The City of Clearwater, Florida is now one of just 14 cities throughout the nation to be designated as a Coast Guard City. The designation, endorsed by Congress and the Coast Guard, is made to recognize the outstanding support the community provides to Coast Guard personnel and their families. The City will celebrate this prestigious honor this coming Friday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. in downtown Clearwater’s emerging Cleveland Street District on the Blast Friday Stage.
The evening will feature Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard as the Master of Ceremonies along with The Clearwater Police and Fire Departments Joint Honor Guard and the Coast Guard Honor Guard posting the colors, as well as music by the Coast Guard Quintet. Representatives from the Coast Guard and federal, state and local officials will also be present.
Clearwater, Florida has a close relationship with the Coast Guard as more than 650 Coast Guard personnel are located throughout the city and neighboring communities. It is a vital element of the city’s citizenry and culture and the community is home to more than 160,000 veterans and their families.
In order to support the Coast Guard and its families, the City of Clearwater coordinates numerous community recognition events and programs. The city recognizes the Coast Guard Persons of the Year, participates in the annual Coast Guard Birthday Celebration, provides special welcome aboard packages to all arriving Coast Guard Personnel, hosts the Coast Guard Band at Ruth Eckerd Hall, and assists the Coast Guard whenever needed.
Blast Friday is held the last Friday of each month and features live music, a variety of vendors, food, beer, and wine. District restaurants are open with outdoor dining available on Cleveland Street. After the ceremonies, Rare Earth will be performing. The group is known for songs such as Get Ready, (I Know) I’m Losing You, and I Just Want to Celebrate.
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.