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  1. Safety Harbor commissioner cleared in ethics complaint

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — Almost a year after a conflict of interest complaint was filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, City Commissioner Janet Hooper has been cleared.

  2. Dunedin to debut dog park on Saturday with football theme

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Starting Saturday, dog owners will have another place to hang out with their four-legged friends.

  3. Weekend events may create traffic headaches on Clearwater Beach


    CLEARWATER — City officials are anticipating heavy traffic and parking shortages on Clearwater Beach this weekend because of a series of community events and damage to a major garage.

  4. Clearwater will help turn school into museum

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council has committed $12,000 a year for three years to help the Clearwater Historical Society convert the historic South Ward Elementary School at 610 S Fort Harrison Ave. into a museum and cultural center.

  5. State investigates Tarpon Springs building development director for expired license

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is investigating the city's building development director after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding his expired license.

  6. Safety Harbor Art and Music Center nears completion



    Their art is everywhere — a manatee sculpture in City Hall, mixed media mobiles in the community center and Whimzeyland, their multicolored house on Third Street with its collection of countless bowling balls. For more than two decades, Safety Harbor has been Kiaralinda and Todd Ramquist's …

    Todd Ramquist, left, and Kiaralinda work on the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center. The artists are the masterminds behind the SHAMC, a place for artists in need of a creative space. They hope to have the center finished in March.
  7. New chapter looming for downtown Clearwater's abandoned Strand building


    CLEARWATER — There may be hope for Clearwater's tallest eyesore.

    The nearly $7 million sale of the abandoned condo tower on Clearwater’s Cleveland Street is set to close May 18.
  8. Former Dunedin city manager in running for Largo's top job

    Local Government

    LARGO — The ex-Dunedin city manager who resigned last month amid criticism of his job performance is a semifinalist in Largo's search for a new city manager.

    Former Dunedin City Manager Rob DiSpirito is a finalist for the vacant Largo city manager position.  [Times files]
  9. Wrestling duo's return is just what Hurricanes need


    Palm Harbor University's wrestling team knows how to weather a storm.

    Palm Harbor University High wrestlers Chris Fragale, left, and Dylan Whitman both tore finger tendons and had to have them surgically reattached.
  10. Daniel Ruth: Gondolas, or more beach traffic jams?


    If you're thinking of enjoying a relaxing day at Clearwater Beach, better leave now. You might get there by Monday. And if you're lucky, you might find a parking spot by Wednesday. And you might get home by Saturday. And yes, we're having way big fun now.

  11. Clearwater company helps preserve pieces of baseball history

    Human Interest

    Locked and stored away in heavy-duty filing cabinets, some nearly a century old, in a fireproof room at the headquarters for Minor League Baseball in St. Petersburg, rest some of the most interesting historical documents in the game: the player statistical cards.

    Marshall Stevens is president of the business records firm.
  12. Bar review: Dunedin's Wine and Brew cozies up to House of Beer

    Bars & Spirits

    If it didn't open at 7 p.m., you might think that Dunedin's Wine & Brew was a community coffee shop. It's small and cozy, decorated with the work of local artists, and it hosts a freestyle hip-hop night every week. Many of the bar orders are for tea and coffee, but the rest are mentioned right in the name of the …

    Dunedin Wine & Brew, adjacent to House of Beer, offers eight wines on tap.
  13. North Pinellas Hometown


    . St. Cecelia students pay it forward: Each year the second-grade students at St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School participate in several Pay it Forward projects. In January, students helped an organization called Food for the Poor and its We Pledge 100 campaign. Students were so inspired by the words of …

    Second-graders Annabella Maiguel and Gianna Kopczynski paint their bowls for the auction.
  14. Dunedin's Mardi Gras expected to draw 30,000 with parade, festival



    In the early '90s, a series of events took place that helped revive a dying downtown, including a Main Street streetscape program, the completion of a 10-mile stretch of the Pinellas Trail and the formation of an active Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association that held events to draw in the …

    Mardi Gras mask and beads from Brady’s collection.
  15. Arrest report: Burglar caught after dropping phone at crime scene



    in his haste to escape, suspect left behind an obvious clue