood insurance changes
Pinellas County is creating a coalition of community leaders to work on the issues surrounding changes made to the National Flood Insurance Program.
In a letter from Chairman Kenneth T. Welch, written on behalf of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, he states that the group effort is to develop a cooperative, broad-based and data driven approach to dealing with the issues. more> (posted 12-19-13)
Catch meetings on the go
Want to follow along with a meeting of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners while you’re on the go? If you have a smart phone or tablet computer, you’re in luck. Pinellas County is now live streaming board meetings right to you.
Mobile Internet users can visit the Pinellas County mobile website and click on the Live Streaming Video link which provides a video stream optimized for portable smart devices including iPad, iPhone, tablet computers and Android phones. (posted 12-09-13)
Affordable Healthcare Navigators can help
Through the Affordable Care Act, there is an opportunity for those who do not have health insurance, who are under-insured or who are not old enough for Medicare to enroll in an insurance program that will match their household’s budget and family needs. more (posted 12-09-13)
Year-end State of the County message
Pinellas County Commission Chairman Kenneth T. Welch looks back on – and ahead to – several key issues facing Pinellas County in his year-end State of the County video posted this week and on the county’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. The links are provided n the county’s homepage. more (posted 11-08-13)
Avoid Affordable Care Act scams
There are three aspects of the Affordable Care Act that make it easy for scams to thrive. First, the law affects nearly every American in some way, so consumers across the U.S. are vulnerable to getting scammed. Second, the act is not standardized nationwide, allowing each state to administer the law in different ways. Third, the complexity of the law leaves consumers confused.
Expect scammers to be counting on consumers’ lack of knowledge and confusion regarding the law in order to perpetrate their scams. Government officials will not call about health insurance and would never ask for personal information over the phone. more (posted 10-08-13)