Frayed flags retiring

By Times Staff
Published June 14, 2006

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The public is invited to the city's fifth annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at noon today, Flag Day, at Chic A Si Park on Fourth Avenue and Second Street.

The annual ceremony is held to dispose of all American flags that have become torn and tattered. Flags can be brought to the ceremony or delivered to Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., or VFW Post 10094, 14288 Walsingham Road. The ceremony is a joint effort by the city of Indian Rocks Beach, the Clearwater Chapter of MOAA and VFW Post 10094. Mayor Bill Ockunzzi leads the ceremony and will demonstrate how flags are retired. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served. Information: Maj. Skip Hartnett, president, Clearwater Chapter MOAA, at 733-8646, or Jim Ford, commander, VFW, at 595-4260.

Indian Shores

Free sea oat plants are available to coastal area residents.

Sea oats can only be planted in an area that extends no more than 80 feet seaward of the seawall. The seat oats should be planted on 12 or 18 inch centers. About 1,500 plants will cover 50 square feet.

Requests for the plants, provided by the Pinellas County Coastal Coordination Office, will be accepted until June 23. Also, keep in mind that small "Keep Off Vegetation" signs may be installed on small wooden sticks, but large signs, rope-and post, and fencing is not allowed. Instructions will be distributed with the plants in July. Information: Indian Shores Town Hall at 595-4020, Ext. 0, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ask for Clystene.


Florida Art Village Courtyard Fresh Market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market items include fresh produce, natural products, flowers, live plants, baked goods and seafood. Live entertainment is featured each week. Information: Annie at 528-2575 or send an e-mail to mshaw9@tampabay.rr.com.

St Pete Beach

The Leisure Services' Recreation Department is holding its first ever summer teen program Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays. The program costs $300 for nine weeks or $15 a day and is open to youths ages 12-15. Information: 363-2146.

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