Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Dunedin charter changes up for discussion, vote

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City charter changes to be discussed

Residents have one last chance tonight to weigh in on whether six city charter referendum items should appear on the November ballot. Dunedin commissioners will hold a second public hearing and final vote on the items at their meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 542 Main St. If the ite ms are approved, voters this fall will decide how often commissioners hold meetings and rotate the ceremonial "vice mayor" title. Residents also would decide whether to institute commissioner term limits, up the number of votes needed to hire and fire the city clerk, require city leaders to act more quickly on citizen petitions, and expand on the state's definition of criminal acts that would cause an elected official to be suspended or removed from office.

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Shorts needed for needy boys

Clothes To Kids has an emergency need for boy's and young men's shorts. Please donate any new or gently used shorts this week. Clothes To Kids is serving more than 60 needy children per day. New or gently used clothes and shoes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1059 N Hercules Ave., or in St. Petersburg at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145. Cash donations are also needed for purchasing clothing and new underwear. Volunteers welcomed. Clothes To Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. For more information, (727) call 441-5050 or visit www.ClothesToKids.org.

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Safe boating class and inspections

Promoting safer boating will be the focus of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's efforts during National Safe Boating Week Saturday through May 25. The Dunedin flotilla will offer the "About Boating Safely" class on Saturday and Sunday. The class is $35 for two four-hour sessions and covers boating emergencies, getting under way, navigating waterways and operating your boat. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. Free vessel safety checks will take place at several boat launch ramps and marinas around Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Ozona and Safety Harbor throughout the week. Boaters can have their boats, jet skis, and kayaks inspected to confirm that they meet both federal and state requirements for safety. No citations will be issued. The class will be held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor. For more information on the ABS class and free vessel safety checks and locations, call Larry O'Brien at (727) 599-8837, or email [email protected]

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Space heater likely cause of early-morning home fire in Valrico

Space heater likely cause of early-morning home fire in Valrico

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French group to take over Westfield malls for $15.7 billion

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Obama, Biden and Trump make late pushes in Alabama Senate race

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Tampa forum focuses on reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

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Published: 12/12/17
Jury selection in trial of Clearwater man charged with mother’s death begins today

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Published: 12/12/17
Kathy Fountain, from anchor chair to therapist’s chair

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