July 18th meeting treats attendees to the exotic wonders of
the Brooker Creek Preserve
Join us at 6:30pm for a fun filled evening to tour and learn
about this natural wonder in our own back yard.
Directions to the Brooker Creek Preserve Education Center are available by
June 20th EMS Forum draws 60 citizens from the area to
hear County's plans for restructuring.
The forum held at the East Lake Lutheran
Church Fellowship Hall brought an exciting discussion by your
government representatives on the County Budget for next
year, the results of the EMS study and possible property tax
increases looming for county residents.
Joining us were County Commissioners, Chair Susan Latvala
and Neil Brickfield, the
County Administrator Bob LaSala and Asst. County
Administrator Moe Freaney who discussed the recent EMS study
and the proposed changes relating to next years budgets.
May 16th Legislative Session Update & Student Essay
Join us to hear Senator Mike Fasano and Representative
Peter Nehr and others discuss the 2011 State Legislatures
actions both good and bad. Have an opportunity to hear what
happened and ask questions of your legislators.
We will also present the awards for the Palm Harbor
Student Essay contest launched in April. There will be over
$1,400 in prizes given away to 4 categories of students in
grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12. For more details on the
contest and to learn how to enter
Learn about the 2011 All or None Annexation
Bill for East Lake & Community Overlays
Join us for an informative meeting that
will discuss the All or None Annexation bill being
introduced in the State Legislature during the 2011 session
in Tallahassee. Also learn about the effects of the
community overlay in the 1st public forum of 2011. The East
Lake Tarpon Community Overlay is scheduled to be presented
to the county commission in April / May.
CNCN Holds Annual Members
Meeting and Board Elections Monday January 17th 7pm.
Join in the annual membership meeting where the board of
directors will review the accomplishments and challenges of
2010 an set the vision for 2011. Lots of great things are
beginning to happen in north Pinellas County and the Ozona,
Crystal Beach, Palm Harbor and East Lake areas are beginning
to get noticed by the county and state legislators in a
The nominating committee has published a slate of
nominees for the board and the membership will have an
opportunity to vote for the 2011 directors at the meeting.
County Commission Town Hall meeting held
at East Lake Woodlands November 15th.
East Lake Woodlands Country Club is
the host for the County Commission's visit to the
unincorporated area of northern Pinellas County. Join the
CNCN Board and the County Commissioners in an old fashioned
town meeting to discuss issues of importance to our areas'
residents. There will be presentations by CNCN and the
Commissioners and time for public Q & A.
Official Launch of East Lake Tarpon
Community Overlay & ELYSA Sports Forum held October 25th at
Lutheran Church in East Lake.
CNCN Board of Directors officially unveils
the 1st draft of theCommunity Overlay document for East Lake. This
document will be presented to the Board of County
Commissioners for inclusion in the County's Comprehensive
Plan as a guideline for any changes that will effect the
East Lake area in a few months. Input from everyone residing
in the East Lake area is strongly needed to gain consensus
on what's important. In addition there was a
discussion forum to stakeholders in the East Lake Youth
Sports complex to gain consensus on where to build the
expansion fields, what they should look like and how to find
funding to pay for them.
Click here to review the Overlay
Candidates Forum held September 20th with
State, County & Local offices. Baynews
9 Senior Anchor Al Ruechel moderated a vibrant candidates
forum at the East Lake Lutheran Church. Candidates for State
House of Representatives District 48 Peter Nehr and Tom
McKone helped education the public on which one would be the
best choice. A few sparks flew during the County Commission
District 4 race between incumbent Susan Latvala and
challenger Bob Hackworth over their approach to handling the
budget shortfalls. And the candidates for East Lake Tarpon
Fire Commissioner helped the attendees understand what the
commissioners do and why they each should be elected. The
forum was attended by over 150 people from the northern
Pinellas County area.
Election Amendments Forum held
Monday August 16th 7pm. CNCN held a
forum for a public
information discussion on this years key amendments. We
descriptions of each the 9 proposed amendments. In addition
there were lively pros &
cons discussions from experts for Amendments 4, 5, and 6.
