City of Seminole – Citizens Academy 2018 Graduates!


May I present the Graduates of the 2018 Serminole Citizens Academy?! Ta Da!
Six weeks, every Wednesday evening for 2 hours – attendees received behind the scenes overviews
of the City-SPC Library, Public Works, PCSO, Recreation , Fire-Rescue, Administration, Council and Community Development

All attendees received an A+ & a
Seminole Citizens Academy Certificate! :)

Seminole Citizens Academy 2018

Seminole Council – Home Rule, Safe Schools, 5-22-2018

Both Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters and Councilor Thom Barnhorn were recognized by the Florida League of Cities for their tireless advocacy of “Constitutional Home Rule.” They earned the designation of “2018 Home Rule Hero.” Bottom-line of Home Rule – “Hey, Tallahassee, Florida Legislature, mind your own business… cities can handle their trees, expense accounts and reserves. Please keep your attention on Statewide issues!”  :)

Peggy O’Shea, Vice Chair, Pinellas County School Board, provided an excellent overview of the
2018 Safe Schools legislation on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Thanks, Ms. O’Shea!

.Home Rule Certificate 2018Peggy O'Shea, Vice Chair, PCS, Safe School presentation, 5-22-2018

Teacher Extraordinaire Mrs. Deborah Love – Retires after 45 years!


On Saturday, May 5, 20128, Mayor Waters attended a retirement party for Osceola Middle School teacher Ms. Deborah Love. Ms. Love was presented a Key to the City of Seminole in recognition of her wonderful 45 year career as a supreme educator!

I had tears in my eyes of awe and admiration during the hour tribute to her. Students, parents, faculty, administrators, a pastor, a Kiwanian  a n d  her mother…all shared memories and gave thanks to her for her inspiration, her teaching style, patience and love of teaching. Her favorite grade level – 8th graders!

Best wishes and happy retirement. Ms. Love, you deserve it! Onward with your husband to travels, fun and reinvention!

Seminole Hurricane Seminar 2018 – Low winds, High Info!

This was the most successful, organized and well-attended Seminole Hurricane Seminar of 4 we have held! Over 100 attendees filled the room. Standing-room only! City of Seminole, CERT,  Coast Guard Aux., Pinellas County, staffed displays and tables.

Dedicated City Staff addressed the Hurricane Irma pre-and post event issues, such as debris removal; a gentleman with knowledge on tieing down boats before the storm spoke; and the importance of registering “special needs” folks was covered, current evacuation thinking was reviewed, and we were all reminded to get prepared NOW for the 2018 Hurricane season,  June 1-November 30, 2018.

Once again Julie Phillips, WFLA, Meterologist, was the Keynote Speaker, providing the hurricane outlook for 2018. She reminded us to: “RUN from the water (floods, storm surge); and HIDE wind!” Thanks, Julie. We always appreciate your expereince and expertise!

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Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, 1:00pm

Mark your calendar: Please join me “under the tent” on Monday, May 28, 1:00 pm at Sanctuary Gardens, 7950 131st (across from Spotos), west Seminole, for my Memorial Day presentation. This annual event at Santuary Gardens is a nice alternative to the crowds at the Bay Pines ceremony. We will remember and we will salute the brave men and women who have answered the call, defending the strength of our country. Through their selfless sacrifices, we continue to live in a place known as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Memorial Day - anything I have forgot, cartoon

Memorial Day cartoon #8

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) – Be a voice for children!

GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION“   Be my voice. Change my story.” 

Please volunteer to be a Guardian ad Litem. The Court would appoint you to represent a child’s best interest when there are divorce or parental rights and responsibilities cases. You would be the Voice of the child before the Judge! So important!

A shiny blue & silver Pin Wheel Garden has been “planted” @ the Seminole Recreation Complex for the month of May 2018, in tribute to the Guardian ad Litem program.

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City of Seminole Fiscally Sound, 2017

Peter Schatzel, a partner in the accounting firm of Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P.A., after 300 hours hours reviewing city records, presented to Council on April 24, 2018, a presentation summarizing his findings. “I’m pleased to say that of all the cities that we have audited for any length of time, the city of Seminole is one of the best, well administered cities that we have had the opportunity to be associated with as auditors.” said Mr. Schatzel.

He continued,”Part of the reason for this (solid) financial position is because of the Council’s patience when planning (big) project(s) of some consequence. Instead of going out to get a lot of money (debt!), you save for it.” 

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Seminole Council presents Grants, 5-8-2018

Seminole Interfaith Food Pantry on Starkey Rd – Ron Stone, Executive Director, accepts grant to put toward food items for the clients of the food pantry.

Neighborly Care Network -Mona Allen, President/CEO & Sandi Narron, Marketing Director, accept a grant for the Meals on Wheels Program.

Seminole Council grant to Ron Stone, Executive Director,  Interfaith Food Pantry, 5-8-18 Seminole Council grant, President-CEO, Mona Allen & Sandi Narron, Neighborly Care Network,  5-8-2018