This Week in Largo
MARCH 8, 2019
The City of Largo welcomes you to LARGO TODAY , News from the City Manager. Stay up-to-date on the superior services Largo aims to offer our residents, businesses and homeowners each week.
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LEADERS AGAINST LITTER
The City of Largo helped to kick off the Great American Cleanup  on March 1st, at the first ever Leaders Against Litter event  alongside residents, staff, and elected leaders from across Pinellas County. Similar events were held across the state to make a public commitment by pledging to "Stand Up, Pick Up, and Speak Up for a Litter-Free Florida." Participants met along Gandy Beach and picked up over 500 pounds of litter in under three hours. To learn more about the Great American Cleanup visit KeepPinellasBeautiful.org , or visit OurFutureLargo.com to learn about the City of Largo's environmental efforts.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
ROSERY APARTMENTS DEVELOPMENT ORDER
On February 20th, a Development Order (DO) was issued to allow for the redevelopment of the Rainbow Court Mobile Home Park located at 1159 Clearwater-Largo Road N. Since the site is located in the Clearwater-Largo Road Community Redevelopment District, adding affordable housing is a priority, which has led to the Affordable Housing Density Bonus being approved by the City Commission for the first time. This was achieved without offering any financial incentives to the developer. The DO will allow for the construction of four 3-story buildings with 224 total dwelling units, parking, associated landscaping improvements, and an underground stormwater vault. The development is called The Rosery and will offer streetside retail, public art, connectivity to the Pinellas Trail and plenty of amenities.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
LARGO PRESENTATION TO KELLERWILLIAMS GULFSIDE
On March 5th, Economic Development staff conducted a presentation with the KellerWilliams Gulfside team located in downtown Largo. The presentation provided an overview of the City’s economic profile and then discussed the numerous projects and activities that were underway in Largo. Approximately 40 persons were in attendance.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
PROJECT UPDATES
2nd STREET SW AREA ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT UPDATE
Please be advised that the following road closures are scheduled as part of the ongoing 2nd Street SW Area Roadway Improvements project. The City's Contractor, Gator Grading & Paving, is performing roadwork. The working areas will be closed to all thru traffic; local traffic will have access to their homes. Detour routes will be provided.

The upcoming roadway closures are scheduled to occur in the following areas:
2nd Avenue SW at Clearwater Largo Rd – March 15th
2nd Avenue SW at 6th Street SW – March 15th
2nd Avenue SW at 8th Avenue SW – March 11th
5th Avenue SW at 3rd Street SW – March 11th
5th Avenue SW between 2nd Street SW and Seminole Blvd – March 11th
6th Avenue SW between Summit Street and 2nd Street SW – March 8th
6th Street SW at 3rd Avenue SW – March 12th
6th Street SW at 8th Avenue SW – March 18th
*Schedule is subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances.

In addition to full roadway closures, individual lane closures are anticipated for the upcoming two weeks throughout the project area. Residents and those traveling within this area may encounter trucks and equipment throughout the duration of the project, so for the safety of the workers, please drive with care when encountering work zones.

- Megan Dion
Program Engineer I 587-6713 I mdion@largo.com
PONCE de LEON BLVD ROAD WORK
Please be advised that Ponce de Leon Blvd from Young Ave to Betty Lane will be limited to one lane passing March 8th – 15th. The City’s contractor, All American Concrete, is performing a sewer repair. Access to all properties can be made through adjacent roadways.

- Brian Highnote
Chief Construction Inspector I 587-6713 I bhighnot@largo.com
SEWER REHABILITATION PROJECTS
As an ongoing effort to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows in the City of Largo, the Engineering Services Department is conducting a multi-phased set of sanitary sewer projects within the neighborhoods west of Highland Avenue and north of Rosery Road. Sanitary rehabilitation work will be completed in phases over the next four (4) months.

This work will occur in the general area bounded between the following roads:
  • North of Rosery Road
  • South of Belleair Road
  • East of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
  • West of Highland Avenue

Engineering Services will mail out post cards to everyone living within the area informing them of the work that will be occurring throughout this neighborhood. Residents and those traveling within this area may encounter trucks and equipment at various locations, so for the safety of the workers, please drive with care when encountering work zones.

- Joshua Carlsson
Asset Management Data Coordinator I 587-6713 I jcarlsso@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
MOBILE CHEMICAL & ELECTRONIC COLLECTION EVENT
Largo is hosting the upcoming Mobile Chemical & Electronic Collection event on March 9th at Largo Home Depot, 10689 Ulmerton Rd from 9am-2pm. Residents are encouraged to bring hazardous items such as fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, computers, TV’s, printers, ink cartridges, and rechargeable household batteries, pesticides, paints, paint thinners, fertilizers, and automotive fluids. These items have the potential to contaminate our ground, air, and surface water if not properly disposed of.

This service is offered for free to Pinellas County residents. Businesses with electronics or chemicals should arrange for drop off and payment by calling EQ Florida at (813)319-3400 for chemical disposal. For a complete list of accepted items, call Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations at (727)464-7500 or visit  LargoRecycles.com .

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
LARGO TURNS A PAGE 2019
Largo Turns a Page 2019, the library’s annual community read program sponsored by the Friends of Largo Library, will present author Christina Baker Kline on March 9th. A reception and book signing in Gallery 120 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm will be followed by the author’s discussion of her most recent book, A Piece of the World, at 2:30 pm in the Jenkins Wing.

The novel explores the real-life relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. An instant New York Times bestseller, A Piece of the World was awarded the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction, the 2018 Maine Literary Award, and a Silver Nautilus Award.

Registration is required for the author's talk, it is not necessary to register for the reception and book signing. Books will be available for sale, or you can bring your own copy to be signed.

- Casey McPhee
Library Director I 587-6715 I cmcphee@largo.com