Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas community news for March 23


Council delays marina decision

The Clearwater City Council voted 3-2 Thursday to delay consideration of a dry-dock marina west of Osceola Avenue in the Old Bay neighborhood, upholding a staff recommendation.

The decision hinged on an upcoming downtown study by the Urban Land Institute, due to be completed in June.

Mayor George Cretekos had spoken favorably of the marina project at a work session Monday, but at Thursday's meeting, he counseled patience.

"It may behoove us to wait until that study is completed and then we can have a little more updated report as to what is being recommended and how we best proceed," Cretekos said.

City planners had recommended leaving a downtown plan in place that envisioned residential development in that area north of downtown.

Vice Mayor Paul Gibson and council member Jay Polglaze voted against a delay, arguing that the 2004 plan had yielded few results. But council members Doreen Hock-DiPolito and Bill Jonson sided with Cretekos.

David McComas, president of European Equities Corp., which wanted to build a 200-slip dry dock facility next to an existing 66 wet-slip marina, was disappointed by the vote. He said he wasn't sure if he would wait the seven or eight months it might take for the study to be completed and the necessary changes to the city code to be made.

McComas has built similar marinas in Tierra Verde and Tarpon Springs.

The Community Development Board had turned down the proposal in July.

Second Sugar Sand Festival looking for volunteers

The second annual 10-day Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is coming up April 4-13 on Clearwater Beach and the city needs volunteers to help out.

Volunteers will receive a meal ticket to use at Pier 60 Concessions and a 2014 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival T-shirt. Volunteers may also enjoy free admission to the festival exhibit tent before and after each shift. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided to volunteers.

The festival will include a professional sand sculpting competition, sand sculpting clinics, speed sand demonstrations, a children's play area and a beach egg hunt.

To volunteer, visit myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer.

For questions about volunteering call Krystie Epperson at (727) 562-4803.


City Commission okays proposals

Dunedin city commissioners on Thursday gave city staff unanimous okays to:

• Negotiate a development agreement with a firm wanting to build a $15 million condo-retail complex at 200 Main St.

• Solicit proposals from developers interested in building a replacement government services building, as well as possibly buying and developing a nearby city-owned downtown parking lot into a mixed-use complex with a parking garage.

• Install $106,972 worth of decorative lighting on Patricia Avenue, between Lyndhurst Street and Lexington Drive, and $387,106 worth of landscaping, handicap-accessible sidewalks, brick paving, crosswalks and other improvements along N Douglas Avenue from Main Street to Skinner Boulevard

• Spend $1.2 million on new city vehicles, many of them well overdue for replacement.

The commission next meets at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at City Hall, 542 Main St.

Coast Guard Auxiliary plans April boating safety course

"About Boating Safely," a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions April 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St..

The course, designed for both experienced and novice boaters, will include instruction in boating emergencies, getting under way, navigating, operating safely and legal requirements.

Register by March 31 to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount for each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course.

For more information, call Larry O'Brien at (727) 736-1191, or email: [email protected],

Tarpon Springs

Coalition to talk about gun range

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will host a meeting at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., aimed at informing the larger public about a gun range proposed for the U.S. 19 corridor.

Reload Gun Range, slated for 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway north of Klosterman Road, is being touted as one of the largest and most advanced in the Southeast. It has already won the support of the city staff and Tarpon's Planning and Zoning Board. The City Commission will consider final approval April 15.

Coalition executive director Arthur Hayhoe opposes the range.

Tuesday's presentation will include information about Florida cities' inability to enforce local gun laws, potential for lead pollution and Hayhoe's call for the proposed Tarpon range to be decided by voter referendum.

Five-day camp to teach basketball

A five-day Spring Break Hard-2-Guard Basketball Camp for youths ages 7 to 16 years old will feature defensive/offensive drills and speed and agility training.

Preregistration is required. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during Pinellas County public schools spring break starting Monday. Cost is $95.

The camp will be held at the Spanos Pappas Community Center Theophilos Hall, 348 N Pinellas Ave. Call (727) 644-8779 or visit mvpbball.com.

Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

For the longest time, injured workers in Florida were basically at the mercy of the whims of employers to treat them fairly. A 2003 law aimed at reducing the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for businesses had the desired impact, but it also di...
Published: 01/16/18
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Mother of two, 42, identified as casualty after Port Richey boat fire

Mother of two, 42, identified as casualty after Port Richey boat fire

PORT RICHEY — As the boat disappeared in smoke and flames Sunday, as people leapt into the cold waters below, the neighborhood rallied. Residents helped the survivors ashore, gave them blankets and opened their homes to keep them warm.The neighbors o...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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On King’s birthday, Tampa Bay parties, marches, reflects

On King’s birthday, Tampa Bay parties, marches, reflects

ST. PETERSBURGTeenagers dunked on 8-foot basketball hoops, parents feasted on hot dogs and snow cones and gospel music blared from a wall of speakers in Tropicana Field’s parking lots.While thousands buzzed around them on Monday, Destiny and Dameka R...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
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A time of celebration

A time of celebration

GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | TimesBetty Taylor, who was marching with the organization Books on the Move, hands out beads along the MLK Dream Big Parade route in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday. Spectators were treated to floats, walking units and...
Updated: 7 hours ago

50 senators endorse net neutrality return

WASHINGTON — Fifty U.S. senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.The tally leaves supporters just one vote shy of ...
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