Monday, January 22, 2018
City: Competing Scientology-related events ‘the last thing we need for our downtown’
A Church of Scientology staff member, left, heads across Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater while Miami tourists Elena Norma, left, and Martha Suarez, center, explore downtown last year. A group of Scientology defectors plans to host a party on Cleveland Street on March 10 to encourage the public to come downtown despite hesitations about the church. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
CLEARWATER — On Jan. 9, high-profile Scientology defectors Mike Rinder and Aaron Smith-Levin walked into city offices and applied for a permit to close three blocks of Cleveland Street for their "Support Downtown Clearwater" event March 10. Their...
Water flows into the 
Tampa Bay Water desalinization plant off of Big Bend Road in Apollo Beach. Tampa Bay Water is the region's water utility, but two legislative bills backed by the City of Tampa could threaten the agency. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
Water wars redux: Could Tampa-backed bills doom Tampa Bay Water?
People dance and cheer on the water while part of  the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion flotilla.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times 2014]
Something new for Gasparilla — your own private boat captain
Being the first in the country on the fair-going calendar, the Florida State Fair is also the first to roll out the outrageous deep-fried food. Among this year's entries is a Banana Frenkel Funnel Cake, a funnel cake surrounded with a ring of bananas and topped with custard and a choice of chocolate or caramel drizzle.
Photo courtesy Florida State Fair
This year’s Florida State Fair food oddities include catfish ‘sundae’ and chicken and waffles pizza