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Pinellas agrees to pony up for Blue Jays’ stadium upgrades By Sue Warren

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he Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners recently unanimously approved an agreement to partner with the city of Dunedin and the Toronto Blue Jays to support improvements to the team’s spring training facilities. Prospective upgrades to the Blue Jays’ Dunedin complex include increasing the seating capacity of the stadium to about 8,500, adding more food and beverage options and a new HD video board and expanding the stadium parking. “We have the opportunity to perpetuate a partnership that we’ve had for decades that brings great value to our community,” said Commission Chairman Kenneth T. Welch. “It’s a positive step for Pinellas County.” Studies show the club and the thousands of fans it draws to Pinellas County each year have a $92 million

annual economic impact. In addition to increased visitation, the county will receive additional marketing rights during spring training and during the regular season in Toronto. The approximately $81 million project includes a contribution by the county not to exceed $41.7 million. The county contribution is funded through Tourist Development Tax revenue. This agreement aligns with the county’s strategic goal to foster continual economic growth and vitality. The Blue Jays have headquartered in Dunedin for spring training since their inception as a Major League Baseball franchise in 1977. They are the only franchise to have never changed spring training facilities.

In Brief Highland Pool announces season grand opening LARGO - The Highland Family Aquatic Center will reopen to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 to kick off its official season grand opening. The center will offer special fourhour swim sessions on these days, along with door prizes and giveaways, and free hot dogs on Sunday while supplies last. Special discount pricing is available for $12 with a Recreation card and $24 without a Recreation card, valid for groups of up to five people. The Highland Family Aquatic Center is located at 400 Highland Ave NE. Call 727-518-3016 or visit LargoPools.com for more information. Seminole hurricane seminar planned for this month SEMINOLE - The City of Seminole will be hosting an informational hurricane preparedness seminar featuring

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By Sue Warren WFLA Channel 8 meteorologist Julie Phillips on May 19 from 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. The seminar will be held at the Library Program Room, Seminole Community Library, located at 9200 113th Street N. Seminole road projects in full swing SEMINOLE - If your kids go to pretty much any school in Seminole, you know the long-awaited road construction projects in the area are in full swing. The goals of the assorted projects all pretty much boil down to the same thing: to make these particular streets more safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. Improvements will be made at the intersection of 102nd Avenue North and Antilles Drive to remove the median and widen the shoulders. The project planned for 131st Street North and 86th Avenue North will add a 10-foot sidewalk and other pedestrian enhancements.


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Clearwater revving up downtown redevelopment plans By Jason Coffman

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n an effort to jumpstart the Imagine Clearwater redevelopment plans, the Clearwater City Council has agreed to start a search for temporary digs for the 45 employees who currently work at city hall. The plan is to then demolish the building, located at 112 S. Osceola Ave., so the property can be marketed and sold to a developer sooner, rather than later. Imagine Clearwater is a $55 million redevelopment plan for the downtown Clearwater waterfront district whose vision includes plans for more green space, complete with a garden, bike trails, cafes and more, all overlooking the Intracoastal. The plan, which was unveiled in February 2017, overwhelmingly passed at the polls with almost 76 percent of the vote. It involves a comprehensive

area, with a rooftop event space overlooking the water and a new groundfloor restaurant. An ambitious aspect of the proposal involves the demolition of the cityowned Harborview Centre. The plans recommend that this area be revamped to include a water pad and a pavilion, as well as cafes and shops, and possibly a hotel or housing units. Downtown planners envision the area to be a people-friendly urban core with more housing options, retail stores and cafes and restaurants, like what downtown St. Petersburg has accomplished in recent years. The demolition and redevelopment of city hall was supposed to be one of the final pieces of the Imagine Clearwter puzzle, something that wouldn’t start for at least three years. Courtesy HR&A Advisors

