Where is Pocotopaug? My family and I moved there almost 40 years ago. I attended grade school and high school there. I have worked in Pocotopaug’s oldest personal injury law firm for nearly 25 years. Lastly, Pocotopaug is celebrating its 100th birthday! Yes, Pocotopaug is Clearwater, Florida. Literally translated “Clear Water” from the native Indian “Pocotopaug”, the area now known as Clearwater was named for its abundant fresh springs along the shore. The area was settled by colonists in the mid-1830s, but it took until the 1890s for Clearwater to gain a reputation as a resort community.
This weekend, Clearwater concludes its week of 100th birthday celebrations with a parade and community block party. For us oldtimers, this parade should be better than the old Fun ‘n Sun parades of years past. The parade and community block party is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, and is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Drew Street. The parade will travel down Drew Street and will end at Coachman Park, where there will be a community block party and fireworks finale.
The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Cozi Zuehlsdorff, star of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, who helped put Clearwater on the national map. During the block party, people will have an opportunity to meet and greet with Cozi Zeuhlsdorff, meet and pose with Tampa Bay mascots, and enjoy the Clearwater Marine Aquarium touch tank. The night will be topped off by a performance by Clearwater’s-own Caroline Kole from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. and a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. If you have not seen Caroline Kole in concert, you are missing out. Caroline Kole puts on a great show, has a wonderful family and is a wonderful singer!
Sadly, pride in hometowns is declining these days. Show your pride in Clearwater by attending the parade and concert!
Happy 100th Birthday, Clearwater! We at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. are proud to have been with you for the past 60 years and look forward to many more decades together!
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.