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Do the shuffle for stingrays at Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER

Do the shuffle to avoid getting stung at beach

Public safety officials are advising visitors to Clearwater Beach to beware and shuffle: An increased number of stingrays have been reported just off the beach. More than a dozen people were stung by the fish's poisonous tail barbs Thursday afternoon, and more than 20 were injured Wednesday. Officials are advising bathers to shuffle their feet in the sand as they enter the water to scare away partially buried rays, which usually ignore people and only sting when threatened or stepped on. Lifeguard towers on Clearwater Beach are flying purple flags, which mean dangerous sea life could be present in the water. According to fire officials, the crews at Fire Station 46 at 534 Mandalay Ave. have been busy treating stingray injuries. "If a sting does occur, see a beach lifeguard immediately for treatment," Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said in a news release.

Football: Largo vs. Clearwater tonight

The spring football classic between Clearwater and Largo high schools will be held at 7 tonight at Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave. N. Admission is $7.

SAFETY HARBOR

Touch a fire truck and more June 5

The city will hold its annual Safety Harbor Touch A Truck day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S. Admission and parking are free. Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to touch and climb inside vehicles from organizations including the Safety Harbor Public Works Department, the Safety Harbor Fire Department and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call Joe Cooper at (727) 724-1572.

TARPON SPRINGS

Needlecraft group forms at library

Needlecrafters are invited to join a new group forming at Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St., every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come share your ideas and ask questions. Supplies are not included. For information, call (727) 943-4922.

PALM HARBOR

Summer camp registration starts

Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for summer camp. Programs include cheerleading, fishing, lacrosse, gymnastics, tennis, basketball and soccer. Families can get registration information at Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. For information, call (727) 771-6000.

Do the shuffle for stingrays at Clearwater Beach 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:51pm]
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