Cleanup team selected for Superfund site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Stauffer Management Co. officials announced Wednesday the selection of a remediation team for the Stauffer Chemical Plant site on Anclote Road. O'Brien & Gere of Syracuse, N.Y., is Stauffer's construction manager for the cleanup project. Envirocon, based in Missoula, Mont., will do the construction. The Stauffer Chemical Plant closed in 1981, leaving 30 toxic substances in the water and soil. The EPA put it on its Superfund list in 1994. The cleanup of the 130-acre site will take an estimated 18 months and has yet to be scheduled. The EPA will host an open house before the cleanup.
Clearwater woman hit-and-run victim
Authorities have released the name of a 58-year-old Clearwater woman who was killed in a hit-and-run collision Tuesday night on U.S. 19. Robin Anne Vallie was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened around 8:45 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said she was trying to cross the road on foot, just north of Fox Chase Boulevard, when she was hit by a black sedan with tinted windows. It may have been a 2004 Infiniti with heavy front-end damage, troopers said. The patrol is investigating and asks anyone with information to call (813) 631-4020.
Police seek Lincoln that fled crash
Police say a 2010 Lincoln MKZ, painted brilliant metallic silver, was involved in a hit-and-run crash that sent a Largo pedestrian to the hospital with serious injuries Saturday. The vehicle should have damage to the driver-side headlight area. The pedestrian, Darcee Jo Randall, 49, of Largo was hit at 9:45 p.m. after she fell near East Bay and Seacrest drives. Police don't know what caused her to fall. She was in serious condition Wednesday. Police say the driver likely will face a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. Anyone with information should contact Officer Mike Freire at (727) 587-6730.
Boat ramp closes for improvements
The city marina's boat ramp will close today through Feb. 19. Harbormaster Bill Frantz said the ramp would be extended and that aluminum floating docks would be added during the eight-day closure at 51 Main St.
Fashion show tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale for the Clearwater Women's Club's annual High Tea and Fashion Show slated for Feb. 20 at Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Clearwater. The program includes lunch, the show and door prizes. The cost is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Call Tammy Harkins, (727) 710-6116, or Marilyn Collins, (727) 475-8960.