2016-17 Award Recipients

Beneficiary of 2017 Classic Car Show Proceeds — Eckerd College Search and Rescue

Eckerd College Search and Rescue is one of the most unique programs offered to Eckerd students. A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 Tierra Verde Business Partnership Classic Car Show has been awarded to EC-SAR – the nation’s only collegiate volunteer maritime search and rescue team.

The Tampa Bay boating community is very familiar with the services from EC-SAR. The program has been around for 46 years. From towing a disabled boat to responding to a fire onboard, EC-SAR answered almost 650 calls for assistance last year alone. Students often cooperate with our own Tierra Verde Fire Dept. as well.

EC-SAR is funded through a variety of sources, with a large portion of its budget coming from the local community. So it is a pleasure for TVBP to present a check to this worthy organization. Pictured are (from left) Hunter Blencowe, Eckerd student; Jordan Kuperberg, EC-SAR staff instructor; Hunter Grose, TVBP president; and Annette Venable, TVBP vice president.

2016 Business of the Year — Century 21 Coast to Coast

c21It takes an exceptional leader to keep a real estate business strong and healthy since 1980 on Tierra Verde. But Randall (Randy) Ierna wouldn’t want the credit to all go to his leadership. Being a local historian, Randy would want you to know the background of the note-worthy Century 21 Coast to Coast office. This business, originally named Century 21 Spinning Wheel, was established in 1980. This office merged with Century 21 Coast to Coast in 2009, following a 2001 merger with Century 21 Sunshine. So there’s been some changes. But Randy and his fellow realtors, now numbering 39, have always been keen on helping Tierra Verde. The community activities and support include the latest: Oktoberfest, Auto Show and Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsoring and volunteering for Tierra Verde Business Partnership whenever needed.

It’s with great pleasure we honor Century 21 Coast to Coast, specializing in residential, land, commercial, industrial and rentals.

2016 Person of the Year — Corrine St. Jean

go_verdeCorrine St. Jean and Laurie Clemente started the Go Verde group in the Tierra Verde Women’s Club in 2009. Since inception, the group has collected nearly 4 tons of trash at the Bunces Pass Bridge (south of Tampa Bay Watch). This is equivalent to the weight of a female African Elephant!

Corrine’s group has put in over 1,273 hours keeping our beach clean, and has collected over 7,740 lbs. of debris and filament!

2016 Appreciation Award — Captain Larry and Fire Station #21, Tierra Verde Fire District

larryNot only are Captain Larry and his team of fire professionals working hard to keep our community safe, but they also work hard to facilitate a cohesive community of support through events such as “Burgers and Badges.” At TVBP community events you will see Captain Larry and his crew providing tours of emergency equipment, keeping kids safe on the “fire truck” bounce house, collecting toys for tots, and much more. His crew also raises funds for their own training through their pancake breakfast at the fire station.

Lealman Fire District officially took over fire and emergency medical service on Tierra Verde on October 1, 2009 and we couldn’t be more grateful!

Beneficiary of 2016 Oktoberfest Proceeds — Miracle League Gulf Beaches

miracleThe Miracle League Gulf Beaches gives special-needs children a chance to have a better life through playing baseball. Their playing field is a rubberize surface so the children can safely use their crutches and wheel chairs while participating. The group is in need of having this special field resurfaced to keep it safe for all who play on it. To that end, it is with great pleasure TVBP announces the donation of all $5,000 of proceeds from its 2016 Oktoberfest to Miracle League Gulf Beaches. If you would like to contribute, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/2ch6gth6.

Congratulations Miracle League Gulf Beaches, and thank you for the work you do!