Sunday, August 19, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater is looking for resident input on redevelopment plan

Clearwater is looking for resident input on redevelopment plan

CLEARWATER — Citizens can give feedback on the city’s $52 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan at two public meetings this month. Hired consultants submitted preliminary engineering plans for the project June 22, two months later ...
Published: 08/16/18
Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

LARGO — Three lawyers have signed on to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities initially deemed a stand your ground shooting.Whether Lysa Clifton, John Trevena and Bryant Camareno will use that de...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Clearwater voters: a strong mayor question is official on the Nov. 6 ballot

Clearwater voters: a strong mayor question is official on the Nov. 6 ballot

CLEARWATER — Money is already flowing into the campaign to change Clearwater’s government run by a professional city manager into a strong mayor system like Tampa and St. Petersburg.The Accountable Government political committee, chaired by Clearwate...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Clearwater Council asks Legislature to reconsider special session on stand your ground law

CLEARWATER —The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday asking lawmakers to reconsider holding a special session to clarify the controversial stand your ground law. A measure to hold a special session, which would have needed support of three-fifths...
Published: 08/15/18
After Michael Drejka's first court appearance, stand your ground case is expected to crawl

After Michael Drejka's first court appearance, stand your ground case is expected to crawl

LARGO — Clad in orange jail scrubs, Michael Drejka made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon via video monitor, one day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton. The proceeding was brief and ...
Published: 08/15/18

Oldsmar partners with Tampa Bay Lightning for new street hockey rink

OLDSMAR — City Manager Al Braithwaite saw an ad from the Tampa Bay Lightning looking for places to build and support outdoor hockey rinks. He put it in the back of his mind and casually mentioned something to his counterparts. "I was just spitballing...
Published: 08/14/18
Pinellas education news: New texting system underway, gun forum at SPC and more

Pinellas education news: New texting system underway, gun forum at SPC and more

Pinellas launches new texting system for school emergencies Beginning this year, the Pinellas County school system is using text messages as an additional way to communicate with employees and families. The messages will be sent only to communicate i...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
Battle lines forming over Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Battle lines forming over Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER — A strong mayor referendum is not even officially on the Nov. 6 ballot yet, but the group of businessmen who pushed the initiative have already started their campaign. And they set up their political committee so it can pay for more than ...
Published: 08/14/18
Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Frustration and anticipation have packed the roughly three weeks since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot in a case that has reignited the debate over Florida’s stand your ground law.And on Monday, it took a dra...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

Prosecutors on Monday decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a major development in a case that has drawn national scrutiny over Florida’s stand your ground law.CHARGES FILED: Shoot...
Published: 08/13/18