More Sugar Sand & Less Parking Headaches

TrolleyCity officials are teaming up with transportation officials to give visitors a break when enjoying spring break.

PSTA will launch its “Park & Ride” program on Feb. 24. Visitors will park in a low-cost or free designated downtown “Park & Ride” lot, and ride the trolley to the beach for free. They will then pay a regular fare on the trolley, ferry, ride sharing service or Florida Free Rides to get back downtown. Designated “Park & Ride” lots are:

  • Harborview/Coachman (Ferry also accessible at this location)
    • Free parking unless there is a special event in Coachman Park
  • Clearwater City Hall (Osceola Avenue)
    • Free parking thru April 30
  • Garden Avenue Garage
  • 50 cents an hour up to a $5 maximum. Free parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends.

Those riding to the beach will be dropped off at the Clearwater Beach Marina. The “Park & Ride” program will operate throughout the spring break season, Feb. 24 through April 30. Get all the information you need by visiting trafficsabeach.com.

The Clearwater Ferry will also be operating in full steam, adding extra boats to speed up wait times and get visitors back-and-forth between downtown and the beach faster. The ferry will be operating a separate vessel specifically for transporting Clearwater Beach employees to cut down on the amount of vehicles and traffic on the island. Get prices, travel times and drop-off and pick-up locations at clearwaterferry.com.

Clearwater Beach’s newest parking garage, the Pelican Walk Parking Garage, is also open offering more than 400 new parking spots for visitors. Cost of parking in the garage during the spring break season will be $2.00 an hour.

March Meeting!

We are all looking forward to hearing from our guest speaker this month, Thomas Paterek, the Chair of the Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. He will be discussing the organizations history and RAP, their “Rise Above Plastics” program. RAP was created to eliminate the impact of plastics on the marine environment through educating about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating a reduction in certain plastics. The more we talk about this topic, the more we will see actual change!

We all care deeply about our beautiful beaches, and RAP is here to help us all be active in creating a positive solution.

Please join us on March 7th, 6:30PM, at Chapel-By-The-Sea!

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4-Vessel Mooring Field Going in Near 627 Bay Esplanade

A public notice for the permit application described below has been posted at:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/Article/1052537/saj-2005-03872-sp-csh/

PROJECT NAME:  Bay Esplanade Mooring Field

COUNTY:  Pinellas County

COMMENT DUE DATE:  February 17, 2017

FILE NAME: SAJ-2005-03872 (SP-CSH)

WATERWAY & LOCATION:  The project would affect waters of the United States associated with Mandalay Channel in Clearwater Harbor. The project site is located waterward of 627 Bay Esplanade, in Section 05, Township 29 South, Range 15 East, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.

PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant seeks authorization to install a 4-vessel Mooring Field in Mandalay Channel. A public notice for the proposed project was previously published on September 15, 2016. As a result of the comments received, the proposal was revised from 42 vessels to 4 vessels. The revised proposal includes regulatory buoys to mark the boundary of the 4-vessel Mooring Field to preserve more than 50% of the channel for free navigation and recreation.

The proposed Mooring Field will occupy approximately 8 acres of privately owned submerged lands and will accommodate boats up to 70 feet in length. Water depths within the Mooring Field range from approximately 7.5 to 12.0 feet at mean low water. All vessels utilizing the facility will be required to have a minimum of one foot of clearance between the bottom of the vessel and the substrate within the project area and navigational channel.
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Speaker Series Continues!

Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation/Library, Inc. is proud to announce that the Environmental Conservation Series is underway.

Mark your calendar for the following dates, from 5:30-6:30, at the Beach Library/Recreation Center.  We look forward to seeing you there.

        Jan 11               Scallops, Oysters, Snails

        Feb. 8               Coastal Conservation

        March 8            Shoreline Migration

        April 12             Sea Turtles

Private sponsors, businesses, and CBA have contributed to speakers’ costs, recyclable bags, coupons, and gifts.  If you would like to help Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center/Library, Inc. financially, physically, or otherwise, please be sure to contact us at friendsofclearwaterbeach@gmail.com.

Speaker Series : History of Clearwater Beach with Anne Garris

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The Friends of Clearwater Beach is kicking off their Environmental Conservation Speaker Series this Wednesday, September 14th from 5:30PM – 6:30PM at the Beach Library (69 Bay Esplanade).

The first speaker is none other than our favorite long-time local ANNE GARRIS! Anne will be discussing the History of Clearwater Beach’s early beginnings and evolution over the years.

There are some amazing topics this year! Grab some friends and come check it out. There are 4 evenings of wonderful discussions planned. For more information, check out our events page: EVENTS

End-of-Summer Pool Party!

Come celebrate the end of a great summer with your CBA Family!ART_PoolPartyThis summer has been HOT, let’s get together and cool off!
Please bring an appetizer to share. CBA will supply beverages and Nature’s Food Patch will be donating some great stuff too!

Details:
When: August 20th from 5:30 pm- 7:30pm
Where: Clearwater Beach Recreation Center (69 Bay Esplanade)

*There will be two lifeguards on duty and no alcohol will be permitted.

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