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DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS (PARTIAL) ST. PETERSBURG Florida Jean Co Sundial Shoppes Vinoy Hotel Locale Market Holocaust Museum Hollander Hotel Morean Art Center Florida CraftArt Jim Duprey Salon Reno Surf Shop BBT-Central Dwtn. The 4 three nine Indigo Hotel Ponce de Leon Hotel Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center UPS Store at 4 St & 38 Ave

GRAND CENTRAL DISTRICT Grand Central Stained Glass

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25 The Historic Peninsula Inn Gulfport’s Favorite Staycation Gets A 21st Century Makeover by Caron Schwartz





21 Undergrounding Beach Utilities by Steve Traiman 30 Gulfport’s 13th Pink Flamingo Home Tour - March 3, 2018 by Karen Love

39 Bay Life Art Exhibition - Feb 23 at Tampa Bay Watch


11 Love is in the Air by Sheriff Bob Gualtieri



Publishers’ Message.......6 Kudos............................8 Letters ...........................9 Tidbits ....................10-14 Real Estate ................16 Construction................18 Trust & Taxes ..............20 Property Law.................22 Art & Culture ..........34-36 Library .........................37 Arts & Leisure ........41-56 Events ...................42-56 Fishing ........................57 Classified ..............58-59 Astrology .....................60 Playing Around............61 COVER DESIGN: Renee Roos ARTIST: Lori Bellinger PHOTO: Tropical Focus

15 Check out Waterproof Floors at Woody’s Kitchens

32 Safety Harbor Arts & Music Center by Peter Roos

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Library/City Hall Seabreeze Inn Art Village Regions Bank

ISLA DEL SOL & BAYWAY ISLES Regions Bank Sterling Cleaners Patchingtons

Island Salon Subway Isla Yacht & CC

TIERRA VERDE Billy’s TD Bank Phila Deli Island Grille

ReMax Metro Marco’s Pizzeria Wong Lee’s T. V. Hardware

SOUTH PASADENA Palms Hospital Lou’s Florist Winn-Dixie

Spiro’s Deli Regions Bank Harbourside

PASS-A-GRILLE Merry Pier Paradise Grille Gennaro’s SeaCritters Suntan Art Center Bamboozle

The Sea Horse Paradiso Boutique The Wharf Hurley Realty Don CeSar Shaners Land-Sea Mkt

ST. PETE BEACH 5th/3rd Bank Synovus Bank Baird Realty Nori Thai Sushi Riptides Lounge Resort Realty Library/City Hall Paradise Grille Dolphin Liquors Cafe Soleil New China

ReMax Preferred SPB Produce-Deli Coldwell Banker RE Vito & Michaels’ Custom Cafe Winn-Dixie TBB Chamber Gulf to Bay Bait UPS Store Regions Bank Dolphin Beach Resort

COREY AREA DISTRICT Art Expo Paradise Gifts Frog Pond

Chill Restaurant Beach Theatre Keller Williams Realty

TREASURE ISLAND The Sandpiper The Pearl TI & MB Chamber

T.I. Hardware ReMax Metro Clock Tower Bus Stop

JOHN’S PASS VILLAGE Kilwin’s Ice Cream Old Fashioned Ice Cream Spice & Tea Exchange Chamber Kiosk

MADEIRA BEACH Barefoot Bch Resort Post Office Recreation Center City Hall Library Beggins R.E. • Facebook

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Paradise NEWS

Volume 24 Number 2 • February 2018

Dear Readers;


The traditional “height of season” is arriving in mid-February, as this issue of Paradise NEWS shows up in your mailbox. While all year-round residents might not agree, we say “Welcome Back.” We know we only have about 6 weeks when there are lines outside our favorite dining establishments, then the “snowbirds” will start migrating home as Easter and income tax deadlines near. (Easter Sunday is April Fools Day in 2018). Spring break arrives soon after with a different set of challenges. Strategies to keep from starving during the “height of season” include: 1: Eating dinner closer to lunch time. Places that serve both lunch and dinner and are mobbed for dinner often are quieter for lunch. 2: Trying out that new place. After the first curiosity seekers have satisfied their need to be the first, it is your turn. You could also: 3: Stay home and order in. With more and more places using ride share delivery services, the options are wider than they have ever been. Here too, planning ahead can help. Dining an hour before or two hours after traditional mid-western mealtimes opens opportunities for less crowded options. If you order in enough food for leftovers, you can avoid the same challenge at the next meal. Publishing Paradise NEWS has been a labor of love for our team in print for almost a quarter of a century, (over half our married lives) and on-line for almost ten years. We never tire of hearing what our efforts mean to you, our loyal readers. A number of you stopped to meet us after Beatlemania at the Gulfport Casino on January 20th to thank us for pointing out that unusual opportunity to be up close and personal with some top national talent for an affordable, fun, Saturday night in a great local venue. Thanks to show promoter Tony Belmont, (Alan Freed’s protege’) for arranging the show and cluing us in about it. Thanks for those who stopped to say thanks for what we do. The appreciation is rewarding.


Peter Roos - Marketing Director Renee Roos - Creative Director __________________________________ SENIOR WRITERS/EDITORS Steve Traiman - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Beggins • Tom Brodersen Esq Samantha Chechele • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri Sarah Lyons • Caron Schwartz • Tom Smith __________________________________________

ADVERTISING - MARKETING Peter Roos 727-363-6888 Mobile 813-230-3965 __________________________________________

SOCIAL MEDIA Kaeley Dawson ___________________________________ DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY Events, Arts & Leisure Coordinator Zelda Troiano Senior Designer Lorrie Bellinger Designer Janet Hopson ________________________________ Contributing Photographers Bob Schlesinger • Janet Hopson Valerie Bogle • Patrick Higgins _______________________________________

Distribution - Bobby Smith __________________________________________

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In 2007, the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce recognized Paradise NEWS as “2007 Gulfport Business of the Year” after we put their 2nd annual Pink Flamingo Home Tour on our cover and attendance ballooned. In the past 10 years their committee of dedicated volunteers has perfected the formula. Along with the freshly renovated Peninsula Inn on the cover this month, and an introduction to the March 3rd home tour, amongst other things, this edition is likely to be remembered as our “Gulfport” edition. Ten years ago we called Gulfport “Tampa Bay’s answer to Greenwich Village.” It has evolved into a lot more, but the label still fits.


Thanks for reading Paradise NEWS and if you visit any of our advertisers, please tell them you “read about them in Paradise NEWS.” It makes a big difference!

Renee & Peter Roos & All the Talented People that help create your Paradise NEWS.

“Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


PRINT CIRCULATION Mailings audited by U.S. Postal Service Fall/Winter/Spring; (Monthly) Oct - May 34,000+ Summer;(Bi-monthly) June/July & Aug/Sept 30,000+

DISTRIBUTION - Mailed on “Island Time” Downtown St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille Tierra Verde, Isla Del Sol, Pinellas Bayway, Harbourside, Pasadena Yacht & C.C., Gulfport (partial), Treasure Island, Yacht Club Estates, Causeway Isles, Madeira Beach

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MEMBERSHIP AFFILIATIONS Corey Area Business Association Greater Gulfport Chamber of Commerce 2007“ Business of the Year Award” Recipient St. Petersburg Preservation St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce 2008 “ Small Business of the Year ” Award 2013 “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber

The St. Pete Beach Classic Race 5K, 10K, Beach Run and half marathon were run January 12-14, 2018. The winner of the 10K was Anthony Douaihy of Palm Harbor, followed by Jimmy Williams and Casey Smith, both of St. Petersburg.

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Paradise NEWS was well represented at the finish line by Dianne Sweetapple, Jennifer Strope and Janet Hopson, all of whom also plan to participate in the Skyway Marina District’s May 3rd “MayDay” Race, which Paradise NEWS also helps to sponsor. Submitted by Janet Hopson. American Legion Post 273 Madeira Beach sponsored our local Oratorical Contest. The purpose is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among High School students. Contestant Kai Tomalin(r.) from Canterbury HS, St. Petersburg, successfully made his presentation to our panel of judges. He is joined by (l.-r.): First Vice Commander Mike Haygood, Historian & Oratorical Chairperson Beverly Logan and Second Vice Commander Anthony Torregrossa. Kai will now have the opportunity to compete at the District level on February 3, 2018. Our best wishes to him and his family! Submitted by: Anthony Torregrossa

100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County presented Caregivers Support Network with a donation of $11,400 on Thursday, January 11th. The mission of Caregivers Support Network is to bring the community together to recognize youth caregivers as heroes, as well as to provide scholarship funding for youth who sacrifice their educational advancement to care for a loved one. 100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County is a philanthropic group that provides an avenue for women to join together to bring financial support to local, charitable organizations that have a 501(c)(3) status. Since February of 2013, they have given $159,300 to local charities. The next meeting is 7 - 8 pm. on Tuesday, February 20th at Cove Cay Golf Club at 2612 Cove Cay Drive in Clearwater. There is a social time from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Cove Cay restaurant, where drinks and snacks can be purchased. Pictured left to right: Brenda George (100 Women Who Care Co-Leader), Malyna Reed (volunteer caregiver), Julie Webster (100 Women Who Care Co-Leader), Volunteer representatives and donors to Caregivers Support Network: Margie Ratcliff (volunteer coordinator), Robin Nellis, Debbie Truche (event coordinator), Dianna Slutzker, Tammy Perez, Melodie Vorhees, Tammie Williams, Pete Zeher, Teresa Vanderkool, and SP Singh. For more information, contact Brenda George - 727-515-1868 or on Facebook at 100+ Women Who Care- Pinellas County. 8



Thank you for giving two organizations close to my heart such wonderful exposure over the past few months. The Christmas Toy Shop and Suncoast Quilting Circle both have benefitted from your welcome exposure. Your magazine is a great resource for residents as well as promoting local businesses and organizations that help make St Petersburg such a great place to live. Kay Blikken Please join me in supporting Jimmy Patronis, for re-election as Florida’s CFO. Jimmy and his family are three generations in the restaurant & hospitality business and he truly understands the economic drivers for business within Florida. Jimmy is one of us, not a politician. He is not only a great person, but he is humble, an excellent listener, a true friend to business, and the voice of common sense. We need Jimmy Patronis to remain a vital part of our State Cabinet. Keith Overton, CHA - President TradeWinds Resorts Thanks for including the notice for our Keyboard Extravaganza in your latest issue. It is appreciated. Gus, PaG Comm Church

We just wanted to say thank you so much for printing the letter sent to you by Chris Sierra our attorney. It was like a breathe of fresh air reading it after seeing so many negative things written about us. The Legion has hired Pat Anderson as their attorney to defend them in our lawsuit filed against the Legion (11 counts). On another note. St. Alban’s has asked Support Our Troops to move out of our location there. We had a Boy Scout troop come in before Christmas and help us pack boxes so we would not have to move all the product we had to possibly another location. We sent 525 boxes out for Christmas! In any case, we have until Wednesday to be fully moved out and I am leaving for Tallahassee for 3 days to lobby with our legislators. We have put the word out for the last two - three weeks that we are looking for another location, however, nothing has come up yet. I was hoping you

could keep your ears open since we will be closing the program if we do not find something soon. After 12 years I cannot go into the room without crying. It has been such a labor of love for us all these years. Our needs are minimal: a room 24x24 feet, a bathroom, heat and ac and full access since we all come and go at different times of the day and different days of the week. We are a 501(c)(3)and therefore we are a total tax write off. Also, we would like it to remain in SPB if at all possible. If there is anything you can help us find we would really appreciate it. Thanks again for the great letter published in the Paradise News! Terri & Mike Finnerty – SPB

Thanks for running the informative article about the benefits of medical Canabis in your January issue. A large majority of Floridians voted for it and too little has been said about the benefits it offers. Michael Welch

Paradise News was reckless in publishing this pseudo-scientific article on marijuana, touting its benefits, minimizing risks and even recommending that others obtain this drug. No mention is made of the increase in hypertensive deaths & cardiovascular mortality with marijuana use, (European J Preventive Cardiology, 2017), or increase occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome (hypertension, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia) with each year of marijuana use (Diabetes Metabolic Syndrome, 2016) or the functional alterations in the brains of marijuana users, weakening taskrelated brain activity and attention (J Psychopharmacology, 2018), or the dangers accompanying the current dramatic increase in marijuana use by pregnant women, marijuana interferes with cell replication in cancer patients and in babies) (JAMA, 2017). Just search, and see for yourself what damage marijuana does to your body. We request Paradise News print an apology for irresponsible publication of an ill-informed op-ed. Kathleen Swan, PhD (mammalian physiology) & Robert Coleman, PsyD

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The Gulfport Fresh Market is still one of the area’s only YEAR ROUND open-air markets, held every Tuesday of the year in Gulfport’s scenic Waterfront District! The beautiful shade trees and Boca Ciega Bay breezes makes it comfortable year-round.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market Vendors offer a variety of produce, including such delicacies as local, organic & hydroponic fruits and vegetables, local raw honey, teas, herbs, seafood, Florida grass-fed beef and other locally raised meats and eggs.

The Market also offers gourmet jams and jellies, cheeses, fresh breads, pastries, nuts and granola, gourmet, vegetarian/vegan and ethnic foods, candy, garden plants, fresh flowers, bath and body products, beautiful artwork, local area photographs, jewelry and much more. The Market hosts 50-80 vendors each week and artists and crafters, many of them working while you watch, offer a wide variety of their wares. Sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association.

The village in which the market takes place includes a variety of independent shops, boutiques and restaurants, all within walking distance. Parking is free & convenient. Gulfport’s Fresh Market is a community-spirited gathering in a small, “Old Florida”- style town. They offer food for your body and community spirit for your soul. Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day a day before the holiday on Tuesday, February 13th. It is open 9-3 during “season”.




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“I claim there ain't another Saint as great as Valentine” - Ogden Nash

PASS-A-Grille The Pass-a-Grille Way paving project continues. Phase 1 should be complete by the time you read this, except for beautification and tree planting. Phase 2 from 1st to 19th - Everything is going as planned on schedule for completion date May 2019. Blind Pass south of 75th is scheduled to have the same stuff done to it, burying electric and new pipes. DOT is going to be installing traffic overhead traffic digital advisories/message boards on Gulf Blvd. Bayway to 75th in future. More pedestrian crosswalks on Gulf Blvd (the blinking yellow lights) will be installed at Hotel Zamora 37th,

55th, 75th, and near 93rd Plans are going forward on new sanitary sewer from Hotel Zamora to 75th and eventually underground utilities. City of St. Pete Beach is also awarding a $1 million paving contact for city street needs. This means the only obstruction between you and Shaners Land & Sea Market, the Wharf or Genaro’s delicious Italian food is a flashing red light at the intersection.

PAnCAKeS At PAG CHUrCH The Men’s Ministry of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will host its annual Pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, February 10, from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Tidbits cont’d on pg 12

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This month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Love can be difficult. Love can be stressful. Love can be heartbreaking. But love is NEVER destructive.

In 2016, 6,829 domestic violence offenses were reported in Pinellas County, averaging 18.7 per day.

Sadly, these reports likely reflect only a fraction of the number of domestic violence instances that actually took place.

About 19% of reported domestic violence offenses in Florida were between spouses, and another 29% were between co-habitants.

These previously formed, seemingly positive relationships between victims and abusers make it easy for victims to justify the abuse as an accident or a one-time occurrence and to accept promises of love and pledges that “it will never happen again”. But remember: Love is NEVER destructive.

Intimate relationships – be they spousal, parental, sibling, child, etc. – will experience their ups and downs. However, it is important to know the difference between healthy occasional discord and the physical and emotional volatility that characterizes abuse.

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors, such as intimidation, physical violence, emotional degradation, or economic manipulation, to establish power and control over an intimate partner. Its effects on victims extend beyond the obvious physical bruising and emotional scarring.

In the United States alone, intimate partner violence costs exceed $8.3 billion per year, including $5.8 billion in direct health care expenses and $2.5 billion in lost productivity, according to Forbes. This likely relates to that fact that among homeless mothers with children, more than 80% had previously experienced domestic violence, and between 22-57% of all homeless women reported that domestic violence was a leading cause of their homelessness, according to a Family and Youth Services Bureau report. Medically, women who have been physically abused are 80% more likely to experience a stroke and 70% more likely to have heart disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control report.

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While the list of domestic violence’s negative effects goes on, any abusive relationship you know about does not need to.

Pinellas County offers various free and confidential services for domestic violence victims, including victim advocate services, like those provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, a statewide domestic violence hotline (800-500-1119), and two local domestic violence shelters: Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) and The Haven of RCS. CASA services southern Pinellas County, offering a 133-bed emergency shelter, support groups, courtroom advocacy, 24-hour hotline: 727-895-4912. CASA is a 501(C)3 charitable organization that always needs donations and volunteers. Visit their websites for more information on how you can help. If you or someone you know is ever in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

Spend this Valentine’s Month celebrating the love in your life, eradicating unhealthy relationships, and learning to recognize the difference.

