walt belcher

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. 

julie brannon

Julie opened Bailey’s Naturals Herbal Apothecary in 2005, and has been a resident for the past 9 years. She’s a Master Herbalist, holistic health counselor, lecturer, and shop girl. She has an awesome daughter named Bailey and a cool cat named Moe. She’s President of the community garden at Folly Farm, former member of the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee, and original board member of WHO  (Women Helping Others). She’s also a licensed pilot, avid gardener, and the original herb nerd. 

jarine dotson
jarine dotson

Jarine, a Safety Harbor resident who retired after thirty years in the Human Resources industry, loves getting up before dawn to photograph the sunrise along with other Safety Harbor views. You can see more of her work at Jarine Dotson Photography on Facebook and at various shops around town and at the Sunday Market on Main or in her private studio by appointment. Or meet up with Jarine along the bay for sun rise!

laura kepner

Laura moved to this city in 2008. Founder of Safety Harbor Writers & Poets, she has facilitated open mic nights, classes, conferences and more. She is co-author of A Brief History of Safety Harbor and editor-in-chief of ODET, a Florida-based literary journal. Laura is secretary for the Whispering Souls African American Cemetery and a Museum board member. Laura will share local history, biographies, and more. Reach Laura at safetyharborhistory@gmail.com.

kate kohler

Kate has lived in Safety Harbor since 2003.  After careers in cooking and computing support, she earned a Master’s in Library & Information Science. She worked as a Library Media Specialist for 8 years in Pinellas County.  Currently Kate is self-employed in Marketing and Sales Administration and has always promoted research and Information Literacy. She is an avid bicyclist and audiobook addict.  Kate’s interests are environmental issues, cooking, and intelligent urban planning. 

kathryn malaxos
kathryn malaxos

Kathryn has lived in Safety Harbor since 1990. She is a mother of two grown humans and a dog who may never grow up. Kathy started teaching in 1989 and continues to work as a public school teacher. She is a graduate of USF St. Pete’s master’s program for Digital Journalism & Design where she pursued a life-long interest in journalism. Contact her with story ideas and suggestions at newsroom@safetyharborsun.com.