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2014 Press Releases

December 16, 2014 - Couples Registration Now Open for Clerk's 9th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding at Florida Botanical Gardens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, announced today that registration is now open for the Clerk's 9th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding. Up to fifty couples are expected to be joined together for one group wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the romantic and picturesque Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. "This event has become a county tradition and it is an honor to provide this beautiful service in such a timeless and scenic garden" said the organizer of the event, Clerk Ken Burke.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
VIEW THE VALENTINE'S DAY GROUP WEDDING EVENT FLYER HERE.


December 11, 2014 - Pinellas Clerk honored with John E. Stross "Victory Over Violence" Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On December 9, 2014, Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) hosted their 18th Annual Peace Breakfast which is widely regarded as their signature event. CASA honored Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke with the John E. Stross "Victory Over Violence" award in appreciation of his domestic violence advocacy. The award is named after the late John E. Stross, a longtime CASA supporter who passed away in May. The event included several inspirational keynote speakers, all speaking from the heart, highlighting the importance of working together to help domestic violence victims feel safe. "Being a recipient of this award is truly an honor. However, I should really be thanking CASA for all their efforts towards helping domestic violence victims in our community" said Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


November 13, 2014 - Vocational Rehabilitation Awards Pinellas Clerk for Hiring People with Disabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On October 31, 2014, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) recognized the Pinellas County Clerk's office as an outstanding employer in the state of Florida for hiring persons with disabilities. The Disability Employment Awareness Celebration took place at the Hilton hotel in St. Petersburg, Fl. The celebration included several other outstanding employers who were also honored for their commitment. The event was in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness which is celebrated in October. "Being recognized in the community for our efforts to employ people with disabilities is a true honor" said Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


October 30, 2014 - Pinellas Clerk Extends Office Hours for Holiday Passport Acceptance Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The busy months of the holiday season have prompted an initiative to provide additional passport acceptance hours in the Pinellas County Clerk's office. In an effort to provide citizens with plenty of opportunities to apply for a passport, the Clerk's office will offer extended office hours on the following two days: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Clearwater Recording Services - 315 Court St., Room 150, Clearwater, FL 33756 and on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Clerk's Tyrone Branch Office - 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. These dates have been dedicated for the Holiday Passport Acceptance event with the goal of providing more convenient hours for the public who might not make it to the office during regular business hours.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
VIEW THE HOLIDAY PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE EVENT FLYER HERE.


September 19, 2014 - Pinellas Clerk Hosts Domestic Violence Educational Forum on October 27th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The general public is invited to attend a Domestic Violence Educational Forum hosted by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller on Monday, October 27, 2014. The event will take place at the Pinellas County Justice Center (14250 49th St N, Clearwater, FL) in the Jury Assembly room from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please note this event will take place in a secure building. All visitors will need to enter the building through the security access area and be screened.The forum will consist of an informational panel of speakers from the Haven and Casa domestic violence shelters, the Largo Police Department, and Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. In addition, volunteer lawyers will be available to provide free legal advice on injunctions and family related matters.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
VIEW THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATIONAL FORUM FLYER HERE.


August 26, 2014 - Clerk Warns Florida Residents of E-mail Scam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers released a warning for all residents to be aware of fraudulent e-mails by entities impersonating Clerks' offices across the state. This newest round of scams comes in the form of an e-mail referencing a missed court appearance. Unlike past scams, these e-mails attempt to retrieve personal data, forcefully, by a computer virus attached as a .zip file. These malicious attachments contain a "Trojan Horse" virus that becomes active as soon as the file is unzipped.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


July 2, 2014 - Clerk's Spending in the Sunshine receives NACo 2014 Achievement Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The National Association of Counties (NACo) has chosen the Spending in the Sunshine website, created by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, as a recipient of the 2014 Achievement Award in the category of Civic Education and Public Information. Started in 1970, the annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs in 21 different categories.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


May 29, 2014 - New Pinellas County Case Management System Implementation: Impact on Clerk's Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On July 14, 2014, the Odyssey Case Management System in Pinellas County will be expanded from the Civil and Probate Court to the Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Courts. The Odyssey Case Management System is the system which last year replaced the county's old legacy mainframe system. The system is shared by the Courts, Clerk, the State Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff's Office and all court related agencies.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


March 17, 2014 - Office of Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, debuts Spending in the Sunshine financial transparency website
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Office of Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, launched a new website that allows users to view financial transactions undertaken by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. The Spending in the Sunshine website is the latest offering by Pinellas County to provide citizens an electronically accessed, transparent view of government activities.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


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