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Commission names interim county administrator
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners named Mark S. Woodard the interim county administrator. more> (posted 04-22-14)
Joe’s Creek park a winner
Once overgrown and cluttered with debris, 38 acres of land in Lealman is now a greenway park. And the efforts to make the Joe’s Creek Greenway Park a reality have led to honors for Pinellas County staff involved in the project.
At the 22nd Annual Future of the Region Awards hosted by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council on March 28, Pinellas County staff members and commissioners were recognized with a second place award in the Natural Resource/Environment category. more> (posted 04-22-14)
Operation Medicine Cabinet
Pinellas County citizens can safely discard unused or expired prescription drugs, no questions asked, this Saturday, as part of Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies across the county are partnering for the 11th edition of the semi-annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. more> (posted 04-22-14)
Pet partners show positive stats
After announcing the start of a collaborative data initiative 18 months ago, Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas and Pet Pal Animal Shelter presented the first community update during a press conference on Monday, April 21, at Pinellas County Animal Services. more> (posted 04-22-14)
Gardens sculpture needs a name
A long-awaited water fountain sculpture will be formally dedicated at Florida Botanical Gardens during the annual Diggin’ the Arts on Sunday, May 4. more> (posted 04-18-14)
Symposium looks at fair housing
Registration is under way for the 11th Annual Fair Housing Symposium, presented by the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 25, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pinellas Realtors Organization auditorium, 4590 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. more> (posted 04-18-14)
Summer camps for kids
Registration is now open for one-week summer camp programs at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves. more> (posted 04-07-14)
Hop to spring specials for pets
Hop on over to Pinellas County Animal Services to take advantage of spring specials through the end of April. more> (posted 04-04-14)
Pinellas buildings now offer Wi-Fi
Visitors to Pinellas County government facilities will now be able to stay connected even better than before. Wi-Fi access is now live in approximately 800 access points across 99 Pinellas County government buildings. more> (posted 04-04-14)
Tips to stay safe on the road
Pinellas County reminds pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to take measures for everyone’s safety. Some basic tips: more> (posted 04-04-14)
Prepare for hurricane season now
It is still a few months until the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, and now is the prime time for residents to review their survival plans. Activities such as outdoor improvements and adding additional bracing to an attic are easier to accomplish before the summer heat sets in. more> (posted 03-28-14)
April brings reclaimed water restrictions
Pinellas County reclaimed water seasonal restrictions will begin Tuesday, April 1. These restrictions limit reclaimed water irrigation during authorized hours to three days per week based on house number. more> (posted 03-27-14)
Electric cart hits Pinellas Trail
A new electric cart donated by Pinellas Trails Inc. helped volunteer Auxiliary Rangers log nearly 350 miles maintaining the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail since November. more> (posted 03-21-14)
Financial transparency website debuts
The Office of Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, launched a new website that allows users to view financial transactions undertaken by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. more> (posted 03-17-14)
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)
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)
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)
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)