A very important vote is ahead of us that will affect us all.
Tuesday, November 7th is the date we can vote to improve Clearwater’s bay front (west of the Harborview Center) with beautiful green spaces which provide recreation activities for families, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and athletes.
A YES vote will also provide an updated music venue, with removable seats so that additional area can be used for game sports, etc. between concerts. Finally, this will be an attractive place where anyone who wishes can enjoy being near the water, without having to pay to be there.
This is the last remaining bay front space, let’s make the most of it for our community!
Most of the opposition to the proposal is based on plans for the bluff above the bay front, but that area is not a part of this vote.
Please vote YES on November 7th!!!
Below is the actual ballot text:
We urge you to vote an enthusiastic “YES” for the Clearwater Bay front plans on the upcoming ballot. The development that it allows will transform unusable place on our waterfront, turning it into a green area where everyone can enjoy open green space on the water, mostly free of charge. There will be playgrounds, trees, walkways, and a direct approach to the water. The seats in the proposed amphitheater will be removable between concerts, leaving open space for pick up games of kick ball, soccer, dodge ball, and other activities. The old parking lot will be removed and replaced with public transportation and additional parking in other parts of downtown. It is going to be wonderful and we are grateful to have a chance to vote for it.
This vote also allows small buildings to accommodate a Harbor Master, restrooms, a facility where tickets can be sold to the ferries, and also a rental space for small water vessels like paddle boards and kayaks.
Unlike past referendums, this project was not “handed down from City Hall.” Information was gathered through open meetings of citizens throughout the City, and discussion and decisions made by a committee of representative citizens from all parts of the community.
This vote doesn’t deal with anything along the upper bluff between the Library and the Harborview Center (That vote will come later if the City is able to proceed with this first portion of the plan.)
There have been too many misleading rumors circulated, so every yes vote is important.
This plan would be as an asset to all areas of the City. This is the last piece of open space on Clearwater’s Bay Front and it should be used thoughtfully and built for the people who live here and love to visit.
Everyone is doing a great job getting their properties back into good shape. Keep Piling up all that debris. The city is going to start coming around and picking up those big piles, possibly starting today. They will probably have to take a couple passes to get it all. And they will be sweeping up the streets again next week.
Keep up the good work, everyone!
Since everyone is busy cleaning up the entire island, we are going to cancel the volunteer project that was scheduled for this Saturday, September 16th at the Rec Center.
Stay tuned for more updates!
We wanted to share the news that our Vice President, James Peppard, has passed. He was a good man who cared about his family, friends, and community.
If you would like to honor James’ memory, his family is holding a wake this evening, Tuesday, August 29th, from 6pm – 8pm at the David C. Cross Funeral Home. 830 N. Belcher Rd in Clearwater, 727-381-4911.
The funeral mass will be Wednesday, August 30th at 10am at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 245 Dory Passage in Clearwater, 727-442-5485.
Instead of flowers, the family is accepting donations at suncoasthospice.org in memory of James J. Peppard, Jr.
The family wants to thank everyone who has touched his life and honored his memory. He will be genuinely missed.