Pinellas County Sheriff’s Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, 11-30-2017

This year’s “Sock it to the Mayor” sock drive was hugely successful with 600 pairs of socks donated by generous citizens of Seminole. Socks have been given to Operation: Military Matters, for The Troops; to PEMHS Mental Health; Seminole Interfaith Food Pantry, and today I dropped off 100 pairs to the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter.

Two pictures: #1 -The entrance to Safe Harbor off of 49th Street in Largo; and #2-  Jewel Murphy, Social Worker at Pinellas Safe Harbor gladly accepting the socks! I have known Jewell for 7 years, ever since I started bringing my USFSP and Eckerd College local government classes there on a class field trips.

Entrance to Safe Harbor, 11-30-2017Mayor Leslie Waters, Jewel Murphy & Socks,  11-30-2017 (1 +)

The Annual City Hall Invasion of the 4th Graders, 10-20-2017

Approximately sixty 4th graders, 3 classes, from the Indian Rocks Christian School took over the City Council Chamber on Friday, October 20, 2017!  “Good Morning, Mayor,” Firefighter demonstration, Mock Council Meeting was conducted, group picture, Deputy visit, a c o o l fire engine and much more filled a 2-hour event! Great group of students, inquisitive and polite  -  thanks to Teacher Michelle DiFrancisco, and other teachers and parents!  2017Mayor Waters greeting 4th graders at City Hall, 10-20-2017Bunker gear on.4th Graders, IRCC, Group picture, 10-20-2017

“Million Letters Campaign,” Seminole Historical Museum, 7:00 pm, 11-16 – 2017

The “Million Letters Campaign” is an initiative sponsored by Chapman University.

Guest Speaker, Historian, Andrew Carroll to seek out and preserve at least one million war-related correspondences from every conflict in U.S. history, from handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Seminole Historical Museum, City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd   

Free; contributions appreciated.


2017 Field of Honor, In Honor For Those Who Served.

This Field of Honor is something to behold! In front of Seminole City Hall; Partnership of  The City & Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole.For the entire month of November. 210 American Flag flying in honor of those who have served our country. I sponsored one for my father, Bill Sampson, WWII, Navy; & one for Al Waters,Viet Nam, Army. Happy Veterans Day 2017. God Bless America!

Field of Honor, 3rd annual, Nov. 2017

Seminole Waterfront Park Phase 1 – Kayak Canoe Launch, 11-4-2017

It has been five years in the planning and executing, and finally Saturday, November 4, 2017, we had a Ribbon Cutting of Phase #1 of the Seminole Waterfront Park, Inaugural Kayak Canoe Launch! What a sparkling Saturday in Seminole. Pictured below – Becky Gunter, Recreation Director & Board, Seminole City Council, Recreation Board and City Manager Deal. Surf’s-Up on the Bayou!

Seminole Waterfront Park, Kayak-Canoe Launch, 11-4-201723231216_1748072875225259_8395571213296827554_nBecky & Rec. Board, 11-4-2017Seminole Waterfront Park Phase 1 Ribbon Cutting at Kayak launch, 11-4-2017

2017 Field of Honor Ceremony @ Seminole City Hall, 11-2-2017

Our third annual Field of Honor, with 210 American Flags will be displayed the entire month of November in front of Seminole City Hall. It is a breathtaking and patriotic sight to behold.  The City and the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole have partnered on this initiative again this year. Each flag is sponsored for “someone who has served our great country.”

Seminole Honor Guard opened the proceedings; Keynote Speaker – Col. Eero R. Keravuori, US Army, CENTCOM, MacDill AFB; Opening Comments, State Representative Larry Ahern, USAF; Invocation, Captain Stanley Beach, Navy; Kiwanian Loren C. Price, US Army, led  the Pledge of Allegiance.   God Bless America!

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Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Fundraiser, October 2017

Mayor Leslie Waters and the Seminole Jr. Women’s Club partnered for a Pancake Breakfast held at the new Seminole Applebee’s to raise money for the Guardian ad Litem of Pinellas County. We raised a   c o o l   $700. This money will go toward necessities for children in foster care. Club members served and cleared tables. The Mayor was the official greater. Then Kathi Mackenstein, President of the Seminole Jr. Women’s Club, and I, met with Amy Foster, Executive Director of the GAL Foundation/and St. Petersburg City Councilman, for the check presentation! Amy was pleased! Thanks for your support of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL)!

