fire HURTS TWO at FOREST LAKES APARTMENTS
Two people were hurt escaping a fire that ravaged their apartment early Tuesday. The fire began just after 3 a.m. downstairs in unit 138 at the Forest Lakes Apartments on Hunter Lake Drive, firefighters said. Investigators think unattended candles in the living room sparked the blaze. To escape, the couple, who were not identified, broke a window and climbed through to safety. The two sustained injuries from the broken glass and were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, officials said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Several of the couple's neighbors were evacuated during the fire, but it did not appear the flames had spread to adjacent units, officials said.
Man on water scooter injured
A 38-year-old man was injured Tuesday afternoon when his water scooter crashed into mangroves along the Intracoastal Waterway near Island Way on Island Estates, police said. The incident happened about 3 p.m. The unidentified man was taken to the city's Seminole boat docks by another person on a personal watercraft. According to police, he suffered serious facial injuries and possible neck injuries and was taken to a local hospital. He is expected to recover.
Driver ends up in the Intracoastal
Deputies are investigating how a 28-year-old woman in a Ford Explorer ended up in the Intracoastal Waterway off Alt. U.S. 19 on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened about 3 p.m. near the 600 block of Edgewater Drive. Nicole L. Glazier of Clearwater was driving north on Edgewater in a 2001 Ford Explorer when she tried passing another vehicle, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. She lost control, hit a curb, drove across a grassy area and into water that was about 4 feet deep. John Thorington, 53, of Palm Harbor, saw Glazier drive into the water and rushed to pull her from the vehicle. Glazier was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital.
Density rules scrap apartment plan
Plans for an upscale apartment complex on the Dunedin Causeway have been scrapped amid a state inquiry into how many units the building could include. Arcadia Luxury Apartments developers wanted to build 26 units on a vacant 1.2-acre lot at 265 Causeway Blvd. But Pinellas County building density rules cap rental units at 24 per acre, and Dunedin code stipulates 15 units per acre. Dunedin last month applied for approval from the county, region and state to tweak city guidelines to match Pinellas' standards. The county and region approved. But the state rejected the plan, saying the property is in a coastal high hazard zone and the project might impact evacuation routes and shelter space. Dunedin's Local Planning Agency, a citizen advisory board, voted last week to reject the plan after receiving word that the developer was backing out because of the state's ruling. Officials said the developer, Gus Dames of Clearwater, has indicated he may consider a different project on the site.