Plans approved for BayCare headquarters
BayCare Health System, one of Tampa Bay's largest private employers, is one step closer to building its corporate headquarters. Clearwater's Community Development Board on Tuesday approved plans for a 40-acre campus on Drew Street, west of McMullen-Booth Road. The City Council will give final approval Sept. 1. Construction on the $49 million complex, at the site of the old Condon Gardens public housing complex, could begin next summer. The first of two office buildings could open in late 2013. BayCare runs more than a third of local hospitals, including Morton Plant, St. Anthony's in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's in Tampa. It employs 18,500 in 10 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient centers, emergency rooms, and urgent care clinics across Tampa Bay. BayCare leases its current headquarters in a complex just south of the Bayside Bridge. That lease expires in two years.
Highlander Park meeting is tonight
A final public meeting on the city's Highlander Park master plan starts at 6:30 p.m. today at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. The meeting follows one last month that sought input on future placement of various park amenities, including the ball fields, aquatic complex, playground, tennis courts and fire station. Call (727) 812-4531 for information.
Classes available at fine art center
Registration is open for fall classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Gladys Douglas School of the Arts. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available, as well as one-day to weeklong workshops in a variety of media. The Fall I session is Sept. 12 through Oct. 23. Fall workshops will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 6. The Fall II session is Nov. 7 through Dec. 18. Discounted tuition rates are available for DFAC members. For class information or to register, visit the center at 1143 Michigan Blvd., go online at dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322.
Sunset Beach still a risk to swimmers
A no-swimming advisory remains in effect for Sunset Beach after further tests recorded high bacteria levels, the Pinellas County Health Department announced Tuesday. This beach should be considered a potential health risk. Water with high bacteria levels can pose increased risks of disease, infection or rashes. Another sample will be taken Monday.
More than 300 runners competed in sweltering summer conditions in the final race in the Sunsets at Pier 60 5K series along Clearwater Beach. Story, Page 7.