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TIDBITS The popular “all you can eat menu” consists of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, fruit and coffee and tea. The centuries, old tradition of eating pancakes and like meals has it’s roots in the need to eliminate perishables such as eggs and milk from the family pantry prior to the beginning of Lent. Tickets are $5 The church is at 107 16 Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-5508 or

treASUre iSlAnD / GUlF beACHeS rOtAry tenniS & GOlF CHAllenGe The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and the City of Treasure Island present the 19th Annual rotary tennis and Golf Challenge on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis Center, 10315 Paradise Boulevard. The Tennis Challenge will be a Men’s and Women’s Doubles Round Robin for players of all playing levels and abilities starting at 9:00 am. Golf Scramble for both men - women has a shotgun start at 9:30 am. Playing times from 9 am -noon, at a cost of $25/player, which includes play, goodie bag, prizes and raffle. The event will also be accompanied by a silent auction that includes tennis racquets, hotel and restaurant packages and much more. The tournament and auction are open to the public and you need not be a player to bid on the silent auction items. Food and beverage concessions will be available throughout the event. Friday, February 16th, come cheer on the St Pete College Women’s tennis team when they challenge the Hillsborough Community College at 4 pm at Treasure Bay. After the SPC match, there will be a reception and silent auction preview at the Treasure Bay clubhouse. At 7 pm, a dinner catered by Glory Days Grill will be offered for $25 per person. Please make buffet reservations in advance by calling Treasure Bay at (727) 360-6062 or the Treasure Island Recreation Dept. at (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.


St. Pete beACH Free tax Help is available at the St. Pete Beach Library Every Friday from 10 - 2:30 Feb. 2nd - April 13. thanks to AARP Foundation Tax Aide You must bring your Social Security Card. St. Pete Beach Public Library 365 73rd. Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706 (727) 363-9238

City of St. Pete beach Seeks General Pension board volunteer A vacancy has existed since Joanne Lentino resigned to successfully run for a school board seat. The volunteer position requires St. Pete Beach residency and knowledge of financial investments and transactions. The board meets quarterly during regular business hours. Find a volunteer application and more information about the pension board at or call the City Clerk’s office at 727-363-9201.

The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and ThunderBug and the Lightning girls will be on-hand with fun giveaways. There will also be a DJ and beach games for the whole family. Food and beverages including cookout items and drink specials will be available for purchase. At every Watch Party, visitors can earn raffle tickets by visiting the bar and cook-

out to win a pack of tickets to see the Lightning play at home. Must be present to win. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. For watch parties on the beach, $10 parking will be available at the Guy Harvey Outpost and at the neighboring Island Grand (while available discounted from normal $20).

Adult First Aid, CPR & AED training This course prepares you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion. Class will be held on February 28, 10 am, at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. Cost: $30 and participates must be registered by February 14. Call the Community Center at (727) 363-9245 or visit our website at

Guy Harvey Outpost Hosts Away lightning Game Watch Party RumFish Grill at Guy Harvey Outpost is also the “Official Watch Zone” of the Tampa Bay Lightning for ALL away games. Watch on the 14-foot television screen in the bar or on one of the many TVs around the deck! Saturday, February 24 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Montreal Canadiens TradeWinds Island Resorts is inviting hockey fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly Tampa Bay Lightning game watching parties all season long. The action takes place at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort.


St. Pete Beach’s Corey Ave. was alive with activity on Sunday, January 21, as the Corey Sunday Market, foreground, joined the annual late January Arts and Crafts Show. The street will be host to its first Seafood Festival on the first weekend of February. Photo by @AMGvisual.


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Free Sunday Afternoon Music At St. Pete Beach Rec. Center. On February 25 & March 25, 2-4 pm, enjoy light refreshments and plenty of dance music by the legendary Rhythm Kings. This event is free and open to all. Just show up at the Recreation Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. For more info, visit, or call 727-363-9245

MADEiRA BEACH the Gulf beaches rotary Club Spring break Waterfront Festival will take place at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex & ROC Park located at 300 Municipal Drive from Thursday, March 15 - Sunday, March 18, 2018. This 4-day, fun-filled event offers a collection of carnival rides provided by Arnold Amusements, live entertainment and awesome food & craft vendors. ADMiSSiON iS FREE! Gulf Beaches Rotary Club has donated, over $50,000 to local charities in 2017. The Spring Break Festival is the clubs signature event and largest fundraiser each year. Proceeds from benefit local charities. Thur. 3 -10pm Fri. & Sat. Noon–10pm; Sun. Noon – 9pm

SOUtH PASADenA Two new restaurants are opening soon in Pasadena Shopping Center: Fortunato’s Pizzeria & trattoria, featuring a delicious home style Italian menu in a cafe setting. Outdoor dining is planned along with your favorite hand-tossed, stone-baked pizza, a variety of pasta dishes, hot and cold Italian sandwiches and more! Mangia!

KeKe’s breakfast Cafe offering made-to-order breakfasts starting at 7am and lunch starting at 10:30am daily. This is the first KeKe’s in South Pinellas County and is an excellent addition to our dining-out scene.

ST PETERSBURG St. Petersburg Preservation and event sponsor, Eileen Bedinghaus with RE/MAX Metro, will host a Mid-Century Porch Party and Open Home Tour on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 4pm - 7pm. The affair will be hosted on the property of 721 Pinellas Point Drive S, St. Petersburg. The evening will make for a festive event celebrating some of the area’s most unique architecture! Attendees will be able to tour two “Bird-Cage” homes located at 721 & 751 Pinellas Point Drive South. | FEBRUARY 2018



GULFPORT Gulfport Senior Center welcomes David and Jenny, the amazing illusionist act from America’s ot Talent!. Friday, February 16, 7:30pm & Saturday, February 17, 2 pm at Catherine Hickman Theatre. Tickets $25, Availableat Gulfport Welcome Center, Beach Bazaar and @

CHAMBER tampa bay beaches Chamber of Commerce announced awards at their annual dinner in January. Business Award Winners: Best Office Canines: luci & Madison, Caputo Creative Stellar Staff Award: Joe Magaddino, Dignity beach Memorial Chapel Awesome Office Traditions: the Don CeSar resort Biggest Community Impact: Duke energy linemen Photographer Extraordinaire: bob Schlesinger, tropical Focus Photography. Congratulations also to robin Sollie on 10 years as President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce! Robin was celebrated for her 10 years of service and dedication with a speech from Tony Satterfield and a video created by Caputo Creative.

NETWORKiNG HeC network becomes KMA Liz M. Lopez & Tracie Thompson, founders of the business mastermind and coaching group Keystone Mastermind Alliance purchased the HEC Network on January 15. Keystone Mastermind Alliance, founded in 2014, and HEC Network, founded in 2015 both enjoyed vigorous growth in Pinellas County. “The HEC Network,” remarked Lopez. “was an adventure, a place to be yourself and be supported as a business owner and as a community member. The KMA Network will keep that spirit and be a diverse community of business owners and entrepreneurs achieving more together.” Guests are welcome to visit a meeting and experience the KMA Network’s unique approach to business networking. To learn more about the new KMA Network and to find a schedule of events, visit

PiNELLAS COUNTY State Representative Kathleen Peters has withdrawn her application for the Public Service Commission and continues to “focus first on serving her constituents as a State Representative, and subsequently on her campaign for District 6 on the Pinellas County Commission.”

FeMA UPDAtinG FlOOD inSUrAnCe rAte MAPS - New coastal flood modeling may affect owners of properties susceptible to coastal flooding. FEMA has advised Pinellas County that its Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are being revised. Preliminary maps will be available soon. The new maps are based on revised coastal flood modeling and may affect owners of properties susceptible to flooding from the Gulf, Tampa Bay and inland areas near waterways connected to the Gulf or Bay. Flood map development is still in progress and FEMA has not yet made available preliminary maps intended for community review. Once FEMA releases preliminary maps for review, Pinellas County will make the maps available to the public online MapSeries/index.html?appid=5fa37 e98d1bb4ffaafc8e164c04e191c tierrA VerDe tampa baywatch hosts the Bay Life Art Exhibit Friday, Feb. 23, 4 - 9pm at 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, Fl 33715 This FREE event is open to the public. Enjoy an art raffle, light snacks and a donation bar. Fun for the whole family! NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott proudly presents “eARTh from Space” featuring her artistic experiences while on board the International Space Station. Presentation begins at 7pm in the Education Center- 2nd Floor. All artwork is for sale with a portion of proceeds to benefit Tampa Bay Watch. PN

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By adding a thin waterproof underpad, you can gain a cushioned feel for comfort instead of rigid tile floors. Padding is engineered to reduce sound and compensate for slight subfloor irregularities.

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Real Estate 46 Years of Reflections by Jim “Property Wizard” Beggins, Broker, Century 21 Beggins Enterprises As a real estate broker in Florida since 1972, there have been a lot of lessons learned, which may help you with selling or buying decisions. From my first sale in Miami for $28,000 in 1972 to franchising 320 CENTURY21 offices, with over 4000 agents in 22 Florida counties, to developing a waterfront subdivision in Apollo Beach, to starting our “Exquisite Property Auction” division, to building “cookie cutter” houses on our barrier islands, to helping to grow my present company to 10 offices in 4 Florida counties and now to helping current sellers and buyers make tough decisions.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Migrations from Miami to Naples, then to Sarasota, Tampa and St. Pete have increased prices with each migration, making our Pinellas barrier islands the best investments in the state and possibly, our nation. The next probable migration is to the Florida panhandle, which has a totally dif‐ ferent climate, a five‐hour drive from Pinellas and no beaches along the way.

Flood insurance increases for 1000s of old houses are about to create a new construction

boom and a renovation of our 17 little beachfront towns. Land cost increases in Florida are in direct proportion to the size of the body of water on which they are located. Lots on the Atlantic are costlier than those on our Gulf.

Don’t sell Florida properties unless you have a better use for the money. If you own a property located in a legal short term rental area, consider renting rather than selling.

If you want to sell, pick an agent you can trust, who has the most local knowledge. Don’t sell by owner unless you possess market knowledge and negotiating skills.

Don’t trust the internet to value your property. Has Zillow previewed your home? Find out what it costs to build new to FEMA standards before spending money on upgrades or remodeling. Since inventory is very low, consider selling now and renting for a while, rather than waiting for the next downturn.

Interview at least 3 agents before making a choice of one to represent you. Make sure you

pick an agent who represents you rather than only the contract. Tune into my weekly REAL BEACH TALKS each Tuesday 4‐ 5pm at, or drop by 5050 Gulf Blvd to join me live. Please, feel free to text or send me a topic suggestion or a question you would like answered. All the best, Jim “Property Wizard” Beggins, Broker, CENTURY 21Beggins Enterprises, with 10 offices and 400 agents serving Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Since most opinions about real estate can be supported with facts. I will inform you to the best of my ability so you can unconfuse the facts to your personal advantage. I think I can use my “hands on” experience in Florida real estate since 1972 to achieve your desired outcome. Please let me know how I’m doing. mailto: Call 727.254.8144, text or email with any questions.

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Construction Residential Real Estate Advice by Tom Smith For the past 18 months with these news articles, I’ve attempted to provide the most accurate information for reconstruction options for residential properties along the beach communities. Most homes in the 13 municipalities of the Pinellas beaches were constructed 50 ‐ 60 years ago. You may look at your present property simply as a home, but in reality, it is the biggest investment for most families. I’ll continue to state my opinion based upon folks coming into our model home and discussing their situations. No matter which builder you choose to upgrade your home, I highly recommend that you consider my thoughts and not throw away the hard earned dollars that you have worked hard for in your careers.

This week alone I had 2 retired couples that own homes, come into our model very frustrated about their decision (mistake) that they made. One couple listened to poor advice from a neighbor and began remodeling using the FEMA 50% rule. Now $65,000 later, they realize their mistake and are going to demo the home and build new. The second couple already upgraded their existing home. I went to their home with them, and it was very nicely done, new cabinetry, etc. However, after 4 hurricanes this past year and knowing that the flood insurance rates will skyrocket when FEMA

announces their new insurance rate program this year, they understand that their home built only 4’ above sea level rather than the now required 11’, means that their property value is very limited in the future, even if the big storm doesn’t flood the home before they decide to sell. GHD is working closely with this couple to design their new home to use their new cabinetry and items that they just paid for in the new home.

(hopefully you’ll consider GHD after a visit to our model), but don’t throw away money by putting “Lipstick on a Pig!”

As I’ve stated many times, the “New Home Option” eliminates building on an old foundation, using existing outdated electric and plumbing items. Better yet, new homes today are constructed including FEMA elevations, 150 MPH hurricane protection, completely energy efficient, and of course, most important to most families, new 2018 modern designs that increase values substantially when it comes time to sell. I’ll say it again, use whatever builder you trust

GHD Construction Services, Inc. has constructed 6,500 homes since 1971, and has the new 2018 “Key West” home at 239 144th Ave. N, Madeira Beach.

It’s a reality that many times it is actually less expensive to replace an existing home and build new today. I realize that it’s hard to believe, but after wrestling with the various layers of government and permit issues required for remodeling, costs generally increase dramatically on what looks like a simple home upgrade.

For our new snowbirds considering a home along the Pinellas beaches, we also have many existing lots in the beach communities to choose from. We build from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater, and each community has its own character. We can also assist with very affordable mortgage financing if needed. We promise no high pressure from our professional sales staff. They are there to inform you and show off today’s new home features. We are experiencing a great increase in snowbird traffic this year as many Baby Boomers are now making the final decision to invest in Florida. Don’t miss the boat and pay an estimated 10% more next year. Feel free to come by and check us out.

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Trusts & Taxes What is ‘Asset Protection’ and who needs it? Google the term “asset protection” and a dazzling array of articles pop up, most unrelated to the actual topic itself, and most actually the front for a sales pitch. Most people have heard of “asset protection,” but don’t really know what it means, and if they need it. Others are sure that they need it, but don’t really know what it means. In this article, we will review the meaning of asset protection, list the most common strategies for creating asset protection, and suggest who should take a hard look at implementing them.

Asset protection is the process of arranging one’s affairs so that creditors and predators have minimal or no access to obtaining one’s assets in the event of a lawsuit, divorce, incapacity, or some other unexpected negative event. Without asset protection planning, a lifetime of accumulated wealth can be wiped out with one disaster.

The unexpected first step in asset protection planning is a step that does not require an attorney. We advise all of our clients to have a thorough review of all insurance coverages – business and personal. Insurance is the first line of defense in asset protection. Auto insurance will pay costs, including the cost of legal defense, due to an auto accident. Do not skimp on auto coverage, or decline uninsured motorist coverage!

Homeowner’s insurance also has a component that pays for a legal defense in the event of a lawsuit against your home, as well as damages. Umbrella policies are a wise purchase for most people - these policies cover gaps in other insurances and issues over which insurance is generally not purchased or



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unavailable. Life insurance is essential, especially when liquid assets are insufficient to pay debts, mortgage balances, and maintaining of lifestyle in the event of a death. If you do not have a great property casualty agent, or life insurance agent, please contact us, we can certainly recommend the best in the area to review and cover this base for you. The next step in asset protection planning is to have a thorough and up-to-date estate plan. Most people do not realize that estate planning covers issues that are not just end-of-life. Florida law provides that your “next-of-kin” does NOT automatically have the right to handle your affairs if you are sick, injured, or incapacitated. Naming a trusted individual to handle your financial affairs, or to make health care decisions for you if you are not able to do so yourself, is critical to make sure that your interests are protected. The only way to ensure that your chosen person has these rights is to have the legal documents prepared correctly. This is part of estate planning, as well as the arranging of your affairs to minimize probate and outside interference by individuals and agencies who do not have your best interest at heart.

Titling of assets is also important, and having a review of how assets are titled is the next step in addressing asset protection. Many people do not realize that the Florida Constitution protects the “homestead” property of an individual who lives in the home that they own from all creditor claims and liens (except for your mortgage). This homestead protection should be guarded religiously, and many people create situations where their homestead protection is compromised because they take actions

such as adding a person to their deed who does not live in the home.

Many other mechanisms exist to protect other property and financial assets. These mostly involve the establishment of legal entities (such as LLC’s or limited partnerships and certain types of trusts) to own assets. Asset protection is achieved when assets are re-titled in the name of these separate entities. With these types of mechanisms, it is usually possible to maintain control of the asset, but keep it outside the reach of creditors and predators. Protection of assets in the marital realm is also a hot topic. Pre and post-nuptial agreements can define property rights in the event of divorce or even as a part of a plan for the death of a spouse. We very much recommend a review in this area PRIOR to a second marriage, or in the midst of a troubled marriage. We assist clients in thoughtfully preparing these documents, realizing it is a sensitive area.

