Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Safety Harbor fire chief departs: ‘Take pride in the job’

Safety Harbor fire chief departs: ‘Take pride in the job’

SAFETY HARBOR — When Fire Chief Joe Accetta started working at the Safety Harbor Fire Department, Fire Station 53 was a double wide in the middle of a field now home to Mease Countryside Hospital.Now almost four decades of challenges and promotions l...
Published: 06/19/18
Clearwater strong mayor task force racing against the clock

Clearwater strong mayor task force racing against the clock

CLEARWATER —The task force charged with designing how a strong mayor would operate if approved by voters is halfway to its deadline for writing proposed charter changes.But hanging over the discussions is a cloud of haste as the group fast tracks wha...
Published: 06/07/18
Updated: 06/18/18
Community news: Public invited to Karen Aungst memorial, free ferry expanding, Beckett Bridge repaired

Community news: Public invited to Karen Aungst memorial, free ferry expanding, Beckett Bridge repaired

DUNEDINclearwater ferry watertaxi expanding serviceThe Clearwater Ferry is expanding its water taxi service with a route between Clearwater Beach and Dunedin.The new route will begin July 6, but the schedule and frequency of trips is not finalized, a...
Published: 06/06/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Dunedin considers banning pharmacies downtown to prevent marijuana dispensaries from opening there

Dunedin considers banning pharmacies downtown to prevent marijuana dispensaries from opening there

DUNEDIN — Lawmakers gave local governments two options after Floridians voted overwhelmingly to legalize medical marijuana in 2016.They could ban dispensaries from opening altogether or approve them under the same zoning rules that apply to pharmacie...
Published: 06/13/18
Dunedin Chamber President Lynn Wargo dies at age 57

Dunedin Chamber President Lynn Wargo dies at age 57

DUNEDIN — Lynn Wargo used all her might and reached forward to love slap Jonathan Skinner on his cheek. He was holding on tight to his partner of 13 years. Tears streamed from his face as he grasped her hand.She yelled at the loudest, quiet whisper s...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/13/18
Clearwater is the latest Tampa Bay city to seek public money to keep its baseball team — $69 million of it

Clearwater is the latest Tampa Bay city to seek public money to keep its baseball team — $69 million of it

CLEARWATER — When Spectrum Field opened to sports fans in 2004, the $34 million venue was lauded as a pristine major league baseball stadium more than equipped to keep the Philadelphia Phillies spring training program going strong.Now amid an anticip...
Published: 06/07/18
Updated: 06/08/18
Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

CLEARWATER — An Aldi grocery store that was evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious object was spotted in the parking lot has been cleared. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it turned out to be a metal pressure cooker with a brown fed...
Published: 06/06/18
American Legion ‘ghost post’ rebuilds in Tarpon Springs

American Legion ‘ghost post’ rebuilds in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Once, American Legion Post 46 was a big part of the city.Founded in a small building on Gulf Road in 1919, the post was a hub for entertainment in the 1920s and ’30s. It served as a gathering place for the entire community, not just ...
Published: 06/06/18
One year later, Clearwater’s downtown incentive program brings no deals

One year later, Clearwater’s downtown incentive program brings no deals

CLEARWATER — It was pitched as the boldest revitalization strategy yet. The city was so serious about bringing business into downtown, it would essentially pay investors to take the chance. The Anchor Tenant Incentive Program unveiled in June 2017 of...
Published: 06/06/18

National NAACP head encourages Clearwater branch: ‘We were created for a time like this’

CLEARWATER — They were eager to hear what he had to say, to see if he could make sense of it all.Many of the people who gathered in Ruth Eckerd Hall’s ballroom Friday evening for the Clearwater/Upper Pinellas NAACP Branch’s annual banquet felt they h...
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