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overhaul of the downtown bluff area, including Coachman Park, where many outdoor activites and concerts are currently held. The plan for the park would be to transition it from an event venue to a more traditional park, with walking trails, a garden and a playground area. The concerts and other events that are currently held at Coachman Park would instead be held at a new adjacent space called “The Green.” The Main Library would also be tweaked to draw more people to the

However, with other plans still in the early stages, city officials felt this is a way to get the project moving forward. A city-wide referendum will be required before anything can be built on the site, but that doesn’t prevent the city from entertaining proposals. Mayor George Cretekos was the lone dissenting vote on the city hall matter. He would have opted to stay put and follow the original vision of the plan. The overall completion of the Imagine Clearwater plan will take several years.


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KAVA CRAZE Seminole is back on board, but what is it?

By Daniel Holloway

Seminole City Council does a 180, agrees kava and kratom are OK. For now.

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ealizing that they may have leapt before they looked, Seminole City Council members recently unanimously agreed to do a 180 on their previous unanimous vote to ban the sale of kava and kratom within city limits. Here’s the breakdown: council members, perhaps prematurely, had previously voted to ban the sale of kava and kratom in the city and an ordinance was drafted by city attorney Jay Daigneault. However, after the first reading of the ordinance, and upon doing a little research and hearing the testimony of

many proponents of the substances, the council decided to abandon the ordinance before its second reading. Council member Roger Edelman admitted that his view changed drastically after the first reading, saying that he was not able to find a doctor out there who thought the sale or use of kava or kratom should be banned. So, there you go. There are several businesses that sell the products in Seminole and they will be able to legally continue to do so for the foreseeable future. But what exactly are kava and kratom? What’s all the hubbub?

Kava and kratom are nothing new. And they’re not even new to Pinellas County. St. Petersburg has been a leader in the kava craze for over a decade, with at least eight kava bars currently in operation. Kava is a small shrub native to the islands in the South Pacific. The root and stems are made into a bitter tasting, non-alcoholic beverage that has been used socially and ceremonially for hundreds of years in Hawaii, Fiji and Tonga. One researcher called it “nature’s Xanax,” with users touting its relaxation and anti-anxiety benefits.

Kratom is also consumed like a tea, but it is often considered more controversial than kava. It is successful as a non-opioid pain reliever, but there currently is no regulation for the substance, so it would be nearly impossible to tell what the correct dosage would be from person to person. Users are warned never to mix kava and kratom together and never to mix either one with alcohol or other drugs. And, oh yeah. Play it safe and don’t drive. For many in the industry, the biggest concern seems to be keeping up with the demand.


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St. Peterburg feeling some Travel Channel love By Jason Coffman

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ell, we’re not really sure how we should feel about this, but the Travel Channel recently included St. Petersburg in a list of six of the “world's most interesting underdog cities” and as one of the “most underrated vacation destinations.” According to the Travel Channel website, “With 35 miles of white-sand beaches, St. Petersburg is the most blissedout vacation spot you didn’t think to book...sunny 361 days of the year here (yes, really), but there’s plenty else to do

besides work on your tan. Check out any of the 30 craft breweries in town, artcentric museums and emerging food scene, or opt for out-there activities like nighttime paddle boarding on glow-inthe-dark boards and swimming with horses.” St. Petersburg was also recognized as offering “the best of both worlds - city culture and beach culture - with the bonus of ideal year-round temperatures.” So there you go! It’s not always about Clearwater Beach.

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LARGO - The summer swim season has arrived; take the first step in protecting your child by signing them up for swim lessons at Largo's Highland Family Aquatic Center or Southwest Pool. Largo Recreation is offering American Red Cross swim lessons, taught by certified swim instructors to help students progress through various swimming and safety skills. American Red Cross lessons will be held at both Highland and Southwest pools. The Highland Family Aquatic Center is offering a variety of group swimming lessons for children 6 months to 10 years old, including parent/child classes Monday through Thursday. Registration begins May 1 for classes starting May 7 at 6:15 p.m. or 6:55 p.m. Thirty minute private lessons are also available, beginning May 12. Southwest Pool is also offering youth swim lessons Monday and Wednesday, as well as adult swim and private lessons.

