Work is being done behind the scenes to move forward with the future enhancements to Coachman Park, and we want to keep you abreast about what is happening.

At this point in the project, the city’s consultant, Stantec, and its sub-consultants are working on the Imagine Clearwater Master Plan Concept Validation and Pre-Design. The city is currently conducting additional site surveys of the area, and it is researching and providing information on past public and private utility projects in the area.

Stantec’s team is compiling all of this data for use in its plans for the project. In addition, Stantec and its sub-consultants have recently completed several noise studies of the existing band shell. The consultants are carefully evaluating that data as well as the existing site conditions in and around Coachman Park.

Stantec and a small group of city staff recently met to discuss some of the park concepts and the results of the noise studies. There will be additional meetings and further discussions to refine some of the design elements.

The state legislature recently passed and Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that amends the Special Act of 1925, allowing for the city to move the bandshell along the waterfront as proposed by the consultants. The Special Act of 1925 prohibited “carnivals or shows of any character” on a 500-foot stretch of land running north of the Memorial Causeway Bridge.

In November, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the City Charter, which allows for the Imagine Clearwater plan to move forward at Coachman Park and for enhancements along the downtown waterfront. For additional information, visit or contact Amanda Thompson, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, at

Bazaar Art Show Features the Artwork of Jennie Pearl

Jennie Pearl, founder and creative director of Bazaar Art, will host an exhibit spanning several decades of her artwork.


The art exhibit, entitled Bohemian Years: A Collection of Pearls, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland St. in Downtown Clearwater. Pearl’s art exhibit will be on display at Second Century Studios until May 10.


Pearl, a muralist, digital artist and photographer, will present a collection of her artwork spanning 30 years. Her art exhibit will include acrylic paintings, photography and works on paper. Pearl describes her artwork as eccentric, spontaneous, enticing and encompasses a broad combination of artistic and creative styles.


The April 20 art exhibit will also include a Bazaar Art Artist Throwdown featuring three local artists, live music and light refreshments.


Pearl has a partnership with the city of Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. She has hosted several art exhibits at Second Century Studios that have featured the artwork of local artists, and she has hosted several art classes at Second Century Studios.


Along with the local artwork, Second Century Studios also offers an opportunity for the city of Clearwater to promote initiatives designed to help create an attractive and engaging Downtown Clearwater for years to come.


The city initiatives include:

Imagine Clearwater, a master plan designed to revitalize the Downtown Clearwater waterfront. The plan proposes a design for an expanded and improved waterfront park and recommends a set of projects that will serve to activate Downtown Clearwater.
North Marina Master Plan, a design plan to enhance the Seminole Boat Ramp and attract commercial, retail, restaurants and more residential to a 64-acre area that covers Clearwater Bay to the west, Pinellas Trail to the east, Cedar Street to the north and Eldridge Street to the south.
Cleveland Streetscape Phase 3, a project aimed at enhancing Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street. The roadway will be improved and made safer by adding landscaping and decorative lighting, improving sidewalks, enhancing on-street parking and adding bicycle lanes along the corridor, which stretches along Cleveland Street from Missouri Avenue to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Cleveland Street to San Remo Avenue.
Mercado/Public Plaza, a concept to create a market area and community gathering place with local vendors, weekend markets, music shows and movie nights all in Clearwater’s Downtown Gateway.
Second Century Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


For more information, contact Anne Fogarty-France, the city of Clearwater’s downtown manager, at or (727) 562-4044.



Stantec : Team is making progress on the Imagine Clearwater Downtown Revitalization project


04/11/2018 | 10:52pm CEST

The City of Clearwater approved international consulting design firm Stantec to provide architecture and engineering services on Imagine Clearwater, a Community Vision Plan for the Downtown Waterfront. Imagine Clearwater is a plan to reactivate the city’s waterfront and downtown in efforts to spur economic development. The Stantec team is currently working to provide master plan concept validation and pre-design services. The team recently finished several noise studies of the existing band shell at Coachman Park and are evaluating this information and its impact on the overall masterplan concept.

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Clearwater’s most notorious eyesore could finally be reborn

CLEARWATER — For more than a decade, the shell of a gutted 15-story high rise has stood abandoned at the entrance to downtown, an eyesore that has come to embody the unmet potential of the Cleveland Street district to its west.

But after years of failed development deals, a federal lawsuit and growing hopelessness, the infamous Strand building at 1100 Cleveland St. is being reborn.

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Clearwater Seeks Artists to Design Downtown Sidewalk Chalk Art

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking artists to design a series of chalk art designs to be on display along Cleveland Street during a special VIP gallery tour.

On April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum members will be conducting a tour of three galleries in Downtown Clearwater, with local food and beverages at each stop, live local music and talks with gallery owners and the city’s mayor.

Artists will be selected to create chalk art designs that will be on display along Cleveland Street. Each selected artist will create a design in front of each gallery and/or a series of artwork along the route.

Design Theme – The city of Clearwater recently adopted a new brand to highlight its natural beauty and location. The city’s tagline is: Bright and Beautiful • Bay to Beach. The desired artwork and theme should exemplify how the city and Downtown Clearwater are bright and beautiful. The attached map depicts the specific locations of the galleries and the path that the group will travel along from one location to the next.

Compensation – An honorarium of $500 per artist will be provided as compensation for the selected artwork.

Site Background – The specific galleries and locations are:

Galleria Teixeira, 612 Cleveland St.
Marlene Rose, 416 Cleveland St.
Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland St.

