BOGO

Man, I Love Living Here!

BOGO
By Tommy Duff
11/29/12

From my perch, at my usual corner seat of the Clear Sky Café bar, I am struck with a triple-play of colliding events.

First off, it is Tuesday night which, at this time of year, means Dan is donating twenty percent of his food sales income to a worthwhile local charity. This week’s recipient is the Religious Community Services organization, a coalition of religious groups who have united to provide food to the many amongst us who have struggled to keep groceries in the pantry.

Secondly, as I read through the Tampa Bay Times, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world and local news, I see a related story about the lack of inventory on the shelves of all charitable food distribution groups. As we all know, times are tough! While the food pantries are struggling to stock up for the holidays, the lines of the needy are expanding like a Tampa Bay puffer fish… who triple their size when in peril.

Then as I turn the page, out falls the latest Publix flyer with this week’s offers and many Buy One Get One deals. Now, I had just been at my dear sister Ellen Marie’s. She insisted that I could not leave her house without taking along a jar of Skippy peanut butter. Seems that was one of the Publix BOGO offers. She didn’t really need two jars and didn’t want the second one taking up precious pantry space. Bam! BOGO! The new BOGO! Buy One Give One! How many times have I seen that BOGO flag on an item and thought, “nah I’ll never use that much”?

What If I keep that in mind throughout the year? The next time the Mail Carrier comes around for their “Can Drive”, I could rock. Instead of being embarrassed that I only have one or two items on hand, he may need a second pouch. Think about it. Enjoy your holidays and imagine the thought that there could be a few big “yum, yums!” on the lips of little tykes out there. And your Buy One Get One winds up to be a free serving of satisfaction. Man, I love living here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”
Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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New Hooter’s Restaurant – Clearwater Beach

Man, I Love Living Here!

New Hooter’s Restaurant Report
By Tommy Duff
06/15/12

From my perch here at the new Hooters on the round-a-bout at Clearwater Beach, I clearly see the excitement of this marvelous setting. Did you know this is their 456th location and is only 7 miles and 29 years from the original Hooters? The furthest is 9,262 miles away in Rosehill, New South Wales, Australia. This newest unit will create 90 (or so) new jobs and a boost in the economy of the area. If that is average, I guess that means that, worldwide, Hooters provides 41,040 jobs and whole lot of chicken plucking! Good thing if you are in the plucking business, not so much if you’re a chicken.

Here are some other juicy tidbits worthy of note…

The parent company of the original Hooters is a “grand” supporter of our community. They are a strong force of support behind many local civic groups and charities. The formation of the group Pinellas Partners, which funds cancer research at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, is a result of their efforts, funding and continual support.

Brooke at Hooter's Clearwater Beach
Brooke at New Hooter’s on Clearwater Beach.

My servers at this opening celebration have been charming and quite interesting. First, I met Brooke. She happens to be a Clearwater native who is putting herself through St. Petersburg College where she is studying Biology. Next I encounter Michelle, they call her “Mich”, and she too is working hard to give great service while she carves out a secure future for herself. Having graduated from the University of Florida, she is now in Pharmacy school. Rounding out the service team tonight is a New Port Richey native, Niccole, who is studying in a pre-nursing program. Their service is “grand”, their smiles and appearance are magnificent, and their stories give me confidence in our future through our youth. My thoughts run to images of wishes for grandchildren of this caliber.

Many a youth has benefited from employment at the Hooters chain. I found there is whole list of former Hooters crew members who worked their way to fine careers. Their alumni runs a whole gamut of success stories. Doctors, lawyers, teachers even a clergyman or two. Some now have their own children following in their Hooters’ footsteps, working while pursuing their own studies.

The future of our beach is in view, as well. It might be the off season here, but the view is of a vibrant place. Families find their way to adventures on a path from the waters edge up past Pier 60, passing busy shops and restaurants along the way.

Very soon there will be even more places drawing tourists and their dollars that build the local economy, provide jobs and help to return value to our housing market. There is a new hotel, The Pier House 60, opening any day. Across the street from Hooters a specialty hamburger chain will be the first of its kind in this area. Talk is that soon a Mexican-themed eatery will grace the top of the Marina.

