This Week in Largo
FEBRUARY 15, 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.
The City of Largo would like to remind you that all City facilities will be closed on Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents' Day. Trash and recycling will not be collected on February 18. View the  Collection Schedule  to find your pick-up day.
HIGH PERFORMANCE ORGANIZATION TRAINING
In support of Largo's Mission, Vision, and Values, staff members from all Departments recently attended an in-depth training on how to become a High Performance Organization. The goal of this training was to learn about effective leadership styles and staff engagement methods that will help accelerate our ability to serve our residents, businesses, and visitors with superior services that inspire community pride. The organization will implement these methods to all staff in order to realize our vision to be the community of choice in Tampa Bay.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
SINGLE USE PLASTICS ORDINANCE UPDATE
The City Commission recently approved an Ordinance to restrict certain single-use plastics for public use on City property, which will go into effect on July 1, 2019. In order to educate residents, staff and vendors, the Communications & Marketing team have been working on numerous outreach efforts to include a social media campaign, staff engagement efforts, and vendor education. Visit Largo.com/PlasticFree to learn more about the Ordinance and its positive impact on our environment and the community.   

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
ANTI-LITTERING EFFORTS
The City of Largo is committed to environmental quality and the health of our beautiful parks, waterways, and other green spaces. In order to keep these places clean, staff frequently partners with community organizations such as Temple Benai Israel, local Boy Scout troops, teen volunteer groups, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, and other local volunteers,  for litter pick-up events . Largo also plans to continue participating in Neighborhood Cleanups, which not only assist in picking up debris and litter, but also provide residents free trees and other tools to help beautify the community. Starting in April, The Largo Public Library will begin hosting a free, monthly #LargoSustainabilitySeries, which will cover topics from anti-littering to energy efficiency. The City of Largo will continue to support anti-littering efforts throughout the community at special events, outreach presentations, and on social media. To learn more about these efforts, visit Largo.com/LEAP .

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
INDIAN ROCKS ROAD SIDEWALK PROJECT
Pinellas County Public Works has designed and will be constructing sidewalk improvements on Indian Rocks Road to provide safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The project objective is to improve the roadway shoulder and sidewalk of the roadway from Wilcox Road to Kent Drive in Largo. Also included with this project are drainage improvements associated with the shoulder and sidewalk modifications. This project enhances multi-modal transportation within Pinellas County. The addition of paved shoulders will accommodate bicyclists, the sidewalk provides a facility for pedestrians and an updated bus landing will be used by bus passengers.

The construction period for this project is March to October 2019.

- Jerry Woloszynski
Engineering Services Department Director I 587-6713 I jwoloszy@largo.com
PROJECT UPDATES
ALTERNATE US 19 CORRIDOR STUDIES WRAPPING UP
The Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven, is wrapping up the Corridor Studies for Alternate US 19 from Park Street North to the Pinellas/Pasco County Line. 
 
FDOT District 7, Forward Pinellas, and the Study teams would like to thank you, the Project Advisory Group, and the public for participating in this important study. The input received throughout the study process has provided valuable insight into the issues being experienced along the Alternate US 19 corridor. The Study teams are currently finalizing the Corridor Alternatives and Strategies Report (CASR). The CASR will outline a series of goals and objectives and identify a range of multi-modal solutions to address the mobility needs along the corridor within a context that reflects the long-term vision for the study corridor. The report will recommend specific short- and long-term strategies that guide future development within the corridor, as well as specific improvements that can be advanced in the near term through local agency participation and/or by FDOT through Resurfacing, Restoration, Rehabilitation projects, safety projects, or traffic operations signal retiming projects. FDOT will work with Forward Pinellas to prioritize and implement the proposed improvements. The final project newsletter is available now on the project website at  http://www.fdotd7studies.com/altus19studies   The CASR, once finalized for both the north and south segments, will also be available on the project website along with other study details.
 
Further information can be obtained by contacting: Mr. Brian Shroyer, Project Manager, at (813) 975-6449 or via email at  brian.shroyer@dot.state.fl.us .
 
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, 
carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated 
December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.
 
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who
require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation service (free of charge)
should contact Alex Henry, Public Involvement Coordinator, at (813) 975-6405 .

WEST BAY DRIVE RESURFACING PROJECT
Pinellas County Public Works has indicated that the final report for the West Bay Drive Resurfacing project has been submitted to them by their consultant, Kimley Horn. The report contains the cost estimates for the identified alternatives for resurfacing, landscaping, and a wide trail. They anticipate that the report will be finalized and distributed to the stakeholders by the end of January. The next step would be for the County to meet with City representatives to discuss the findings in the report. An update will be provided to the City Commission when the report is received.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.c
UPCOMING EVENTS
"LARGO LIVE" CENTRAL PARK MUSIC SERIES STARTS IN APRIL
You can now stay local and join Largo Special Events for Free live music, food vendors, beer and wine. Central Park will feature a different, local headliner who will rock the stage on select Friday nights from 7pm until 10pm.  

On April 19th, enjoy the soulful sounds of the Betty Fox Band. Soul Circus Cowboys will rock the stage May 17th with their fresh variety of popular high energy songs as well as some originals. June 21st brings Chris McCarty and his unique sound, composed of classics with his own twist that only he can bring. This event is free to attend 101 Central Park Dr. Largo, Fl 33771. For more information, visit LargoEvents.com.

- Joan Byrne
Recreation, Parks and Arts Department I 587-6720 I jbyrne@largo.com