Please send your proposal, including a sample of previous work to: by 5 pm Friday, April 6.

City of Clearwater, FL: Clearwater’s Inaugural Bay to Beach Music & Arts Festival Will Bring Top Rated Artists to Coachman Park

The Bay 2 Beach Music & Arts Festival Presented by Coors Light features multi-genre music from a variety of top-rated national recording artists sharing the spotlight with an immersive art experience, all connecting Clearwater from bay to beach. It’s the vision behind Clearwater’s newest Music & Arts Festival taking place April 26-29 at various places including Coachman Park, Clearwater Beach and Downtown Clearwater. There will be a variety of local and national musicians performing, as well as local artists selling and showcasing the arts and culture of Clearwater.

This electrifying weekend gets kick-started at America’s No. 1 beach at 6:30 p.m. with a beach party featuring live music and the Sunsets at Pier 60 festival. Friday night continues with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Blast Friday on April 27 in Downtown Clearwater. Performing on the Cleveland Street stage will be 10,000 Maniacs, one of the most enduring bands from the early “alternative rock” movement. The night’s activities will also include food trucks and vendors serving a variety of food and beverages including wine and beer. Other local artists will also be performing to keep the crowd jamming out and pumped up for the weekend festivities.

On Saturday, April 28, the action moves to Coachman Park along Downtown Clearwater’s beautiful waterfront, where visitors will be treated to live music and an art walk. Andy Grammer is headlining along with top support bands LOCASH and Parachute.

LOCASH – County music duo made up of singer/songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston best known for hits like “I know Somebody,” “I Love This Life” and more. The duo was nominated for Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, Country Music Television (CMT) award for Duo Video of the Year and Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.
Andy Grammer – Singer, songwriter and record producer with well know hits like “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me” and “Honey, I’m Good.” Six of Grammer’s hits are certified gold or better.
On Sunday, April 29, the musical entertainment will be headlined by Hunter Hayes with supporting artists including Jerrod Neimann, Stephanie Quayle and Aubrey Wollett

Hunter Hayes – An American country music singer/songwriter is also multi-instrumental, being proficient at more than 30 instruments. Hayes’ self-titled debut album reached No.7 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top Country Albums. He is best known for hits like “Wanted,” “Invisible,” and more. Hayes has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2012.

Jerrod Neimann – An American country music singer and songwriter, Jerrod Neimann has had 10 Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. Known for hits such as “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want,” “Drink to That All Night,” and more, Neimann has sold more than 20 million albums and downloads.

Stephanie Quayle – Singer/songwriter is known for hits like “Drinking with Dolly,” which topped the CMT Music and Billboard charts, and “Winnebago.” Quayle has also been named “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2017,” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Nate Currin – Described as an artist and a storyteller, Nate Currin has been nominated for an Independent Music Award and four International Music Awards. Currin took home three of those music awards, including “Songwriter of the Year.” Currin is best known for hits like “You and I Are Ghosts,” “Birmingham,” and more.

Don’t miss out on seeing these artists at one of the best venues in Tampa Bay. Tickets start at $20 per day, $30 for the weekend, $40 for pit access and $100 for VIP Seating. Purchase tickets by visiting, and get more information on this festival and other events by visiting

Clearwater seeking service board member

By LOGAN MOSBY, Tampa Bay Newspapers

CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater is seeking a resident to serve upon its Civil Service Board for a three-year term. The Civil Service Board is composed of five members. Two are appointed by the city manager, city employees elect two and those four members appoint the fifth member. Currently, one of the city manager appointments is vacant.

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City Staff to Present Downtown Zoning and Design Standards at Public Meeting

Date: 03/21/2018 1:16 PM

The city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department staff will host a public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at the Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., in Downtown Clearwater, on updates to the Downtown Zoning District and the Downtown Design Standards. 

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will also present strategies on the implementation of the Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan. 

The Downtown Zoning District and Downtown Design Standards specify the criteria for regulating uses, building placement, building height, parking and vehicle circulation, pedestrian and landscape improvement and building façade design standards. 

The Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan presents a long-term vision for Downtown Clearwater and includes an implementation plan with the goal of making existing properties and buildings more viable while preserving the Downtown Clearwater character. 

For more information, contact Kyle Brotherton, senior planner with the city of Clearwater, at (727) 562-4626 or or Amanda Thompson, the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, at (727) 562-4072 or


Clearwater alarm ordinance updated

TBN Weekly


CLEARWATER – As it works to achieve its second-century goals, the city has updated its security alarm system ordinance to reflect the new digitization of the program.

Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter appeared before the Clearwater City Council on March 12 at City Hall to seek approval for the amendments to the ordinance, which requires all owners of a security alarm system for which city police officers must respond in case of a break-in.

The city requires that all residents and business owners who have a security alarm system to register with the police department. For the past 20 years, the police department had handled all permits and registrations manually.

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Evidence of Tampa Bay Area’s growing tech hub: Clearwater counts 50 tech companies, 2K jobs

83 Degrees
Tiffany Razzano | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

With Clearwater Beach consistently rated one of America’s top beaches — visitors and residents don’t often immediately identify the city as a tech haven. It’s a long way from Seattle and Silicon Valley, after all.

What many people don’t realize is that Clearwater is home to two strong Tech Districts with more than 50 IT/software companies between the two areas that have created about 2,100 jobs.

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