For Amendment 4 Chris Giuliana, attorney in Dunedin provided
the Pro position and Kathleen Peters VP at Clearwater
Chamber provided the position against. Susan Smith from
provided information of 5 & 6.
Sports & Recreation Public Forum
held July 19th
about youth sports and recreation facilities and programs
for the children in northern Pinellas County attended this public forum on Monday July 19th at 7pm
at the Crescent Oaks Country Club. The forum brought the
stakeholders together in a moderated forum setting to
discuss how to provide better facilities and programs for
the youth in north Pinellas County. Members of the ELYSA
board of directors, Commissioner Latvala, County Parks,
Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, YMCA, and Tampa Bay
Buccaneers and CNCN directors were in attendance. Positive
progress was made and a committee formed to expedite the
process of forming a consensus and developing a workable
plan to solve this decades old issue. Please contact CNCN
representative Don Ewing
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer on
Candidates Forum held June 21st
showcased candidates in the primary
elections who will represent Northern Pinellas County. Over
75 attendees listened to candidates for House district 48,
County Commission district 4, School Board and East Lake
Fire Commission. CNCN Board and the public joined in a moderated
event to help you get to know the candidates and find
answers to how they will represent the interests of our
Click here for more information.
"What I like
about living and growing up in East
Lake" Essay Contest a HUGE SUCCESS.
gave out 12 awards to the top 3 essays in elementary and
High school grades on Monday May 17th at East Lake High
School. Representative Nehr and Senator Fasano along with
the school principles handed out the awards to the kids.
Awards ranged from $300 scholarships to Astro Skate party
for 20. All the kids and their parents had a great time.
Post a question or comment on our community
blog by clicking
someone you know would ask you to define what it's like to
live in East Lake what would you say? CNCN's board of
directors wants to know how you define East Lake. What
differentiates the quality of life in East Lake from other
areas of the county? What are the unique characteristics of
East Lake? What prompted you to move here vs. Palm Harbor,
Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St Pete, Oldsmar, Tampa, etc.?.
Click here to submit
your definition of what East Lake is.
Now 20,000 strong.
CNCN is already actively involved in:
Building Stronger Communities 2010:
Generating interest in communities to be a part of a larger
group to share common goals and ideas. Join us for monthly
meetings to discuss how you can work with other communities
in your area on issues of common interest.
Help design a Community Overlay for
East Lake to help define the quality of life standards
for this area of 33,000 residents. A new committee has been
formed to help gather information on this important project
to be voted on by all East Lake communities and submitted to
the county Planning Department to be included in the
County's Comprehensive Plan. Participate today!
Click here to join the committee.
As a Way to Recognize and Protect Local Community
here for more information on Community Overlays from
Pinellas County. For more information on the Tierra Verde
Additional Areas of Involvement:
Initiative to "Protect the borders of the
area known as East Lake" from annexation by surrounding
cities. We are working with the State Legislature to draft new
legislation to provide an "all or nothing" requirement for
any future annexation attempt. This important document was submitted to the
state legislature for the 2010 session.
Working with the County for alternative
solutions for the much needed sports fields in North County.
Update 01/31/10 We are working with SWFWMD and the
County to move the parking to an adjacent vacant field to
provide better safety for the children a more space. Update
11/06/08: CNCN publishes
"Study for Active Recreation Facilities in East Lake"
paper to help everyone understand what's happening.
We are working with the residents of
Tarpon Woods with the flooding
they have experienced for decades. Update 11/2010:
SWFWMD and Pinellas County jointly fund $1.9 million for
much needed improvements. Construction to begin early
County begins construction on the Keystone /
Tarpon Avenue widening project. Update 07/2010:
County has begun preliminary road and survey work for the
Formed an alliance with Clearwater
Neighborhood Coalition (CNC) to work together on issues
affected Pinellas County.
Supported CONA St.
Petersburg efforts related to the newly proposed Rays
Stadium in downtown St. Pete.