By Scott Lancaster Visit www.LargoPools.com for more information. Countryside Sears closing its doors for good CLEARWATER - Sears Holding Corp. recently announced it will be closing over 20 Sears and Kmart stores in 17 states by the middle of July, including the Sears at Westfield Countryside Mall, located at 27001 U.S. 19 N. Sears has been shedding stores like crazy over the past few years. The latest round of closures will bring the chain’s tally of stores to fewer than 1,000. Home prices on the rise PINELLAS COUNTY - Amid a general slowing of sales and a shortage of inventory, the price of homes for sale in Pinellas County in March was up by 8.7 percent, bringing the median price to $250,000. Home prices were up across Tampa Bay and throughout the state of Florida as well.


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2-HOUR CLASSES Tuesday, May 15 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm Morton Plant Hospital – Axelrod Pavilion 400 Pinellas Street, Clearwater Thursday, May 17 | 10:00am – 12:00pm Northside Hospital – Medical Office Bldg 6006 49th Street North, St. Petersburg Saturday, May 19 | 10:00am – 12:00pm St. Anthony’s Hospital 1200 7th Avenue North, St. Petersburg Monday, May 21 | 10:00am – 12:00pm City of St. Pete – Enoch Davis Rec. Center 1111 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg Tuesday, May 22 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm Fl. Dept. of Health – Pinellas Mid County 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo Thursday, May 24 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm City of St. Pete – J.W. Cate Rec. Center 5801 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg Wednesday, June 6 | 10:00am – 12:00pm Florida Department of Health 205 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg Saturday, June 16 | 10:00am – 12:00pm St. Anthony’s Hospital 1200 7th Avenue North, St. Petersburg Tuesday, June 19 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm Morton Plant Hospital – Axelrod Pavilion 400 Pinellas Street, Clearwater Pre-registration required. To register please call: 813-929-1000 For more information, visit us at tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway

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calendar EVERY SUNDAY Drag Queen Bingo 5 & 7 p.m. Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille 28910 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Info: hamburgermarys.com Yoga at The Dali 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10 members and students, $15 non-members The Dali Museum One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg Info: www.thedali.org Fit Forever 10:15 a.m. Seminole Recreation Center 9100 113th Street N. Info: 727-391-8345, myseminole.com EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY Pickleball 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Cost: $2 or Membership Dimmitt Community Center 918 Osceola Rd., Belleair Info: 727-518-3728, belleairrec.com Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market, every Saturday

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EVERY TUESDAY Zumba in Station Square Park 6:00 p.m. Station Square Park 612 Cleveland St., Clearwater Info: 7270-216-6378, myclearwaterevents.com EVERY TUESDAY & FRIDAY Adult Volleyball 1:00 p.m. Cost: $2 or Membership Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Rd., Belleair Info: 727-518-3728, www.belleairrec.com EVERY THURSDAY Self Defense in the Park Cost: Free 12:00 p.m. Station Square Park 612 Cleveland St, Clearwater Info: www.myclearwaterevents.com EVERY THURSDAY-SATURDAY Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor Two-hour walking tour 443 Main St. Info: 727-686-8785 EVERY FRIDAY Lunchtime Music at Station Square Park 12-2 p.m. Station Square Park 612 Cleveland St. Clearwater Info: www.myclearwater.com Pilates 9 a.m. Seminole Recreation Center 9100 113th Street N. Info: www.myseminole.com 727-391-8345 EVERY SATURDAY Downtown Clearwater Famers Market 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Drew Street waterfront under the Memorial Causeway Downtown Clearwater Info: clearwaterfarmersmarket.net MAY 5 Coachman Park Concert Series featuring George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelics Cost: Tickets start at $20 Info: www.myclearwaterevents.com MAY 6 Old Crow Medicine Show Gates at 7 p.m. Cost: $37.50 Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg Info: www.jannuslive.com, 727-565-0550

