Monday, May 21, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater approves land swap with Scientology after a year of back-and-forth

Clearwater approves land swap with Scientology after a year of back-and-forth

CLEARWATER — The third time was the charm for the city to close a long-debated real estate deal with the Church of Scientology.After two previous deals were scuttled over more than a year of negotiations, the City Council voted 3-1 on Thursday night ...
Published: 05/18/18
Clearwater to hire three officers under state school security law

Clearwater to hire three officers under state school security law

CLEARWATER — After weeks of crunching numbers and contemplating worst case scenarios, the Clearwater Police Department will only have to hire three officers to comply with the new state mandate to put armed guards in every school.When the Legislature...
Published: 05/18/18
Bayous and canoes a good match in Tarpon Springs

Bayous and canoes a good match in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Anyone strolling the shores of Craig Park over the last 15 years has likely noticed a colorful collection of outrigger canoes, also known as dragon boats, spread out along the grass near the boat ramp.Karl Vogel of the Tarpon Spring...
Published: 05/16/18
Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell drops out of Pinellas Commission race

Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell drops out of Pinellas Commission race

With six months to go before the Nov. 6 election, Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell on Monday dropped her bid against Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard for the at-large District 2 seat.Caudell said she decided she’d better be better suited f...
Published: 05/14/18
Mom spots son in video of burglary, makes him turn himself in

Mom spots son in video of burglary, makes him turn himself in

CLEARWATERThey say mom knows best. That is especially true when she recognizes her son’s face in connection with a burglary.That’s how Clearwater police said they ended up arresting 18-year-old Kevin King.His mother recognized her son as the burglary...
Published: 05/10/18

Belleair residents complain that plantings threaten view of golf course

BELLEAIR — Several residents who live around the Pelican Golf Course complained at a recent Town Commission meeting about the planting of shrubs and trees along the perimeter of the club, impeding their view.Sam Hoskinsons, the president of the homeo...
Published: 05/10/18
Belleair appoints new parks and rec director

Belleair appoints new parks and rec director

BELLEAIR — Within two weeks of the resignation of Parks and Recreation Director Eric Wahlbeck, the town has appointed his successor — his right-hand man, Ricky Allison.His appointment was confirmed recently by a unanimous vote of the Town Commission....
Published: 05/10/18

Clearwater plans memorial service for fallen officers

CLEARWATER — The police department and the Fraternal Order of Police Clearwater will host a memorial service May 18 to honor officers killed in the line of duty.The 37th annual Clearwater Officer Memorial Service starts at 10 a.m. at Station Square ...
Published: 05/10/18

Clearwater recreation center offers free swim lessons to kids

CLEARWATER — With summer approaching, the Ross Norton Recreation Center is offering free swim lessons to Belleair Elementary School students this month. Ross Norton staff will teach about 300 kids each week from each grade level, according to public...
Published: 05/10/18
Dredging begins on Clearwater Pass channel

Dredging begins on Clearwater Pass channel

CLEARWATER — A federal project to dredge Clearwater Pass is under way.The $1.2 million maintenance project will remove 60,000 cubic yards of material, which will be placed in a near shore disposal area north of the inlet, according to a city news rel...
Published: 05/10/18