Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

Free rides set for aquarium attractions

Clearwater

Free rides set for aquarium attractions

To accommodate a growing number of visitors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is partnering with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to provide free transportation between the aquarium on Island Estates and the aquarium's Dolphin Tale Adventure movie exhibit in the Harborview Center downtown. Visitors can park in the Harborview Center lot and ride the trolley to the aquarium and back. The free trolley service will be provided continuously from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is available to the general public as well. For additional information, visit www.PSTA.net.

Join celebration as Coast Guard City

Clearwater will celebrate its designation as a Coast Guard City at 6 p.m. today on a downtown stage at Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young and the Coast Guard's Quintet and Silent Drill Team will attend the event on the Blast Friday stage. Home to the largest Coast Guard air station in the country, Clearwater was awarded with the federal honor in September.

east lake

North County officers elected

The Council of North County Neighborhoods, a nonprofit community organization based in East Lake, has elected its 2012 slate of officers and board members. They are Don Ewing, president; Ron Schultz, second vice president; Barbara Schultz, secretary; Terry Haas, treasurer; and Bill Hickman, Roger Johnson and Jeff Hunt, directors. CNCN founders John Miolla, first vice president, and Jim McDonald, director, serve as permanent board members. At its recent annual meeting, the group discussed issues for 2012, including use of reclaimed water, fluoride in drinking water, managing the Brooker Creek Preserve, and possible new development in Ridgemoor/Tarpon Woods.

oldsmar

Deadline nears for senior exemption

The city of Oldsmar offers an additional property tax exemption to senior residents, known as the Oldsmar Senior Exemption, if certain requirements are met. The deadline for applying is March 1. Here are the requirements: There must be at least one property owner who is 65 years of age or older on Jan. 1, 2012; the applicant qualifies for a homestead exemption; the total household income for 2011 was $26,203 or less. (However, Social Security income is usually not included in that amount if a resident is not required to file an income tax return.) Everyone must reapply each year. For more information, call the Personal Exemptions Division, (727) 464-3294. Information is also available on the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website at http://pcpao.org.

Comments
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Former Mitchell High player Nathan Smith taken in NHL draft by Jets

Former Mitchell High player Nathan Smith taken in NHL draft by Jets

It's rare to see an NHL draft pick with Tampa Bay ties, but the Jets used a third-round pick Saturday on center Nathan Smith, 19, who played for Mitchell High School in Trinity and most recently for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL.Smith was ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

Despite limited salary-cap room, the Lightning is among at least five teams expected to talk with Islanders All-Star center John Tavares, who can be a free agent July 1, when the courting period begins Sunday, ESPN reported.Tavares also is expected t...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Strangers are coming together to honor two killed in Bayshore crash

TAMPA — John Reisinger has seen miracles since his niece and 21-month-old grand-niece were killed while trying to cross Bayshore Boulevard 30 days ago. Some, he says, are too painful to talk about. Others he’s still trying to make sense of, such as h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

ST. PETERSBURG — The key to SS Willy Adames rapping two of the biggest hits in the Rays' 4-0 win Saturday actually took place the night before.An RBI single that snapped an 0-for-12 and a second hit two winnings later in Friday's game restored ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Another small, quick forward headlines Lightning’s draft picks

Another small, quick forward headlines Lightning’s draft picks

Even without a first-round pick, the Lightning wrapped up its draft with seven picks Saturday, starting with Gabriel Fortier, an undersized 18-year-old forward from Quebec in the second round."They were guys that we really wanted," Lightning director...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Yankees game

INF Daniel Robertson has only played two games after a short DL stint, but it seems like he has already made a half dozen great plays. Willy Adames and Jake Bauers get the attention, but Robertson has the skills to steal the show any night.It is obvi...
Updated: 2 hours ago