MAY 19 Craft Beer & Music Fest 11am-11pm 500 & 600 blocks of Cleveland Street Downtown Clearwater Info: www.dunedinhob.com MAY 25 St. Pete Indie Market Night Market Exchange Green Bench Brewing Co. St. Petersburg Info: www.stpeteindiemarket.com Blast Friday: Home Cooking featuring The Black Honkeys 5:30 p.m. Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater Info: www.rutheckerdhall.com, 727-791-7400

MAY 12 Free Shredding Event for Belleair Residents 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. John J. Osborne Public Works Facility 1075 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Belleair Info: www.townofbelleair.com, 727-588-3769 x 401

MAY 27 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 8:00 p.m. Cost: $50 and $35 Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater Info: 727-791-7400, www.atthecap.com

MAY 18 National Museum Day 2018 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $10 for Florida residents The Dali Museum One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg Info: www.thedali.org

JUNE 9 Frank Caliendo 8:00 p.m. Cost: $48.50 and $35 Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater Info: 727-791-7400, www.atthecap.com


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Blast Friday: Home Cooking CLEARWATER - Downtown Clearwater’s Blast Friday returns to the Cleveland Street District for its eighth season on May 25 with special performances by local faves The Black Honkeys and Robby Steinhardt, the original violinist and frontman from the band Kansas. Known for their soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues music, The Black Honkeys have won awards in multiple categories for three years running in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Choice Awards, while Robby Steinhardt has come out of retirement to form his own band called Robby Steinhardt & The Music of Kansas, backed by "Stormbringer," his well-known band from the ’80s. There will also be a Beer Garden at Station Square, located in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, with more live local music and a sampling from New Belgium Brewing, plus food trucks and more. For more information, visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Get ready to bust your gut CLEARWATER - Comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo returns to the Capitol Theatre on June 9 after his sold-out debut in 2016. Known for his dead-on impressions of famous actors, politicians, broadcasters and talk show hosts, Caliendo is an 11-year veteran of television sketch comedy (MADtv, Frank TV). He is currently seen as a regular contributor on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, has comedy specials on TBS and Comedy Central and is a regular on the late night talk show circuit, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show. Tickets are available for $48.50 and $35. The Capitol Theatre is located at 405 Cleveland St.,in downtown Clearwater. For more information, visit www.atthecap.com or call the box office at 727-791-7400.

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come on, get happy the Scene’s best happy hours belleair bluffs Marlin Darlin 2819 West Bay Dr. 727-584-1700 Two-for-One Island Margaritas, Caribbean Sangrias or Key West Rum Punch ~ $6.90 All Day $3 House Wine Before 6 p.m. 360 Martinis ~ $6 E & E Stakeout Grill 100 N. Indian Rocks Rd. 727-585-6399 Every day, 3-6 p.m. Half Off Well Drinks, House Wine and Margaritas Draft Beer Specials Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2890 West Bay Dr. 727-584-8473 Every day, from open to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, all night long. 2-for-1 Draft Beers, House Wine and Mixed Drinks

belleair bluffs Bonefish Grill 2939 West Bay Dr. 727-518-1230 Everyday, 4-6:30 p.m. $1 Off Draft Beer $3.50 House Wine & Well Drinks $4.50 Call Drinks & Super Calls

seminole Time Out Grille & Bar 9009 Oakhurst Rd. 727-593-3114 Monday-Friday, open to 7 p.m. $2.25 Domestic Bottles & Drafts $3.25 Well Drinks

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$2 Domestic Drafts $1 Off Imports Wine & Sangria Specials Goose's Sports Bar 11988 Indian Rocks Rd. 727-595-8763 Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. $1.50 Domestic Bottles, Wells & Drafts, $2.50 Imports Barley Mow Brewing Company 518 W Bay Dr. 727-584-7772 Monday - Friday, 3-7 p.m. 10% Off House Drafts & Wine

