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Water maintenance time
Effective Wednesday, May 29, Pinellas County will begin a routine system maintenance program to optimize water quality. more (posted 5-23-13)
Memorial Day closings
Pinellas County government offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. more (posted 5-23-13)
Lower homebuyers interest rate
The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County has lowered the interest rate on its First Time Homebuyers Program to 2.99 percent. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage program is for individuals living in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties who have never owned a home, have not owned a home in the last three years or veterans. more (posted 5-20-13)
Land Development Code update begins
Plans are under way to update the Pinellas County Land Development Code. This document contains regulations that govern how land is developed in the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County. more (posted 5-16-13)
Put a lid on garbage
As we enter the rainy season, citizens are being urged to take precautions to keep garbage dry once it’s been set out for collection.
Pinellas County operates one of the largest Waste-to-Energy facilities in the country where garbage is burned and converted to electricity. For the garbage to burn efficiently, it needs to be free of moisture from the intermittent rainfall that is part of the Florida weather pattern. Increased moisture in the garbage not only causes operational difficulties but can also lead to increased air emissions. more (posted 5-13-13)
HFA Radio show highlights expo
Residents who are thinking about buying a new home won’t want to miss There’s No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. more (posted 5-13-13)
Human Rights office announces new south county hours
To better serve the needs of south county residents, the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights is opening – on a trial basis – a satellite office in St. Petersburg. more (posted 5-3-13)
Survey shows growing optimism
In a Pinellas County citizen research survey, results showed a growing sense of optimism, positive sentiment and trust in county government.
This is the third consecutive year that Pinellas County has conducted a statistically valid citizen survey, with the first year used to collect feedback on residents’ priorities in the midst of budget reductions. more (posted 5-3-13)
Events guide is available
From the historical structures at Heritage Village to the wide-open sandy vistas of Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County has a number of parks, preserves and other ideal locations for events. Whether it is a dream wedding, concert or a 5K run on the Pinellas Trail, there are certain requirements that need to be met. In some cases, several Pinellas County departments, and perhaps even state or local municipal departments, may need to be involved in the planning.
more (posted 4-29-13)
Suncoast Health Council vacancies
Résumés are now being accepted for two two-year appointments to the Suncoast Health Council. more (posted 4-23-13)
It’s hurricane prep time
It is still more than a few months until the start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, and now is the prime time for residents to review their survival plans.more (posted 4-22-13)
Be a junior docent for the summer
Each summer, Pinellas County teens join the volunteer team at Heritage Village. more (posted 4-22-13)
Community rallies to help family of injured child
Arrangements have been made to accommodate the outpouring of support for the family of the child seriously injured Wednesday night in Palm Harbor. Ireland Nugent lost both her feet at the ankle in a tragic accident involving a lawnmower. more (posted 4-12-13)
Domestic partners can register
Beginning April 15, any two people over the age of 18 will be able to register as domestic partners in Pinellas County, subject to certain limitations.
Registration as domestic partners will afford unmarried couples certain rights relative to each other regarding health care visitation and decisions, funeral and burial decisions as well as notification of information conveyed to other family members. more (posted 4-12-13)
Hurricane prep includes insurance
A hurricane can bring tremendous devastation to homes, businesses, apartments, cars and many other structures. When this damage occurs, residents depend on insurance to help bring them back to normal. The problem is that many learn they have purchased insufficient coverage or failed to get the right kind of policies after the damage is done and when they need protection the most. more (posted 4-5-13)
New hours at Animal Services
Pinellas County Animal Services has new hours of operation. They are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s hours are also expanded. They are now 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions.
Shelter services include dog and cat adoptions, pet licensing and reclaiming lost pets. In addition, a licensed veterinarian administers rabies vaccines on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. For news on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit Animal Services or call (727) 582-2600. The lost or found pets hotline is (727) 582-2604.
Reclaimed water restrictions in place
The seasonal reclaimed water restrictions for Pinellas County reclaimed water customers will begin on Monday, April 1, in accordance with Pinellas County Code 82-3. more (posted 3-28-13)
First State of the County address
Despite the challenges that we face, our opportunities for progress are even greater, and the state of Pinellas County is strong.
Pinellas County Commission Chairman Kenneth T. Welch’s first, quarterly, 18-minute State of the County video address was posted this week on the Pinellas County website and on the county’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
“The commission and county staff are working on several critical issues, and it’s important to keep our community informed and involved in the process,” said Welch. “As commission chairman, one of my priorities is communication, using traditional and social media more effectively and increasing our transparency and interaction with our citizens. The goal is to convey what we’re working on as a commission, what we’ve achieved and what’s coming to us down the road.” more (posted 3-27-13)