Kyle Gibbons 2012 Graduate of JW Mitchell High School

With plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall, JW Mitchell senior Kyle Gibbons will be finishing up his final year of high school in the coming weeks. Graduation for Mitchell’s Class of 2012 will take place at the Tampa Convention Center on June 2nd.

Kyle GibbonsKyle will graduate Summa Cum Laude & top ten in his class of 359. At Mitchell High School, Kyle has managed to juggle a heavy schedule of AP, dual enrollment and honors classes and maintained a 4.38 GPA. He is a member of the National Honor Society, acting as Sergeant at Arms. He is also a member of Interact Club and Future Business Leaders of America.

Over the past several years, Kyle has volunteered over 250 hours at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, working as a courier. He has also spent time as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in New Port Richey.

Kyle is the son of Joe & DeeDee Gibbons, who made the move to Florida from Fairfield ,CT when Kyle was starting middle school at Seven Springs. They decided to purchase a home in Trinity, Florida using the quality of the schools as a guide. Joe Gibbons, Realtor with Lipply Real Estate is especially proud. Kyle will join his brother Ian at the University of Florida.

Dunedin Cleans Up Its Act ~ No More Ads on Bus Shelters

The city of Dunedin in Florida is indeed a beautiful city. And it’s pretty clear that Dunedin officials plan to keep it that way. At the expense of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority however they banned commercial ads on the bus shelters in and around the city starting in May of 2013. Now Dunedin has only 12 shelters, while neighboring Clearwater has 23. Will other cities follow suit? That remains to be seen. But for now, going forward, Dunedin want no more of Clear Channel’s sometimes questionable images clutters up the landscape. Take, for example, the picture on this post. This is NOT a picture of a shelter in Dunedin but it comes from Los Angeles where it was outside of a high school advertising a movie. Pretty poor taste if you ask me!

A little history shows that Clear Channel has paid for the structures and maintained them since 1995 in exchange for advertising space yet PSTA had very little control over the content. The city claims there have been numerous complaints the some of the ads contained certain sterotypes and pictures that could be perceived as family unfriendly or not socially or politically correct.

Regardless, PSTA stands to lose tons of money especially if other cities like Clearwater join in on the ban. Luckily PSTA under a new agreement with Clear Channel will retain ownership of the shelters and will not have to buy them back. They are beginning to explore alternatives to the past agreement with Clear Channel and lean on a combination of federal, state and local funding, grants in which Dunedin officials are willing to partner in if needed.

Susan Latvalla a Pinellas County Commission states that there is too much disparity in and around the city with respect to the shelters. Some areas have them and some don’t. She’d like to see more of them to accommodate bus passengers better but without the questionable advertising to say the least.

Dunedin always has and probably always will have a great desire to maintain the city’s beauty up and down Dunedin neighborhoods as well as major thoroughfares and commercial areas. And if banning ads is what they need to do, it looks like they will.