Friday, November 24, 2017
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U.S. Department of Justice closes investigation of Safety Harbor's compliance with Fair Housing Act.

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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 With the Justice Department's nudging, the city repealed parts of its code last month to remove restrictions on family care homes for people with disabilities.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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Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

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Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

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Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

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Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

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Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

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