Monday, May 28, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas News Briefs Sunday Sept. 8

Palm Harbor

9/11 service will be at Curlew Hills

Palm Harbor's annual 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road.

Reginald Roundtree of WTSP-Ch. 10 will be master of ceremonies.

The program will include performances by the Palm Harbor Middle School Choir and the Dunedin Pipe Band, presentation of the colors by the Palm Harbor Fire Department honor guards, and comments by state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

A 150-pound piece of rusted steel beam once linked to the World Trade Center towers can be viewed at the memorial service.

Everyone is welcome.

Get one-on-one help with Medicare

Torrey Craig will meet with seniors one-on-one to assist them in understanding Medicare from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday in Study Room 5 of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Please schedule your appointment at the library's Adult Services Desk.

St. Petersburg

Learn, ask about Fort DeSoto study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available at Fort DeSoto Park, outside the visitors center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p. m. Tuesday to provide information and respond to questions about its remedial investigation/feasibility study of the former Mullet Key Bombing and Gunnery Range, now known as Fort DeSoto Park.

Preliminary work for the investigation has begun and is expected to be completed in 2014.

The site that was formerly known as Mullet Key was reserved for military use in 1849 to ensure its availability for coastal defense. Mullet Key became a bombing and gunnery training range during World War II. Following the war, the land was cleaned up to then-applicable standards, was sold to Pinellas County in 1948 and became Fort DeSoto Park.

In the interest of public safety, the corps will evaluate the site to determine if anything remains from past military training and if so, where it is located and in what amounts, and how to address it. The plan will be shared with the public.

Fort DeSoto Park is at the southern tip of Pinellas County, at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg.

Documents related to the Mullet Key Bombing and Gunnery Range are available at the St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave. Questions may be referred to (866) 279-4880 or [email protected]

Safety Harbor

An evening with Mayor Joe Ayoub

Mayor Joe Ayoub will be holding an After Hours with Mayor Ayoub event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Nantucket Bucket, 519 Second St. S in Safety Harbor.

Residents can use the occasion to meet with him one-on-one and ask questions. Ayoub said the event will be similar to his "Cup of Joe with Joe" morning event.

Ayoub said several people who work during the day had asked for an event in the evening.

Tarpon Springs

Major sewer line repair still has Live Oak Street closed

The city is continuing with the repair of a major sewer line on Live Oak Street in the area of Safford Avenue.

Exploratory excavation was started last week on the 14-inch force main that runs from Dixie Highway to the compromised area on Live Oak Street. However, excavation had to be halted temporarily so a 6-inch high-pressure gas main could be stabilized by the gas company. Shoring boxes and pipe are due for delivery by the middle of this week.

The eastbound lanes of Live Oak Street remain closed due to the extent of the excavation area. Detours to Pine Street remain in place, or Tarpon Avenue may be used as an alternate route.

Museum hosting art story time with crafts

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, will host an art-themed story time and related craft activity for children at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free for children and museum members, $6 for all others. The campus is located just west of the intersection of U.S. 19 and Klosterman Road.


Public invited to coastline talk

Dunedin residents are invited Monday to the Waterfront Task Force meeting at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

At the meeting, set for 2 to 4:30 p.m., task force members and stakeholders will continue work on short-term (2025) and long-term (2050) vision plans for Dunedin's 37 miles of waterfront and 12 state-owned islands. The goal is to improve the appearance and access to the city's shores.

Call (727) 812-4531 with questions.

In honor of International Literacy Day, officials today at Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Egmont Key and other state parks are waiving admission for visitors who present one of the following at the front gate:

• A valid library card.

• A book checked out from the library.

• A donation of a new or used family-friendly book.

Go to for a complete list of literacy events throughout September.

Free Medicare seminar open

Dunedin's Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., will host a free Medicare seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Counselors with Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) will cover the following topics: Medicare 101, Medicare Advantage plans, Part D and Medicare subsidies to save money on your Medicare costs.

That will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Call (727) 298-3299 for more information.


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Updated: 12 hours ago
Unflinching sentinel stood and walked to honor the fallen at Arlington’s tomb

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Monday morning, thousands of people will make their way to Arlington National Cemetery for the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many more will watch on TV.The cube-shaped marble monument high on a grassy hill is...
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Hillsborough’s film incentive has attracted $1.17 million in local spending, audits show

Hillsborough’s film incentive has attracted $1.17 million in local spending, audits show

TAMPA — When Steve Matzkin agreed to serve as executive producer on a movie project titled Not Alone, he set a condition: It had to be made in Tampa.For starters, the community is a fitting backdrop for the independent horror film about a family who ...
Published: 05/28/18
PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam oppose putting troops on the border using the National Guard?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam oppose putting troops on the border using the National Guard?

In Florida’s Republican primary for governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis challenged Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s credibility on illegal immigration.DeSantis cast Putnam as not being conservative enough on immigration in a chat May 2 with radio ...
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Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Austin Pruitt has started and worked out of the bullpen, in both short and long relief.But he did not expect to pick up his second career save Sunday by having to log 5⅔ innings, allowing only three hits whi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

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Crews were engaged in multiple water rescues and buildings collapsed in historic Ellicott City on Sunday evening as floodwaters raged through its streets following torrential thunderstorms, Howard County, Maryland, officials said.Maryland Gov. Larry ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

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So the team that just got back from a 10-day, 11-game road trip in three time zones is headed back out west for Memorial Day? The Rays travel to Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Washington, D.C. It's the first time they visited the West Coast on back-to-...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

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RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

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PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of S...
Updated: 11 hours ago