This Week in Largo
MARCH 1, 2019
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LARGO PARTICIPATES IN FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE FLY INS
In an environment of ever-changing laws and regulations, legislative fly-ins and Capitol Days are an opportunity for local elected officials and city staff to visit with state and federal elected officials to voice opinions on critical, time-sensitive issues which impact the residents of Largo’s municipal planning service area and the City’s abilities to serve its residents.

Commissioner John Carroll recently participated in the Florida League of Cities’ legislative fly-in to Washington, D.C. where he had an opportunity to meet with U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to discuss issues of importance to Florida’s cities, towns and villages.

The City also participated in the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Fly-In (formerly known as Capitol Days) in Tallahassee where the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator, Cheryl Reed, joined a delegation of members from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

At the Florida Chamber’s Fly-In, in addition to providing participants with an overview of the upcoming state legislative session which starts on March 5th, the delegation from the local Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity to meet with the State of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Representative Nick DiCeglie (District 66), Representative Chris Latvala (District 67) as well as legislative aides for Senators Ed Hooper (District 16) and Jeff Brandes (District 24).

- Cheryl Coller Reed
Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator I 586-7452 I creed@largo.com
LARGO HOSTS CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE CRIST
Crist with Largo Commissioners and City Manager
Largo's City Commission and Administration met with Congressman Charlie Crist on February 25th at the Legislative Roundtable at Largo City Hall to discuss shared legislative priorities and goals, as well as Largo's recent accomplishments, including the USGBC's 2018 Suncoast Green Government of the Year award.

Among the items highlighted by the City of Largo were federal opportunity zones, federal housing and community development programs, and sustainability. The Congressman also discussed the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, flood insurance, sea level rise, and protecting Florida's environment, among other priorities. Congressman Crist was elected in 2017 to serve Florida's 13th District, after previously serving as the State's Governor.  To learn more about Largo’s goals and strategic plan, visit Largo.com/StrategicPlan .

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
SAFE HARBOR TOUR
Members from Largo’s Homeless Work Group toured the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility on February 22nd to learn more about their operations. Attendees included City Manager Schubert, Police Chief Undestad, Deputy Chief Loux, Fire Chief Pittman, Community Development Director Stricklin, and staff from the City’s Housing Division. Operated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the facility is an emergency homeless shelter and jail-diversion program. The facility processes 15,000 client intakes on approximately 6,000 different clients per year, and has an average daily population of 400. Services provided include two mental health representatives that regularly hold hours at Safe Harbor, as well as onsite classes for Alcoholic/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and other life skills programs. Four cases managers are on site to help clients move toward stabilization and permanent housing; however, the case load is currently 100 clients per each case manager, which poses difficulty for stabilizing a high risk population. The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, with funding through Pinellas County, is adding a Diversion Specialist at Safe Harbor to help clients with short term homelessness move in with family or friends instead of remaining in the homeless system. The team also learned about Safe Harbor’s annual neighborhood clean-up in the High Point neighborhood that has been held for the past five years in an effort to have clients give back to the community. This event, which was held the weekend of February 25th, is organized in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful and area businesses. The information collected during the City’s tour will be brought back to the full Largo Homeless Work Group for continued discussion on how best to address issues related to homelessness in Largo.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
CENTRAL PARK MAINTENANCE WORK
The pond at the Court of Honor in Largo Central Park will be undergoing re-construction as crews replace the pond liner. The pond will be drained and sediment will be excavated. Work is expected to take 4-6 weeks.

- Phil Christman
Parks Superintendent I 586-7415 I pchristman@largo.com
PROJECT UPDATES
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 from 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
PALMER STREET ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that Palmer Street (AKA 10th Street NW) from 11th Ave NW to Rosery Road will be closed For next 14 months while Rosery Road Apartment Community is being constructed. Access to all properties can be made through adjacent roadways.

- Brian Highnote
Chief Construction Inspector I 587-6713 I bhighnot@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
MOBILE CHEMICAL & ELECTRONIC COLLECTION EVENT
L argo 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
MOVIES IN THE PARK
Spring is right around the corner and what better way to kick it off than with our Friday night movies in Largo Central Park. Check out our list of movies and the dates:

  • March 8 - The Incredibles
  • March 15 - Small Foot
  • March 22 - Hotel Transylvania
  • March 29 - Christopher Robin
  • April 5 - Teen Titans Go to the Movies
  • April 12 - Ralph Breaks the Internet

Movies begin after 6:30pm.


- Kara Piehl
Special Events Coordinator I 587-6720 I kpiehl@largo.com