Sunday, June 24, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

CLEARWATER — A months-long probe into abuse of sick leave within the fire department concluded this week with the resignation of a deputy chief and the release of an internal review.The city paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time, benefit...
Updated one month ago
Dr. Beach ranks Caladesi Island No. 7 on list of country’s best beaches

Dr. Beach ranks Caladesi Island No. 7 on list of country’s best beaches

Caladesi Island’s "crystalline quartz" sand and "sparkling clear" water left an impression on Dr. Beach, who ranked it in his annual list of the country’s top 10 beaches.Dr. Beach, or Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, is a professor and director for the Lab...
Updated one month ago
A wine bar pours its hopes into downtown Clearwater, hoping others will follow

A wine bar pours its hopes into downtown Clearwater, hoping others will follow

CLEARWATER —The concept behind Pour Yours, the wine bar that had its grand opening on Cleveland Street Thursday, is about taking the intimidation out of ordering a drink.When customers slide their cards into the automated machines, they can choose on...
Updated one month ago
East Lake senior guides aspiring young women with ‘Career Cafe’

East Lake senior guides aspiring young women with ‘Career Cafe’

Girl Scout Troupe 1024 marked the beginning of Anne Bauer’s journey. From kindergarten to high school senior, she participated in tons of activities and made childhood friendships. As she prepares to graduate from East Lake High School, her 13 years ...
Updated one month ago
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 ...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated: 2 months ago

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...
Updated: 2 months ago