Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The trail is marked with yellow diamonds and arrows and posts at road crossings. With Alexander Springs recreation park located at the north end of the trail and Clearwater Lake is located at the south end there is plenty of parking and restroom facilities. To ride the trail there is no fee but to use the facilities at Alexander Springs and Clearwater Lake there are fees.
So if your the type looking for a physical challenge and love the great outdoors ive Paisly trail a try.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Along the trail there are rest stops, gazebos and places to eat and drink. There some great little towns to ride your bike into and visit the shops and all up and down the trail there is great scenery to observe. Also along the trail for the nature lovers you can enjoy the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail, and the Fort Cooper State Park.
If biking is not your thing but you enjoy horse back riding there is an unpaved equestrian trail follows along portions of the paved trail. Contact the Withlacoochee State Trail for more information. ((352) 726-2251)
Monday, August 25, 2008
As you can see it is going to be a hurricane as it go's over Cuba. With Fay just leaving here and leaving a tremendous amount of rain in its path the ground here is pretty saturated. There is still some flooding taking place in surrounding counties along the west coast of Florida.
We'll just have to wait to the weekend to see what this storm does.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I saw this picture on weather underground and thought it would be good to share. I just came back in from outside, I left work to go and check on the house since I have 6 large tree's shading our home. The winds are really kicking up, our county is very close to the eye of the storm where the winds are at the worst. No trees down in our yard, but there is a lot of debris flying all over the roads. On the gulf side of the county there are several roads closed due to flooding. At the hospital where I work we are on emergency power, I am not sure but the electric may be out in town. With the high winds it does not take much to knock out the power. Check back later for more updates.
On the heels of this storm we have two more brewing out in the Atlantic.
The predictions for this season is well above average according to the Colorado State University forecast team. To see the complete story "Click Here"
Of course the hurricane season will be be at full bloom in September. My wife and I are suppose to head to Jamaica for a vacation right in the middle of September, but to our advantage we have hurricane insurance on our trip. So we shall see. Hopefully we wont have to use the insurance.
In the post ahead I will try to share some pictures of the storm damage.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
There is some good coming out of this storm, I hear Lake Okeechobee is going dry from the drought Florida is going through.
So with this wonderful storm parked at the banks of the lake it should hopefully bring back up the water levels. A lot of area's around Florida is suffering from lack of water, so there is always something good that comes from something bad.
Make sure you stay tuned, we are now looking at another one to two storms in the Atlantic heading our way from Africa. This is just the beginning.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The agreement is a very similar to the ones that the Governor of California signed with the Prime Minister of Britain. Gov. Schwarzenegger said he is not going to wait on the Federal Government to take action and Britain said it is not trying to go behind the backs of the White House but something needs to be done.
Crist signed executive orders that mandate sweeping changes in Florida's energy policy, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions from utilities, imposing strict mileage requirements on cars and revamping the building code to require greater energy efficiency.
Now in 2008 where do we stand on "GREEN"?
Melissa Meehan, a Florida-based organizer for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, stated that "He (Crist) has changed the whole dynamic of going green", "I believe that Gov. Crist truly is a leader on climate change."
Crist issued a series of executive orders designed to achieve a massive 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, as well as "green" building codes and boosting investment in alternative energy technology. Crist called for utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. He also called for adoption of California's tough vehicle-emissions standard, which mandates a 30 percent reduction by 2016.
As the State is rolling forward with the green initiatives the local levels of government are taking action also, take for example Pinellas County.
Pinellas County holds a unique position in that the county was the first government in the state to receive the designation of Green Local Government, and St. Petersburg was the first city designated in the state. Dunedin has since received the honor and other cities are applying. Other municipalities support sustainable practices through their efforts in recycling, public education and other conservation practices.
The Green Government designation is administered through the Green Building Coalition, the organization promoting the signing of the Mayor’s Green City Action Accord throughout the state. The accord supports green initiatives in the community, and is strongly supported by the Florida League of Cities.
This year, my priority is to assist Florida's cities in becoming "Green Local Governments" by adopting and implementing environmental stewardship practices that conserve energy and protect natural resources for future generations. It would be my desire that all 412 cities in Florida embrace this as a priority for their city. 2008 President Frank Ortis of the Flroida League Of Cities.
As you can see Florida is still working hard on becoming a role model in preserving this country and keeping our drinking water safe and keeping our air clean to breath.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
T Bubba Bechtol
Here is a quote from Bubba's Bio:
“I can be funny without having to use words or actions others resort to,” he says. “You can repeat my little stories and opinions at work on Monday in front of anyone, even at church. Besides, I’ve had to keep my comedy clean, because my momma’s still alive. If I didn’t, she’d give me an ass whipping this very day!”
Well there is the latest prediction of Tropical Storm Fay. My house sits right in the middle of this path. My wife and I are putting a list together of things we need to get at the store in preparation of losing electricity I.E. drinking water, gas for the generator, propane fuel and etc. I will keep everybody up to date and what it happening in the days to come
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The 39 annual NFL Superbowl was awarded to Tampa Bay for 2009 and will be held at the Raymond James Stadium. Ticket prices have not yet been released but they are expected to be quit expensive. The stadium can seat 72,500 fans. This will be the 4th time that the Superbowl has been played in Tampa.
Never been to Tampa Bay here is a great web site to visit to find out what Tampa has to offer: CLICK
Here is a list of the conferences that will be open to participate in:
Managing Local Growth Through Referenda: Hometown Democracy Movement Comes to Town
Change Is Constant... Better Be Ready
Going Green Without Going Broke
Downtown Clearwater Redevelopment Mobile Tour
Government in the Sunshine: A Toolkit
Florida Legislative Outlook: What's the Forecast for Cities in 2009?
Disaster Partnerships: Planning Ahead for Success
The Language of Leadership
Crafting Support for Your Government: Citizen Engagement and Mobilization
City Life in a Post-Amendment 1 World
Investing in the SBA Local Government Investment Pool: What Went Wrong and Where Do We Go from Here?
Leadership: Frames, Roles and Results
Economic Development: Practical Tools You Can Use
The Healthy Lifestyle in 2008, So I Can Look Good, Feel Great in 2028
2008 Ballot: Making Sense of the Constitutional Amendments
Facing the Press: How Great City Leaders Can Be Great Communicators
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Our community is a small community made up of around 7200 residents, but we are a pro-active form of government thinking ahead and working to make our city a model city for the future.
Sr Legislative Advocate, FLC
DEP Recycling Initiative
DATE: August 1, 2008
The 2008 Energy Bill (HB 7135) signed into law by Governor Crist includes language that establishes a new statewide recycling goal of 75% to be achieved by the year 2020. The Department is directed to develop a plan by 2010 designed to achieve this goal and submit it to the Legislature for approval by January 1, 2010.
The Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting input on this endeavor and would like to invite you to a public meeting for the purpose of sharing ideas and exchanging information. A meeting agenda will be made available within the next two weeks.
When: September 22, 2008, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Orlando City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue
Purpose: DEP will be soliciting suggestions from all interested parties regarding implementation of the new 75 % statewide recycling goal.
This meeting will be one venue for input from interested parties. The DEP will also be initializing a web page devoted to this issue where DEP staff will post all relevant news and documents. The web page should go live sometime later in August and will be located at the following address: www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/recyclinggoal75. The meeting agenda will be posted on this web page when it is finalized.
Pleas make plans to attend this meeting in Orlando on September 22.