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Harbor Happenings: Week of July 15, 2019

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Are you hosting a community event in Safety Harbor? Submit your event for our calendar! Events should be either free and open-to-the-public or proceeds used to support greater community good. Please send event suggestions to newsroom@safetyharborsun.com.

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July 2019

Safety Harbor Walk

July 15 @ 6:30 AM - 7:45 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 AM on Monday, happening 5 times

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695 United States
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Please check Meetup for information and updates. Meet at benches to the left of the front door of Safety Harbor Spa.

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Community Redevelopment Agency

July 15 @ 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
City Hall, 750 Main St.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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The Agenda and backup materials for the July 15, 2019 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting can be found here: http://safetyharbor.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&event_id=1764

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City Commission

July 15 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
City Hall, 750 Main St.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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The Agenda and backup materials for the July 15, 2019 Commission meeting can be found here: http://safetyharbor.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&event_id=1765

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Books & Bagels Book Club

July 16 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 10:30 AM on day Third of the month, happening 4 times

Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street N. FL 34695 United States + Google Map

Books & Bagels meets on the third Tuesday of each month. July:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman  August:  Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith  September:  Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See  October:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

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Kiwanis Club

July 17 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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One event on July 17, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Paradise Restaraunt, 443 Main Street
Safety Harbor, 34695 United States
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Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

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ESOL Conversation Club

July 17 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, happening 5 times

Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Street N. FL 34695 United States + Google Map

Practice your English conversation skills. Different topics will be covered each week to help you learn how to communicate in everyday situations.

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Wednesday Night Drum Circle

July 17 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, happening 5 times

Palm Tree Courtyard, Main Street
Safety Harbor, 34695 United States
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"On Main Street by the Happy Salmon Restaurant in the Palm Tree Court Yard. Drumming is good for you in every way. Come enjoy." (Facebook) Please check the Facebook page for cancellations before heading over.

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Code Enforcement Board

July 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Hall, 750 Main St.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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Open Jam Night at Brady’s

July 17 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Brady’s Backyard BBQ, 340 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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Blues Jam every Wednesday night at Brady's BBQ.

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Fly Day

July 18 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Daisy Douglas Park, 601 9th Ave. N.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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Build gliders and fly them in contests and games for all ages! Closed for inclement weather and holidays.

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Blooms and Brews

July 18 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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"Join other "native plant nerds" for fellowship fun at our 2nd Annual Blooms & Brews event! We'll have complimentary snacks, door prizes, and a plant ID contest. BYOB--Buy your own brew 🙂 Everyone is welcome, but an RSVP is requested; email pinellasfnps@gmail.com to let us know you're coming, please!

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Safety Harbor Sunset Walk & Yoga Stretch

July 18 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, happening 4 times

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695 United States
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Please check Meetup for information and updates. "Meet on the Front Porch of the Spa - on Left side of the Main Door."

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Cards Against Humanity

July 18 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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Bribe the Bartender: Proceeds Benefit the Homeless Emergency Project "Adult game night every third Thursday at Crooked Thumb. Gather your most horrible friends for team Cards Against Humanity. 21+ after 8pm. July's edition is Bribe the Bartenders. Nicole and Mandy will be withholding some of the better cards that you can bribe them to switch…

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Rotary Club of Safety Harbor

July 19 @ 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, happening 4 times

Paradise Restaraunt, 443 Main Street
Safety Harbor, 34695 United States
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Third Friday Music Series

July 19 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Harbor Happenings: The week ahead

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Are you hosting a community event in Safety Harbor? Submit your event for our calendar! Events should be either free and open-to-the-public or proceeds used to support greater community good. Please send event suggestions to newsroom@safetyharborsun.com.

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Melons for Moolah keeps its fundraising roots, expands to full-day festival

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Melons for Moolah, the event that broke a Guinness World Record for Safety Harbor in 2018, expands to a full day of family friendly fun in Safety Harbor Waterfront Park on July 6 this year.

This Melons for Moolah Watermelon Festival with free admission will benefit the Safety Harbor Library Foundation’s 20/20 Vision Campaign. Other local nonprofits will host carnival games and keep the proceeds for their own causes.

Fundraising has always been the seed of Melons for Moolah. It was created in the summer of 2017 by Scott Long, who then was a Safety Harbor City Commissioner. The first event was at the Gazebo on July 2, 2017, and featured the Mayor, all four Commissioners and five other local personalities eating watermelon.

“The idea was silly fun — asking Commissioners to eat watermelon,” said Long, who calls himself Chief Melon Officer. “But the goal was to use their stature in the community to raise money and awareness for nonprofit organizations.”

And it worked.

The event raised more than $7,500 for the non-profits the celebrity eaters chose: the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Harbor Dish, the Ian Tillman Foundation, the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center,  Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor, the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation, the Safety Harbor Museum and the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

So many people asked to participate after the event that it was expanded in 2018 to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Watermelon-Eating Contest.” On July 1, 2018, at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 259 official participants, aided by more than 100 volunteers, officially set the new World Record in the City of Safety Harbor’s name and raised more than $14,000 for various causes, including a trust fund to care for the daughter of Safety Harbor District Fire Chief Chris Palmieri, who had died less than two weeks before the event.

Other groups that benefited from the event were Autism Speaks, the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Fostering Hope Florida, Habitat for Humanity, the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center, Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor, Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation, the Safety Harbor Museum, the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the SPCA Suncoast.

Scott Long and Cara Nobles practice for the big event. (Photo/Laura Long)

“For about 30 minutes, our often-divided city was ‘One Safety Harbor,’ and that’s the memory I’ll always have of that event. Breaking a World Record is a fantastic achievement, but the togetherness of the community was even more important to me,” Long said.

