Pantry suspends food distributions
Striptease at Club ends in a $450 fine
Natalie M. Behnke disrobed at a gentlemen's club, began dancing and asked customers to give her money, authorities said. Which would have been fine — except Behnke didn't work there. Staff asked her to leave, but she wouldn't go, her arrest report said. She tried to pick a fight with the real dancers at Baby Dolls, 13383 U.S. 19 N, and had to be removed from the club around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, the report states. Behnke, a 25-year-old transient from Clearwater, was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication. At her first court appearance Wednesday, Behnke pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor and was fined $450, according to Pinellas court records. Behnke, whose last name is also spelled Benke in criminal records, was labeled a habitual juvenile offender in Florida after racking up arrests on charges of battery, shoplifting, vehicle theft, burglary and aggravated assault before she turned 18, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Since 2008, she has been charged with giving false identification to a law enforcement officer in Lee County and larceny and driving without a valid license in Sarasota County.
Sand carvers set to do Pier 60 piece
The 150 national and international media representatives who will be in town next week for a press junket associated with the release of the movie Dolphin Tale will have more to see on Clearwater Beach than just the Gulf of Mexico. A 75-ton sand sculpture will be carved near Pier 60 by the professional sand-sculpting company Team Sandtastic of Sarasota. The company carves more than 60 such sculptures each year around the globe. The Pier 60 sculpture will feature Clearwater's best-known attractions and events, including, of course, Winter, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium dolphin whose story is told in the movie; the Clearwater Jazz Holiday; the Super Boat Races; spring training baseball; the beaches; and local wildlife. The work begins Saturday and will continue through Tuesday. The finished sculpture can be viewed Sept. 13-17 and it will be lighted at night. One of the four professional sculptors who will work on the project is Pat Harsh from Clearwater. Check out Team Sandtastic's work at teamsandtastic.com.
City committees need volunteers
Dunedin is accepting applications from residents who wish to volunteer for the following committees: The American with Disabilities Act Committee, the Stormwater Advisory Committee and the Committee on Aging. Committee descriptions and applications may be downloaded at dunedingov.com. Click on "city clerk" under departments, and on the next page, click on "boards and committees." Call (727) 298-3035.