Yes, the future here is as bright as my servers’ smiles. Welcome to the beach, ladies. Thanks for joining the Clearwater Beach family, Hooters. Man, I Love Living Here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”
Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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Mayor Duff Christmas Yuletide Report

Man, I Love Living Here!
By Tommy Duff
12/24/2011

“Man I Love Living Here!”

From my perch here on the balcony of my new digs at the Sunwatch Condo Complex I can see a hint of the approaching season. I’m anticipating that soon the glimmering intercostal waters will be reflecting not just our incredible sunsets but the red, green and blue Christmas lights of floating Yuletide flotillas. In our wonderland you can find Santa aboard Sea Rays, Bayliners, Wellcrafts and once in a while a classic Chris- Craft.

Speaking of the season and the spirit I was privileged to attend Betty Seurynch and Jillian Willard’s annual Toys for Tots party. Each year they extract hoards of toys from the generous locals and raise cash by raffling off gift certificates from merchants they have spent all year buttering up. Of course, they may have had a libation and a meal or two in the process.

This year they found a recipient for the booty at a local charitable foundation.  Coreena Downey, Executive Director of Foundation Village tells us that, given this economy, had they not heard out of the blue from Betty and Jillian, there would have been no Christmas for their clients.  Grand job, Ladies!

Well, it’s a gorgeous Sunday morning and I’m off to Clearwater Country Club. Not that I’m much of a golfer (did I hear some one say “duffer”) but Greg and Rebecca McClimans have done a grand job of creating a renew vibrancy at our local links. It’s also a good value and setting for breakfast and lunch.  Not to mention the warm smile I will get from Mickele as she goes into auto-pilot, already knowing my food and spirit wishes.  Man, I Love Living Here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”

Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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Jolley Trolley Report

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Jolley Trolley Report
By Tommy Duff
06/23/11

From my perch aboard the Jolley Trolley, I’m headed in style and comfort from my Island Estates digs to enjoy an evening on our world class beach. Wow, how impressive this scenic and inviting ride to my destination is.

I‘ve surrendered my one whole one buck (that’s the old man’s fare) to Captain Ron who is at the helm today. His friendly greeting and banter presents the feeling of a chauffeur, not just to some bus stop, but rather it’s as if he‘s dropping me off in my backyard. With the tourists aboard, Ron is full of insider information and helpful directions delivered with his unique humor. Grand job, Ambassador Ron!

As lovely as the scene at the beach appears, it doesn’t just “happen”. On my usual early morning walks to the beach there is always the buzzing of crews from Kevin Dunbar’s Parks Department team. Led by the key Beach Walk over-seer, Mitch Moen, the streets are being swept, plantings being cared for, and the beach sand undergoes it’s daily raking. Oh, the things that folks leave behind!

But now all is in order and we are “looking good”! So inviting, in fact, that many of our visitors will become future homebuyers and investors. Some will move their families here and many times their extended families. They may relocate their businesses and create new jobs. Others will go back home telling of their good times and encouraging friends to make a visit to our paradise. They may even alert their company’s meeting and convention planners about their great experience and all we have to offer.

Well this is my stop. I’m off to the Sandpearl Resort for a stroll down past the pool to Tate’s Island Grill. Master of guitar Sal Belloist will be set up beachside to sing down the evening sun. There will be the traditional ringing of the sundown gong and, though tonight will be too summery to fully enjoy the warmth of the fire pit, there will still be the glow of camaraderie amongst the people who have gathered. Man, I Love Living Here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”

Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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Special Teacher Appreciation Report

Man, I Love Living Here!
Special Teacher Appreciation Week Report
By Tommy Duff
4/28/11

From my perch, sitting crossed-legged here on the floor of Ms. Clarkson’s second-grade class at Belcher Elementary School, I can see I have a lot to learn. Deciding to share some time each month as a volunteer was a great idea and I know I’ll be the one who gets the
most out of the sessions. So far the biggest thing I’m learning is the amount of preparation
necessary for each day’s lessons. Then there is the amount of record keeping required in tracking each student’s progress. The school day may end for the students at a seemingly
early hour, but it certainly doesn’t for the staff. They wind up spending a tremendous amount of their own time ensuring that their students don’t know about budget cuts. On the way home many teachers find themselves stopping for unavailable supplies, the cost of which, of course, comes out of their own pocket. That is dedication.