Seminole Applebees @ sunrise, 10-21-2017Seminole Jr. Womens Club group pix, Applebees, Pancakes, 10-21-2017Mayor greeting pancake fans, 10-21-2017Kathi Mackenstein &, LW & Amy Foster,GAL Foundation, $700,  10-31-2017-1



Florida Roadside Attractions, 10-25-2017

At the invitation of the Seminole Historical Museum, James “Zach” Zaharias, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017,  provided a fun and terrific “road trip” with his presentation on “Florida: The Land of Lost Attractions,” highlighting many of Florida’s past roadside attractions. Mr. Zaharias is employed with the Museum of Arts and Sciences, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, in Daytona Beach. Michele Abramo, President, Seminole Historical Society, welcomed a packed audience; Jeff Etter displayed the 2018 Seminole Historical Society calendar ($10 each). Good for gifts &/or door prizes!

Michele's Opening Comments, 10-25-2017  (1)Jeff & 2018 SHS Calendar, 10-25-2017  (2)Florida Land of Lost Attractions,  10-25-2017  (4)Roadside Attractions,  Floridfa Reptile Land, 10-25-2017  (8)Bongo Land,Six Gun Territory,Roadside Attractions, Webb City,  10-25-2017  (16)Roadside Attractions, Great attendance, 10-25-2017  (12)

Successful Sock Drive ends for 2017

Once again THANKS for the generosity of so many citizens in the City of Seminole for donating socks to the “Sock it to the Mayor” sock drive! We collected hundreds of pairs of all sorts of socks that will be given to Operation Military Matters, Interfaith Food Pantry, PEMHS Mental Health, and several local churches. It is always nice to put on a new pair of warm, clean and sharp lookin’ socks! Right?

Pictured below: Seminole Gardens residents (L) and Michele Abramo, President, Seminole Historical Society. Also, over the past several months socks were placed in a drop box at City Hall. Seminole Gardens Socks, 9-9-2017SHS socks, 10-25-2017

TB Reporter, Guest Columnist, Hurricane Irma & City of Seminole, October 2017


Tampa Bay Reporter does not endorse or otherwise take an editorial position on any topic. However, we do welcome opinions. editorials, columns and other articles from others. This week, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters praises the response from her city’s employees and residents before, during and after Hurricane Irma.

By LESLIE WATERS, Mayor of Seminole, Guest Columnist

SEMINOLE – Well, Hurricane Irma disrupted just about everything in the city of Seminole a month ago, except our community spirit.

I am pleased at how our “big-little” city came together before-during-and-after Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, we took Irma seriously by preparing our own homes and businesses, looking after others, evacuating as recommended, and generally putting our lives on hold for days and days.

As mayor, I am proud of the enthusiastic and positive attitudes of 142 city employees, including the Seminole EOC [emergency operations] team, scores of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers and sheriff’s deputies working around the clock to help put our city back together again.

Despite many city buildings not having electricity, employees were assigned to recovery efforts throughout the city including, raking, sweeping, responding to citizen inquiries, clearing parks and roads of debris, handing out informational flyers in neighborhoods and along major streets, transporting special needs residents from shelters back home; delivering ice, acting as liaisons to Duke Energy, FEMA, Waste Management, and Ashbritt debris hauler.

While driving throughout the neighborhoods, speaking to residents, I witnessed neighbors-helping-neighbors. I heard of new friendships with neighbors, dinners being shared, and saw residents expressing appreciation of the linesmen by giving them cold bottles of water. The Appreciation Cookout for 400 linemen at Seminole High School with more than 1,000 people in attendance was heartwarming…and fun.  I stopped at shops along Seminole Boulevard that had no power, but were conducting business the best they could.

The first weeks of September were stressful for us all.  But somehow we managed; and, yes not without tears by some and impatience by others. But you know, I have always said that Seminole is a caring and giving city, and we proved it once again in the face of Irma!

So bye bye, Irma, don’t even think of bringing your rain bands and strong winds to Seminole again!

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