This year’s event won’t break a Guinness World Record, but it is unlike any other festival in town. Melons for Moolah and Safety Harbor Library Public Foundation Board Member Cara Nobles is putting together an array of contests — from watermelon seed-spitting to a balloon toss — for all ages to participate.

“We laughed so hard during our trial run (pictured) of these games,” Nobles said. “Seed spitting isn’t as gross as it sounds and actually requires a great amount of strategy. But the Watermelon Ball Relay Race is by far our favorite.”

There will be plenty of fun for all ages, including three inflatable water slides, food trucks, beer and wine, and the movie.


This year’s details

  • 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park. Admission is free.
  • Website: https://melonsformoolah.com/
  • Benefits the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation’s 20/20 Vision Campaign, which has a goal of raising $500,000 to furnish the future second story addition to the library.
  • Rain or shine
  • Presenting sponsor is LocalShops1, an organization in Pinellas County that promotes supporting locally-owned and independent businesses. Other featured sponsors include Blake Real Estate, Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room, Seadog Cottages, Action Pro Realty and IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
  • Sunstar will have a full medical tent on site.

Highlights

  • Kids Zone for ages 14 and younger with three large water slides ($5 bracelet for unlimited rides), free martial arts classes and prizes from Victory Martial Arts, kids crafts from Francie’s Studio on 5th, the Clearwater Threshers Fun Team and mascot Phinley and carnival games run by local nonprofit organizations, who will keep  the proceeds from their games.
  • Home Brew Biergarten for those 21 and older, featuring complimentary samples of 20 home brews from 12 home brewers from around the Tampa Bay region, as well as Crooked Thumb Brewery beer and wine for sale.
  • DJ entertainment and watermelon-themed contests, including Watermelon Eating, Seed Spitting, Relay Race, Water Balloon Toss and Costume/Outfit.
  • Family-friendly cult classic movie “Goonies” on a 25-foot screen at 8 p.m.
  • Plenty of food, including watermelon wedges to support The Harbor Dish, drink and craft and product vendors.
  • Yankee raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50 drawing. Highlights include a 7-night cruise for two and the melon ballers used in last year’s World Record-breaking event with Certificates of Authenticity.
  • Volunteers get free T-shirts commemorating last year’s World Record, and those who volunteer in the Kids Zone also get free water slide bracelets for their children.

“Our team tried hard to make this a festival that would appeal to everyone in some way,” Long said. “We’re excited about the positive response we are getting. More than 1,200 people have expressed interest on our Facebook event already.”

And that’s not all. Melons for Moolah will host WatermelonWeek with downtown businesses the week leading up to the event.

WatermelonWeek

WatermelonWeek is June 29 to July 5 to promote the event and downtown businesses. Safety Harbor restaurants and bars are creating watermelon-inspired dishes, drinks or desserts and pledging a portion of each sale to the Library Foundation.

There will be an online vote to choose the winner in each division, and there will be a Pub & Restaurant Crawl on July 3 to visit all participating locations that are open in the evening.

“Safety Harbor restaurants and bars love to compete and help their community,” Long said. “The creativity we’ve seen in entries already is outstanding. We hope WatermelonWeek will drive business to all of the participating establishments and raise even more money for the Library Foundation.”


Laura and her husband Scott Long are organizers of Melons for Moolah and Watermelon Week. Cara Nobles is a member of the of the Library Foundation Board and the Melons for Moolah Planning Board.

(Photo/Jarine Dotson)

This week in the Harbor: June 17, 2019

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Safety Harbor has a busy week ahead, including the City Commission Budget Workshop and Meeting tonight, Pinellas County’s Historic Preservation Summit at that Safety Harbor Public Library tomorrow and, of course, Third Friday!

The Commission Budget Workshop (Agenda here) begins at 6 PM on Monday, prior to the Commission meeting at 7 PM. The Agenda for the Commission meeting includes a Resolution to Initiate Transition to 100 Renewable, Zero Emission Energy Sources, following up on a decision made after the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 presentation at the May 20 Commission meeting. See the Commission Agenda here.

Third Friday brings the Trop Rock Junkies to John Wilson Park and Gazebo. June beer truck proceeds will go to Huddle in the Harbor.

Check out more of this week’s events on the Safety Harbor Sun calendar.

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County Historic Preservation Board to Host Summit in Safety Harbor

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Take a walk downtown and you’re bound to notice taller buildings and fewer trees than there were just a couple of years ago. But there are still old buildings and homes that give our city the charm that makes it so unique.

There are homes throughout the downtown corridor that were here 100 years ago. But many homeowners don’t know the full histories of these structures.  There are also homes with historical markers out front. What does one do to learn more about their home or business building and its story?

New construction began when Safety Harbor was first occupied by non-native peoples. We’ve had neighborhoods pop up where orange groves once covered the land. We’ve had buildings burn to the ground, buildings torn down, and we’ve seen old buildings refurbished and given a new purpose.  Take, for example, the Safety Harbor Senior Living building on the north corner of Philippe Parkway and Main St. It was constructed during the Florida boom years—the 1920s. Newspapers described it as being one of the most modern buildings in Pinellas County. It had hot and cold running water in each room, telephones, and, uncommon for that time, an elevator.

For several decades, there was a building across the street from it nicknamed the Silver Dome building, for the dome on its roof. It was built so poorly, though, that by the 1980s it had been condemned and torn down. There were buildings where the library stands today, including apartments and a movie theater. They’re all gone now.

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