At Chechele Law, we review asset protection planning opportunities for all clients as part of estate planning projects, or conduct an asset protection review separately if there is a concern. The best time to protect your assets is now, before a negative event occurs that can wipe out wealth, or leave you playing catch-up for years to come. Most individuals would benefit from an assets protection review, whether in the stages of building wealth, preserving wealth, have just inherited assets, planning for retirement, or anticipating a life changing event. There is never a bad time to have this important conversation.

Pinellas County & Duke Energy Partner With Communities to

UnDErgroUnD ElECtriC linEs Story by STEVE TRAIMAN

“Duke Energy has taken the lead on undergrounding utilities,” says Tom Lawery, Wholesale Renewable Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, with Duke and Progress Energy for 28 years.

Following the extensive power loss during and after Hurricane Irma, many Pinellas County and Gulf Beaches communities are debating the benefits of underground lines vs. overhead lines, notes Ann Marie Varga, Duke Energy Communications Manager. She told Paradise News, “Our system includes both overhead and underground facilities, and we are in favor of underground where it makes sense.” “However, it’s important to remember that there are tradeoffs. “Undergrounding does not eliminate outages ... Restoration times are typically higher because damage is more difficult to locate and takes longer to repair … Underground facilities may experience dig-ins, are not invulnerable to lightning strikes and are susceptible to flooding. There are other variables to be considered, including existing rights of way and underground infrastructure as well as replacing streets and sidewalks. It is also expensive — industry estimates range from $500,000/mile for tap lines to $2.5 million/mile for main distribution lines.” “We will invest $3.4 billion in a grid modernization plan over the next 10 years to strengthen the state’s energy grid, making it more resilient and secure. These enhancements will improve power quality and reliability while enabling more options for our customers.

“An important part of our plan is the start this year of a targeted underground program to move the most outage-prone overhead power lines underground. This reliability-focused program will reduce outages and momentary interruptions on these circuits and quicken overall restoration times after major events. Over a 10-year period, approximately 1,250 miles of overhead distribution lines will be placed underground.” “Today, most new construction is underground and paid for by the requesting party. We also work with municipalities to convert existing overhead lines to underground, at their cost, in accordance with the terms of our tariff. Recent Gulf Beaches projects include Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, and Pass-a-Grille Way in St. Pete Beach.” “Further discussion on undergrounding beyond the targeted program is warranted. Duke Energy plans to be an active part of this discussion as the communities that we serve look at potential changes following Hurricane Irma. A solution that balances cost, year-round reliability and storm hardening can be achieved by working together to solve this complex issue.” Adds Tom Lawery, Wholesale Renewable Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, “Duke Energy has taken the lead on

cont’d on page 23 Above photo: Powerlines are scheduled to be undergrounded on Gulf Blvd., north of the Zamora Hotel | FEBRUARY 2018


Get Real About Property! It’s The Formalities! by Tom Brodersen, Esq. By “formali'es,” we mean those legal requirements that make the difference between what a Court will consider a valid document (which the Court will honor and enforce), and so much confe) before it’s shredded.

That probably sounds simple enough, but there is more, and it is very strictly enforced. The two witnesses must sign the will in the presence of the maker, and in each other’s presence. And the will must state that it happened that way.

These would include witnesses, notariza'on, and such things as actual signatures. Proper names of people, sufficient legal descrip'ons of property, and suppor'ng details of transac'ons could also be considered formali'es.

There are a number of documents that require two witnesses in Florida. In addi'on to Wills, Deeds do too. Also leases, both residen'al and commercial, if the term is for more than a year. In fact, many contracts which, by their terms, can’t be performed within a year require two witnesses.

Some states don’t require a lot of formali'es. States other than Florida, that is. Speaking first about Wills, it is important to understand that the law of the state where the maker of the will resides controls its validity. Some states allow what they call “holographic” wills, that is, handwri(en by the maker of the will. In those states, the maker’s hand is a subs'tute for witnesses. Where wills are concerned, though, Florida demands two witnesses, who each sign the will. A holographic will isn’t forbidden – it will be enforced if (and only if) it has two witnesses.

Surprisingly, notarizing isn’t strictly required as much as one would expect, but most Clerks of Court require deeds to be notarized before they will record them. As a prac'cal ma(er, many people who dra documents almost automa'cally insert a notary block (also known as a “Jurat”), and if you don’t get it notarized, they won’t accept it. It seems that the common experience of business is that notarizing is an excellent way of making sure you’re dealing with whom you think you’re dealing with. Many legal rules grow out of such societal experience.

Self‐help books and websites make it sound easy to write your own wills, deeds, contracts and

corporate papers, but there are a surprising number

of very basic rules to keep your eye on, along with

other whole layers of legal, ethical and prac'cal

considera'ons to keep in mind, as you navigate

these waters. The 'me and money saved by doing

these things yourself can easily lead to very

expensive mistakes that will cost you 'me, money and anguish later.

Another wrinkle with wills: Lawyers typically add a

“self‐proving affidavit” to wills, which require the

maker and the two witnesses to sign a second 'me,

but it makes it possible to probate the will without going to the trouble of finding the witnesses and

producing them in the probate court. Being years

later typically, those witnesses may be far away, or long departed, and ge)ng the will admi(ed to

probate without them may be difficult

and expensive.

As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “The life of the

law has not been logic, it has been experience.”

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Above photo: Powerlines underground in Pass-a-Grille have been completed for half of the project.

Undergrounding utilities - cont’d from pg 21 undergrounding utilities. ”With Duke and Progress energy for 28 years. At the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Environment Panel last September (see Paradise News, October 2017 issue), Lawery emphasized the firm’s commitment to an economic-driven energy policy. County Interlocal Agreement

Pinellas County has an interlocal agreement with the municipalities along Gulf Blvd. for roadway Improvements, according to Jackie Trainer, Office of Management and Budget. Included are Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, and Treasure Island. She told Paradise News, “The agreement signed in July 2012 provides the allocation each year since 2013 thru 2019 for each municipality based upon the lineal road frontage of Gulf Blvd. in each municipality. Total agreement is $35 million and is funded by the Infrastructure Sales Tax (Penny for Pinellas) on a reimbursement basis. Many of the municipalities have used their allocation to help fund the undergrounding of their utilities. Each city manages their respective projects and could provide further detail on their Gulf Blvd. Improvements projects.” With figures on the accompanying Project Chart through Fiscal 2017 ended last Sept. 30, total allocation of $35 million through 2019 is topped by Clearwater with $6.08 million. This is followed by St. Pete Beach, $5.746 million; Indian Rocks Beach, $4.98 million; Indian Rocks, $4.008 million; and Redington Shores,

Redington Beach and North Redington Beach, total $4.446 million.

Blake Lyon, County Development Review Services Director, added, added,“From my perspective on the Development Review side of the world, our efforts focus more on the regulations for unincorporated portions of Pinellas County. Where my staff may get involved is if Duke Energy or one of the local municipalities wishes to work within the County’s right-of-way. In those instances, we would help facilitate the review and issuance of Right-of-Way Utilization Permits to support the undergrounding efforts. As an example, the County Utility Department’s Gene Crosson notes,“Several years back a project was done on a portion of Gulf Blvd. to relocate all aerial utilities underground. The project started south near Park Blvd. in Indian Shores to Walsingham Road to the north. The project reconstructed the travel lanes of Gulf Blvd. and re-installed the facilities from the air to underground. The County Utility Department worked with the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) to complete the project. The Utility Department had many utility lines that needed relocation and replacement. Somehow it became a Utility Department project funded by the FDOT.”

Local Undergrounding Updates

In January, FDOT officials told the Indian Rocks Beach Commission it would commit about $3.2 million to improve drainage issues along Gulf Blvd from Park Blvd. to Walsingham Road as a continuation of the project to underground utility wiring. FDOT design consultant John Novak told the Commission that studies showed problem areas along this route where water was | FEBRUARY 2018


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not properly draining after heavy rains and storms. Mayor R.B. Johnson had raised the issue related to the pending overall utilities undergrounding project that will include a complete repaving job. Contract award is expected in May with work to start in July and completion in about a year.

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Redington Shores Mayor Bert Adams, retiring this year after 12 years on the job, told Paradise News, “We did some utility undergrounding about seven years ago and now are working with Redington Beach and North Redington Beach on a major Gulf Blvd. project to underground wiring on the East side and crosswires, which is what we can jointly afford. We have a contract with CRC, and are currently getting required easements from local property owners, and hope to start work before I leave office in March.“

Mike Helfrich, Treasure Island Public Works Director, told Paradise News ,“Our city to date has been reimbursed $2,194,413 from the County for projects associated with the Gulf Boulevard Improvement Program, from our total program share of $3,777,236. Work accomplished for Utility Relocation consisted of undergrounding utility facilities for Duke Energy, Verizon and Brighthouse from 108th Ave to 127th Ave on Gulf Blvd. The relocation underground of the existing overhead utilities is the most significant proposed improvement of this project and the largest cost item, estimated at $1,945,832. “Roadway Lighting consisted of removal of approximately 80 street lights along Gulf Blvd from 104th Ave to 129th Ave


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and installation of 118 new LED street lights and poles at an approximately cost of $248,581. The City is reviewing and requesting cost estimates from Duke Energy, Frontier and Spectrum for utility relocation for Gulf Blvd south of 107th Ave to the base of Blind Pass Bridge. We also will be investigating the possibility of using the funds to install irrigation and lighting for median landscaping.” Wayne Saunders, St. Pete Beach City Manager, told Paradise News, “The undergrounding of utilities from Maritana south to 19th Ave. was completed with Phase I of the Pass-a-Grille Way Road Project, with Phase II from 19th Ave. south to 1st. Ave. now underway. The Gulf Blvd. undergrounding project, funded through the County Gulf Blvd. Beautification Grant, is now under design with construction expected to commence this fall.” PN

[Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jackie Trainer, Blake Lyon & Gene Crosson, Pinellas County; Tom Lawery & Ann Marie Varga, Duke Energy; Mayor Bert Adams, Redington Beach; Mayor R.B. Johnson, Indian Shores; Mayor Bob Minning & Mike Helfrich, Treasure Island; and City Manager Wayne Saunders, St. Pete Beach.] [Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at]

The Historic Peninsula Inn

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eronica Champion is an adventurer. The New England native spent much of her adult life as an ex-pat, working in hospitality and food service in the Virgin Islands, Africa and the tiny Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia. But when she tired of friends and family complaining that they never saw her, she considered her options back in the USA. One of them was to use her training and expertise to run an inn of her own. Two sets of friends mentioned that a hotel in Gulfport, Florida was on the market.

Champion visited in 2015 and fell in love with the town and the Historic Peninsula Inn. She then embarked on her next adventure – putting her stamp on the pale yellow, three-story grand old edifice at the corner of Beach Blvd. and 30th St. in Gulfport’s Historic District. The owners,

Alexandra and Jim Kingzett, had several interested parties, “but wanted to sell to the right person who would fit the town and property,” Champion said. They liked what they saw in Champion, and by January 2016 the world traveler was the proud new owner of the Inn.

Energy efficient upgrades, new chef, revitalize Gulfport’s favorite


One reason the match clicked was that both the Kingzetts and Champion recognized the 100-plus year-old property needed work, and both sides thought it should be accomplished in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner. Jim Kingzett mentioned the upgrades might be eligible for a financing program called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy).

“Jim was instrumental in getting the Commercial PACE program imple mented in the city of Gulfport. It was always understood that work was needed, and Commercial PACE would be an ideal financing method for that type of work,” Champion continued.

Picking up the PACE PACE is a national program that provides low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects. It’s not a typical bank loan; PACE financing is paid back through property taxes. “The difference is I pay it back through my tax assessment,” Champion said. “If I sell the property in 5 or 7 or 10 years the tax goes with the building, so I don’t have to worry about settling a second mortgage.” After an energy audit of the building and multiple bids, Champion chose St. Pete | FEBRUARY 2018


“We considered a metal roof, but it proved impossible given the roof design, plus, it only came with a 40-year guarantee.” On the flat parts of the roof, WWEC used a “cool roof,” a material that reflects sunlight, keeping the interior cooler.

Since the upgrades required much carpentry, Champion decided it was a good time to complete the unfinished paint job, which had left the hotel two shades of yellow. “We got such good feedback on the bright yellow ground floor we painted the other stories the same color,” she said. As is traditional in the south, she used “haint blue” – which is said to deter wasps, and, according to folklore, ghosts — under the eaves.

Moving the AC compressors to the second floor not only got them out of the way of potential flooding, it made it possible to rearrange space behind the restaurant to install a new walk-in cooler. The old cooler was not well-insulated and had leaked, rotting the floor. WWEC put in a high-efficiency cooler with a door separating the refrigerator from the freezer. “You walk in the front and close the door behind you before opening the door to the freezer. It acts like an airlock to keep the coldest air from escaping.”

PHOTO by AMG - Patrick Higgins

Beach’s Wind, Water & Energy Conservation (WWEC), which prioritized the projects into those that would provide the most bang for the buck.

First up, the 26 window air conditioners, which were not insulated and poorly installed, according to WWEC’s, energy engineer who managed the inn project. “It took a lot of design and thought on our part. Other AC contractors came out and nobody wanted to touch it,” he said. WWEC replaced each 9-SEER window unit with a 22-SEER mini-split, a wall-mounted combination AC/heat pump/air handler. Before, each unit was plugged into a 110-volt circuit, and with the new system four or five units can share one circuit, providing both more efficient heating and cooling and more efficiency on the electrical system, he said.

In public areas, Champion can monitor the AC via Wi-Fi on her phone. “I can control common area thermostats at anytime from anywhere,” she said. “If the upstairs is cold or hot, I can start looking for a reason, like an open door.” Guest room mini-splits are equipped with in-room remotes so guests can control the temperature themselves.

Next the roof, which was leaking both water in and energy out. WWEC designed and installed an insulated, Energy Starapproved roof over an impervious rubber membrane. The GAF Timberline Architectural system is rated to withstand hurricane-force winds and has a lifetime guarantee. 26


Brunch at Isabelle's There’s more to the Historic Peninsula Inn’s “reawakening” than energy efficiency. The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Isabelle’s, is now headed up by Chef Thierry Reverse, a Belgium native who brings 20 years of experience cooking in restaurants and hotels along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Florida. While he directs the kitchen, his wife, Naomi, manages the front of the house. “They are doing a great job creating a welcoming atmosphere,” Champion said. Using the new walk-in, Reverse is launching a new menu, keeping favorites while adding some vegetarian and gluten-free options. The bar and restaurant are more comfortable because of the improved air conditioning, Champion added. Champion enjoys knowing locals as well as out-of-towners stay

at her inn for a “true getaway” in walkable Gulfport. Gulfport is one of the few communities where people feel the “Old Florida” charm from the moment they first arrive. Whether people come to Gulfport for the great dining, Art Walks, numerous festivals, fun shops, aquatic activities at the Marina, fishing from Williams Pier or a great night of dancing at the Gulfport Casino guests never need to worry about getting around. Everything is a comfortable walking distance from the Inn and once you take away need to drive the entire experience becomes remarkably relaxing.”

Champion said those who don’t or can’t walk can always catch the GetGO, a free jitney ride anywhere within Gulfport city limits. The all-volunteer service is operated by the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation and sponsored by local businesses through ads on the vehicles. “The GetGO is helping a lot,” Champion said. In fact, Champion's brother, Tom, who also works at the inn, is a volunteer driver. Locals can look forward to “Isabelle’s Pajama Party and Sleepover” in July, Champion said. The party is an evening of appetizers and games followed by a

sleepover at a discounted rate, then breakfast. “The Pajama Party is a fun evening and the sleepover is an affordable way for people to experience the rooms and what staying at the Inn is all about. It always surprises me that so many people from the immediate area have never been inside of the Inn” said Champion, “the sleepover is a great way for them to see what it is really like.” Veronica opens vacant rooms in the off-season so visitors and locals can see how cute and comfortable they are. “Even if you don’t want to stay today, we have found that most people who have visited want to come back for a stay,” she said.

When Champion purchased the property in 2016, it was known as the Historical Peninsula Inn and Spa. She closed the spa immediately, turning the space into a suite. “It took up space, plus it required licensing and fees,” she said. Instead, depending on what services they are requesting, she recommends Maddy Spa, a 10-minute walk or 5-minute GetGO ride away. Although they are just a 10-minute ride away, the Gulf Beach communities of St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island are really

resort towns that are often inundated with tourists, cars, kids, and a lot of noise. The Peninsula Inn offers a refuge, an alternative for those looking for something else on their vacation or “staycation.” As it turns out, there is almost no bad time to visit Gulfport’s Historic Peninsula Inn. There are a quaint selection of shops and restaurants within a short, shaded walk. For more info or to make reservations, or call Veronica or Tom at 727-346-9800.

