Tracey McManus, Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

Tracey McManus

Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

I cover Pinellas County with a focus on the workings and impacts of government, environmental issues, the City of Clearwater, the Church of Scientology, animal welfare and other topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. That's never changed. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

Stalled on concert venue design, Clearwater considers hiring a consultant to help the consultant

City Council member Jay Polglaze proposed hiring former Ruth Eckerd Hall CEO Zev Buffman, above, as a consultant for the Imagine Clearwater plan’s concert venue. [Times  files]
The City Council is expected to discuss hiring former Ruth Eckerd Hall CEO Zev Buffman, a critic of the city’s original band shell design, at a meeting Thursday.

Despite DACA's unknowns, two Dreamers bring Southie Coffee to Clearwater

Bella Rincon, 28, and her business partner Steven Gonazalez, 27, both co-owners of Southie Coffee, Clearwater, pose in their business. They could lose their business. Rincon, of Venezuela, and Gonzalez, of Argentina, were brought to the United States as children with their families for better lives. They each obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals during college and are now two of the 700,000 immigrants in the US who fear they could be deported at any time. President Donald Trump has threatened to end the program, leaving the futures of these immigrants in jeopardy.
Bella Rincon and Steven Gonzalez, both 28 and brought to the United States as children, said the drive for the American Dream pushed them to open a business despite DACA limbo.

Clearwater council to choose charter review members

About 40 people have volunteered for the committee that will propose changes to the city charter

Exploration of joint Clearwater-Pinellas County government center moves forward

JIM DAMASKE   |   Times 
About 50 employees will vacate City Hall next week and move into the sixth floor of One Clearwater Tower for at least the next five years until a new government facility is built. The city and Pinellas County moved forward this week on a feasibility study to evalute a joint municipal center.
The city and county will split the cost of a $74,868 feasibility study evaluating three downtown locations

Thousands celebrate Epiphany cross dive in Tarpon Springs
Ilias Skandaliaris, 17, of Tarpon Springs emerges from Spring Bayou with the treasured cross