Frank Hibbard Mayor
David Allbritton Councilmember
Kathleen Beckman Councilmember
Mark Bunker Councilmember
Hoyt Hamilton Councilmember
William B. Horne, II City Manager
Pam Akin City Attorney
Michael Delk Assistant City Manager
Micah Maxwell Assistant City Manager
Executive Editor Joelle Castelli
Editors Jason Beisel
Assistant Editors Sandy Clayton
Graphic Designer Laura Del Valle
Library Jennifer Obermaier
Parks & Recreation Shaun Beasley
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ON THE COVER
What a different world it is now than it was at the start of this year. As city
administrators and employees adjust to our new normal, everyone at the city of
Clearwater hopes you and your families are staying healthy and safe.
It is the city’s top priority to protect our residents, staff, and visitors from
exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, the city has implemented a number of
changes throughout our facilities. Protective barriers have been installed in all
recreation centers, libraries, and other city buildings. You will see distancing
signage on the floors and walls, and stringent cleaning protocols are in place.
From virtual council meetings and site inspections taking place on FaceTime
and other electronic methods, Clearwater has adapted to providing quality city
services in a new way.
It is up to all of us to protect one another in the days and months ahead.
The city of Clearwater requires you wear a cloth mask or face covering when
entering any of Clearwater’s buildings. City employees are required to wear
masks when away from their work stations, and it is our hope that our patrons
and customers will wear them, too.
Face coverings help slow the spread of coronavirus, and so does safe distancing.
Placing 6 feet or more between yourself and others is perhaps the single most
effective method of reducing your chances of contracting COVID-19. When
visiting city buildings, please maintain at least a 6-foot distance from people. If
you are sick, please stay home.
In other city news, Clearwater is in discussions about plans for a new City Hall,
and construction is about to begin on Imagine Clearwater, the city’s waterfront
redevelopment plan. Coachman Park will close later this year as construction is
under way, and it will remain closed through a good portion of next year.
On Nov. 3, residents will head to the polls to cast their ballots on several
federal, state, and county races. Clearwater residents also will vote on a
referendum item to decide whether the city should lease the Landings golf
course property to a private developer, which has plans to build an industrial
park. Election information can be found at votepinellas.com.
I encourage you to be an active and engaged community advocate and to help
your fellow neighbor during these difficult times. Be safe.
Clearwater librarian David Stoner is a Solar
System Ambassador by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory of NASA. Read more on page 2.