Saturday, February 24, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Long awaited Clearwater Beach garage bleeds money in its first year

Long awaited Clearwater Beach garage bleeds money in its first year

CLEARWATER —City leaders discussed building a parking structure on north Clearwater Beach for more than 15 years before the seven-story Pelican Walk Parking Garage finally opened at the start of 2017.The city paid $11.3 million to own 450 of the deve...
Published: 02/23/18
Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

OLDSMAR — A 37-year-old Dunedin man was seriously injured in a high-speed motorcycle crash early Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said Justin Kaune was riding southbound on Bayside Boulevard around 2:30 a.m...
Published: 02/22/18
Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
Published: 02/22/18
Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
Published: 02/22/18

Clearwater breaks ground at gas complex

CLEARWATER — The city has broken ground on a $27.5 million Clearwater Gas Building Complex at 400 N Myrtle Ave.The six-building facility will house gas administration, an operations center, sales showroom and warehouse and is expected to be completed...
Published: 02/22/18
Safety Harbor candidates disagree on development

Safety Harbor candidates disagree on development

SAFETY HARBOR — Realtor Damon Lister, an executive vice president of the Park Property Group of Clearwater, is challenging incumbent Andy Zodrow, an attorney with the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, for the Seat 3 City Com...
Published: 02/22/18

Park and Ride service planned for BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — The city has partnered with the PSTA and is offering a park and ride service during this weekend’s USA BMX Gator Nationals at the Oldsmar Sports Complex.Public parking will be available in the east parking lot at City Hall, 100 State Street...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
Owner of troubled Tarpon Springs motel accepts city’s purchase offer

Owner of troubled Tarpon Springs motel accepts city’s purchase offer

TARPON SPRINGS — The owner of a troubled motel has accepted an offer from the city to buy the property, ending for now a thorn in the city’s side that divided both residents and commissioners.Sunbay Motel owner Peter Fanoudis gave the nod to the city...
Published: 02/15/18

Safety Harbor candidates tout commitment, diverge on experience

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterSAFETY HARBOR — The two candidates tout their commitment to the city and their families as well as their involvement with their communities and church. However, the two men, incumbent Cliff Merz, 57, and challenger...
Published: 02/15/18
Clearwater City Council candidates mum on Scientology’s impact downtown

Clearwater City Council candidates mum on Scientology’s impact downtown

CLEARWATER — At a recent City Council election debate, the first question pitched to the four candidates was: What is the biggest problem facing Clearwater right now?Seat 5 incumbent Hoyt Hamilton answered in code. "I’m willing to work with anybody, ...
Published: 02/13/18