There is a recent report out regarding this country’s return to the top in education. Atop the list is the need to raise the regard we have for  our teachers. It says we must also give them better support and recruit top level university students to fill the ranks. My short time as a volunteer has convinced me that it’s true. May 2nd through 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. What a great time to start. And it can start with you! Retired? Volunteer at your local school – you will love it. Own a business? Support a school project. Here is an important one… if you are a parent of a student, spend just a little more time each week at the kitchen table with their school work. And let us all go out of our way this coming week to make teachers aware that we think they are special!

Well, now I’ll try to get these legs uncrossed and stand up. I need to head to one of our great community libraries. There are a few new words I need to look up! Man, I love living here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”
Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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Phillies Spring Training Report

Man, I Love Living Here!
Philadelphia Phillies – Spring Training Baseball
By Tommy Duff
4/07/11

As I view another Phillies spring training game from my perch here at Bright House Field’s fabulous tiki-deck, I can’t help but reflect on how much of an impact this place has had on our community.

Walking up to the bar, which is overrun by hoards of fans, I’m greeted by a master of mix-oligy, Tommy Schaar, who knows and has in hand my favorite selection. The thing is, Tommy knows the favorite selection of thousands of yearly visitors to our area. Even though there are hundreds of thirsty souls waving dollars and whistling for attention, he and the rest of the bar staff calmly traverse from one “emergency” to the next serving up their choice of gratifying grog. This is the kind of hospitality that makes our visitors want to return year after year.

Dan Madden, the Group Sales Manager, tells me attendance at today’s game is around 9,500 fans, which is a bit shy of the new single-game record of 10,912. Already this year the season attendance record has been pushed up to 149,758 and there is still another game to go. Now, it may only seem like a baseball game, but the draw of that many fans from all over the world each year does so much more for our economy. It fills our hotels and restaurants, sells real estate, draws business, creates jobs and does wonders for our tax coffers. Not to mention what a great way to spend time with family and friends. That is a home run for Clearwater. The game is over, the Phillies win and so do we all.

Now I’m off to the beach, which today means a stop at the Palm Pavilion were the Hamilton Clan serves up the best sunsets this side of sunrise. Man, I Love Living Here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”

Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Report

Man, I Love Living Here!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
By Tommy Duff
3/31/11

As I view our Clearwater Beach Area from my perch here on the west side of that salmon-colored tower of Island Estates know as “51”, I can breathe in an air of prosperity about to shine as sure and bright as our treasured sun.

Of course we all know the prospects of good fortune that swam to our shore with the “soon to be (even more) famous” Winter the dolphin. This is big folks. Already the buzz at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is at a level beyond expectations. Now that the film is “in the can”, Executive Director David Yates and his staff are on a fast track of expansion. They want to make great progress before the movie’s release, according to Krista Rosado, the CMA Marketing Manager. When the movie, Dolphin Tale, hits theaters this fall, our local hospitality and related businesses are sure to have a great influx of new and welcomed business.

Surly this can’t help but add to the popularity of this glorious community and give us all a front row seat in the scene where we return to economic normalcy. Did I mention more folks here, more business here, more jobs here, more renters here… and oh yeah- that it certainly can’t hurt our property values?

Luckily, we are not a “one dolphin” community. There are lots of bright sunrays on the horizon of our immediate future. I’ll be keeping a watch from my perch looking for some of the new, the unheralded, and the up-and-coming to share with you.

Now I’m off to walk the beach, which today means a stop for my favorite breakfast with “Dan the Man” at the Clear Sky Café.  Man, I Love Living Here!

Tommy Duff
“The Mayor”

Let Tommy Find Your Little Slice Of Our Heaven!

Contact him at 727 580-0061
or email: mayorduff@gmail.com

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