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Man found dead in motel room near downtown Clearwater

On Monday, police were trying to identify the body found in a room at Palms Lodging.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

On Monday, police were trying to identify the body found in a room at Palms Lodging.

CLEARWATER

Man found dead in motel room near downtown

Police were investigating a suspicious death Monday afternoon at a motel near downtown. City spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said a man's body was discovered about 1:12 p.m. in Room 106 of the Palms Lodging at 1735 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Police said a man checked in to the motel Sunday night around 3 a.m. and was scheduled to check out at 1 p.m. Monday. When motel staff members went to check on the room and couldn't get in, they called firefighters, who forced open the door and found the body. Police were trying to identify the man and hoped that an autopsy today will help determine how he died.

City pays to recruit a 'cafe society'

Jamba Juice recently opened at Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, and now city officials say Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are coming to the refurbished Telephone building at the northwest corner of Cleveland and Garden Avenue. But Clearwater leaders are looking for more. On Monday, the City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, agreed to pay Washington, D.C.-based ERA/Downtown Works up to $165,000 to help recruit new businesses and develop a marketing plan for the downtown's recently renovated west-east drag. The goal: a "cafe society," with dining and entertainment. ERA/Downtown Works has handled several similar projects in St. Louis and Austin, Texas. The money will come from tax revenues generated by growth in the redevelopment area, not the city's general fund.

Pinellas deaths

Barkley, Marian

Betz, Lois F.

Ciabattoni, Vincent II "Vinny" "Curt"

Filipkowski, Chester J.

Gosney, Elsie "Lena"

Hazzard, Elbert A.

Herbert, William M. Jr.

Komm, Kenneth J.

Kotov, Olga Tina

Payne, Harry "Ed"

Soldan, Robert

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Man found dead in motel room near downtown Clearwater 03/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 4:24pm]
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