'Dolphin Tale' screening today at Ruth Eckerd
The first big unveiling of the movie Dolphin Tale will be tonight during a 3-D screening at Ruth Eckerd Hall for those who can shell out $99 a ticket. The film, which premieres in theaters Friday, is loosely based on the story of Winter, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's star dolphin. Cast members and aquarium employees will appear on the red carpet just after 5 p.m. The movie plays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at rutheckerdhall.com.
East Gateway workshops set
The city will host its first East Gateway Vision Plan community workshops on today and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Greektown Grille, 1230 Cleveland St. The sessions will help develop a strategy to brand the area, long marked by day-labor firms and rundown motels, with a more business-friendly image. The city is paying consultants $68,000 for the plan. The sessions are open to the public. Call (727) 562-4047 or visit myclearwater.com/eastgatewayvision.
Clearwater on best places to retire list
CNN Money has rated Clearwater No. 13 in its "25 Best Places to Retire," praising the "quintessential Florida beach town" for its drastically low home prices. That honor may not sound so sweet to homeowners, who also might question some of the city's descriptions. Clearwater, the website wrote, is a "compact, bike-friendly city" with lots to offer for performing arts. Florida was celebrated for lacking a state income tax and offering large homestead exemptions. Cape Coral, the only other Florida city listed, ranked No. 2.
Woman accused of beating girl, 7
A 27-year-old woman is accused of beating a 7-year-old girl with a metal broom handle and a plastic coat hanger after the child refused to go to bed, authorities said. Katherine B. Rivas, of the 200 block of S Hillcrest Avenue, was arrested Monday and charged with child abuse. The child was in Rivas' care at the time, but it was not clear Tuesday if they are related. Clearwater police said, Rivas told investigators she became frustrated Sunday night because the child wouldn't go to bed and was mocking her. The child suffered large bruises on her back, the report said. On Tuesday afternoon, Rivas was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail. In jail records, Rivas' last name is listed as Pastor-Alcalde.
2012 city budget wins approval
The City Commission unanimously approved a nearly $12.6 million city budget for fiscal year 2012 and a property tax rate of 3.38 mills following a final public hearing Monday night. The tax rate stayed the same as this year. At the 3.38 mill rate, the city will collect $3.082 million for its general fund. A mill equals $1 of tax for every $1,000 in taxable real estate value. A property owner with a home valued at $125,000 who has a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $253.50 in city property taxes next year. The budget gives city employees up to a 3 percent merit increase on their employment anniversary date.
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