Painful lesson for beachgoers: Rays are back
Stingray season has started early this year. Three people were stung Friday on Clearwater Beach, and last week the sea creatures were spotted at Sand Key. Purple flags warning of the danger of stingrays in area waters are up and will continue to stay up. Remember to do the "stingray shuffle" when entering beach waters. By shuffling your feet in the sand, you will scare off any stingrays that might be around. Stingray season lasts through the summer.
Baby girl's death being investigated
Police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old girl. Clearwater Fire-Rescue responded to a home at 1244 Grove St. at 10:45 a.m. Friday. The baby was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. There were no obvious signs of trauma, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Beth Watts. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. The baby was identified as Saperia Ross. No other information was immediately available.
'Bleacher Bums' sold out for tonight
The production of the comedy Bleacher Bums at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center scheduled for tonight is sold out. Tickets remain for shows on Sunday, Friday and May 1 and 2. Call (727) 942-5605 for details or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Have a scoop, help fallen firefighters
Clearwater firefighters will participate in the third annual Baskin-Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night to help raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Firefighters will scoop ice cream from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Baskin-Robbins shops at 2551 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. and 534 Cleveland St. Firefighters will also be accepting donations involving the National Fallen Firefighters memorial. For information about Baskin-Robbins Scoop Night, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.
Plenty going on today at Fun 'N Sun
Clearwater's 57th annual Fun 'N Sun Festival features the following events today:
• The Hospice Beach Stroll begins at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. The walk will take place at the Palm Pavilion, 18 Bay Esplanade. Bring your pledges.
• At Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., the WSJT 15th annual Smooth Jazz Fest starts at 1:30 p.m. Included will be Oleta Adams, Spencer Day, Jessy J and B.K. Jackson, 1:30 to 9:30 p.m.; show starts at 2:30 p.m. Free general admission. $20 reserved seating tickets available at ticketmaster.com or $25 at the gate. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information, visit wsjt.com.
• Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway: 1,800 trees will be given to Clearwater residents, two per household. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clearwater Public Works Complex, 1650 N Arcturas Ave.