Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

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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Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

The Tampa Bay Times will be there for every step of this year's Gasparilla Distance Classic. Whether you'll be walking, skipping, jogging or sprinting across the 5K, 8K, 15K or half-marathon finish, join us by using #gasparillarun.(function(d, s, id)...
Published: 02/24/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 0BaseballCalvary Christian 9, Countryside 2Northeast 15, Tarpon Springs 1
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Arthur D. Showley, 75, went fishing early Friday morning, something he did two or three times a week, friends said. When they saw his car and trailer still parked near a community boat ramp at 2 p.m., they thought that was strange."He never ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

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Updated: 12 hours ago
Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

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Published: 02/23/18
Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

This is the sad new math in the age of school slaughter.If one student comes to school with a firearm and 10 ammunition magazines filled with 30 bullets each, and another comes with a firearm and 30 magazines filled with 10 bullets each, who can crea...
Published: 02/23/18
Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

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Published: 02/23/18
Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

The head of the Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations into the way they report job placement figures says he has no intention of stepping down.That’s unless he is paid five months severance.In a letter from his attorn...
Published: 02/23/18