Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

North Pinellas news in brief


Patel pays into escrow to keep hotel plans alive

Tampa Bay mogul Dr. Kiran Patel paid $1 million into an escrow account last week to keep his hotel project on Clearwater Beach alive for another year.

Patel missed a Feb. 12 deadline to pull building permits.

Members of Patel's development team, which didn't respond to a request for comment, applied for a foundation permit and told the Tampa Bay Times last month that they planned to break ground in March on the 450-room, $170 million project that is slated to be a Wyndham Grand.

Patel has until February 2015 to begin construction or he will lose up to $3 million in escrow.

Aquarium updates

On Thursday night, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host the latest in a series of forums called "Making Waves: An Evening With Experts."

This month's presenter is Joe Malo, the aquarium's manager of video productions, who will talk about the Dolphin Tale 2 filming and give an update on the aquarium's resident animals and recent patients.

Socializing and refreshments start at 6 p.m., with Malo's presentation from 6:30 to 7:30, and a Q&A until 8.


Commission to revisit delay of Biltmore rezoning vote

The Belleair Town Commission on Tuesday will discuss whether to reverse last month's 3-2 decision to wait six months before voting on rezoning the Belleview Biltmore property.

Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.

Town staffers will present new zoning categories a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to tear down the historic structure to build either condos or a mixed-use project that might include a portion of the 117-year-old hotel.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Belleair Town Hall, 901 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

If commissioners vote Tuesday to proceed with more discussion, more information about the zoning categories would be presented at a future meeting.

Tarpon Springs

Trail around the lake is topic

The Council of North County Neighborhoods will host a community meeting to discuss a walking/bicycling trail that would circle Lake Tarpon and connect to the Pinellas Trail.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd.

Visit cncnpc.org for more information.

Fine arts festival could use a hand

Organizers are seeking volunteers for the 40th annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival, which will be held April 5 and 6 at Craig Park on the Bayou.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers are needed to work two- to three-hour shifts in various roles on either day.

To volunteer, contact Kim O'Kelley at (727) 831-1282 or [email protected]

Each spring, the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the festival, which has space for 235 artisans showing paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, wood, fiber and glass.


Lawyer will give a talk Tuesday

A local lawyer will talk about legal issues involved in the sale and transfer of automobiles, repair work, safety standards, warranties, accidents, automobile laws, consumer protection laws and "lemon law" statutes at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. It's free.

Bicyclists, make a note of March 22

The city will present "Lock It or Walk It," a session on bicycle theft prevention, bicycle laws and local paths.

The free seminar, hosted by the citizen-led Public Safety Committee, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 22 at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

People who attend will receive a picnic lunch and a chance to win door prizes.

Call (727) 812-4530 for information.

Bids taken in branding campaign

Dunedin is accepting bids from public relations firms interested in vying for a contract to develop a strategy that markets the city to a regional, national and international audience.

Commissioners rolled out a new city logo and slogans — "Home of Honeymoon Island" and "Dun Our Way" — last year as part of a $73,150 initiative to brand Dunedin as a desirable destination for tourists and new residents.

The branding plan's final phase calls for hiring a PR consultant that will help the city gain exposure through print, digital and social media.

Proposals are due March 11. For information, call city purchasing director Chuck Ankney at (727) 298-3001.

The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers had the ball in the final minutes of a tie game.For the second straight week, they could not finish.As disappointing as that might be, they have a larger problem, and one that has existed all season: The B...
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Fire at Tampa townhome complex caused by faulty air-conditioner unit

Fire at Tampa townhome complex caused by faulty air-conditioner unit

TAMPA ó A malfunctioning air conditioning unit sparked the fire that damaged several homes at the Brookshire Townhomes on Monday, authorities said.Investigators concluded the fire started on the back patio of unit B103 when the power supply of a cond...
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Plant City boy, 12, dies in Mulberry crash as car turns into path of semi

MULBERRY ó A 12-year-old Plant City boy died Tuesday when the car he was riding in turned into the path of a semitrailer on State Road 60, authorities said. Miguel Resendiz was riding in an eastbound BMW 328xi when its driver, 29-year-old Maricela Re...
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Buchanan Middle aide used Instagram to seek nude photos, sex from students, deputies say

Buchanan Middle aide used Instagram to seek nude photos, sex from students, deputies say

TAMPA ó A 24-year-old aide at Buchanan Middle School was arrested Monday and charged with using Instagram to ask for sex and nude photos from female students at the school, deputies said.Between Sept. 1 and the time of his arrest, Quinton J. Bradford...
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Editorial: Tax cuts arenít worth harm to Tampa Bay

Editorial: Tax cuts arenít worth harm to Tampa Bay

As congressional negotiators hammer out the details on an enormous, unnecessary tax cut, the potential negative impact on Tampa Bay and Florida is becoming clearer. The harmful consequences stretch far beyond adding more than $1.4 trillion to the fed...
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Tampa Bayís mortgage delinquency rate crept up in December

Tampa Bayís mortgage delinquency rate crept up in December

Times Staff WriterThe percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners who are late on their mortgage payments rose slightly in September, probably due to Hurricane Irma. According to CoreLogic, 7 percent of bay area mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days c...
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Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

Paddling on the heels of the last supermoon of 2017, Phil Hughes navigated an uncommonly low tide off Dunedin through St. Joseph Sound on an effortless but lengthy glide.This is not easy water, nor an easy paddle, and could be especially daunting for...
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Nicko's Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

Nicko's Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

Nicko’s Fine Foods, known as the place Elvis Presley ate following a 1956 concert and Tampa’s last classic prefabricated diner, has shut down after more than 60 years in business. Owners Karen and Nicholas Liakos could not be reached for...
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Tampa memorial for

Tampa memorial for "Fight Doctor" Ferdie Pacheco to be held Thursday

TAMPA ó A memorial service for "The Fight Doctor" Ferdie Pacheco will be held Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave.He died in his Miami home on November 16 at the age of 89.Born and raised in Ybor City, Pache...
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