Two arrested; marijuana, cocaine seized
Detectives seized drugs and money from a home Thursday and arrested two Clearwater men. Police seized 36 grams of crack cocaine, 78 grams of marijuana, a pistol and $1,355 in cash from a home at 1308 N Madison Ave. Dexter McCloud, 24, of 1309 Roosevelt Ave., was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine and felony and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $55,250 bail. Julius Barnes, 22, of 1434 Springdale St., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after detectives said he took a loaded handgun from his waistband and threw it onto the couch. He was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Decision on beach hotel plan delayed
The City Council was poised Thursday night to sign off on a plan to let developers build more hotel rooms on Clearwater Beach. But county planners asked for a delay. Here's why:
What is the city's plan?
To let developers build up to 50 rooms per acre, just like now — plus some additional rooms, depending on the size of their project. Hotels on 0.75 to 2.5 acres could build up to 100 more rooms. Hotels on more than 2.5 acres could build up to 90 rooms per acre. So a 3-acre hotel could have up to 270 rooms, nearly twice what the current rules allow. The total number of additional rooms available would be limited to 1,385, because they would generate all the additional traffic the beach could handle.
Why is the county concerned?
The city's plan allows more density on smaller lots and less on larger ones. "That seemed incongruous," Pinellas Planning Council executive director David Healey said. (In contrast, the county lets hotel developers build 75 rooms on parcels of less than an acre; 100 rooms per acre on 1 to 3 acres, and 125 rooms per acre on parcels larger than 3 acres.)
Both sides expect to reach a compromise in a week or so.
Ackerman, Edwin Banta
Alvarez, Juan A.
Casavechia, Harry Rico
Dupler, Eugene M.
Gullo, James A.
Kelly, Franca "Francie" M.
Saris, Thomas A.
Savastano, Robet A.
Signore, Daniel Raymond Jr.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.