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Clearwater extends construction deadline for beach resort

For many years, he was Santa

emember Ted Napp, a former Mr. Delightful Dunedin who starred as Santa Claus for years in Dunedin's Christmas parade. Due to a miscommunication, we mistakenly pointed readers to this story in Friday's paper.


City extends deadline for beach resort

Dr. Kiran Patel's stalled plans for a two-towered beach resort were given new life Thursday by the City Council, which voted to extend the project's construction deadline to 2015. The $250 million project planned for 100 Coronado Drive has been frozen for a decade because of a lack of financing. But as the project's approvals neared expiration, the developers redesigned it, cutting 20 percent of the square footage off the 15-story mega resort. Seeking an extension, Patel offered to pay the city up to $3 million if construction didn't begin within three years. Council members said they were reassured by the project's slimmer blueprints, the improving economy and Patel's development team. A Marriott representative also said the hotel chain is interested in managing and helping finance the project. "If we didn't think this was a real project," Marriott senior vice president Tom Onken said, "we wouldn't be pursuing it." The council voted 4-1, with member Paul Gibson dissenting over worries that the project was mismanaged and doomed for failure. "This is a better project," Gibson said. "But if it doesn't get built, it doesn't really matter."

King program at library is today

The Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., will offer a program for all ages to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today at 2 p.m. Activities at the event, called Project Pride, will include a community art project and a screening of Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, a PBS documentary about taking action against hate crimes in local communities. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit

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Chamber event tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce's Evening Extraordinaire: Divas, Debonairs and Candlelight. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N. The event will include wine and hors d'oeuvres, silent auctions and raffles. The cost is $35 per person. To get tickets, or if you are interested in serving as a sponsor, visit or call the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287.


Class of 1962 will hold 50th reunion

The Dunedin High School Class of 1962, the school's first graduating class, will hold its 50th reunion May 25-27. The schedule includes a Friday mixer at the Dunedin Golf Club, a Saturday morning buffet and school tour sponsored by Dunedin High School (also celebrating its 50th anniversary), a Saturday evening dinner cruise and a Sunday morning farewell buffet. For more information, call Dave Hart at (727) 480-4597.

Clearwater extends construction deadline for beach resort 01/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 7:51pm]
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