Monday, August 20, 2018
News Roundup

Ruling clears way for redevelopment vote in Madeira Beach

MADEIRA BEACH — The City Clerk, on the advice of the city's attorney, ruled Monday that a petition containing signatures from 1,025 residents opposed to two multimillion-dollar developments does not mean legal standards, which appears to clear the way for a final City Commission vote Tuesday on the projects.

The two parcels in the city's downtown core have been rezoned and the pending development agreements, would determine the projects' height, density and other requirements for proposed multiple new hotels, condominiums, retail shops and marinas.

The petitioning residents expected their petition would block that vote, but City Manager Shane Crawford said Monday that the vote will go ahead as planned.

Ken Weiss, attorney for the petition committee, strongly objected to the city's decision, arguing it is legally incorrect. The issue may have to be resolved in court.

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Tampa Bay Catholics react: ‘Terrible and horrible,’ ‘betrayal,’

Tampa Bay Catholics react: ‘Terrible and horrible,’ ‘betrayal,’ "deep disappointment’

ST. PETERSBURG — The fallout from a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the molestation of more than 1,000 children by at least 300 Roman Catholic priests that was covered up by church officials for decades has reverberated among Tampa Bay paris...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — Three people were killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on collision that took place Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place about 7 p.m. on County Road 54, west of Chantel Drive.Elv...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
More manatees have died in Florida so far this year than in all of 2017. Blame Red Tide.

More manatees have died in Florida so far this year than in all of 2017. Blame Red Tide.

ST. PETERSBURG — The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already exceeded the total for all of 2017. Blame Red Tide, which is suspected of killing more than 100 of them.So far, 554 manatees have died in 2018, with four months left to go...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bulls snubbed in preseason AP poll

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Less than two weeks before their season opener, the Bulls finally have a gaudy accessory to complement their new Adidas uniforms.The ol' chip on their shoulder pads.USF received no votes in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday, marking...
Updated: 2 hours ago
After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after the dist...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

A little over a week ago, Key Largo resident Victor Perez was looking out toward the bayside canal behind his house when he spotted an unusual sight."I’m on my balcony," said Perez, "and all of a sudden, I see this noodle and there’s a crocodile hang...
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Editorial: The Catholic Church’s proper response to Pennsylvania scandal

Editorial: The Catholic Church’s proper response to Pennsylvania scandal

Forceful words are coming from the pope’s pen as well as pulpits around Tampa Bay: The sexual abuse of minors, which proliferated for decades within the Roman Catholic Church, were not merely sins but crimes whose repercussions are still being felt b...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida again is one of the states with the worst drivers in nation, according to a study conducted by SmartAsset.The good news? At least we aren’t in first place anymore.RELATED: Florida is the worst state in the nation in every way, rankings sayFlo...
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Wells Fargo terminates bank account of pro-medical pot candidate

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TALLAHASSEE —Wells Fargo terminated the official campaign account of a Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole "Nikki" Fried because of her campaign’s promotion of medical marijuana.Nikki Fried’s campaign received a letter...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

A crossing guard turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, saying he was the person seen on video running over a gopher tortoise at an elementary school on Saturday. Robert Dantschisch, 48, saw surveillance video from the sheriff’s o...
Updated: 3 hours ago