Camera catches trio of acid bomb suspects
Police have released a photo of three people they say are responsible for setting off two handmade acid bombs at Clearwater Beach restaurants Monday. The first small acid bomb exploded in a garbage can at the entrance to Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, 7 Rockaway St. A short time later, a similar device exploded underneath the deck of Palm Pavilion Restaurant at 10 Bay Esplanade Ave. No injuries were reported in the incidents, which happened between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Anyone with information should call the department's tip line at (727) 562-4422. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-873-8477.
Railroad work will affect boulevards
CSX Transportation will upgrade the railroad crossings on Bayview and Commerce boulevards from Monday through Feb. 26. While the work is in progress, Bayview Boulevard, between State Road 580 and Tampa Road, and Commerce Boulevard, between State Road 580 and Tampa Road, will be closed. During construction, drivers will be able to access businesses on Bayview Boulevard, Sellers Industrial Park and the one business on Commerce Boulevard via Tampa Road. Access via State Road 580, however, will be closed.
Change sought for annexation bill
Two weeks after city officials publicly disclosed negotiations to annex property owned by Tampa Bay Downs, City Council members asked the Pinellas legislative delegation to change a bill that would prohibit it. In December, the legislators endorsed a bill that would prevent any city from annexing any part of the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District unless it plans to take it all — a move that would require voter approval. The property Tampa Bay Downs wants to put in Oldsmar is part of the district. Tuesday, the Oldsmar City Council asked the delegation to exempt the racetrack. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs, has agreed to do so once he gets a letter from Tampa Bay Downs. He said Wednesday he has the letter, but is waiting on additional documentation.
City clerk's last day will be April 2
Lisa Lene, who has administered oaths, taken minutes at City Council meetings and supervised city elections for nearly 13 years, is leaving. Lene said her husband has been offered a position in Missouri. Her last day as city clerk will be April 2. The council will discuss the search for her replacement March 2.
Carnaval benefits Waldorf School
Tickets are on sale for Carnaval de la Vida, a fundraiser for Suncoast Waldorf School. The event has a masquerade theme, and will be held 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Comny Center, 750 San Salvador Drive. Tickets are $25. Visit suncoastwaldorf.org or call (727) 786-8311.