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Clearwater Sets Meetings to Discuss North Marina Area Redevelopment

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Clearwater is working on a master plan to help the city create a new vision for the North Marina area. The goal is to balance the needs of residents and the boating community and identify redevelopment options.

CLEARWATER – This city’s Planning and Development Department will hold three public meetings designed to help develop the North Marina area master plan.

The schedule for the community meetings:

  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 26).
  • 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16. This meeting will be a planning and design charrette/public workshop.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

All three meetings will be held at the North Greenwood Recreation Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Refreshments or appetizers will be provided.

The North Marina Area Master Plan study area covers 64 acres and is bordered by Clearwater Bay to the west, Pinellas Trail to the east, Cedar Street to the north, and Eldridge Street to the south. The study area is just north of downtown Clearwater and includes the Seminole Boat Launch, the Francis Wilson Playhouse and North Ward Elementary School.

“There’s an opportunity for it to create its own identity, its own district that complements downtown,” said Lauren Matzke, the department’s long range planning manager.

Wednesday’s (Aug. 26) meeting will be a town hall style community meeting. Data and analysis on the area will be presented to inform the community about the area’s opportunity and potential. Participants will be placed into groups to answer a set of questions and provide feedback about their vision for the North Marina area.

The second meeting, scheduled for Sept. 16, will be a planning and design charrette. A charrette is a creative and collaborative work session where citizens, designers and others work together to collaborate on a vision for development. During the North Marina Area design charrette, participants will break into groups along with designers and planners to rethink the study area and sketch design ideas that will be used to inform the remainder of the North Marina Area master plan project.

The third meeting, set for Oct. 20, is when the design team will present its recommendations to help develop the North Marina Area master plan. The consultant will use information from the stakeholder meetings, the community meetings (including the charrette), city staff meetings and online discussions with participants to create a plan.

All three meetings build off one another. Participants are encouraged to attend all three meetings, but it is not required.

The North Marina Area master plan study area was recommended for redevelopment under last year’s Urban Land Institute study. The Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit, brought experts who spent five days in downtown Clearwater, meeting with nearly 100 stakeholders and producing dozens of suggestions to help implement a plan to redevelop Clearwater’s downtown.

To continue the conversation, sign up for online discussions at The site has a survey for participants to fill out, and staff will update the site with questions throughout the project to engage the community.

To learn more about the project, go to

For information, contact city planner Katie See at (727) 562-4557 or

Clearwater | North Marina | Redevelopment | Urban Land Institute | North Marina Redevelopment | TB Reporter

Clearwater | North Marina | Redevelopment | Urban Land Institute | North Marina Redevelopment | TB Reporter

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