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The Roe Report By Cliff Roe Broker/Owner Roe Realty

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uring the first quarter, our market has remained strong, with high demand, rising prices, and low inventory. Over the past year, sales in our market show the following pattern: • Closed sales were down 9.9% • Active listings are down 10.5% • Median sales price was up 10.7% • Percent of homes purchased for cash was down 7% • New listings are up 3.5% • New pending sales down 4.1%

What does this mean? New construction listed for sale is up, but overall, inventory is down. New construction is running into some resistance as the number of listings is going up faster than sales, and we are seeing price reductions. However, overall sales are down 9.9% due to the number of available listings being down 10.5%, which translates into more buyers than sellers, explaining the 10.7% increase in sales price. Cash sales are down 7%, which means a higher percentage of homes are financed. Appraisers must use sold properties to establish value for the lender. When prices are increasing almost 1% a month, the contract price is often higher than the appraiser can justify. The bank won't lend

unless the seller's price comes down, the buyer puts up more money or a combination of the two. For the remainder of this year, home prices will increase as fast as appraisers can justify it. I'm estimating 5-6% for houses that are financed. Cash buyers are often willing to pay a little more, so 6-8% is possible. This is a conservative forecast, unless some unexpected event in the world causes investments to come to a standstill. For years, we have displayed the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing's Certified Luxury Home Specialist seal

because we consistently sell properties in the top 10% of our market. Recently, we were invited into the Million Dollar Guild, internationally recognized as being in the top 1% of all agents for selling homes valued over one million dollars. If you are thinking of selling, your home's value is near its peak. If you want to invest in rental housing, our rental division is booked and we have many guests on waiting lists. If you are interested in discussing any of our services, or would like a no-obligation home analysis, call (727) 223-2172 or email today, cliff@roe-realty.com. Sincerely,

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uring the first quarter, our market has remained strong, with high demand, rising prices, and low inventory. Over the past year, sales in our market show the following pattern: • Closed sales were down 9.9% • Active listings are down 10.5% • Median sales price was up 10.7% • Percent of homes purchased for cash was down 7% • New listings are up 3.5% • New pending sales down 4.1%

What does this mean? New construction listed for sale is up, but overall, inventory is down. New construction is running into some resistance as the number of listings is going up faster than sales, and we are seeing price reductions. However, overall sales are down 9.9% due to the number of available listings being down

10.5%, which translates into more buyers than sellers, explaining the 10.7% increase in sales price. Cash sales are down 7%, which means a higher percentage of homes are financed. Appraisers must use sold properties to establish value for the lender. When prices are increasing almost 1% a month, the contract price is often higher than the appraiser can justify. The bank won't lend unless the seller's price comes down, the buyer puts up more money or a combination of the two. For the remainder of this year, home prices will increase as fast as appraisers can justify it. I'm estimating 5-6% for houses that are financed. Cash buyers are often willing to pay a little more, so 6-8% is possible. This is a conservative forecast, unless some unexpected event in the world causes investments to come to a standstill.

REBEKAH Z. MOOREHEAD AND CLIFF ROE

For years, we have displayed the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing's Certified Luxury Home Specialist seal because we consistently sell properties in the top 10% of our market. Recently, we were invited into the Million Dollar Guild, internationally recognized as being in the top 1% of all agents for selling homes valued over one million dollars. If you are thinking of selling, your home's value is near its peak. If you want to invest in rental housing, our rental division is booked and we have many guests on waiting lists. If you are interested in discussing any of our services, or would like a no-obligation home analysis, call (727) 223-2172 or email today, cliff@roe-realty.com. Sincerely,

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Pinellas Scene ~ Vol. 3, Issue 10  
Pinellas Scene ~ Vol. 3, Issue 10  
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