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Amazon list puts Clearwater in nation's top 20 for romance


Romantically, Clearwater is in the Top 20

This city may have one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the country, but it's no slouch when it comes to romance. On Thursday, Internet retail giant ranked Clearwater No. 12 on its list of America's 20 most romantic cities. Cities were ranked based on Amazon sales per person since Jan. 1 of romance novels, relationship books, romantic-comedy films, Barry White albums and sexual-wellness products like massage lotions and contraceptives. Knoxville, Tenn., topped the list, which also featured four Florida cities other than Clearwater: Orlando (No. 4), Miami (No. 7), Gainesville (No. 17) and Tallahassee (No. 20). According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Clearwater has the country's second-highest percentage of residents over the age of 65 and over the age of 85.

Authorities say candle caused fire

A candle caused a fire Wednesday evening at On Top of the World condominiums, investigators said. No one was injured in the fire, which displaced three to five people, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The fire was started about 6:20 p.m. by a candle in the bedroom of a third-floor unit. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get it under control. The unit where the fire started was destroyed, and the two units directly below had smoke and water damage.

Tarpon Springs

Reserve spots for Audubon cruise

Make your reservations now for the third annual Clearwater Audubon Sunset Cruise to Anclote Key. It will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. March 31. The cruise will include snacks, fellowship and birdwatching. The lighthouse, off the coast of Tarpon Springs, is home to birds ranging from thrushes to terns. The cost is $25 per person; $40 per couple. Deadline for early registration is March 27 (after that, if spaces are available, it will cost $30 for singles and $45 for couples). For more information, visit clearwater

Historian to speak at library today

Join author and historian Keith Kohl this afternoon at the Tarpon Springs Public Library for a detailed historical account of the Tampa Bay area during the Civil War. It will include a discussion of Kohl's latest book, Florida's Civil War Years. All ages welcome. The free program begins at 2 p.m. at the library, 138 E Lemon St.

Amazon list puts Clearwater in nation's top 20 for romance 02/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 8:38pm]
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