This Week in Largo
NOVEMBER 21, 2018
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 wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving! As a reminder, all City facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Highland and Southwest Recreation Centers as well as the Largo Community Center will be closing at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 21.
HOLIDAY SOLID WASTE SCHEDULE
There is no trash or recycling collection on Thursday, November 22. Thursday residential collection moves to Wednesday and Thursday commercial moves to Friday. There is no change to residential collection on Friday, and Friday commercial collection moves to Saturday. View the Collection Schedule to find your pick-up day.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
The City of Largo is proud to shine a spotlight on employee's community involvement, interests, and volunteer efforts outside of work. This focus on giving back makes our city a better place to live, work, and play and gets us closer to the City's strategic vision to be the Community of Choice in Tampa Bay.

This month we are happy to feature two members of our organization with a passion for giving back to veterans: William Parker, IT Customer Service Manager and Office Administrator, Linda Smith. Read more about the Community Spotlight  at Largo.com.
- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
HELPING FAMILIES IN HIGHPOINT
On November 16, the big Red Truck, carrying fresh fruits and vegetables from Florida farmers for Highpoint families in need of nutritious food, was on the move. When Farm Share needed help unloading, State Representative Chris Latvala reached out to the City of Largo. With a City forklift, Public Works’ employees Mitch Webb and Quentin Davey helped unload the pallets of food.
Farm Share is a large scale food bank and charitable packing house working to end hunger; they believe no family deserves to go hungry and no food should end up in a landfill. Since 1991, Farm Share has fed hungry families and distributed over 419,211,615 pounds of food with a value of more than $733 Million. Farm Share provides food, free-of-charge, to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and community centers.

Representative Chris Latvala is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 67th District, including Largo, since 2014.

- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
MEETING UPDATES
2018 CITIZENS' ACADEMY
The Community Development department walked Citizens' Academy participants on a journey through the life of a code enforcement case, based on a real-life example. The class went behind-the-scenes and saw what it takes to get properties into compliance and how much work is done in the background that can take years to get through. The class received a tour of the Permitting Department and saw the massive changes in building code over the last 20 years! At the end of the class, Community Development staff wrapped up the code case, showing the demolition of the house due to condition; the eventual turn over of the land to Habitat for Humanity and a deserving family in a new home. Thanks to the City’s partners and hard work, happy endings were achieved.

- Courtney Fogarty
Deputy City Clerk I 587-6710 I cfogarty@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
ELECTRIC RIBBON CUTTING
Join the City of Largo for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the first public electric vehicle charging stations. The ceremony will take place at the Largo Public Library on December 4th at 3pm. Largo partnered with Duke Energy to provide these charging stations located at Ulmer Park, the Largo Public Library and City Hall. All stations are currently being offered as a free service to the public. Future site locations include the Central Park Performing Arts Center, Belcher Soccer Complex and the Southwest Recreation Center.

This partnership with Duke Energy highlights the City’s strategic focus on sustainability and it’s commitment to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. These goals are part of Largo’s Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) which serves as the blueprint for the organization to its environmental impact. Visit Largo.com/LEAP to learn more about the plan.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
A FULL LINE UP OF HOLIDAY EVENTS!
The City of Largo is your one stop shop for holiday fun! Stroll through two million LED lights in Largo Central Park with your loved ones, enjoy breakfast and crafts with Santa, or be an elf for a day making a gift or two. No matter how you like to celebrate the holidays, make the most out of the season with this lineup of events that are sure to be picture perfect:

Nov 22-Jan 1, 6-11pm, All Ages, Largo Central Park featuring Ferris wheel and carousel rides

Dec 1 & 15, 6:30-9pm, All Ages, Largo Central Park

Dec 4, 5-8:30pm, Ages: Active Adults, Largo Community Center

Dec 8, 9:30am, Southwest Recreation Center,
December 15, 10am, Highland Recreation Center, Ages 6 & Under

Dec 10 & 11, 6-8pm, Community Center

Dec 15, 1-2:30pm, Ages: Adaptive Youth, Community Center

Dec 22, 10am, Ages: Adults, Highland Recreation Center

Dec 22, 2-3:30pm, Ages: Youth, Highland Recreation Center

Dec 31, 11am-1pm, Ages: Adults, Largo Community Center

For more information or to learn how to sign up for these great holiday events, visit PlayLargo.com or call (727)587-6740.

- Joan Byrne
Recreation, Parks and Arts Department Director I 587-6740 I jbyrne@largo.com