Clearwater Beach Association

Welcome to the New Updated CBA Web Site!
 



last update on 10/4/2013




Minutes & By-Laws




 

 

 

 

Beach News: 

This page highlights a bit of information about:

Want to contact the police about something - updated November 2012
2012 council candidate forum on Clearwater Beach
Family Fun Fest On Beach Walk - October 24 & 25, 2009
Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center/Library
Clearwater Beach  homes of the quarter - updated Summer 2010
Clearwater Beach Neighborhood of the Quarter - Summer 2010
Sandy Britton crowned Mrs. Clearwater Beach
CAN, Clearwater's Awards for Neighborhoods
Want to make a complaint to the city?
2nd annual golf tournament
Short Term Rental status
- updated Fall 2010
How to sign up for weather event warning
Bellaire on Short Term Rentals
Acacia Circle
CBA membership application
CBA monthly meetings

Contact the police
To report anything suspicious, call the non emergency number 562-4242 and press zero ... or you can send a text message to TIP 411 CWPD.

For emergencies dial 911.

For detailed information about the many services offered online check out the police web page at ... http://www.clearwaterpolice.org/

 

Council Candidate forum
City Council Update:  The CBA hosted a forum and invited all of the candidates to come speak and take questions on Wednesday January 11, 7 PM at the Beach Recreation Center. Turn out was about 65 folks.

And then the election took place on January 31, 2012

New council comes to Clearwater: On February 13th the City of Clearwater will get a new mayor and two new city council members. George Cretekos will become our new mayor and Doreen DiPolito and Jay Polglaze will become our newest council members and will join Bill Jonson and Paul Gibson on the dais. Clearwater voters rejected referendum items that would have extended council member term limits from two to three terms and increasing the scheduling time of when the Charter Review Committee meets. The citizens did approve the referendum item requiring the city to publicize when its annual audit will be released.

Thank you Mayor Frank Hibbard and Council Member John Doran for serving the citizens of Clearwater. Best wishes and congratulations to Clearwater's new mayor and council members, and the seasoned ones too!
 

Family Fun Fest fund raiser
Tampa Bay Harvest, Clearwater Beach Association and the city of Clearwater sponsored the first annual Family Fun Fest on Clearwater Beach, Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25.

The 2 day event featured: arts, crafts, entertainment, food, and beverages with a focus on the entire family. For detailed information on participating, volunteering, sponsorship, and just coming out and having fun, visit the web site at www.familyfunfest.net


 

Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center/Library
A non profit group of volunteers that was formed in 2007 to save the Beach Recreation Center and Library.  The mission of the group is to support programs that will increase the utilization of the Beach Recreation Center and Library.  Recently the "Friends ..." purchased a flat screen TV and Wii system for the center.

 

The city responded by consolidating the library into the Recreation Center building on Bay Esplanade.  The new Beach library opened in spring 2008.  The Recreation Center has since been renovated and includes a new state of art exercise room.

 

 

 

 

 

The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Beach Recreation Center.

Folks are welcome to come and share ideas and or volunteer to help achieve the mission.  E-mails to the president (Pat Power) will also work. To check out and participate in Current activities and programs ... go to the  Beach Recreation Center and Library web page.

 

 

 

 


Clearwater Beach Homes of the Quarter

Summer 2010  The picturesque home of Joe and Nu Ciucevich on 736 Bruce is the summer 2010 home of the quarter.  Joe and Nu have spent hours and hours to achieve their desired result ... a beautifully landscaped home here on the Beach.

           
 

 
 

 

Spring 2008 ...The beautiful home of Susan Dean on Bay Esplanade ...       Where Susan does the landscaping and design.  Great to have talent like Susan.

                       


 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2008 ...Clearwater's home of the first quarter 2008 is right here on the Beach!The home of Ray and Gerda Massieu at 817 Bruce
was number uno for the quarter.  Congratulations to Ray and Gerda for deciding to build here on the Beach in the late 1990s.

 

 

 

 

 

First quarter, 2007 ...  The home of Ross and Florence on Bruce was built in the late 1940's.  Ross and Florence redesigned the house, added all kind of things and came in number one for the quarter.  Congratulations to Ross and Flo.  Wonder who did all the work ... Ross or Flo?

 

 

 

North Clearwater Beach - Neighborhood of the quarter, Summer 2010
Sue Johnson, president of the CBA accepted the Neighborhood of the Quarter award at the September 2010 City Council meeting.  She explained that the award reflects the council thinking the CBA for its contributions towards making the city a great place to live, work, and play.


            


Sandy Britton was crowned Mrs. Clearwater Beach on September 8, 2007 at the Hilton Hotel. 

Sandy was selected by the Clinique for Aesthetic and Natural Denistry of Jonathan J. Bromboz DDS PA for this prestigious honor.  The picture on the left is with her husband, Jack and dear friend, Raye ... the picture on the right are a few of her supporters.  Sandy was chosen for her outstanding contribution to the community of Clearwater Beach.  Sandy and her family have been residents of the beach since 1995 ... and have been involved in many activities which have contributed to improving the community since moving here.  Congratulations Sandy!  Check out the Tampa Bay online paper.

