Harbor Oaks earns initial prize
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001
CLEARWATER -- Harbor Oaks is the first neighborhood to win Clearwater's "Neighborhood of the Quarter" award, city officials announced Monday. The new program was created last year to recognize neighborhoods that have decreased crime and code violations, and increased community involvement and pride activities.
Harbor Oaks, overlooking Clearwater Harbor south of downtown, received the first quarterly award because residents there are restoring homes while maintaining the area's historic architecture from the early 1900s, according to the city announcement.
City officials also commended the neighborhood for having an active neighborhood association that sponsors annual block parties.
As part of the honor, Harbor Oaks' name will be engraved on a plaque at City Hall and the neighborhood will get a sign to place at its entrance. The neighborhood will also be placed in the running to become the city's "Neighborhood of the Year" at the conclusion of 2001.
The city also announced four homeowners who have won "Homes of the Quarter" honors for well-done restorations and unique landscaping: Jeff and Judy Mitchell of 327 Lotus Path; Allan Dadetto of 331 Lotus Path; the Dunn family of 204 South Glenwood Ave.; and Gary and Mary Dworkin, 415 Magnolia Drive.
The city is accepting applications for the next round of neighborhood awards. They are due to the city's neighborhood services division by noon Feb. 21. For more information, call 562-4585.
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