Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Hampton Inn & Suites opens on Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — The 91-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Clearwater Beach opened its doors Sept. 30 at 635 South Gulfview Blvd. The $20.5 million hotel features free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, 1,800 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center.

Guests can take in the beach sunsets on the sixth floor's vista view and swim in the heated beachfront pool with surrounding fire pits. The on-site restaurant, Evy's Terrace Bar and Bistro, features small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, seafood and an outdoor bar.

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State launches investigation, assesses $800,000 in damages against SunPass contractor

State launches investigation, assesses $800,000 in damages against SunPass contractor

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MagneGas reports 200 percent hike in revenue for second quarter

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Updated: 8 hours ago
Echelman Pier sculpture raises bird safety concerns

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Updated: 8 hours ago
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Habitat for Humanity says it plans to buy back mortgages sold to house flipper

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