Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

U.S. Department of Justice closes investigation of Safety Harbor's compliance with Fair Housing Act.

safety harbor

Federal agency closes housing investigation

As anticipated, a letter Friday notified city attorneys that the Justice Department is closing its investigation of Safety Harbor's compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act. With the Justice Department's nudging, the city repealed parts of its code last month to remove restrictions on family care homes for people with disabilities. The city also came to a settlement last year to allow a group home for mentally disabled young men to open in Harbor Woods Village, paying out $400,000 to the operator and pledging fair housing training for city officials.

Developer brings revamped plan

The Richman Group of Florida returns to the city's Planning and Zoning Board with an overhauled proposal to develop the former Firmenich Citrus Center property. The proposal includes 276 apartment units in three- and four-story buildings with a retail center. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 750 Main St. For more information, go to cityofsafetyharbor.com or call (727) 724-1555.

CLEARWATER

Grant to fund drug court program

The 6th Judicial Circuit will use almost $1.3 million in federal grant money to fund a special Pinellas Drug Court program aimed at helping young adult abusers of prescription drugs and patterned after a recently concluded three-year program for females with prescription drug problems. The new program for persons ages 18 to 26 — both male and female — facing criminal charges for issues related to abuse of prescription drugs is expected to get its first clients early this year. The goal is to treat 185 substance abusers during the length of the grant, $424,760 for each of the three years.

DUNEDIN

Event instructs on urban gardening

Learn about urban market gardening during the Dunedin Community Garden Association's free January workshop. Visit the Dunedin Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to hear sustainability expert Jim Kovaleski talk about growing produce to sell, share and trade. Attendees will also learn about seed blocks — an easier way to start seeds, reduce transplant shock and grow in volume. One person will take home a seed block tool. For more information, visit dunedincommunity garden.com or call Debbie Sheldon at (727) 734-3185.

tarpon springs

Garden Club to meet at church

The Garden Club of Tarpon Springs will meet at 11 a.m. Monday with help for gardeners. Learn the requirements for growing vegetables in Florida. It's at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave.

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Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

BALTIMORE – Carlos Gomez is perfectly willing to explain the specific elements that went into his epic celebration tour around the bases following Sunday's walkoff home run.The bat flip and raised arms were his initial reaction to how well he h...
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High school scoreboard for April 24

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Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

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ST. PETERSBURG — Caps and gowns were in the future for Bryson Welton-Williams and his two friends.Then came Tuesday’s horrific car crash.The three 18-year-old Lakewood High School seniors drove off from school a few minutes early, just 22 days away f...
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SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

LAND O’LAKES — A school resource officer at Sunlake High School is under investigation after he tried to take a female student into custody on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.School officials asked the SRO remove the student f...
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Teen killed after SUV runs red light; man who fled scene captured

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A 17-year-old girl was killed Tuesday when her car was hit by a sport-utility vehicle that ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.One of the occupants of the SUV who ran from the crash scene was captured hours late...
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Softball: Haley Murphy, East Bay back in top form

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Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

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Softball: Boca Ciega gets a shot at defending district champ

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Softball: Alonso knocks off defending state finalist PHU in 9A-8 semifinals

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