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Free household collection in Seminole
Pinellas County residents can safely dispose of many household electronics and chemicals at the next free household mobile collection event on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The event, offered by Pinellas County Solid Waste, takes place at Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N., Seminole. The collection runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For everyone’s safety, participants must be in a vehicle. The event is subject to change due to severe weather. more> (posted 09-15-14)
Historic Preservation Summit at Heritage Village
Due to overwhelming demand, the location of the Pinellas County Historic Preservation Summit has changed, and the registration deadline has been extended. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. in Largo. Registration is open through Monday, Sept. 15. more> (posted 09-15-14)
Commission to hold budget hearings
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners will hold its final public budget on Tuesday, Sept. 23, when commissioners will consider final approval of the budget.
The public hearings will be held at 6 p.m., following regular commission meetings at 2 p.m., in the fifth-floor assembly room of the Pinellas County Courthouse at 315 Court St. in downtown Clearwater. The 2015 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2014. more> (posted 09-15-14)
Community projects nationally recognized
Two housing developments in Pinellas County have been recognized in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has selected Magnolia Court Apartments and Harborside Studios to be highlighted in their multimedia promotions. more> (posted 09-08-14)
Chickens positive for mosquito virus
Pinellas County Mosquito Control confirmed positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in three sentinel chickens on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Two chickens were located at Walsingham Park in Seminole and one chicken was located at Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg. more> (posted 09-05-14)
Assistance sought for Cross Bayou cleanup
For 10 years, Pinellas County volunteers have hauled hundreds of pounds of waste from Cross Bayou and Joe’s Creek. In the March 22 cleanup, more than 70 participants removed over 2,000 pounds of debris from the two waterways.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, volunteers and sponsors have an opportunity to participate in the clean-up of Cross Bayou and Joe’s Creek waterways, which flow in the areas of Seminole, Pinellas Park, Lealman and St. Petersburg.
Businesses also contribute to the success of the cleanup effort by taking advantage of various sponsorships to lend their support and help get the word out to citizens. more> (posted 09-03-14)
Hurricane season at halfway point
Since June 1, three named tropical storms have formed. And all three storms have gained hurricane intensity before curving out into the Atlantic. Other than that, 2014 has proven to be a light hurricane season for the Tampa Bay area.
As the book closes on the first half of the season, it’s important to remember that the second, far busier, half is yet to come. more> (posted 09-03-14)
Radio show highlights housing survey
On Thursday, Sept. 4, Pinellas County’s down payment assistance program and this year’s Point in Time survey, which is a count of the number of homeless individuals, will be discussed on No Place Like Home, the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County’s monthly radio program. more> (posted 09-03-14)
What does the community need?
Pinellas County residents are invited to participate in an online community needs assessment through September to help shape housing and community development programs, services and projects. more> (posted 08-28-14)
Study: Tampa Bay is an economic engine
One in every five jobs in the Tampa Bay watershed depends on a healthy Tampa Bay, according to the results of an economic assessment jointly conducted by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. more> (posted 08-25-14)
Water system maintenance to begin
The method of water treatment for Pinellas County and its wholesale customers will be temporarily modified between Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 25. more> (posted 08-21-14)
Update: nine sentinel chickens SLE positive
Pinellas County Mosquito Control confirmed positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in seven sentinel chickens on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Four chickens were located at Walsingham Park in Seminole and three were in Cross Bayou in the unincorporated Seminole area. more> (posted 08-07-14)
Water restrictions change Aug. 1
Pinellas County water restrictions will change for Pinellas County Utilities customers effective Friday, Aug. 1. Recent rainfall has improved water resource conditions for the county, prompting the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board to end the Phase II Severe Water Shortage Order on Thursday, July 31. more> (posted 07-31-14)
Storm surge is front and center
Just where will storm surge affect during a major hurricane and how high can it get? Pinellas County residents can get the answer to these questions simply by driving past certain Pinellas County schools. more> (posted 07-25-14)
Joe’s Creek Park is a prize
An empty lot in Lealman was covered with weeds and debris. That is, until citizens led by the Lealman Community Association identified a need to improve the land. The result was the Joe’s Creek Greenway Park, a multi-year project completed in November 2013. more> (posted 07-25-14)
Pinellas County is tech savvy
Pinellas County has been designated as a 2014 Tech Savvy County by the Public Technology Institute. more> (posted 07-18-14)
A call for environmental project ideas
Pinellas County is currently accepting public input for project ideas to restore the local environment and economy using anticipated federal funds allocated to Pinellas County related to the 2010 BP oil spill. more> (posted 07-11-14)
Be aware of rip currents
Pinellas County beaches are great places to relax and to swim in the Gulf of Mexico. But before taking a dip, Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources reminds beachgoers to be aware of rip currents. more> (posted 07-11-14)
Hazardous waste program
Pinellas County’s Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Program has been honored as the 2014 SQG Program of the Year by the Florida chapter of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. more> (posted 07-11-14)
Community efforts of leaders shine
Pinellas County Commissioner Chair Karen Williams Seel and Vice Chair Susan Latvala were honored by the Florida Association of Counties at its 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition held in Orange County this June. more> (posted 07-07-14)
Pinellas wins with technology
Chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas
News release issued on July 2, 2014 by the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County:
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) has received confirmation of its first chikungunya case in a Pinellas resident who traveled to the Caribbean in June. The mosquito-borne viral infection is characterized by a high fever, severe chronic joint pain and fatigue. There have been 52 cases in Florida in 2014, including three in Hillsborough and one in Pasco. more> (posted 07-03-14)