Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Witnesses say woman found floating in Clearwater Harbor had spent day drinking



A 32-year-old woman died Sunday night after police found her floating near docks on Clearwater Harbor behind the Chart House hotel, 850 Bayway Blvd. Mary Gunner of Auburndale was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital, police said. Foul play isn't suspected, and police say alcohol appears to have been involved. Witnesses told police that Gunner and some friends had been drinking alcohol at the beach most of the day and night. While the group decided to get a hotel room, police say Gunner insisted on hanging out alone by the docks. When friends couldn't find her later, they reported Gunner missing.


Waterspouts dot most of bay area

Several waterspouts touched down around Tampa Bay late Monday morning, and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for western Hillsborough County. There were no reports of tornadoes. Several witnesses called the service to report waterspouts and funnel clouds on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Parkway, said meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Waterspouts were reported near Indian Rocks Beach, off Clearwater, east of Clearwater, north of the Howard Frankland Bridge and near the Courtney Campbell Parkway.

safety harbor

Park programs earn Playful City honor

Safety Harbor has been named a Playful City USA community by KaBOOM, a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to have a play space within walking distance for every child in America. This is the second year in a row that Safety Harbor has received the honor, which includes 92 other cities. KaBOOM selected Safety Harbor in part because of outreach programs such as Park Pals on the GO, which consists of play leaders who visit neighborhoods and parks on a daily basis.


Library will screen Laurel and Hardy

The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., will host a Laurel and Hardy Film Fest at 1 p.m. Saturday. The family-friendly event will feature four short Laurel and Hardy movies. Prizes will be awarded to winners of a Laurel and Hardy film quiz. The film fest is co-sponsored by the local chapter of the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society. No reservations are required for this free program. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5082.

In Sports

Little League notebook and weekend results, 6C

Pinellas deaths

Local and regional obituaries are in Section B.

Witnesses say woman found floating in Clearwater Harbor had spent day drinking 07/25/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 7:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. See you later, alligator! Reptile captured off Miami Beach (w/video)


    MIAMI BEACH — Police and wildlife officials captured an unwanted visitor on Miami Beach.

    An alligator was spotted swimming in the Atlantic Ocean near the South Pointe Park pier in Miami Beach on July 23, 2017. News outlets quoted viewers who said it took officials about two hours to capture the gator. No one was injured.

  2. Dog dies in hot car while owner cleans Florida condos

    Public Safety

    PANAMA CITY BEACH — Authorities say a 2-year-old Chihuahua died in a hot car while its owner was cleaning condominiums in Florida.

  3. Recipe for Nutty Quinoa Carbonara


    If you've never made carbonara, consider adding it to your weekday dinner lineup. It is a traditional Italian pasta dish in which eggs are mixed with cheese and then swirled into cooked pasta just before serving. The result is a luscious bowl of food you won't believe contains so few ingredients. This recipe swaps …

    Quinoa Carbonara. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  4. Jared Kushner says he has 'nothing to hide' on Russia (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is denying that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, saying in a statement ahead of congressional interviews that he has "nothing to hide."

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 22, 2017. [Associated Press]
  5. Forecast: Less stormy weather to start week in Tampa Bay before chances ramp back up


    After some stormy mornings throughout the weekend across Tampa Bay, Monday kicks off pretty quietly with a cloudy, yet mainly dry start.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]