Work begins on boutique hotel with 42 suites
Construction has begun on a hotel to replace the old Knights Inn across Gulfview Boulevard from Clearwater Beach. The Coconut Cove Boutique Hotel's 42 suites, ranging from 550 to 750 square feet, will rent for $130 to $250 a night with discounted rates for longer stays. Southwind Hospitality, manager of five Pinellas hotels, is advertising it as the beach's first all-suites hotel, with kitchens in every room. Crews will remodel the interior, roof and pool deck of the Knights Inn for Coconut Cove, a $2 million renovation. Southwind plans to open the hotel in late July.
Firefighters' union clashes with city
Dunedin city commissioners were preparing to hold a public hearing Thursday night on proposed changes to Dunedin firefighters' pension plan, but the local firefighters' union was raising a ruckus about it. Union members said they had spent 10 months negotiating with the city over the changes, and accused the city of trying to push through changes that the union opposes. The Dunedin Firefighters Association announced earlier Thursday that if Dunedin officials proceeded, the union would file a grievance protesting unfair labor practices by the city. Look for further coverage of this issue in Saturday's Clearwater & North Pinellas Times.
Free workshop to train tutors
The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas will offer a free tutor training workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The workshop will prepare tutors to begin with students and include individualized follow-up training that will continue after tutor/student matches are made. The organization's goal is to meet the literacy needs of adult students in central and North Pinellas County. To register, call (727) 298-3080, ext. 242.
Self Help Center to be open full day
The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court recently announced that its Legal Self Help Center's north county office is opening its doors for a full day each week due to an increase in requests for assistance. Pinellas County residents who represent themselves in court and don't have a private attorney can get affordable legal assistance at the center. They can schedule an appointment to consult with a lawyer for a minimum of $15. The lawyers may assist with family law, small claims and landlord-tenant matters only. People can use specialized software to assist in filling out forms for eviction, divorce or small claims actions. They can purchase forms and packets for civil court actions, have documents notarized and make copies. The center, 29582 U.S. 19 N, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. To schedule an appointment with a lawyer there, call (727) 464-5150 or (727) 582-7941. The clerk's other Self Help Centers are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at: the Clearwater Law Library, Old Clearwater Courthouse, 324 S Fort Harrison Ave., (727) 464-5150; and at the St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 First Ave. N, (727) 582-7941. For information or to view helpful videos, go to www.mypinellas clerk.org/selfhelp.htm.