Gulfport - An Arts and Entertainment Community Champion may reopen the spa in a few years, but contends it’s not a priority. “I find that one of the benefits of owning an inn in Gulfport is that I am able to help my guests visit the other Gulfport businesses when they are here. The Inn is in the heart of the community and our guests really enjoy getting out and visiting and supporting the other establishments,” Champion said. “If they stay more than one night they will eat at other restaurants and do other things. And hopefully our guests will experience all that Gulfport has to offer.” Gulfport has a lot to offer. There’s an | FEBRUARY 2018


evening Art Walk twice a month from 6-10 pm on the first Friday and third Saturday each month year-round. There's the Tuesday Fresh Market (also year-round, thanks to the ample shade from the towering grandfather oaks that form a canopy over Beach Blvd.).

The Historic Gulfport Casino has a great dance floor that hosts one form of dancing or another most weeknights and often a musical event on weekends too. Then there are annual events, like Gulfport’s Get Rescued from 10-6 on Saturday, Feb. 24, the Pink Flamingo Home Tour on March 3, weekend festivals like Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival on April 7 and 8. And who can forget Gulfport’s wacky Geckofest (, which takes place around Labor Day weekend each year. For more visit the Gulfport Merchants Association website,

The cozy Catherine Hickman Theater is home to the Gulfport Community Players ( who are staging “Becky’s New Car” March 15-25, with evening shows at 8 and weekend matinees at 2 pm.

There’s the Gulfport Historical Museum ( where you can learn about Roebuck Park and the Sears & Roebuck homes, the city’s history as Disston City and the southern terminus of St. Petersburg’s street car line where settlers and visitors boarded ferries for day trips to Tampa, Pass-A-Grille Beach, and many more distant destinations. You can also walk around Stetson University’s beautiful law school campus.



Gulfport - Pinellas County PACEmaker Pinellas County recently approved PACE financing for commercial entities. To date, Gulfport is the only municipality in Pinellas County that has embraced PACE, and only for commercial properties. Hillsborough only allows PACE in unincorporated areas, while Pasco County has approved both commercial and residential PACE projects. It is a shame, really, as the unavailability of affordable financing is keeping a lot of energy-saving projects from getting implemented. One would think that supposedly “green cities” like St. Petersburg would embrace the concept. The Historic Peninsula Inn is Pinellas County and Gulfport’s first PACE project, and it is working out very well for the quarter-million dollars’ worth of upgrades and repairs the Inn desperately needed, according to Veronica Champion. Hillsborough only allows PACE in unincorporated areas, while Pasco County has approved both commercial and residential PACE projects. Ygrene Energy – Florida’s largest PACE Funder PACE financing for the Peninsula Inn renovations were facilitated by Amy Elliott of the Ygrene Energy fund. Ygrene (Energy spelled backwards) is a nationwide company offering project financing based on the equity in homes and business structures, currently in Florida, California and Missouri for: • Energy Efficiency • Renewable Energy • Water Conservation, and • Wind Protection

PACE investments are secured by the equity in homes or businesses, and are repaid over a long period of time at affordable interest rates with payments payable through real estate taxing authorities. The funding for the payments typically comes from savings on utility bills and reduced insurance premiums, due to the improvements. However, the borrower’s ability to make the payments is critical, as PACE lenders generally come before even mortgage lenders in payment priority, and unpaid payments can quickly lead to a loss of the property. It is 100% financing, with no money down and no payments for up to 12 months. There is no minimum credit score needed to qualify, just verifiable equity.

Ygrene financing is available for projects that make your property more safe, comfortable, energy efficient and climate resilient. Chances are, the improvement you want most is eligible, although qualifying projects vary by state. So, check in online at to see if your project qualifies for Ygrene PACE financing or call 866-634-1358.

Wind Water & Energy Conservation A small St. Pete Beach based, family-owned company with expertise in cutting clients’ utility bills, Wind Water & Energy Conservation (WWEC) has built a reputation nationally by saving money for public housing authorities around the country, which has built and operated buildings full of subsidized rental units. WWEC would look at an authority’s utility costs and fashion projects that would reduce water use, by installing new water-flow devices and efficient new toilets, more efficient methods of heating and air conditioning, and insulating to staunch leaks in the older buildings. WWEC’s energy-saving estimates are conservative, so the company often outperforms their expectations on these projects. Given its background, WWEC was perfectly appropriate for the Peninsula Inn renovation project.

With 24 years of energy management experience, WWEC has learned that each client is at a unique place on the “green” map. The company’s goal is to provide a tailored package of energy services that recognizes where you are now and how far you want to go. • Reduce utility costs • Cut operations and maintenance costs • Update aging facilities • Find funding for your project • Improve indoor air quality and occupant comfort • Develop a sustainability plan.

Whether you’re looking for the shortest journey with the fastest payback, seeking a path toward long-term energy-efficient capital improvements, or aiming to achieve deep green status, WWEC wants to be your partner.

One local project detailed on WWEC’s website is St. Petersburg Catholic High School, where in 2010 the company installed a $268,500 project with estimated annual savings of $32,000. In 2011 Father Michael Conway called WWEC “A very reliable company with outstanding performance.” John E. “Gene” Overmyer is owner/president and can be reached through or by calling 727-498-2950.

He would love to hear from businesses in the Tampa Bay area that can benefit from WWEC’s expertise, especially those that would qualify for PACE financing.

“Financing is still the biggest roadblock in solving some of these issues,” Overmyer said. “Many paybacks take longer than banks are interested in loaning money for. The PACE program provides a lower risk mechanism that allows the payback to more accurately match the life of the improvements,” said Gene. | FEBRUARY 2018


Gulfport’s 13th annual Pink Flamingo Home Tour Discover Gulfport’s “Great Northwest” March 3, 2018 The 13th annual Pink Flamingo Home Tour, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11 am to 5 pm, features homes in the Stetson neighborhood in northwest Gulfport.

The tour begins at the registration area at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S., Gulfport.

Walking and biking are encouraged on this level 2.25 mile route. For others, the trolley and van will be circling non‐stop 11 am ‐ 5 pm. Driving between homes is discouraged as parking will be difficult near many of the homes. Homes range from 720 square feet in back of another home, to a large historic Spanish style home on 3 lots. See a document signed by Mae West, visit a home where Babe Ruth resided, and get a guided tour of Stetson College. Plenty of water features and ”outdoor entertaining spaces” along the way.

Walking or biking the 2.25‐mile level route is

encouraged. For those who prefer, or require transportation, a free trolley and van will be circling nonstop during the tour.

Driving is discouraged because parking will be very limited near the homes. Visitors can go at their own pace, and there will be plenty of time to take a lunch break or shop in Gulfport.

Tickets are on sale for $20 at the Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd., the Gulfport Welcome Center, 3101 Beach Blvd., online at‐tickets or at registration, day of tour for $25. The tour is a fundraiser for the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, with most funds used for the operations of the Gulfport Welcome Center.

Contact: Karen Love Cell Phone: 770.497.1139 Email: Website: Facebook: Pink Flamingo Home Tour

PHOTOS by Bob Schlesinger



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Safety Harbor Art and Music Center For the Love of the Arts by Peter A. Roos | Photos by GinHol Mosaics/Holly Apperson

Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote knowledge of and education in the fine arts, the visual arts, and the performing arts. We first met Todd Ramquist & Kiaralinda at a friend’s house party in north St. Pete Beach. In that venue they seemed like an artistically-dressed, middle-aged couple with more than a passing love for the arts. Recently, however, we saw Kiaralinda being interviewed by Bay News 9 at SHAMc a venue that has become best known as “Whimseyland”.

They have been nick-named the "Whimsey Twins" and fellow artist and SHAMc board member Heather Richardson is cut from the same remarkable cloth. Thanks to a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant, the support of their community and people around the world, they have been able to start the transformation of the Rigsby House into the center of Safety Harbor’s artistic universe.

Since acquiring the property years ago, they have transformed it into their dream center - a place where children and the young-at-heart can gather to celebrate art. If you are an “art enthusiast” in even the broadest sense of the word, plan a visit to “Whimseyland” or at least check out their websites for an idea of what you are missing at




MUSe will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, at 7:00 pm. The fifth annual benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth & beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Proceeds will benefit artists, arts education, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.

Image Mus. Shelley Muzylowski Allen – Imperial Blue.2017

iMAGiNE MUSEUM The newest museum to join St. Petersburg’s passionate art community, imagine Museum, had it’s grand opening on Tuesday, January 23rd. Imagine Museum is showcasing the American Studio Glass Movement that began in the 1960s through present day - the first of its kind in the Southeast United States. Imagine Museum visually moves the visitor through the history of the remarkable medium of studio glass art, starting with the early pioneers of Harvey Littleton and Dominic Labino, through the groundbreaking heyday of Dale Chihuly, and up through today’s artists creating this transcendent art. What makes this medium so unique is that 94 percent of its artists are living and many of them are still creating. Imagine intends to bring many of these artists to St. Petersburg to share their exhilarating stories of how their art is created. Imagine Museum’s permanent collection includes artists and artwork that best represent the history and bravado that set Americans apart from their predecessors. “This movement was quite rebellious against the tradition of crafting beautiful, but rather utilitarian, glass pieces. In true American spirit, the creators of the Studio Glass Art Movement morphed glass into a true art form,” said Joanna Sikes, executive director. “It was the 60s - this was Rock and Roll, not reverent.” Imagine Museum will be hosting the prestigious 34

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international Glass Art Society Conference bringing significant collectors and glass enthusiasts from around the world to the Tampa Bay region in March 2019. Located at 1901 Central Avenue, in the Central Arts District of St. Petersburg. Ticket: $10/children, $15/adults. Museum members always receive free admission. Tues/ Wed/ Fri & Sat, 10 to 5, Thursday until 8 pm & Sunday, noon to 5:30 pm. The IM Store features a worldwide collection of stunning handmade jewelry, glass gifts and books. Exclusive, one-of-a-kind artworks created by artists featured in the museum are also available for purchase. For more information go to

The 39th Annual 2018 DEPRESSiON GLASS SHOW & SALE by the Clearwater Depression Glass Club will occur Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018, MinnReg Building, 6340 126th Ave., Largo, 33773. Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm The show and sale features national dealers offering for sale American-made art glass, carnival glass, depression glass, elegant glass, pattern glass, china, pottery, dinnerware and kitchenware from the 1880s, the Depression Era and the 1940s, 50s and 60s to the present. Highlights include: • The most up to date Antique and Collectible reference books available for sale in their “book booth”. • On-Site Glass Repair • Free Glass Identification • Free Parking Twenty $100 Show Gift Certificates ($2,000) of door prizes will be given away. A snack bar onsite serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks. The 3rd annual Gulfport Fine Arts Festival is open to the public on February 17-18, from 10 AM to 5 PM, with complimentary admission and parking conveniently located within

walking distance. Courtesy transportation is also available from remote parking locations throughout the City.The juried art show will feature fine works of art from across the region, including but not limited to; 2D, 3D, Ceramic, Glass, Metal, Mixed Media, Wood, Acrylic, Collage, Oil, Pastel, Ink, Fine Photography, Watercolor, and Fine Jewelry. The event will take place at city of Gulfport’s Veteran’s Park, one of Gulfport’s most pristine parks, overlooking Boca Ciega Bay, at 5350 31st Ave. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. For general event information, follow us on, go to or call 727-322-5217.

2018 GOLDEN BATON AWARD DiNNER Wednesday, February 21, 6 pm - 9 pm Vinoy renaissance resort & Golf Club’s Sunset ballroom, 600 Snell isle boulevard ne. The award is given annually by The Florida Orchestra Guild for exceptional service in support of the Orchestra. Monroe and Suzette berkman will receive the Golden baton Award at the dinner. Each has had a distinguished career in the Tampa Bay area and each has been deeply involved in giving back to the community, including board service for a variety of community and arts organizations on both sides of the Bay. Together they endow the Orchestra’s Violin Assoc. Concertmaster chair. Diane Fair, president-elect of the Orchestra Guild, and Sheila Tempelmann, former Guild president, are co-chairs.

GUlFPOrt’S Get reSCUeD is leashed up and ready for its 14th annual event on Saturday, February 24th. This event has grown faster than your favorite Big Red Dog, with over 45 rescue groups participating and more than 1,000 pets ready to find their “fur-ever” homes with you! This is the largest pet rescue festival in the state, with groups traveling to our little town of Gulfport from every side of Tampa Bay and beyond. Other pet-related activities include pet care education, a food and supplies drive, animal training demos, contests, our annual Bark-B-Que event, food,

music and more. Bring your own critter companion, and join thousands of other visitors in Downtown Gulfport to participate in one of our area’s most beloved traditions. All well-behaved people (and their surely polite pets) are welcome to the daytime event, and it won’t cost a cent to attend! Don’t worry about paying for parking either, as plenty of convenient complimentary parking will be available all around the area. For more information on Gulfport’s Get Rescued, follow us on, go to or call 727-322-5217 St. PeterSbUrG ACCeSSible MUrAlS tOUr The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance believes our city’s murals should be accessible to all. They chose 40 centrally located works to focus on, spotlighting the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, several special murals, plus two murals commissioned by AARP Tampa Bay. Following a recent tour of this year’s Shine murals, Rep. Charlie Crist states, “The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is putting our community on the map through Shine, highlighting our city as a world-class arts destination and hub of creativity. With this partnership with AARP, an amazing display of local and international talent will be accessible for all to enjoy via a self-guided virtual tour for those miles away or with mobility restrictions. I am proud that my hometown of St. Petersburg continues to promote innovation & inclusion.” The Accessible Mural Tour program is produced by SPAA with initial funding from AARP Tampa Bay. “As a national champion for livable communities, AARP is proud to support the St. Petersburg Accessible Mural Tour which allows anyone, regardless of age, ability or locale, to experience our city’s vibrant arts community.,” states Michelle Cyr, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Outreach. The audio portion of the tour provides vivid descriptions of each mural, the artist and its setting. The online guide includes

transcriptions of the audio recordings, photos and a map, with notes on accessible parking and mobility barriers. Jennifer Sabo, Executive Director, VSA Florida writes, “This project is likely to serve as a model for other mural programs around the country. To our knowledge, no other organization in the United States offers mural tours designed for the needs of those with visual, hearing or physical disabilities. VSA Florida has been honored to assist the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance as they develop this muchneeded resource and fully supports the Arts Alliance’s leadership in providing access to public art in St. Petersburg with this innovative and creative program.” These written and recorded tours are now available to everyone – on a home computer, smart phone or any other mobile device. The brochure may also be downloaded at the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website:

GULFPORT COMMUNiTY GARDEN will hold its 3rd Annual Dance for Plants Benefit, Friday, March 2nd, 6:30 - 11pm at the Gulfport Casino. Have a blast with a Carolina Shag dance lesson from 7-8, then dance the night away with WMNF’s DJ Cheryl Mogul ‘s mix of swing, blues, soul, shag and zydeco. Cash bar will be available. Add on a silent auction, expert gardening advice, plant giveaways and friends for a great evening supporting our local Garden with excess produce donated to the Gulfport Sr. Center. Advance tickets, $10 / person available at Gulfport Casino. Come dressed to impress in plant - themed costume and receive $2 off $12 door ticket price/person. More info, contact George Zarillo, 845-242-7452. ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS WANTED for indian Shores St. Patrick’s Festival, March 17. Interested Vendors - Please fill out the application and send to Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores FL 33785. Visit Call with questions (727) 595-4020. | JANUARY 2018


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13th AnnUAl CHili COOK-OFF The Grand Central Chili Cook-Off is the district’s longest-running event and serves as a fundraiser for the GCDA, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event will take place Saturday, March 3, – rain or shine – along the 2400-2500 blocks of Central Avenue and will include the chili competition with over 30 contestants, live music, dozens of vendors and chance drawings. Tickets: Tickets: $15/adults & $10/children 12 and under. Advance ticket purchase recommended; If available, tickets at the event for $20 adults/$15 for children. Chili tasting tickets include samples of all the chili entries, and voting participation in the People’s Choice category. The chili entries will also be tasted and scored by local celebrity judges, and winners will be announced at 3:30 pm in multiple categories: Best Restaurant, Best Business/Organization, Best Individual, & People’s Choice. • no admission fee • Beverages available for purchase from vendors & establishments. Registration: for chili contest entrants is still open, & sponsorship,

vendor & volunteer opportunities available. More information, please contact the Grand Central District Association at 727.828.7006 or via email at On February 17, 9:00 – 11:00 am in preparation of March 3, Chili Cook-Off volunteers from the Grand Central District and Keep Pinellas Beautiful will conduct a District-wide clean up & landscaping initiative. For more information or to volunteer, visit us on Facebook/GrandCentralDistrict Association or email: Photo Credit: Tawnee R. Walling

An impressive new collection of original artwork by EMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE award-winning actress, Jane Seymour, will be on exhibition & available for acquisition at Chasen Galleries in Sarasota. Meet Ms. Seymour in person during two artist appearances; Friday, March 9 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, March 10, from 1-3 pm. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Jane Seymour and experience her extraordinary art. Works from the extraordinary collection of Fine Art Photography by Sean M. Flynn will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a “Mother & Son” dual exhibition. Exhibit previews begin March 3. RSVP requested 941-260 5787 and Visit www.chasengalleries for more info. JANE SEYMOUR


Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17 – Winter bOOK SAle

The FRIENDS of the GULF BEACHES PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its Winter Book Sale - Fri., March 16, 10a - 5p & Sat., March 17 10a - 3p. Books for all ages – adults, children, youth, and young adults will be available at very low prices.

