$2.9 million later, Cleveland street reopens
More than a year after construction first closed it to traffic, Cleveland Street was reopened Friday afternoon. The city spent $2.9 million to trim the road between Myrtle and Missouri avenues from four lanes to two, adding a median and landscaping. Officials said the work, a cheaper version of the city's downtown streetscaping in 2006, could encourage more walking and new investment. But companies already open on the street said the long-term closure scared off customers.
Company decides to skip Clearwater
The anonymous company seeking state tax refunds for high-wage jobs has rescinded its application to move to downtown Clearwater. Pinellas County officials have learned that the company that could gain nearly half a million dollars in refunds for its pledge of 50 new jobs is no longer interested. City officials say the out-of-state company, which develops software for the financial industry, hadn't commented on why it pulled its request.
FHP: Man dies after crash at hospital
A 66-year-old Dunedin man died Friday afternoon after his pickup truck crashed on the campus of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County. Henry Claude Manion lost control of his truck after suffering an "emergency medical event" while driving on Medical Drive at about 2 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was taken inside the hospital, where he later died. The FHP didn't say whether Manion was going to the hospital or leaving or what kind of medical problem he experienced. The incident is under investigation.
A list of Easter events today
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Children up to age 12 can eat breakfast, have photos taken with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $5. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 771-6000.
Easter Bunny at recreation center: Bring a basket to participate in an Easter egg hunt and say hello to the Easter Bunny. Moonwalk, carnival games, Touch-A-Truck, vendors, an information fair and light refreshments. 9 a.m.-noon Free. Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. (727) 669-1914.
Egg hunt, pony rides, more: Children of all ages can celebrate Easter at this event with egg hunts, pony rides, a bounce house, arts and crafts, prizes and photos with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. Free (drinks/photos additional). Tarpon Sports Complex, 150 Jasmine Ave. (727) 942-5628.
Helicopter egg drop: Thousands of eggs are scheduled to be dropped onto a high school football field at this Easter event hosted by Next Level Church. A traditional egg hunt for ages 1 to 5 is planned. Bring your own basket. 11 a.m. Free. Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road. (727) 412-1617; livenextlevel.com.
Sip while they hunt: Enjoy a cup of coffee on the back patio while your children participate in egg hunts. 11 a.m. Antiques and Uniques, 530 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 216-6216.