Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit helped distribute holiday food to families in need.
Ethel Langgath received a welcome holiday present on Dec. 21, when Deputy William Lawson delivered a box filled with a ham and all the trimmings to her Largo home. "It helps me tremendously. I have an 18-month-old great-great granddaughter and an 18-year-old great granddaughter living with me," she said. In its ninth year, a community effort brought holiday meals to 63 families in time for Christmas. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies in the Community Policing Department delivered the meals to homes in the greater Largo area. The Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club, and Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue donated money they raised to help with the purchase of the holiday meals. Publix provided the meals at a reduced cost…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
During the last 12 days before Christmas, Largo Patch will share gift ideas from local businesses each day to help wrap up your holiday shopping.
Enjoy the surf and sand at nearby Indian Rocks Beach? The Island Shop sells a great selection of paddle boards, skim boards, skate boards, sandals, hats, sunglasses, swim suits and pretty much anything one needs for a relaxing or active day at the beach. During December people often buy stand-up paddle boards as a family Christmas gift, said Island Shop owner, Larry Garrison. Other popular holiday gifts are skateboards, sandals, and gift cards for paddle board rentals or lessons, Garrison said. Want to read about other local places to shop? Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to get our headlines delivered to your inbox or smartphone, for free! If you go to the Island Shop:
Friday, December 21, 2012
The National Weather Service is reporting a high risk of rip currents and a high surf today across West, Central and Southwest Florida.
Tampa Bay boaters and beach goers are being warned of coastal hazazrds that include the risk of rip currents, high surf and rough seas. The cold temps definitely are not a day for sun bathing but wind surfers might consider this ideal weather. They may want to reconsider. The forecast is for rough surf, large breaking waves and strong undertows. The National Weather Service is warning that a high pressure system and strong northwest winds over the Gulf of Mexico may result in rip currents and long-shore currents. The hazard warning extends to 7 p.m. tonight for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Beach goers are urged to use extreme caution and to heed lifeguard warnings. Want to read more local news? Sign up for the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Geminids is on its way for a lively show over the Florida Gulf beaches. Why not head out to Indian Rocks Beach or another sandy perch to watch the 'shooting stars'?
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Geminid meteor shower 2012 is the final major meteor shower of every year. This one will be a masterpiece. It will peak overnight Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 against the backdrop of a moonless night. Florida residents, living near the Pinellas beaches, should be in store for quite a show. The new moon falls on Dec. 13, when the showers peak. December's moon also is a supermoon, or the closest new moon of the year. What does this mean for coastal residents? Well, the gravitational pull of the sun and moon can create extremely low and high tides in the same day. Back to the Germinids. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Remember the Perseid …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The American and Italian-style eatery on Walsingham Road, where Largo and Indian Rocks Beach meet, has found prosperity in this tough economy by featuring a menu that's affordable and has something for every taste.
For almost seven years, Savory Restaurant, a full-service, family-operated, eatery at 12881 Walsingham Rd., east of the Publix Shopping Center near Vonn Road, has built a loyal customer base by living up to its name. Ava Lagoudakis said she and her family, who have been restaurateurs for more than 40 years, “love the business. I live and breathe it; it’s in my blood and it's what I do. “We pride ourselves at having homemade breakfast, lunch and dinners prepared from the freshest ingredients,” she said. She noted they have no managers, because one of her family members are always at the restaurant, whether it be her mom, Jamie; dad, Gus; brother, Mike; or his wife, Tina. Ava Lagoudakis, who was born in Chicago, said her family started out …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated $16,700 to purchase a vehicle to help rescue people along local beaches.
If someone is injured on Indian Rocks Beach, how does rescue personnel get to them? The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently donated $16,700 to Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue to purchase a vehicle that can go on the beach and help. "We are a beach community with over eight miles of coastline. We don't typically drive a fire truck on the beach," said Fire Chief Robert Polk of Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue. "For years and years, we had to move people sometimes hundreds and hundreds of yards by hand (on a stretcher). Now we can go on the beach," Polk said. The new Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) and Medilite Transport Deluxe System allows the fire department to navigate sandy terrain. The back of the UTV has a special area for the …
By Land or by sea, many parade options are available around Largo this holiday season.
Want to get into the holiday spirit by watching the twinkling lights on the water or cheering for a favorite float around town? Here's a look at several holiday parades around the Largo area. Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Boat Parade: The Indian Rocks Beach parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and ends off Harbor Drive North. For information on the parade or to sign up to participate, call Randy Schwab at (727) 595-6889, Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Indian Rocks Beach Street Parade: The land parade starts at Holiday Inn Harbourside and winds through the streets of Indian Rocks Beach to Indian Rocks Beach City Hall. Refreshments are served and children can visit with Santa. The parade starts Dec…
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Taste of Indian Rocks Beach will be offering food from Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants on Saturday, November 3.
With the huge amount of great restaurants in nearby Indian Rocks Beach, its hard to decide where to eat on the beach sometimes. Well, at the Taste of Indian Rocks Beach, you can have it all. The Taste of Indian Rocks Beach is going on Saturday, November 3 at Chic-A-Si Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature food from more than 20 restaurants. The Taste of IRB is set up much like the Taste of Pinellas on a smaller scale. Restaurants will bring out a sampling of their menus so visitors at the event can try out multiple restaurants in one area. In addition to the food, there will be live music throughout the day and beer from Crabby Bill's and wine from Slyce pizza bar. The full list of restaurants coming out is: Also, the Pinellas …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Indian Rocks Beach will be having their MADD Dash 5K Friday, October 5.
Lots of people like to walk on Indian Rocks Beach, but this Friday, they'll be doing it for a purpose. Indian Rocks Beach will hosting the MADD Dash 5K this Friday at 6 p.m. The MADD Dash is a run organized by the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Proceeds from the event will go to support the group and their programs. People will be allowed to watch along the route, which starts at the 17th Avenue Beach Park, and join in with festivities that include a mini-taste and a safety fair. For those looking for something more leisurely, there's also the Walk like MADD that is going on at the same time. It costs $20 to register for either of the events. On site registration begins at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sand or pavement? Adam Chance of Indian Rocks Beach Bicycle goes over a couple things that people should think about when buying a bike.
Biking out on the beach is one of the many popular recreational activities on the beach. Sooner or later, you may want to get a bicycle for going out and Adam Chance, owner of Indian Rocks Beach Cycle, has given a few helpful hints on figuring out what kind of bike to get. The first thing to figure out is if you’re going to be riding around on sand, as well as the pavement, Chance said. “If you do want to ride on the beach during sunset or anytime, you want to get a beach cruiser or mountain bike size wheel, 26 inch and wide,” Chance said. For those looking to go anywhere on the sand, Fat sand bikes have three and a half inch to four inch wide tires fly anywhere across the sand, not just where it’s tightly packed by the water. “They’re …