 

 

CAN ... Clearwater Awards for Neighborhoods, sponsored by the city of Clearwater Two years in a row ... The CBA and its members have done some good things ...On October 11, 2008 the Neighborhood Services Group sponsored the CAN picnic and presented the awards for 2008.  The CBA received 2 awards, Most Attendance at City meetings/Training ... and second place for the Mayor's Award of Excellence.

A very special thank you to all the CBA volunteers who made winning the awards possible...job well done! 

There were 255 CBA volunteering activities that resulted in over 10,000 hours helping to improve the quality of life some where in Clearwater over the last year. Check out the CAN web site for more details.

 

Want to make a complaint to the city?  Complaints can be anonymous and can be made on the telephone (562-4720) or on the computer using C-TRACS.

 

CBA and the Clearwater Community Sailing Center's 2nd annual Golf Tournament.  Was Played  at East  Lake Woodlands Country Club on October 29, 2007  .... There were 88 players supported by 20 plus volunteers.  CBA's share of the proceeds in 2006 and 2007 will go to support food gathering activities with Tampa Bay Harvest. There was no golf tournament for 2008, hope to get it cranked buck up in 2009.                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Short Term Rentals ... A brief history in time!
Summary Judgment Hearing on January 18, 2006... Albrittion vs City of Clearwater, was conducted by the Honorable Judge Khouzam.  On February 1, 2006 Judge Khouzam denied the city's motion for dismissal. 

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n late March 2006 the Judge ordered both  parties into mediation ... The first mediation session took place on May 25, 2006 ... Mediator Ferguson thought progress had taken place so he extended the mediation process for another 45 days.  7/7/2006, the mediation process failed ...
so, in early September 2006 Judge Khouzam set the trial date for February 2007.
 
November 29, 2006 the court held a hearing  and ruled that neighborhood complaints about short term rentals would not be admitted.  A status conference will take place on January 18, 2007 with both parties and then trial dates will be set! 
The parties got together on January 18th and the trial date set for April 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The courtroom will be one of those adjacent to Judge Khouzam's chambers.
 
The trial started and ended on April 3, 2007.   Judge Khouzam  aims to have a ruling around mid April, 2007.

On April 20, 2007 the Judge publisher her ruling.  The court found that neither the 1980 nor the 1999 city codes prohibited short-term rentals in that they did not provide sufficient notice to the public that this particular use was prohibited.  She also found that all of the plaintiffs' properties were offered for use as short-term rentals prior to the adoption of the 2003 ordinance.  Therefore she found that the short-term rental uses on the 31 listed properties are established nonconforming lawful uses entitled to grandfather status. She did find that the "continued nonconforming use must comply with the terms set forth in the applicable City Code", in other words, they may not be expanded, etc. 
On May 3, 2007 the City Council voted 5 to 0 to appeal the ruling ... so the appeal process is underway.

The brief filing process started in July 2007 and concluded in September. The trial date was set for November 28, 2007 ... to take place at the Courthouse in Lakeland beginning at 9:30 AM.  Each side will be given 20 minutes to argue their case ... then a written opinion from the court of appeals normally takes  a couple of months.
December 11, 2007 ... The Second District Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the Circuit Court.  The 31 listed properties continue short term rentals. 
And now some more of the story:
April 2008 ... The legal department grants non conforming status to 779 Eldorado.  Now 32 STR properties.
April 2010 ... 735 Eldorado goes through the administrative process and is granted non conforming status ... now 33 STR properties.
June 2010
... 172 Devon, 976 Mandalay, and 1044 Bay Esplanade successfully sues the city and is granted non conforming status ... now 36 STR properties.
June 2010 ... 831 Eldorado notified by the community Development Coordinator that he had lost nonconformity status by virtue of discontinuance for a period of six months ... now 35 STR properties.
July 2012 ... 831 Eldorado filed a civil complaint and in July 2012 the court reinstated the non conforming status.  So again there are 36 STR properties
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Weather events, spills, terror threats or attacks ... Emergency text messages are easy to get .. on a cell phone, pager, Blackberry, ... anything that receives a text message ... just call 1.888.689.8905 and register the device that you want to receive emergency text messages .. it's that easy and it is free.

Belleair on short term rentals ... check it out 

 

Acacia Circle ...                                                           
Check out the  landscaping next time you are driving through the little  round about ...thanks to  Pat Murphy and Susanne Macnamee for making it happen.                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

CBA membership ...    good time to join the Clearwater Beach Association ...One year at $25 per family  .. what a deal .. check the bottom of the page to make it happen.              

 

2013 CBA Meetings:
All CBA meetings are at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center.  The first Tuesday of every month starting at 6:00PM.

2013 Meetings.

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 9

May 7

June 4

July - no meeting

August - no meeting

September 3

October 1

November 5

December ?? .. annual meeting

     

To Join:

Become a member of the Clearwater Beach Association.   Annual dues are $25.00.  Our Membership form is available in Adobe  PDF format by clicking: Download Membership Form.

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