Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Board approves plans for hotel in Clearwater Beach parking lot


Board approves plans for hotel in parking lot

In a 13-minute meeting and with no discussion, the city's Community Development Board on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a 15-story, 116-room Hampton Inn & Suites to be built in the parking lot of the Quality Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach. To build the Hampton, the developer requested 76 units from a hotel density pool the city created that allows more units to be built on the .8-acre site than would otherwise be permitted by city code. The two hotels plan to share a new parking garage that will be built as the first five floors of the new hotel. Although the board approved the plan, the City Council must approve a development agreement between the city and the developer before the project can go forward.


Actors to conduct 2 free workshops

The Aquila Theatre Company will conduct two free workshops Tuesday in the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs: a reading workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and an acting workshop from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Advance registration is recommended, as seating is limited. The staged community reading at 2 p.m. will be led by Aquila Theatre actors and will include scenes from Agamemnon, Ajax, Herakles and The Odyssey. Attendees may participate in the reading or watch and listen. For the acting workshop, Aquila Theatre actors will work with up to 50 participants, who may remain after the previous workshop or attend separately. The Aquila Theatre actors will work with any actors, community or professional, who want to become more skilled in the classic theater genre. The actors will reference Greek as well as 19th century French plays. Call (727) 942-5605 or register online at The workshops are part of a two-day residency that culminates in a production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac on Wednesday. Funding has been provided in part by South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Humanities Council and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.


Dance lessons offered at center

Feel as if you have two left feet when you dance? Visit Dunedin's Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., for ballroom dance lessons with professional dancer Arielle Giordano. No partner is needed. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, and preregistration is required. The cost is $36 a month with a recreation identification card or $54 without one. The daily fee is $10 with a recreation card or $15 without one. Contact Elaine Swinehart at (727) 298-3299 for more information.


Woman, 35, struck and killed while walking across SR 60 in Valrico

VALRICO — A 35-year-old Thonotosassa woman was struck and killed by a car while walking across State Road 60 west of Mount Carmel Road on Sunday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Brandi Eckelstafer was walking south across SR 60 just after 8 p....
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

A warm weekend across Tampa Bay will carry over into the start of the workweek, after some morning fog burns off and before a front results in clouds and increased rain chances later this afternoon.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa...
Updated: 3 hours ago

The Daystarter: PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; breaking down the Super Bowl matchup; free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Published: 01/22/18
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 9 hours ago

nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
Updated: 10 hours ago