St. Pete beACH librAry 365 73rd Ave., SPB, 363-9238 Monday/Wednesday 10 - 8 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10 - 6 Saturday 10 - 2 Sunday, closed Library closed: Feb.19 Administrator: Betcinda Kettells New website! teCH tUeSDAyS One-on-One tech Help Tuesdays, 3-5 pm, Feb. 6 & 20 (reserve your 30 minutes) ADUlt PrOGrAMS rock Painting Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 4 pm Mayor’s Open Office Hour Visit with Mayor Al Johnson Mondays 6-7 pm, Feb. 12 & 26 S.H.i.n.e. Medicare Counseling (book 1 hour of one-on-one help) Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 am-2:30 pm

Movie Day at the library 2 pm matinee & 5:30 pm encore Wednesday, Feb. 21, title TBA topics in American History: Civil rights Friday, Feb. 23, 4 pm AArP Safe Driver Course (must attend both days for credit) Wednesday, Thursday, Feb. 14-15 10 am-1 pm (pre-registration) AArP tAX-AiDe Federal tax preparation/e-filing Fridays, 10 am-2:30 pm Feb. 2 - April 13 bOOK DiSCUSSiOn GrOUP Book/film, Tuesdays, 10:30am Feb. 20/27 My Sister’s Keeper CHilDren’S PrOGrAMS Story time Sing & learn Ages 0-5, Mondays, 11 am Feb.5, 12, 26 Children’s Movie night Mondays, 5:30 pm, Feb. 19, title TBA

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Babe Ruth is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, but he is not as well known for his work as a humanitarian, including his commitment to youth, philanthropy & support of African Americans & other minority communities. Inspired by Ruth’s humanitarian work, Keep St. Pete Lit, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Museum of History for the SunLit Festival (, have created an essay contest for Pinellas County high school students. Up to four students will be chosen to win $100 each, and may submit entries as a written essay, podcast or a short video. There will be awards in each category (essay & new media). Teachers of student winners will each receive a gift card of $50 to use for school supplies. The topic? Tell the story of a time you stood up to injustice.

What does it take to speak out about something you know is wrong? Has anyone ever stood up to help you or your family? What would you do to make a difference? Refer to complete details and submission instructions at, and be sure to review the links about Babe Ruth’s historical stands against injustice before starting your creative process. Official awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, St. Petersburg History Museum during the SunLit Festival. Winning essays and digital media will be featured on the, and websites. Deadline for entry is midnight Thursday, March 15. | FEBRUARY 2018



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It is a collaborative art exhibit and sale at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center, which is free and open to the public. Meet the artists and enjoy a live informational presentation by United States NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, “eARTh from Space.� Astronaut Stott will share her experiences on board the international Space Station where she had the opportunity to paint in orbit. Additionally there will be an art raffle, light snacks & a donation bar, so bring the entire family! A portion of all proceeds from art sales will support the mission of Tampa Bay Watch. The 5th Annual Bay Life Art Exhibit will feature Karen Baker, Nicole Stott, Sandra Williams, Bill Castleman, Vivek Lakhotia, Elaine Hahn, Bill Renc & Joyce Ely Walker, showing a wide spectrum of their work that reflects the beauty and complexity of our natural surroundings. The event takes place in the Tampa Bay Watch Community Room in Tierra Verde, a perfect setting to appreciate the beauty of Tampa Bay. A ViP invitation-only event for sponsors will take place Thursday, February 22.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and takes place at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine & Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715. Tampa Bay Watch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.

More about the event, or contact Michelle Yepez, Tampa Bay Watch special events manager at This event is presented by Sabal Trust and sponsored by Amici’s Catering, Coppertail Brewing, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Carmelita’s Rum, Mary Ann & Gary Renfrow, Marone Law Group, Lawrence Weiner & Yvonne Grimm. Sponsorship and promotion opportunities are available by contacting Pamela Arbisi at

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PERFORMING ARTS Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay Times Forum) 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.301.6500 February 9 – Billy Joel 14 – Andrea Bocelli 21 – Mary J. Blige American Stage 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 40th Anniversary Season 727.823.7529 boxof February 1 – 18 – A Raisin in the Sun 4 – House Teams Live! 11 – House Teams Live! 18 – House Teams Live! March 4 – House Teams Live! 7 – 31 – Marjorie Prime 11 – House Teams Live! 18 – House Teams Live! Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.361.8388 February 1 – March 4 – Morning After Grace 2 – March 28 – Shakespeare in Love 9 – April 14 – Rhinoceros March 16 – April 15 – Roe Bini Qger Theater Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.867.1166 Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400 February 1 – Adrian Belew Power Trio 3 – Arlo Guthrie 6 – The Tenors 7 – The Flecktones Trio 8 – Jake Shimabukuro 10 – Under the Streetlamp 13 – Gordon Lightfoot 14 – Rufus Wainwright 15 – Judy Collins 16 – Sierra Hull 17 – Colin Quinn 18 – Jesse Colin Young 19 – Earls of Leicester 20 – George Benson

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21 – Eric Johnson 22 – Air Supply 23 – Gino Vannelli 24 – Olate Dogs 25 – Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers 28 – Dixie Dregs March 1 – Howie Mandel 2 – Les Ballet Trockadero 3 – The Fab Faux 8 – Robin Tower 9 – Jim Breuer 10 – The Irish Rovers 11 – The Texas Tenors: Rise 13 – Joshua Radin 15 – The Fab Four 20 – Mike + The Mechanics

Glenridge Performing Arts Center 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota 941.552.5325 February 9 – Robin Spielberg 11 – Veronica Swift 14 – The Mersey Beatles 24 – Trout Fishing In America 25 – Cynthia Sayer’s Hot Jazz Quartet March 9 – Velvet Caravan 18 – The Brothers Four

Catherine Hickman Theater 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 727.893.1070 February 3, 4, 10, 11 – Committed March 8 – Still Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay 15 – 25 – Becky’s New Car

M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa (Music Acting Dance Theatre of Tampa) 813.386.6173

Central Park Performing Arts Center 105 Central Park Dr., Largo 727.587.6793 February 2 – The Pure Zeppelin Experience 3 – A Tribute James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel 7 – Ecology is Awesome 10 – The Music of Steely Dan 11 – The Music of Bobby Darin 12 – The McCartney Project 16 – Retribution 18 – Brides for the Arts Wedding Expo March 5 – Motown – The Sounds of Soul 16 – Black Alice

National Theatre Live Eckerd College Miller Auditorium 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Performances in HD national-theatre-live February 15 – Salomé March 16 – Young Marx

Eight O’Clock Theatre 105 Central Park Drive, Largo 727.587.6793 March 2 – 18 – Annie Get Your Gun Francis Wilson Playhouse 302 Seminole St., Clearwater 727.446.1360 freeFall Theatre Company 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.498.5205 February 1 – 18 – The Glass Menagerie March 16 – April 8 – Daddy Long Legs

Gulfport Community Players Back Door Theater, 1619 49th St. S, Gulfport

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446

Patel Conservatory 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa Dance / Theater / Music / Adult Classes 813.222.1002 February 15 – 18 – Disney’s The Aristocats Kids Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park February 3 – Fleetwood Mac Tribute 24 – Eagles Tribute March 2 – The Buddy Holly Experience Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater 727.791.7400 February 1 – 3 Mike Hammer: Encore for Murder 2 – Cabaret 2 – John Cleary Trio 9 – Little River Band & Pablo Cruise 10 – RAIN – Tribute to the Beatles 11 – Marilyn & Dean

11 – TFO: Star Trek & Star Wars 13 – Beach Boys 14 – Dancing with the Stars: Live! 15 – Willie Nelson 16 – Kelsea Ballerini 16, 17 – My Mother’s Italian… 18 – Jeanne Robertson 18 – Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show 18 – TFO: Romeo and Juliet 19 – Daniel O’Donnell 23 – Chad Prather 23 – The Romantics 24 – Matt Andersen 24 – Swan Lake 25 – Bee Gees Concert 25 – TFO: Dvorak’s New World Symphony 28 – Phillip Phillips 28 – TFO: Center Stage March 2, 3 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 4 – TFO: Hot Latin Nights 4 – The Hit Men 8 – 18 – What the Bellhop Saw 12 – 110 Years of Broadway 13 – Dance to the Movies 14 – TFO: Beethoven 15 – The Young Irelanders 17 – Doo Wop Reunion XVIII 18 – Foreigner 20 – O Sole Trio: Pavarotti to Pop St. Petersburg City Theatre Oldest, continuously operating community theatre in Florida since 1925 Located off I-275 at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg 727.866.1973 February 23, 24 – Schoolhouse Rock March 15 – 24 – Jesus Christ Superstar Stageworks Theater 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416 February 9 – 25 – brownsville song (b-side for tray) Straz Center 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229.STAR February 1 – Black Violin 1 – 11 – The Tempest 1 – 28 – Forever Plaid 2 – Take Me to the River 2, 4 – The Barber of Seville 3 – The Lightning Thief 6 – Steve Trash 7 – Judy Blume: Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great 9 – TFO: The Music of Star Trek & Star Wars | FEBRUARY 2018


Events • Saturday, February 3 – Localtopia: A Celebration of All Things Local 10am – 5pm, Free, Williams Park 330 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing over 200 of our city’s favorite independent businesses and community organizations. Family-friendly. For additional info visit Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 – 2Cool Art Show 10am – 5pm, Free, Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Thirty six juried artists show and sell a variety of hand crafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 – St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival 11am – 6pm, Free, Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. A diverse menu of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks combined with outstanding live musical performances in a diversity of genres with a marketplace of crafts and ne product selections. Thursday, February 8 through Monday, February 19 – Florida State Fair 9am Monday through Thursday/10am Friday through Sunday, $5 to $35, Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa. Carnival games, rides, food, entertainment and exhibits. Special days and discounts. www. Friday, February 9 – MUSE 2018 7pm, $100, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg. Creative pARTy attire suggested. Events include interactive digital art, pop-up performances, artful by-the-bite dinner courses, creative creature makeup, curated auction items and the Muse Arts Awards. Saturday, February 10 – Big Band Ballroom Dance – A Salute to the Big Bands 7pm, $22, The Coliseum, 545 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Dance host. Singles welcome. Snacks and set-ups available, BYOB; smoke-free. Tickets: 727.892.5202 or Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 Saturday, February 10 – Cupid’s Undie Run Noon – 4pm, $35, Yard Of Ale, 260 1 Ave. N, St. Petersburg. A party and fun run (a mile-ish, at your own pace) in your undies all to nd a cure to Neuro bromatosis. Saturday, February 10 – MUSE Art and Body Art Show 8am – noon, $20/$45, ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Male and female models will be painted for 8 hours in preparation for the event opening. With video art, music and lots of surprises. 727.324.3878

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Arts & Leisure Straz Center (continued) 11 – Laura Benanti 13 – 22 – Open Rehearsal – The Marriage of Figaro 14 – 25 – The Phantom of the Opera 15 – From Bach to Bowie 16 – TFO: Romeo & Juliet & West Side Story 17 – Hater’s Roast, The Shady Tour 18 – Jeremy McCarter 26 – Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds March 1 – 11 – Forever Plaid 2 – 4 – The Marriage of Figaro 3 – Dance Theatre of Harlem 6 – 11 – The Color Purple 7 – Blame It On Bianca 7 – 31 – HIR 8 – A Wild Life with Bertie Gregory 10 – Lippo the Clown’s Small Family Circus 11 – Tampa Bay Symphony “East Meets West” 18 – Ana Gasteyer 18 – Tiffany 20 – 25 – The Bodyguard Tarpon Springs Cultural Art Center 101 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs 727.942.5605 February 8 – 11, 14 – Funny Valentines Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs 727.942.5605 February 1 – 4 – The Mikado 10, 11 – Elvis My Way 17 – Rhythm of the Dance 18 – Pavlo March 2 – Socks in the Frying Pan 3 – Tamburitzans 10 – VoicePlay 11 – Music from the Silver Screen 16 – The Brothers Four 18 – Beach Boys Tribute The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Tea dances run October through May February 8 – PAL Founders Club Brinner 11 – Tampa Bay Bridal Show March 1 – Community Associations Day & Trade Show

The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St. S, Bayfront Center St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767 February 1 – TFO Coffee Concert: Best of British 2 – TFO: The Music of Pink Floyd 3 – G3 2018 6 – Ballet Boyz 8 – ABBA Mania 9 – Tony Bennett 10 – TFO: Music of Star Trek & Star Wars 11 – The Gershwin Songbook 15 – The Midtown Men 17 – TFO: Romeo & Juliet & West Side Story 23, 24 – TFO: Dvorak’s New World Symphony 25 – The Legendary Ladies of Motown 28 – Wild Kratts Live! March 1 – TFO Coffee Concert: Center Stage 2 – Celtic Woman 3 – TFO Pops: Hot Latin Nights 4 – The Righteous Brothers 13 – Audra McDonald 14 – Kingston Trio 15 – TFO Coffee Concert: Beethoven 15 – TAO: Drum Heart 16 – 1964: The Tribute 17 – Jason Mraz 18 – Cirque Eloize Saloon 20 – Million Dollar Quartet The Palladium 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.822.3590 February 2, 4, 6 – The Magic Flute 8 – The Mersey Beatles 9 – Backtrack Blues Band 10 – Vic DiBitteto 11 – Walt Matzke’s Four Pianos 13 – Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mace 14 – Whitney James 16 – One City Chorus 17 – Memories of Elvis 18 – Jeanne Robertson 19 – Gene Watson 20 – Tampa Bay Symphony: East Meets West 21 – Tal Cohen Trio 22 – Jeff Rupert Quintet w/Veronica Swift 23 – B3 Fury w/the Shawn Brown Quintet 24 – Whitney James & Chuch Wansley 25 – Gabriel Hernandez Trio 28 – Phillip Phillips March 1 – Bill Cunliffe Trio 2 – A Tribute to Neil Young 3 – Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp! 4 – The Sound of Gospel 11 – Pig Floyd: Live in Concert 14 – Palladium Chamber Players

Van Wezel 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.953.3368 February 1 – Ballet Boyz 5 – In the Mood 6 – Diana Krall 7 – Travis Wall 8 – Brian Regan Live 10 – Tony Bennett 11 – The Nat King Cole Tribute 13 – Dancing with the Stars: Live! 14 – The Beach Boys 15 – George Benson 16 – Barry Manilow 17 – Michael McDonald 18 – The Hot Sardines 19 – Stayin’ Alive 22 – Gordon Lightfoot 27 – Moscow Festival Ballet March 4 – Celtic Woman 6, 7 – The Wizard of Oz 8 – Daughtry 11 – National Symphony of Cuba 12 – Dance to the Movies 13 – Neil Berg’s 109 Years of Broadway 14 – Audra McDonald 15 – Rick Spring eld West Coast Players 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater 727.437.2363 March 9 – 25 – Polish Joke

MUSEUMS Dalí Museum One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 727.823.3767 Saturdays – Dilly Dally w/ Dali Sundays – Yoga at The Dali Wed., Thurs. – StoryTime at The Dali (visit website for updates) February 1 – ArtFlix: Marcel Duchamp 3 – Film Series: Modern Masters: Dalí 7 – Coffee w/a Curator: Dalí/Duchamp 10 – Film Series: Duchamp 15 – Opera at The Dalí 24 – Film Series: Duchamp March 15 – Opera at The Dalí Dr. Carter G. Woodson African american Museum 2240 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg One City Chorus – Mondays 7pm (see website for current exhibit) Florida Holocaust Museum 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.820.0100 www. February 10 through July 15 – Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann February 17 through August 19 – Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi

Labor Camps February 10 – “To Life” Honoring the Past; Empowering the Future March 7 – A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps 11 – 4th Annual Spring Cook-Off Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 400 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa 831.221.2222 Through March 16 – Jean Pagliuso: Poultry, Raptors, Places of Ritual February 8 – Introduction to Smartphone Photography 11 – Lighting Workshop 16 – Making Florida’s Soul Music History Come Alive March 1 – Deadline for Forever Young entries 3 – Photography 101 Express Gulf Beaches Historical Museum 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.552.1610 Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier islands. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation! March 3 – Annual Island Festival Gulfport History Museum 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Free Admission 727.327.0505 Henry Plant Museum 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813.254.1891 February 2 – Dressing the Best 10 – Spencerian Script and American Penmanship 11 – Explore Victorian Valentines March 4 – Picnic in the Park Heritage Museum 100 Beekman Ln., Tarpon Springs History and culture of the Greek community John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941.359.5700 Mondays FREE admissions all day Thurs – Art After 5 /Thurs through Sun – Joseph’s Coat Skyspace Third Thurs – Ringling by the Bay ($10) Fri – ROAR – Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat – Bayfront Garden Tours Sat – Kid’s Quest, Family Workshop Through February 28 – First Five Years of Art of Our Time Through April 5 – Ringling Underground February 2 – A Book Conservator’s Journey to the Beginning 6 – Charlotte Perret, At Their Doorstep

