Safety Harbor City Commission Goes Virtual Again Tonight

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SAFETY HARBOR – Safety Harbor city commissioners will explore how the city can help local businesses at a virtual meeting set for 7 tonight. 

During the April 20 meeting, there was discussion about giving relief to local businesses effected by the recent “safe-at-home” action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Some businesses can reopen today with limited capacity and social distancing in place. 

One program, suggested at the last meeting, would involve giving $25 vouchers to the 6,950 households in the city. These vouchers could only be used at local businesses. Another program could offer $1,000 grants to the estimated 185 small businesses in the city.  

Among other items on the agenda: approval of the 2021 Art & Seafood Festival at the Waterfront Park planned for February, selection of three beneficiaries for the 2020 Wine Festival planned for November, appointment of two members to the Library Advisory Committee, and approval of $30,735 to replace shingle roofs on Safety Harbor city park buildings. 

Residents can participate several ways.  

Call In: Toll-free 877-853-5257. 

 Mobile Device: The Zoom application is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Enter Zoom Meeting ID # 968 6516 4399 

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 City Website: 

Streaming-Media Television: Spectrum Channel 638 | WOW! Channel 15 | Frontier Channel 30  

To Offer Public Comment: Email:  

Emailed comments under 500 words will be read aloud during the meeting, longer emails will be provided to the City Commissioners but will not be read aloud.  

Voice Live During Meeting: “Raise Your Hand” and the host will be notified that you wish to comment, and you will be called on at the appropriate time. Please note that live public comment may only be shared during the associated agenda item or as part of audience to be heard. At all other times, live participants will be on “mute” to minimize background noise and feedback. To Raise Your Hand: – From your telephone touchpad, Press Star (*) and then 9 – From web browser or mobile app, use the “Raise Hand” icon. 

Walt spent 35 years as a reporter, feature writer. TV critic and columnist for The Tampa Tribune. Prior to that he worked in the public relations office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as a reporter for The Greenville (SC) News. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Safety Harbor for 10 years. He also taught media writing courses at the University of Tampa. Since moving here, he has been active with the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, hosting a monthly storytelling night.