Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Company pays fine for illegal dumping in Dunedin

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Dunedin

Company says illegal dumping 'honest mistake'

A Clearwater demolition and recycling company has resolved an illegal dumping case by paying a $4,250 fine levied by the Florida Department of Environment Protection. The state last month cited Greenway Recycling Inc. and its sister demolition company, Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., for using ground-up construction and demolition debris to fill in low areas created when Glasbrenner demolished three buildings on the former Nielsen Media Research campus at 375 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin. The material didn't pose a risk to human or environmental health, but state rules say it should have gone to a landfill instead. The owner of the two companies called the incident an "honest mistake" by a new employee who loaded material from the wrong pile at the companies' shared yard on 126th Avenue in Clearwater. DEP said its investigation determined there was no criminal intent on the part of the companies, which could have faced a fine as high as $10,000.

Dusk is movie time Fridays at park

Friday Night Films in Dunedin's Pioneer Park are back. A new film begins at dusk (about 8 p.m.) every Friday in the park, at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue downtown. This month's showings are Gone with the Wind (tonight), Beach Blanket Bingo (April 13), West Side Story (April 20) and My Fair Lady (April 27). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic basket for this free event sponsored by Dunedin's parks and recreation department and the Community Redevelopment Agency. Call (727) 812-4530 for information.

Clearwater

Seminar April 13 on fair housing

April is Fair Housing Month and to celebrate, the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium will host U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor at a fair housing seminar on April 13. The program will include discussion of housing laws, what fair housing means to those with disabilities, and reasonable accommodation and modification issues. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Realtors can receive three continuing education credits for the course. Other speakers include Sara Pratt, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Patricia Reass, a state-permitted appraisal instructor; and Michael Allen, partner in the civil rights law firm of Relman, Dane and Colfax. The deadline to register is Saturday. Cost is $25 and includes materials. Call (813) 882-0222 to learn more.

Pinellas deaths

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For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

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A valet at this South Tampa Publix will park your car as you shop

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Hernando County Animal Services searching for pet owners after Brooksville seizure

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Sign to report employees not speaking English at doughnut shop creates a stir

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Deputies search for suspects in rapper XXXTentacion slaying

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Brooksville man convicted of murder awaits possible death sentence

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‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son

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