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Clearwater man found in pool believed to be accidental drowning victim


Man's drowning is accidental, deputies believe

A Clearwater woman awoke Wednesday morning to discover her husband had died while she slept, in what authorities believe was an accidental drowning in the couple's pool. Steven Kwalick, 49, was last seen by his wife when she went to bed at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. At that time, he was in the hot tub at their home at 2242 Manor Court. He was in the habit of taking a dip in the pool afterward to cool off, Kwalick's wife, who was not identified, told investigators. At 7 a.m., she woke up to discover her husband was not in the room with her. She found him face up in the pool, then sought help from a neighbor. Clearwater Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Kwalick dead at 7:10 a.m. An investigation into Kwalick's death is under way, officials said. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause.


Commissioners to meet twice today

Pinellas County commissioners will meet for a budget information work session at 9:30 a.m. today in the fifth-floor assembly room of the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St. in downtown Clearwater. At 5 p.m. today, they will hold a budget information session for the public at Safety Harbor City Hall, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. Those wishing to offer public comment may do so during the Citizens to be Heard portion of both meetings. The meetings can be viewed live at or on PCC-TV on Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44. Agendas and corresponding documentation are available online at

Volunteers needed for Honor Flight

Honor Flight of West Central Florida needs people to serve as guardians for the next flight taking World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., for free so the veterans can see the memorials built on the National Mall as a tribute to their service. Honor Flight has chartered a plane from Allegiant Air to fly about 75 elderly veterans from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Washington on a one-day trip. The flight will leave at 7 a.m. June 12 and return at 7:30 p.m. to a public "Welcome Home" parade. Each veteran will have a "guardian angel" to travel with them. Guardians must be between 18 and 75 years old and in good physical condition. While veterans fly free, guardians are asked to make a donation of at least $400 to the operating fund of Honor Flight to help cover operating costs. If interested, visit www.honor, print the guardian application, and mail it to P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg, FL 33732. For more info, call (727) 480-7112.


'Tristan and Isolda' is today, Saturday

The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center presents Tristan and Isolda today at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. One of the greatest of all tragic love stories, it tells the ancient Celtic legend of an impossible love set to a romantic score. The opera is directed by Constantine Grame. Tickets are $22, $18 for center members and students. Call the box office at (727) 942-5605 or order online at

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