Saturday, December 16, 2017
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.

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch has won 10 straight after Friday’s victory over Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental league, the ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning while battling a fire at a strip mall on W Waters Avenue, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the blaze started around 2:45 p.m. in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply, located at ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
Updated: 6 hours ago
CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
Updated: 9 hours ago