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Events Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 – Clearwater Depression Glass Show and Sale 10am – 5pm Saturday/11am – 4pm Sunday, $6, MinnReg Building, 6340 126th Ave., Largo. This show will feature your favorite glass, china and pottery whether you are a collector or looking for that one special piece to decorate a room or give as a gift. Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 – Elvis My Way 7:30pm Saturday/2pm Sunday,$35 Members/$40 Non-members, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. A 90-minute journey through Elvis’ sensational career, from his introduction to the world in the 1950s, hits from some of his impressive 33 movies, to the concert years that are marked by his legendary glittery jumpsuits. 727.942.5605 Sunday, February 11 – Bishop Carlton Pearson 9: 30 and 11:30am, Free, First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Branded a heretic by his peers in 2004, Bishop Pearson is the author of The Gospel of Inclusion and a leading voice of reason in a world of religious extremes. www. Sunday, February 11 – Tampa Bay Bridal Show 4pm, $5, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Make it easy on yourself. Spend the afternoon with the area’s bridal experts. Look for great fashions, tips and wedding advice plus door prizes and giveaways. Monday, February 12 – Rena Finder: One of the Youngest Schindler’s List Survivors 7:30pm, $5 to $18, The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Rena’s riveting rst-hand account of life as a Schindler child is a story of strength, courage and determination. 727.344.4900 Monday, February 12 – Senior Solos Luncheon Meeting 1pm, $2 plus a food dish/$5 without a dish, Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. The group is open to all seniors 55+. Entertainment by One Dan Band. For information call Wally 727.544.7183. Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Group Wedding 2pm, Marriage License Fees, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. A single ceremony will unite all couples in attendance on the most romantic day of the year. The couples and their guests will celebrate with wedding cake and refreshments provided by local sponsors. Pre-registration required. 727.582.2100 www. Thursday, February 15 – Arts Business @The Greenhouse: Tax Year 2017 Realities and Plans for Tax Year 2018 8:30 – 10am, Free, The Greenhouse 440 2nd Avenue North St. Petersburg. The changing tax laws and their impact on for-pro t and non-pro t creative businesses. Registration required. 727.893.7767 Thursday, February 15 – Women’s Health Program Noon – 1pm, Free, Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. Guest speaker Karen Mertes of Ful ll Your Destiny. Presented by Tampa Bay Research. RSVP Greta at or 727.576.6675 ext 120 • 44


Arts & Leisure John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (continued) 17 – Helpful Hints for Hurricane Proo ng Your Landscape 27 – Conversation – It’s All in the Details March 9 – Toni Dove: Spectropia Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.4638 Thursdays $5 after 5pm Through April 1 – STAR WARS and The Power of Costume February 2 – 4 – Wine Weekend 2018 8 – Behind The Seams w/Laela French 11 – Deanna Clayton & Alexis Silk 13 – Costumes Across The Galaxy 14 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton 15 – Cocktails & Collections 22 – Starry Night @the MFA March 1 – A Lifetime of Collecting: Works from the Paul Mellon Collections 11 – Alex Bernstein 14 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton 20 – Anniversary Lecture Series: Orchestra 101 St. Pete Sculpture Museum 290 Dr. MLK Jr St. N, Ste. 100, St. Petersburg More than 100 sculptures from life size to giant size. 727.316.1718 St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.1052 March 1 – Happy Hour w/the Historian: John Capouya 3 – Cocktails on the Court Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park Unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles. 727.579.8226 Tampa Bay History Center 801 Old Water St, Tampa 813.228.0097 February 1 – Remembering the USS Tampa 7 – Tampa’s Historic Neighborhoods 21 – The 1968 Statewide Florida Teacher Strike 24 – Tampa Bay Black History Tour March 6 – Women’s History Month Celebration 7 – A Literary Study of Time in america 14 – Real Tampa Privateers, Female Corsairs and My Life Sailing in the 1700s

Tampa Museum of Art 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813.259.1720 Friday – Art on the House – 4 to 8pm Saturday – Art Spot for Families Through February 11, Mernet Larsen Through April 1, – Made In Tampa February 2 – Family Day Tarpon Springs Railroad Depot Historical Museum 160 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs Free admission 727.943.4624 USF Contemporary Art Museum 3821 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, 33620 813. 974.4133 – Info 813.974.2849 cam/cam_exhibitions.html USF Contemporary Art Museum Institute for Research in Art 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa USF Graphic Studio 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Ste 100, Tampa Free admission 813.974.3503 GS/gs_about.html

ART GALLERIES Art Lofts Florida Craftsmen Galleries (2nd oor) 10 5th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.504.8788 Second Saturday ArtWalk ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.324.3878 February 3, 4 – Crafty Fest 10 – MUSE Art and Body Art March 3, 4 – Crafty Fest [blank] Slate Gallery 538 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.312.5700 Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 ext. 5102 First permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. February 8 – Cocktails at the Collection

Craftsman House 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.323.2787 Gallery-Café-Pottery Studio Second Saturday ArtWalk Thursdays in May – Movies in the Park February 3 – Localtopia 6 – Seth Giler 9 – John McCutcheon 11 – Craftsman House Centennial Celebration 15 – Jim Kweskin March 14 – 10th Annual Pi Day 16 – Special Consensus 18 – Pat Donohue Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center 1846 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.825.0515 Second Saturday ArtWalk Crossroads Gallery St. Pete College – Clearwater 2465 Drew St., Clearwater Domain Home Accessories & Gallery 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport Local and Florida artisans featured Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg 813.760.6600 Second Saturday ArtWalk March 21 – Spring for the Arts 2018 Dunedin Fine Art Center 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 727.298.3322 More than 100 classes offered Scholarships available February 2 – Dillman’s Festival of Artists 2 – Paint Party w/ David R. Becker 4 – Jen Evenhus Pastel Demonstration 17 – Trashy Treasures March 1 – Color Intensive Demo w/ Elio Camacho Florida CraftArt Gallery 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.7391 www. Second Saturday Art Walk Mural Walk on Saturdays Gallerie 909 909 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.565.3930 Featuring Africanamerican Artists Second Saturday ArtWalk Small Business of the Year 2015 Drum circle rst Friday each month Avant-garde jazz rst Saturday each month Spoken Word last Sunday each month

Gulf Coast Artists Alliance 727.738.8010 www.gcaa- .org Two Locations in St. Petersburg St. Pete Artworks / Avenue 5 Studios Red Cloud Indian Arts 214 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 727.821.5824 Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.7563 Stirling Studios & Art Gallery 730 Broadway (2nd Floor) Studio 12, Dunedin

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Studio@620 620 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.895.6620 February 1 – 4 – Gladiola 7 – Heart-Opener Flow Yoga 10 – Simple Screen Printing Workshop

ART CENTERS & CLASSES Beach Art Center 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Bch. 727.596.4331 Kapfer Glass Studio 409 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach 727.656.9190 Handmade glass art & crafts Morean Arts Center 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Classes and Galleries Second Saturday ArtWalk Saturdays at The Morean for Families Fridays – Art Snap Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.821.7162 Fridays – Friday Night Clay Sundays for Families 1 – 3pm Second Saturday ArtWalk February 7 – 10 – Florida Heat Surface Pinellas Park Art Society Park Station Building 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park 727.360.4406 Pinot’s Palette 1572 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.3700 | FEBRUARY 2018


Events Friday, February 16 – 2nd Annual St. Pete French Fry Festival 6 – 11pm, Free admission, Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE, St. Petersburg. Gourmet food trucks serving special French fry inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine. Live music. Friday, February 16 – Salomé 1:30pm, $22/$25, Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 – Gulf Beaches Rotary Golf and Tennis Challenge 4pm Friday/9am Saturday, $25, Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. Proceeds bene t the Treasure Island Recreation Department children’s programs, Treasure Bay tennis and golf programs for juniors and the Gulf Beaches Rotary Foundation. Silent auction. Food and beverage concessions available. www.treasureisland and_Golf_Challenge.html Saturday, February 17 – Island Night & Luau 6pm, $50 Single/$75 Couple, Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Polynesian show with re dancers, luau buffet and dancing. Bene ts St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society (SPIFFS). 727.552.1896 Saturday, February 17 – Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 4pm, $10 to $35, Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St Petersburg. This important annual event raises signi cant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors around the world who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. Saturday, February 17 – Third Saturday Art & Gallery Walk 6 – 10pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. www.visitgulfport Saturday, February 17 – Trashy Treasures 10am – 2pm, Free, Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Tampa Bay’s Most Beloved Art Garage Sale. People donate art works that they’ve perhaps grown tired of, and art supplies they no longer need. Find some incredible values. 727.298.3322 Saturday, February 17 – Kids’ Camp: Art Adventure 10 am – 3 pm, $40 for one child and $20 for each sibling, Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Experienced teachers will guide kids ages 3 – 11 in sculpting, painting, instrument making and creative play. 727.360.5508 Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 – 3rd Annual Gulfport Fine Arts Festival 10am – 5pm, Free, Veteran’s Park, 5350 31st Ave. S, Gulfport. Formerly Gulfport Masters, this juried art show will feature ne works of art from across the region. 727.322.5217 302-3rd-annual-gulfport- ne-arts-festival



Arts & Leisure Safety Harbor Art & Music Center 706 2nd St. N, Safety Harbor 727.725.4018 Society of Acrylic Painters Membership info / exhibit entry Studio Duvoe 2808 Clinton St. S, Gulfport 727.271.5016 Creative play sessions and art parties for neurotypical and neurodiverse (Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) children and adults SunTan Art Center at Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50+ Years February 9 – Deadline Acrylic Painters Spring Juried Exhibition Treasure Island Art Guild Gallery Closed June, July, August Painting Workshops held weekly Wednesday – Anything Goes Thursday – Acrylic Painting Friday – Portrait Workshop – live model Veterans Art Center 6798 Crosswinds Dr. N, St. Petersburg 813.504.3092 Provides opportunities for military and veterans to develop and showcase creative and artistic accomplishments Zen Glass Studio 600 27th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.323.3141 Offers glassblowing classes & workshops. Second Saturday ArtWalk. St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District.

HANDS-ON MUSEUMS Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.821.8992 Where education and fun come alive First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. February 3 – Ready, Set, Goooo! 5 – Memory Monday 11 – Great Connections 23 – Night at the Brewseum March 5 – Memory Monday

Heritage Village 11909 125th St N, Largo 727.582.2123 Free 21-acre living history museum Sundays – Speaking of History February 18 – A History of the Belleview Biltmore March 18 – Tampa Bay Shipwrecks of the Civil War MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa 813.987.6000 Children’s science center Saunders Planetarium February 24 – SkyWatch March 3 – SkyWatch

MUSIC Clearwater Jazz Holiday October 18 – 21, 2018 Florida Orchestra See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center 50th Anniversary Season 727.662.7286 www. South Pasadena Community Band All-volunteer band 727.398.9639 March 7 – Concert St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Adult group musical activities for all levels of musical experience 727.512.5966 St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.341.4360 Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:00pm, Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island 727.360.5531 Tampa Bay Symphony Performances in various locations 727.827.8087

The Blue Parrot Café 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach Every Monday 727.368.9619 TomKats Jazz Orchestra The Hangar Restaurant 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg Every Monday – Jazz Jam 727.823.7767

OPERA Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium The Met in HD Series Live high-de nition broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera 727.864.7600 February 10 – L’Elisir D’Amore 24 – La Bohème March 10 – Semiramide Florida Opera Festival Straz Center for the Performing Arts 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa February 2, 4 – Opera Tampa Premium Experience 2, 4 – The Barber of Seville 13 – 22 – Open Rehearsal – The Marriage of Figaro 25 – Discover Opera – The Marriage of Figaro March 2 – 4 – The Marriage of Figaro 18 – Discover Opera – Macbeth The Matinee Opera Players 64th Way, Pinellas Park MatineeOperaPlayers Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center St. Petersburg Opera Company 727.823.2040 Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Cocktail with the Maestro Various performance locations February 2 – 6 – The Magic Flute St. Petersburg Opera Guild Sarasota Opera House 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.359.0099 ext.101 February 10 – 24 – Manon Lescaut 17 – 27 – Carmen March 2 – 24 – Carmen 3 – 23 – Manon Lescaut 3 – 24 – Norma

9 – Covers at Three 18 – Artists Choice Concert 10 – 25 – Tie and The Pinellas Opera League Socialize and be entertained First Wednesday each month October – June

DANCING Florida West Ballet A not-for-pro t Pre-Professional Performing Arts Company 616 4th St. N, St. Petersburg www. Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport More information on Casino events or rental availability 727.893.1070 Every Wednesday – Swing First and third Sunday – Ballroom Second Sunday – Soul Night March 2 – Dance for Plants Sarasota Ballet 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.0099 Tickets 941.351.0099 x101 January 26 – 29 – Moving Identities

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St. Petersburg Polish american Society, 1343 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg 972.741.3749 Sunday, Dinner & Dancing: 2:15 – 3:30pm – Dinner – $8 727.360.0584 for dinner reservations 3 – 6pm – Dancing – $6 Members/$8 Non-members The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Tea Dance – 1st & 3rd Wednesday, October through May February 10 – Big Band Ballroom Dance

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Events Sunday, February 18 – Eddie Graham’s Hot Jazz Ensemble 2:30 – 5pm, $15 Member/$20 Non-member, Kapok Events Pavilion, 930 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. Sponsored by the Suncoast Jazz Society. 727.215.2938 Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, February 23 – St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs Free, University of South Florida Student Center, 200 6th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Multiple panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts will discuss critical international issues of the day. Seating will be on a rst come, rst seated basis. Wednesday, February 21 – Golden Baton Award Dinner 6 – 9pm, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. An Award for Exceptional Support for and Service to The Florida Orchestra presented by The Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg. 727.289.4931 www. volunteer-guilds/ orida-orchestra-guildst-petersburg-inc

Arts & Leisure LGBTQ Film Series Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Second Thursday of each month 7pm. 727.893.1074 February 8 – Brokeback Mountain Sunscreen Film Festival www.sunscreen Various locations throughout St. Petersburg. VIP & General Admission April 26 – 29, 2018

COMEDY Coconuts Comedy Club Oldest (longest running) comedy club in Florida. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.5653 (JOKE) Open Mike on Tuesdays Shows: Wed – Sat, 9pm Spit re Theater 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg www.spit

Wednesday, February 21 through Sunday, February 25 – St. Petersburg Jazz Festival 7:30pm, $20 General admission/$30 Reserved seating, The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. An intimate concert experience with pure sound quality and a great appreciation of the jazz artists performing. 727.822.3590 Thursday, February 22 – Craft Beer 101 by Big Storm Brewing 11am – noon, Free, St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. Learn about the process of brewing craft beers and what to look for when choosing a craft beer from one of the area’s leading craft breweries. Friday, February 23 – Bay Life Art Show 4 – 9pm, Free, Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Includes an “eARTh from Space” Artist Presentation by NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott who will share her artistic experiences while on board the International Space Station at 7pm. All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to bene t Tampa Bay Watch. Friday, February 23 – Night at the Brewseum 7 – 10pm, $45 Presale/$50 At door, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Taste local craft brews, challenge your friends in the “Ex Games” and play like a kid again in our hands-on exhibits. Ages 21+. Live music. Food available for purchase. 727.821.8992 Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 – Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival 1pm, $25 to $120, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Enjoy two days full of fresh local seafood and wonderful blues music. Event listings are posted online at 48


Sporty’s Comedy Club 17093 Gulf Blvd., N Redington Beach (across from Double Tree Beach Resort) 727.596.6725


Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.273.4000 www. Fort De Soto Park Tierra Verde 727.552.1862 park/05_ft_desoto.htm Guided Nature Walks – Sat. & Sun. Lowry Park Zoo 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa One mile west of I-275 (exit 48) 813.935.8552 Events line 813.935.8552 ext. 276 Summer camps offered Mote Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota 941.388.4441 Science, Education, Aquarium February 10 – City Island Coastal Cleanup March 20 – “A Plastic Ocean” St. Petersburg Audubon Society 727.753.9731 101+ Years Conservation Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month Boyd Hill Bird Walk 1st Saturday of month February 17 – Brooker Creek Preserve St. Petersburg Shell Club Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole 727.867.6861 1st Friday September thru May 7:00pm

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326 Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes February 3 – Raptor Fest

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores 727.391.6211 Free Largest non-pro t wild bird hospital sanctuary. Donations accepted. Tours.

Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs 727.453.6800

Weedon Island Preserve 727.453.6500 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727.441.1790 Rescue, Rehab and Release Home of Winter and Hope, stars of Dolphin Tale I & II February 2, 3 – Animal Behavior Workshop 4 – Junior Animal Behavior Workshop 16 – Winter on the Beach


Egmont Key Shuttle Hubbard’s Marina, Ft. DeSoto Co. Park $20 Reservation 727.867.6569 727.893.2627

Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center Located behind Dolphin Village 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.7411 Sailing, Fishing, Motor Cruising, Sunset Sails Shell Key Shuttle & Sunset Cruises 801 Pass-A-Grille Way, Merry Pier 727.360.1348 Dog friendly cruises on special dates.

StarLite Dining Yachts Clearwater and St. Pete Beach 727.462.2628 Afternoon & evening cruises, dining & dancing, entertainment, full bar, sightseeing. Adult Basic Sailing School Boca Ciega Yacht Club, Not-for-pro t Sailing Club Bay Sailors A sailing club for singles. Celebrating our 25th year of fun & sailing. Looking for a few good skippers with sailboats. For contact information visit Boating Skills & Seamanship USCG Safe Boating Program Flotilla 72, 9 Classes Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30pm 1300 Beach Blvd. SE, St. Petersburg (US Coast Guard Base) Jim 727.898.1324 USCG Safe Boating Program U.S. Coast Guard Aux Flotilla 78, 12-week continuous Program Tuesdays 7pm Warren Webster Comm. Ctr, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach Up to 2 years to nish. $45, $60 couple, Jim 727.360.4846, Warren 727.321.7801 February 6 – Powering Your Boat 13 – Lines and Knots 20 – Weather 27 – Your Boat’s Radio March 6 – Which Boat is for You? 13 – Equipment for Your Boat 20 – Waterway Watch/ Trailering Your Boat St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave. SE, St. Petersburg 727.550.1811 America’s Boating Course Free to attend, $40 materials 7 week course. Mon 7 – 9pm.

FERRIES Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi Service Services 9 stops throughout Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg (Jungle Prada) and Treasure Island. Wednesday through Sunday. Prices vary.

NATURE Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo Free. Friendly dogs welcome on leash. Open daily. Welcome Center is closed weekends & county holidays. 727.582.2100 www. February 14 – Valentine’s Day Group Wedding Florida West Coast Orchid Society Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. 2nd Thurs, 7:30pm. Visitors welcome. Educational classes. 727.420.7230 February 10 – Members’ Orchid Sale

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Garden Club St. Petersburg 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg Diane Shafer 727.347.6649 February 16, 17 – Flea Market and Plant & Garden Sale Ikebana International Chapter 65, St. Petersburg Chapel On The Hill Church – Evans Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole 3rd Monday, 10am – 2pm, September to May. Ikebana – centuries old art of Japanese oral arranging. 727.729.9445 February 19 – Brilliant Future of Ikenobo Ikebana March 10, 11 – Annual Exhibition 19 – Contrasts in Banmi Shofu Ryu Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S Palm Ave., Sarasota Mondays – Yoga in the Garden 941.366.5731 February 1 – Painting Flowers in Watercolor 11 – Warhol: Flowers in the Factory 19 – Amazing Animals and Flowers in Sumi-e 21 – Behind the Scenes Photography 21 – Warhol Nights 22 – Tarashikomi 24 – Andy’s Art Factory 25 – Garden Music Series 27 – Tripod Tuesdays March 2 – Drawing Workshop 2 – Singing in the Gardens 3 – Orchids 101 7 – Wine and Design 8 – Ecoprint Flowers and Leaves 14 – Andy Warhol and Hibscus 14 – Pop Art into the Butter y Garden

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Events Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 – Schoolhouse Rock 6:30pm Friday/1pm Saturday, $12, St. Petersburg City Theatre Children’s Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. Based on the ever-popular, awardwinning 1970s cartoons, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes. 727.866.1973 Saturday, February 24 – 14th Annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued 10am – 6pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Animal rescue organizations, many appearing with adoptable pets, take over Beach Blvd. to raise money and awareness for their causes. Pet care education, pet services, a pet food/ supplies drive, food and music. Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 – St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival 10am – 5pm, Free, South Straub Park, 198 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. A boutique ne art festival of approximately 120 of Florida’s and america’s top ne artisans. Creations in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, ber art, woodworking and more. S-37-St.+Petersburg+Fine+Art+Festival.html Sunday, February 25 – Discover Opera – The Marriage of Figaro 3pm, Free, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Managing Director and Choral Master Robin Stamper and production directors provide insights about The Marriage of Figaro and share entertaining anecdotes. A short performance featuring favorite arias. Reservations recommended. 813.222.4890 Sunday, February 25 – Flamingo Festival Noon – 4:30pm, Free with regular admission, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Show your love of amingos and celebrate the young ock’s birthday. Wear pink for $1 off admission. Kids’ activities courtesy of Great Explorations. Live music. Beer/wine available for purchase. Sunday, February 25 – Music in the Afternoon 2 – 4pm, Free, SPB Recreation Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. This casual afternoon will feature light refreshments and plenty of dancing and socializing to the classic music of The Rhythm Kings. 727.363.9245 Tuesday, February 27 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner 5 – 8pm, $10 in advance/$12 at door/$4 children under age 10, Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Open to the public. Live entertainment. Hosted by The Isle of Palms Civic Association. Tickets available at the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 245 107th Ave. 727.367.1301 Thursday, March 1 – Community Associations Day & Trade Show 9am – 3pm, Free, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Educational seminars, vendors specializing in Association Services, free coffee and doughnuts. Many giveaways and drawings for great prizes. 727.345.0165



Arts & Leisure Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg Adult and Child Horticultural Workshops 727.892.5715 February 3, 4 – Ikebana in the Gardens 17 – Orchids: Gone to Pot 25 – Flamingo Festival March 11 – Orchid Festival

CARD GAME / BINGO Pasadena Card Club 10 Park St N, St. Petersburg Duplicate Bridge Mon., Wed. Fri., 12:30pm Contract Bridge & Pinochle Tues. & Thurs., Noon David 727.381.5944 St. Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US 19N, Pinellas Park Games, Lessons, & Seminars Charlie 727.363.1136 or 544.5040 Treasure Island Community Center Bingo 106th Ave. & Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Early Games start 6:45pm Regular Games start 7:45pm Presented by the Treasure Islettes Bene ts local scholarships. Linda 727.270.3178

CLUBS Action Club Treasure Island 2nd Wednesday September to May 1:30pm, Treasure Island Community Center, Membership open to all mature residents. Refreshments, arranged trips & fun programs. Carol Lee 727.360.9181 Greater Pinellas Democratic Club 2nd Thursday monthly, Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater Largest Democratic club on west coast of Florida, Reservations 727.360.3971 or 727.577.6359 Gulfport Walking Club January through March Gulfport Recreation Center 5730 Shore Boulevard, Gulfport Gulfport & Pinellas County parks. John Lapham 727.893.1079

Isle of Palms Civic Association Community Civic Organization 4th Tuesday 6pm Dinner/Mixer Treasure Island Community Center Larry Lunn 727.348.4103 IsleOfPalmsCivicAssociation Mad Dogs Swim Wednesday night swims through summer 6pm. Hurley Park Shelter, Pass-A-Grille Beach, 1600 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. 727.582.1910 Memory Café – Gulfport 3rd Monday 11:15am – 1pm Neptune Grille, 5501 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Support for those suffering from dementia and their loved ones. RSVP 727.327.0167 or 813.384.7571 Memory Café – St. Petersburg 3rd Wednesday 11:15am – 1pm Hollander Hotel, 421 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Support for those suffering from dementia and their loved ones. RSVP 727.327.0167 or 813.384.7571 Military Of cers Association of St. Petersburg 3rd Friday. Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., Gulfport. Military Of cers that are retired, active duty or former of cers and their spouses or widows invited. RSVP 727.360.2936 Military Of cers Wives Club 2nd Tuesday monthly Oct. to May. Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater RSVP necessary 727.812.4868 Military Order of World Wars (Clearwater Chapter) 1st Tuesday 11:30am, Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Belleair. Social, lunch & program. Military Of cers retired, active duty, former of cers, spouses, widows invited. LTC George Smith 727.786.5578 National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 259 – Clearwater 727.510.9472 No meeting July and August

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National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1140 – 4th Wed. monthly. 4th Monday except June, July, Aug. 11:30am. Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Seminole Spouses & guests welcome. Ostomy Support Group Last Sunday 2pm St. Anthony’s Hospital Auditorium, 1200 7th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Learn all about the life changing procedure. 727.657.0998 asg_pages_asg_251.html Pass-A-Grille Shuf e Board January through March Tues/Thurs/Sat, 10am – noon Pass-A-Grille Park 9 & 10th Ave. Member $20/yr, Open to Public. Rotary Club of Gulf Beaches Tuesdays, Noon, Guests welcome. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island 727.434.2353 Senior Solos 2nd Monday except July and August 1:30pm, Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. A social group of single folks 55+. Wally 727.544.7183 or Social Club of St. Petersburg Sons of Italy, 2500 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Bocce, cards and social events. Open to the public on Mondays and for special events. 727.323.2691 www.sonso St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Adult group musical activities for all levels of musical experience. 727.512.5966 St. Pete Road Runners Member of Road Runners Club of America. Walkers, joggers, non-competitive & competitive runners. Monthly meetings, guest speakers, coaching, group runs, Grand Prix Series and social events. St. Petersburg International Community of Astrologers (SPICA) 3rd Thursday monthly 7 – 9pm Blissful Beginnings, 9365 US Hwy 19 N. Suite B, Pinellas Park 727.347.4737

St. Petersburg Republican Club 2nd Wednesday 7pm St. Petersburg Comm. Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Gail Hebert 727.526.2492 St. Petersburg Shuf e Board Fridays, 7 – 11pm, Free. 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg. A hip twist on an old game. 727.822.2083 www.stpeteshuf Suncoast Quilting Circle Wednesdays, 10am or 3rd Monday 7pm Pilgrim Congregational Church 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Swiss Club 2nd Saturday 11:45am October thru May The Club at Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. 727.367.4511 The Clearwater St. Pete Ski Club 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm Mike’s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49th St., Clearwater. Pinellas County’s only ski club. 727.743.3108


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The Contemporaries Support Group of Members of Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly lectures, gatherings and eld trips supporting contemporary artists of Tampa Bay. $50 yearly membership in addition to MFA Membership. The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) 2nd Saturday except December Faith Community Church, 1501 Walker Ave. N, Seminole. Local chapter of National Society of Decorative Painters. 727.687.2403 www.hpda .com

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Events Thursday, March 1 – Forever Young: Senior Photography Show Call for Entries $15 Members/$35 Non-members, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. An opportunity for older photographers both amateur and seasoned alike to get creative, show off their skills. Open to local residents and FMoPA members within the senior age group (ages 55+). Both digital and physical entries will be accepted. Participants have until March 1, to submit and drop off their work. 831.221.2222 Friday, March 2 – Dance for Plants Bene t 6:30 – 11pm, $10 Advance/$12 at door, Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Carolina Shag dance lesson from 7 – 8, then dance the night away with a mix of swing, blues, soul, shag and zydeco. Cash bar, silent auction, expert gardening advice and plant giveaways. Contact George Zarillo 845.242.7452 Friday, March 2 – First Friday St. Pete 5:30 – 10pm, Free, Central Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets, St. Petersburg. Monthly street party with music, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds bene t Breakfast Optimists Club. www. Friday, March 2 – Gulfport First Friday Art & Gallery Walk 6 – 10pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. www.visitgulfport Saturday, March 3 – 13th Annual Grand Central Chili Cook-off Noon to 4pm, Free admission, 2400-2500 blocks of Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Over 30 contestants, live music, dozens of vendors and chance drawings. Chili tasting tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of event. Saturday, March 3 – Annual Island Festival 9am, Free, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Celebrate the GBHM’s 25th Anniversary. Free live entertainment, beer booth, grilled burgers and hot dogs. Shop a large variety of vendors for unique and special gifts. Buy a raf e ticket or 10 to support the museum and win items from local merchants. 727.552.1610 Saturday, March 3 – Cocktails on the Court 6 – 10pm, $75, St. Petersburg Shuf eboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg. Dress in your best shuf eboard chic for an amazing night of live music, dancing, unlimited Florida food & cocktails, and of course shuf eboard. This annual event helps the Museum of History in its mission to share the stories of the Sunshine City. Contact: Rui Farias, St. Petersburg Museum of History 727.894.1052 Saturday, March 3 – Indian Shores Women’s Club Annual Fashion Show 11:30am – 1:30pm, $30, Salt Rock Grill, 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Fashion Show and Raf e. Funds raised support community causes. Show by Colette’s Fashions. Purchase tickets at the Indian Shores Library during normal library hours. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 – All Day City-Wide Garage Sale Sunrise – Sunset, Free, Madeira Beach. Once a year city-wide garage sale weekend. All residents are invited to participate. Drive through the town to see all the sales. Saturday, March 3 – Senior Excursion: Florida Strawberry Festival $15 plus admission fee and incidentals, Departs from St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. Reservations required. 727.363.9245 52


Arts & Leisure Cool ‘N Con dent Toastmasters Mondays 6:30 – 7:45pm St. Petersburg College – Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg RSVP to attend : 850.228.0315 Downtown St. Pete Toastmasters Thursdays 6:30 – 7:45pm St. Petersburg College, Room DC125, 244 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg Robert 727.417.5777 Gulfport Toastmasters Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:30pm Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport 727.709.2183 St. Petersburg Toastmasters Tuesdays 6:15 – 8:30pm Hope Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 1801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg

THRIFT SHOPS Attic Shoppe 316 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach Run by St. Albans Church One of longest running thrift shops in St. Pete Beach. 727.360.5647 CASA Thrift Shop 1011 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg Wednesday Seniors 55+ save 25%. Monies raised bene t the victims of domestic violence. Donations greatly appreciated. 727.828.1233

NETWORKING 100+ Women Who Care – Pinellas Cove Cay Golf Club. 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater. Provides nancial support to local charitable organizations. 727.515.1868 100WomenWhoCarePinellas Business & Professional Women’s Club 1st & 3rd Thursday, 11:30am 400 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg 727.471.8248 Entrepreneur Social Club Thursday nights, NOVA 535, 535 MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg. Collaborative group of seasoned professionals, start-ups, business owners, inventors, successful tycoons, students, mentors and entrepreneurs from every industry. No need to register. 727.821.6682 Women in Tourism Educate, encourage, network. 3rd Friday, various locations throughout Tampa Bay.

DOWNTOWNS GULFPORT Gulfport Public Library Events

Creative Thrift Art Store NEW (at Creative Clay) 1846 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.825.0515

February 2 – First Friday Art & Gallery Walk 3, 4 – 2Cool Art Show 17 – Third Saturday Art & Gallery Walk 17, 18 – Gulfport Fine Arts Festival 24 – Gulfport’s Get Rescued

Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church Thrift Shop 107 16th Ave. & Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. 727.360.5508 9am – noon Tue, Wed., Thur., & Sat. Closed June through August

March 2 – First Friday Art & Gallery Walk 9 – Senior Center Big Band Show 12 – New Horizons Band Concert 17 – Third Saturday Art & Gallery Walk

Treasures by the Sea Church by the Sea 495 137th Ave., Madeira Beach 727.391.7706 10am – 2pm Tuesday & Thursday

ST. PETE BEACH SPB Recreation Center 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 727.363.9245 St. Pete Beach Public Library Events February 3 – Senior Excursion – TECO Manatee Viewing & Channelside Drive 3, 4 – St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival

10 – Senior Excursion – Florida State Fair 14 – Lunch & Learn – Palms of Pasasdena 17 – Senior Excursion – St. Armands Circle 24 – Senior Excursion – Ybor City & the Columbia Restaurant 25 – Music in the Afternoon 28 – Lunch & Learn – Foundations of Investing March 3 – Senior Excursion – Florida Strawberry Festival 10 – Senior Excursion – Ellenton Outlets 14 – Lunch & Learn – Palms of Pasasdena 17 – Beach Clean Up ST. PETERSBURG February 2 – First Friday St. Pete 5 – 11 – Sunshine Glass Week 8 – PAL Founders Club Brinner 10 – Big Band Ballroom Dance 10 – Cupid’s Undie Run 10 – Second Saturday ArtWalk 11 – Tampa Bay Bridal Show 16 – 2nd Annual St. Pete French Fry Festival 17 – Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure 21 – 25 – St. Petersburg Jazz Festival 24, 25 – Fine Arts Festival March 1 – Community Associations Day & Trade Show 2 – First Friday St. Pete 9 – 11 – Firestone Grand Prix 10 – Second Saturday ArtWalk

TOURS First United Methodist Church 212 Third St. N, St. Petersburg Tour of 10 Tiffany Style stained glass windows featuring recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. First Wednesday at 11am, organ concert at noon. Donations welcome. 727.894.4661 Ghost Tour of Downtown St. Petersburg 181 4th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg Every night at 8pm $15 / $10 ages 4 – 12 727.894.4678 St. Petersburg Preservation Historic Walking Tours Free for SPP members $10 suggested donation non-members 727.824.7802 February 3 – “Original”Downtown 6 – Downtown Morning 6 – Mid-Century Porch Party 10 –The Waterfront

17 – Historic Gulfport 17 – Historic Old Northeast 25 – Bicycle Tour March 3 – “Original” Downtown 10 – Historic Allendale 16 – Downtown Morning 17 – Historic Uptown Neighborhood 17 – Historic Gulfport Walking Mural Tours Departing from Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Murals and history behind them Saturdays from 10 – 11:30am 727.821.7391 www.

