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New Clearwater & North Pinellas Times debuts May 2

To our readers:

Beginning May 2, the Tampa Bay Times will introduce a reimagined Clearwater & North Pinellas Times section with a new look to bring you the most interesting and important news and information about your community every Friday.

It will be a robust, community-focused weekly "newspaper within a newspaper" with news, entertainment, sports, business and real estate. It will serve our readers hand in hand with the daily newspaper — where you will find more local news every day that matters to North Pinellas residents — and our website, tampabay.com, a 24/7 source of breaking news and information.

We're very pleased to announce a new role for North Pinellas editor Diane Steinle, who will rejoin the Times editorial board and also begin writing a local column starting May 2. Diane has lived and worked in North Pinellas for 30 years, and her experience in and passion for the area will give the Times an important voice in the community. Look for her column on the front of the section each Friday.

In addition, we will once again offer the Times' editorial opinions on North Pinellas issues in the Clearwater & North Pinellas Times. Look for those editorials on Page 2 each Friday, along with your letters to the editor. Plus, we're adding a high school sports page to provide our readers more local sports and complement the coverage in the main Sports section. And we're also introducing a new feature called Hometown Pinellas, a weekly good news page that highlights our readers' activities and achievements.

You will continue to find your favorite features in the new weekly section. Real estate listings that previously ran Wednesday will be found Friday, as will our popular Things to Do entertainment report. Our community news report on Page 3 will continue to give you a quick overview of newsworthy events happening in your neighborhood and those surrounding it.

We're also excited to introduce a new online feature on our website, tampabay.com. We've created a quick and easily searchable database of crimes reported in your area. You can search by your ZIP code, street name or the type of crime. The reports are updated daily. To see the online crime report, go to tampabay.com/pinellas and click on the crime report link in the middle of the page.

There are some changes coming in our advertising products as well. The popular MarketLink section, which has been published on Fridays, will be moving to Sundays beginning May 4. It will continue to include local advertising and Things to Do listings.

You will get your first new weekly Clearwater & North Pinellas Times on Friday, May 2. The last Wednesday section will be April 23 and the last Sunday section will be April 27.

With these changes, we want to assure you of one thing: The Times' commitment to covering local news of consequence is unwavering. We make adjustments from time to time in the way we present the news to you. But we've always remained the county's foremost and most reliable source of news.

We have the largest and most talented news-gathering staff in Pinellas County, and we will continue to closely watch your governments and those who seek your vote and to shine lights in dark corners.

We believe you're going to like our new Clearwater & North Pinellas Times section. If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you. The best way to reach us is by email at rleblanc@tampabay.com. If you'd rather speak by phone, call (727) 893-8925.

New Clearwater & North Pinellas Times debuts May 2 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 6:38pm]

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