Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

Dunedin commissioners to consider selling city land



Land sale, beer fest on agenda

The Dunedin city staff is recommending that city commissioners on Thursday approve the sale of two city-owned surplus properties, generating a $127,000 profit and landing the parcels back on city tax rolls.

The properties, at 641 Wood St. and 1630 St. Catherine St., are among two dozen unused homes, small easements and vacant lots the city has acquired over the years through gifts from Pinellas County, foreclosures and other means.

City commissioners will review contracts from the highest bidders during their meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 542 Main St.

Other agenda items include the first of two public hearings and votes on the development agreement and preliminary architectural plans for the downtown Gateway mixed housing/retail project, a license request for the Dunedin Brewery's Oktobeerfest and a special proclamation honoring Dunedin High graduate and country singer Lari White.

Visit for the full agenda.

Tarpon Springs

Register now for health fair

Citizens Alliance for Progress Inc. is registering children and adults now for its annual community health fair.

The fair will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Union Academy Family Center, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Sponsors include Citizens Alliance for Progress Inc., Florida Hospital North Pinellas and the GFWC Woman's Club of Tarpon Springs.

Available services will include adult health screenings, a Florida Blood Services blood mobile, a healthy meal, and free school or sports physicals for children.

There is limited space and preregistration is required. Call (727) 943-3600.


Dolphin expert will speak at aquarium

The speaker for Thursday's "Making Waves: An Evening with Experts" at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be Dr. Ann Weaver of Argosy University.

Weaver currently monitors more than 150 individual dolphins in the Boca Ciega Bay area and will discuss her experience with wild dolphin populations, dolphin identification techniques and population behaviors.

"Making Waves" will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments, followed by Weaver's presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and then a 30-minute question and answer session.

The free event takes place at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Island Estates, Clearwater.

Visit to view other lectures planned for this year.

Pinellas County

Shade Brigade helps keep seniors cool

Rising summer temperatures can be deadly for seniors, who tend to be more susceptible to heat stroke than younger people.

To help, Emeritus Senior Living, a memory care and assisted living provider with locations in Clearwater and Dunedin, has launched the Shade Brigade, which delivers coolers full of water, ice pops, juices and safety information to seniors at risk of becoming overheated. The effort is part of the company's "Safely Somewhere" program, which aims to ensure more than 5,000 seniors this summer are safe and living purposefully no matter where they reside.

If you know of a senior in need, locate the Emeritus community nearest them online at, or email the person's name, contact information, city and state to [email protected]

Palm Harbor

Library hosts critter tales

Critter Corner is a story time for the entire family that focuses on different wild animals of North America. The story time will feature stories, puppets and interesting facts about native wildlife.

It will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. No registration is necessary.

Learn how to declutter

"Digging Out From Under Closet Clutter" will help you decide what to discard from your closets and how to organize the clothing and items that remain. Through a Power Point presentation, lecture and the showing of organizational tools, wardrobe consultant Kara Beck will suggest how to clear closet clutter and get organized. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., in Palm Harbor. Registration is required. Call (727) 784-3332.


A time to talk to the mayor

Mayor Gary H. Katica will be available at Belleair Town Hall every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. to talk with residents about their issues or concerns.

No appointment is necessary.

Town Hall is located at 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Residents also may contact elected officials by email at [email protected]

All email sent to elected officials is considered public record and is subject to state public records law.


AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

TAMPA — Police arrested a 26-year-old man they say drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a multi-vehicle crash Friday on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.Collin John Cole faces two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injur...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Greg Auman has a final preview of Sunday’s Bucs-Dolphins game in Miami in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.He talks about key matchups to watch for, from perhaps the NFL’s best slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, to Miami’s vulnerabilities at right tackl...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

TAMPA — Why should we believe this man?Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated by the NFL concerning an allegation of him groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March 2016.Winston denied the allegations Friday in a statem...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

During the day, you hear from the psychics and the kooks. The well-intentioned tipsters, and the unsolicited profilers. This is all part of serial killer spillover, a sort of cottage industry of macabre.It gets tougher at night when you’re hounded by...
Updated: 30 minutes ago

Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 12 hours ago