Friday, July 20, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater police arrest seven in unlocked vehicle burglaries

Clearwater police arrest seven in unlocked vehicle burglaries

CLEARWATER — Police rounded up seven people in three days in connection with a rash of burglaries of unlocked vehicles.Two stolen firearms were also recovered, prompting a reminder from police that drivers should always lock their vehicles.TAMPA BAY ...
Published: 07/09/18
Pinellas beach mayors want to take back power over short-term rentals

Pinellas beach mayors want to take back power over short-term rentals

CLEARWATER — Nearly every week so far this year, Flash Gordon Williamson and Jo Hammond have seen a different group of vacationers arrive in the house next door in their quiet Gulf front neighborhood.College kids who brought new friends back from the...
Published: 07/05/18
Community news

Community news

DUNEDINCommission reverses decision to limit medical marijuana dispensaries The city’s plan to control medical marijuana dispensing through zoning of where pharmacies can locate has gone up in smoke.In a reversal of an earlier plan to extend its mora...
Updated one month ago
As Imagine Clearwater plans unfold, a question: How to design the bandshell?

As Imagine Clearwater plans unfold, a question: How to design the bandshell?

CLEARWATER —With preliminary engineering plans now in hand, the city’s ambitious waterfront redevelopment project has one over-arching design question.Should the new and improved concert bandshell include a canopy feature to provide shade for 2,200 s...
Updated one month ago
In Dunedin, a Publix store squeezes out a planned municipal complex

In Dunedin, a Publix store squeezes out a planned municipal complex

DUNEDIN — A proposed city hall and municipal complex won’t be built as part of the proposed Gateway Center at the east end of Main Street and State Road 580.At their work session on June 19, city commissioners said they understood Gateway developer J...
Updated one month ago
Rays fans go back in time to help kids of today

Rays fans go back in time to help kids of today

Everyone got to go back in time to big hair, shoulder pads, skinny ties and Def Leppard at the Rays Foundation’s ’80s Casino Night & Auction at the Coliseum. As if blackjack, craps and poker (with chips but no real money) weren’t enough to provide a ...
Updated one month ago
Clearwater police arrest ‘Bic Bandit,’ accused of multiple lighter thefts from convenience store

Clearwater police arrest ‘Bic Bandit,’ accused of multiple lighter thefts from convenience store

CLEARWATER — Police said they arrested a 54-year-old man they called the "Bic Bandit" after he was accused off stealing trays of Bic lighters from a downtown convenience store on four separate occasions.Norris Thompson faces charges including robbery...
Updated one month ago
Unexpected savings in Clearwater despite state mandate for armed guards in schools

Unexpected savings in Clearwater despite state mandate for armed guards in schools

CLEARWATER — When the Legislature passed a mandate earlier this year requiring all schools to have an armed guard on campus, the worst-case scenario looked bleak for Clearwater.The city faced having to spend $1.25 million on hiring 14 new officers.Bu...
Updated one month ago
Tarpon Springs honors artist Christopher Still

Tarpon Springs honors artist Christopher Still

TARPON SPRINGS — Artist Christopher Still calls Tarpon Springs home, but his work hangs in art galleries and museums, government buildings and private collections all over the world.The accomplished painter was born in Clearwater, graduated from the ...
Updated one month ago
Mayor George Cretekos refuses to go along as Clearwater moves its City Hall to an office tower

Mayor George Cretekos refuses to go along as Clearwater moves its City Hall to an office tower

CLEARWATER — This summer, four dozen city employees will move into the sixth floor of One Clearwater Tower downtown so the aging City Hall can be demolished and the prime waterfront land prepped for redevelopment.All employees in the offices of city ...
Updated one month ago