Friday, April 20, 2018
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Greyhound closing Clearwater bus station

Clearwater

Greyhound closing Gulf-to-Bay station

The last Greyhound station in north Pinellas County will close this month, leaving customers to travel to Tampa or St. Petersburg if they want to catch a ride.

Mayor George Cretekos wrote a letter to the Dallas-based North American division of the bus line last week asking the company to reconsider its decision.

"While your need to operate efficiently is appreciated, the City of Clearwater would hope that you will give additional consideration to the difficulty the closure of the Clearwater Greyhound station will have," Cretekos wrote.

Perhaps a more limited schedule would work, Cretekos suggested.

But Robert Trice, a contractor who has run the station at 2815 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. since 1995, said he didn't think Greyhound will change its mind before the doors close June 18.

The station averages about 25 riders boarding and another 25 disembarking from the eight buses that stop six days a week.

His agency has a thriving package business aboard the buses, mostly in eBay merchandise, Trice said. Those clients will have to drive to St. Petersburg or Tampa, too.

The station briefly closed in 2008 before reopening in 2009, Trice said.

Trice, 66, said he plans to retire, but will have to lay off his three grandsons, two of whom work full time.

Greyhound's North American operation, based in Dallas, didn't return a phone call requesting comment.

Reclaimed water limits don't apply

The city is reminding its utility customers that reclaimed water use is encouraged and is available every day, without restriction on the number of days it can be used.

Other area cities and the county have announced limits on reclaimed water use due to supply and demand issues, but those limits do not apply to reclaimed water in Clearwater.

All locations that use reclaimed resources to water lawns may continue to do so on any day, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Information about watering restrictions is available online at www.myclearwater.com/watering or by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at (727) 562-4WTR.

Noted anthropologist to speak at library

The Clearwater Main Library at 100 N Osceola Ave. today hosts a presentation by Rachel Wentz on her book detailing the unearthing of ancient human remains just outside present-day Titusville.

Wentz will discuss "Life and Death at Windover," the discovery and subsequent archaeological dig that exhumed human skeletal and tissue remains along with a wealth of artifacts preserved at the bottom of a pond for some 8,000 years.

Wentz, who holds a doctorate in anthropology and is a member of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, has done skeletal work in St. Croix, England, and Ukraine and obtained experience in forensics at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida. She has taught courses in physical anthropology, human osteology and forensic anthropology at Florida State University and serves on the Brevard County Historical Commission.

The presentation begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

East Lake

Fire Rescue board seeks applicants for vacant seat

East Lake Fire Rescue is seeking applicants to replace Seat 4 fire Commissioner Florence Galloway, who is moving out of the district. Commissioners, who oversee the budget and policy for East Lake Fire Rescue, are normally elected but are appointed in the case of a resignation.

The successful applicant must live in the fire district and would be expected to serve until the next election in 2014. The pay is $500 per month.

"Flo will be deeply missed as a balanced voice of wisdom on the Board of Fire Commissioners," said Commissioner Paul Ferreri. "This is a particularly challenging time for East Lake Fire Rescue as it faces its budget approval process in September, and it is important that the appointed commissioner become fluent in that process quickly."

Applicants should send letters of interest, resumes and an essay about why they think they should be selected to M. Wayne at East Lake Fire Rescue, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor, Florida, 34685, or to [email protected] by June 24 at 4 p.m. Questions should go to fire Chief Tom Jamison at (727) 784-8668.

The seat will be filled at the July 23 board meeting.

Oldsmar

Deputies: Man arrested after swinging baseball bat at child

Joseph Andrew Kovacs, 24, of Oldsmar was charged with aggravated child abuse Tuesday after he swung a bat at a child, deputies said.

Kovacs told deputies he was in a verbal fight on Monday night with the child, whose age and gender were not specified, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report. He tried to hit the victim in the torso with a 30-inch wooden baseball bat, deputies said, but the victim jumped away.

Kovacs was released from the Pinellas County Jail early Tuesday on a $10,000 bond.

He was arrested in 2009 on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to records.

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