MARKETS TUESDAYS Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market All year 9am – 3pm, October thru April 9am – 2pm, May thru September Beach Blvd, below 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Live music. Second Tuesday – Clothing Swap

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WEDNESDAYS Madeira Beach Open-Air Market 9am – 2pm, November thru May Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd. & Tom Stuart Cswy. FRIDAYS Treasure Island Friday Market 9am – 2pm, December thru April Community Center’s Park (behind Walgreens)104th Ave. & Park Place, Treasure Island. Free parking, live music. 727.360.4121 SATURDAYS Saturday Morning Market Closed for September only 9am – 2pm, October thru May Al Lang Stadium parking lot, corner of 1st Ave. S & 1st St., St. Petersburg 9am – 1pm, June thru August Williams Park, 1st Ave. N & 3rd St., St. Petersburg 727.455.4921 SoTangerine Saturday Market 9am – 2pm, All Year Tangerine Greenway & 49th St., Gulfport. 727.439.0164 SUNDAYS Corey Avenue Sunday Market Corey Area Business Assoc. 10am – 2pm, October thru May Live music, Shops open, Free parking, 74th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.498.8778 Every Friday 9am-2pm • Dec. 2017-April 2018 • Treasure Island Community Center | FEBRUARY 2018


Events Saturday, March 3 – Taste of Pride 7 – 10pm, $40, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. An event for the foodie, the beer connoisseur and the art enthusiast. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and can get groovy on the dance oor.

Indian Shores Sunday Market 9am – 1pm, November thru May Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores

Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 – Crafty Fest 11am – 5pm, Free, Art Pool Galleries, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. This market with an artsy slant includes local arts, Etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants.

WEEKEND MARKETS Paradise Bazaar 9am – 4pm, Fridays & Sundays, All Year Next to Paradise Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille Beach

Sunday, March 4 – An Afternoon Wedding Stroll 1 – 4pm, Free, Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Wedding vendors and professionals from all over the Tampa Bay area including orists, caterers, DJs/entertainment specialists and photographers. Sunday, March 4 – Picnic in the Park 10am – 3pm, Henry Plant Museum, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Roll back the clock a century for an old fashioned picnic. Victorian games, crafts and activities. Live theater and continuous entertainment. Food available for purchase. Complimentary ice cream and popcorn. Bring your own picnic basket, chairs, blankets and coolers. 813.254.1891 Tuesday, March 6 – Drag Queen Bingo for Friends of Strays 7pm, Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Ten rounds of hilariousness, a 50/50 raf e and great food and beverages all to help homeless cats and dog. Call 727.851.9386 to reserve your table. Wednesday, March 7 – Barbara Rylko-Bauer: A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps 6:30 – 8:30pm, Free, Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg. Barbara Rylko-Bauer, author of A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps, is a medical anthropologist whose writing focuses on health care inequalities, applied anthropology, political violence, memory, and the Holocaust. 727.820.0100 www. Thursday, March 8 – Still Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay 7pm, $20 Suggested Donation, Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Join award-winning humorist Fay Jacobs for an unforgettable night of humor and inspiration. Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 – Meet Jane Seymour 6 – 8pm Friday, 1 – 3pm Saturday, Chasen Galleries of Sarasota, 1830 S Osprey Ave., Ste. 102, Sarasota. An impressive new collection of original artwork by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress, Jane Seymour, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition .Meet Ms. Seymour in person. Exhibit previews begin March 3. RSVPS requested: 941.260.5787 Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11 – 2018 Firestone Grand Prix Times vary, $20 to $135, Downtown St. Petersburg. A weekend long event featuring 3 days jam packed with 13 different races, non-stop action and family fun. Whether you are a racing fan, live entertainment fan or just enjoy having a good time, there is a little something for everyone during this festival. Saturday, March 10 – Second Saturday ArtWalk 5 – 9pm, Free, including trolley. Art districts throughout the city of St. Petersburg. An evening of art, opening receptions and galleries galore. Free trolley offers transport between the different districts.


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Pass-A-Grille Beach Art Mart Saturday, 9am – 2pm, All Year Next to Paradise Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille Beach 727.367.3818 OTHER MARKETS 1st Friday Flea Market 9am – noon, All Year Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Ctr., 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 727.893.2237 1st Saturday Grand Central Flea 9am – 3pm, September thru April Antiques, Collectibles, Parking Lot of Punky’s Bar, 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 1st Saturday St. Pete Indie Market All Year 11am – 4pm, October thru May Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave., St. Petersburg 11am – 3pm, June thru September State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Brocante Vintage Market 1st weekend each month, All Year 9am – 7pm Sat. / 9am – 5pm Sun. 2200 2nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg

VOLUNTEER AARP Various volunteer opportunities Daystar Life Center 226 6th St. S, St. Petersburg Variety of volunteer positions available to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Pinellas County. Information sessions held the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm. 727.498.8794 Empath Health / Suncoast Hospice Locations throughout Pinellas County. Various positions. Training provided Ages 14+ years. 727.523.3440

Friends of Strays 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg Non-pro t, no kill shelter 727.522.6566 ext. 107 Marine Exploration Center 250 8th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg Looking for volunteers who are passionate about the marine environment. 727.803.9799 ext. 201 RCS of Pinellas County Positions needed at Food Bank, Haven of RCS, Grace House, Thrift Store. Helping families of hunger, homelessness and domestic violence. 45 Minute orientation required. 727.584.3528 ext. 407 State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of FL, 14250 49th St. N, Suite 4000, Clearwater. Help abused, abandoned and neglected children. 727.464.6528 St. Petersburg Free Clinic 863 3rd Ave. N, St Petersburg To schedule new volunteer orientation: 727.821.1200 ext. 114 Tampa Bay Watch 727.867.8166 ext. 233 February 23 – Bay Life Art Exhibit March 4 – An Afternoon Wedding Stroll

YOGA / SPIRITUAL All Care Health Center 8900 Park Blvd., Seminole 727.767.0950 Sit, Pilates, Circuit Training, Corrective Exercise, Yoga, Personal Training, Acupuncture Beach Yoga Pinellas Various locations 727.222.6476 Year round resident discount packages

Arts & Leisure Gulfport Senior Center Yoga Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport Brought to you by Gulfport Senior Center Foundation 727.893.5657 Wednesdays at 11am Gulfport Women’s Drum Circle Gulfport Beach West side near the Rec. Center. Dena Lebowitz 727.289.3380 4th Friday, Winter 7pm / Summer 7:30pm Empowering and healing Madeira Beach Recreation Center 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach 727.401.7380 Restorative, Yin Yoga, Senior Stretch & Renew, Mid-day, Slow Flow Madeira Beach Yoga Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach 727.401.7380 Yoga on the Beach Nava Yoga Studio 5901 Sun Blvd. W, Suite 120, St. Petersburg 727.592.1999 Perfect Circle Yoga & Fitness 7440 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.504.2327 Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, CaliYoga, Personal Training Sacred Lands 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg 727.347.0354 www.sacredlandspreservation Sunday tours, meditations, special events Silver Sneakers Yoga Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 727.363.9245 Fridays at 11am Sound Meditation Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Brought to you by Gulfport Senior Center Foundation 727.893.5657 Thursdays at 11:15am

St. Pete Beach Yoga 727.686.0123 On demand beach yoga Private or group sessions Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Awaken Yoga & Mediation – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

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Events Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 – Annual Ikebana Exhibition Free with donations appreciated, Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Over 75 oral arrangements on display with daily demonstrations. Arrangements for sale. 727.729.9445 Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 – Gasparilla Music Festival Times vary, $ 4 0 t o $ 2 0 0 , Curtis Hixon Park, Kiley Gardens, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Features over 40 bands across 4 stages along Riverwalk with local culinary delights, activities for families, performances by local artisans, aerialists, crafters, dancers, drum circles, elaborate hair-braiders, double Dutch jumpers, pop-up performers and marching bands. www. Sunday, March 11 – Orchid Festival Noon – 4:30pm, Free with regular admission, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Browse thousands of blooms on display in Sunken Gardens’ annual tribute to orchids. Learn all about orchids from growers available to answer questions about this colorful and fragrant plant. Beer and wine available. Monday, March 12 – New Horizons Band of Gulfport Concert 7pm, Free, Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Songs include A Tribute to George Gershwin, and highlights from Jersey Boys, Wizard of Oz and Chicago among other popular tunes. Bring a friend and enjoy the music. Thursday, March 15 – Arts Business @The Greenhouse: Grant Writing/Development/Research 8:30 – 10am, Free, The Greenhouse 440 2nd Avenue North St. Petersburg. Where and how to apply for grants that bene t for-pro t and non-pro t creative businesses. Registration required. 727.893.7767

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Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 – Spring Break Waterfront Festival & Carnival 3 – 11pm Thursday/Noon – 11pm Friday and Saturday/Noon – 9pm Sunday, Free admission, 200 Rex Pl., Madeira Beach. A 4-day, fun- lled event with carnival, live entertainment, as well as awesome food and craft vendors. Proceeds from this event bene t local charities and other non-pro t organizations. spring-break-waterfront-festival-carnival Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 25 – Becky’s New Car 8pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday/2pm Saturday and Sunday, $18/$20, Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. An occasionally hilarious screwball comedy that gives way to a disarmingly thoughtful drama about the nature of love, delity and second chances. 727.893.1070 Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 – Winter Book Sale 10 am – 5 pm Friday/10 am – 3 pm Saturday, Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach. Books for all ages – adults, children, youth, and young adults -- will be available at very low prices. Be sure to check-in for some great book bargains. Sponsored by Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library. Saturday, March 17 – Indian Shores St. Patrick’s Day Festival 11am – 4pm, No cover charge, Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Food, beer, wine, corned beef & cabbage, arts & crafts, book sale, Irish dancers, music and food pantry drive. Saturday, March 17 – Treasure Islettes St. Patrick’s Day Fashion Show 11am – 2pm, $25 includes lunch, The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Spring/summer fashions courtesy of Dillard’s. Door prizes, super raf e, pot of gold opportunities and a great silent auction. Limited seating. Tickets: Judy Koepkey 615.556.4977 or BJ Flowers at 863.420.1226

By Captain Mark & Dylan Hubbard 727.393.1947 John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach

The gator trout are starting to show up on the Flats and along the mangroves of the back bay waters. Eric Whitted, from Pinellas Park, has been getting some monster gator trout using a Florida Fishing Products Osprey 3000 reel on a Bull Bay Rods 7’6” Sniper and for bait he likes the Glad Snooker Jigs 1/8oz weedless hook with a Zoom Superfluke. The Sheepshead continue to be biting well along Johns Pass docks, jetty and bridge. This is a great time of year to pluck a few and they are great table fare, just a little challenging to clean due to their large bony ribcage. Lately the outgoing tide has been the best for the sheeps inside the pass. Silver trout still being caught from the beaches as well, Tom Green from Michigan caught a half dozen using a rental rod and squid casting into the surf of Madeira beach just north of the jetty. Offshore - Capt Anthony Belmonte reports that the scamp grouper are big and ready to chew small live baits. The red grouper are fat and we’ve been seeing quite a few but both of these reports are coming from fishing south of us and 150-200 foot of water. This past weekend the 39 hour came in with a monster pile of amberjack and one, caught by Roger Poulin, was over 100lbs weighing in at 100.7lbs!

They also had some fat red grouper, scamp grouper, mangroves, yellowtail, mutton snapper, tuna, porgies, vermillions, and even a dog snapper! The mangrove bite was a little slower than we would’ve liked but the many other species filled the gaps and that monster 100lb amberjack was such an epic fish the whole boat had a great time.

Want to win a FREE 10 hour all day or FREE 5 hour half-day at Hubbard’s Marina? Join Captain Dylan Hubbard for a great seminar at bass Pro Shops tampa on Saturday, February 17th at 2pm! ( CaptainDylanHubbard/) For more info see www.facebookcom/events/2033606443521616/

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Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi NEWS There is a brand new route for the Tampa Bay Ferry! Check out the new route at madeira-beach-water-taxi/ Madeira Beach Water taxi runs Friday-Sunday 10am-10pm right now and now that the weather has cooled down it’s a great time to enjoy a boat ride.

Roger Poulin of Apollo Beach caught this 100.7lbs Amberjack - Photo courtesy of Hubbard’s Marina | FEBRUARY 2018





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by Sarah Lyons - Sirius Systems Astrological Services • 727.347.4737 “Get Sirius about Your Future”

February 2018 Astrology

The Full Snow Moon occured on January 31st and was a Lunar Eclipse in Leo! It was the second full moon for that month which is called a Blue Moon! The first two weeks of February will be a completion of the lunar cycle and allow us to work with the energy that this eclipse brought to the surface. Three planets in Aquarius opposite the eclipse ask us to balance between our own ego fulfilment and humanitarian efforts. Love planet Venus visits romantic Pisces on the 10th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Along with Neptune’s rose colored glasses we may be much more idealistic and ready to make many sacrifices for romantic love and other things we hold dear. We spend more and give more; and need to escape for a while.

The New Moon on the 15th is a Solar Eclipse in progressive, inventive Aquarius. Connecting to Mercury, this energy can put us in a forward moving mind set with many ideas and unique way to implement them. Intellectual planet Mercury joins Venus in Pisces on the 17th and then on the 18th, the expressive Sun shines his light into this intuitive, psychic sign. Now we have four out of ten planets expressing the compassionate, charitable traits of the introspective and sympathetic sign of Pisces. Art and music are highlighted. Logic and clarity are not easily achieved now and we may make decisions with our feelings instead of rationality. Fiery Mars blazes through adventurous Sagittarius all month. We want space and freedom to do as we please. Be careful of crusading for causes you aren’t clear about. Or, taking on missions or projects with unknown risks.



AQUARiUS: Partners have been in the spotlight with agreements needing to be reached. A new lunar cycle puts you in the spotlight mid month; with health and personal goals accented. Social activities clash with budget.

LEO: The full moon eclipse put you in the spotlight; address personal matters, wellness. Express yourself through creative outlets. New energy with partners; relating. Resources increase. Home and family pleasant.

ARiES: Spotlight on love, creativity and children keeps you busy along with an active social life! New plans for the future preoccupies your mind. Education and intuition can make your dreams a reality. Travel with care.

LiBRA: Friends and social events have been your focus. Home duties keep you busy. Daily life is rushed; be present. Love and romance gets new energy; start. Later focus on health; habits. Workplace is lively.

PiSCES: Spotlight on health and work started your year. Rest, relaxation and introspection gets you ready for your own personal new year starting the 18th. Things go your way; express yourself. Energy goes into career.

TAURUS: Affairs at home and with family have been your primary concern. You are favored by superiors and a new direction in career may result. Enjoy friends and social time. New horizons open up for you this year!

GEMiNi: Conversations and daily life have been awakening; revealing. Travel is accented whether near or far and learning can open your mind to new possibilities. Status and position are elevated. Energize relationships.

CANCER: Financial issues have been in the spotlight. New plans for resources may be the answer. Work takes your energy; vitality may be low. Partner needs support this year. Enjoy a pleasant trip even just a weekend.

ViRGO: Private life begs for balance. Duties with children and karmic love conditions are developing. A new beginning in the workplace is likely to start mid month. Partners become agreeable and have your attention later.

SCORPiO: Career and status have had your full attention. Home life calls for a balance with new beginnings mid month. Family time is enjoyable, then fun and recreation takes over. Watch spending. Daily life obligations.

SAGiTTARiUS: Education or travel plans are on your mind as you want to expand your consciousness. You take charge but can get scattered. New conversations open your mind. New plans for financial stability begin now. CAPRiCORN: Financial plans and resources have been your focus. You are busy behind the scenes and take on a more serious tone with life in general. New energy in income with diverse options. Short trips are fun!

Sarah Lyons has been providing astrological information for a lifetime; and president of the SPiCA St. Petersburg international Community of Astrologers, one of the oldest groups in the United States. Available for private sessions, personal and business forecasting, lectures, parties, classes and more.

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