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  1. Clearwater's pasture land in Hillsborough County could be saved for preservation


    CLEARWATER —The 426-acres of pasture in Odessa have served the city of Clearwater well over the decades.

  2. Pinellas aims to close reading gap between boys and girls


    Principal Kristy Cantu pored over Sutherland Elementary's test scores last year, looking for trends.

    Pinellas County teachers are being asked this year to pay closer attention to how their lessons might better engage boys. The district has come up with a "gender equity self-reflection" rubric for teachers to follow, with the goal of improving boys' performance in English language arts. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  3. Algae bloom and fish kill confirmed in Old Tampa Bay


    An algae bloom and fish kill have been confirmed in Old Tampa Bay from Safety Harbor to the south end of the Bayside Bridge.

  4. Pinellas deputies investigating death near Clearwater

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's robbery and homicide unit is investigating a death at a retirement condo complex at 2426 Persian Drive, unit 34.

  5. Pinellas wants to see impact of tourism bucks spent on big events

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas County relies on more than just beaches to attract visitors. County government also spends millions to help sponsor big-name events to draw even more tourists.

    The Pinellas County Tourist Development Council awareded up to $250,000 to help sponsor the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  6. Police: Man arrested in Largo had thousands of child pornography files


    LARGO — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after detectives found thousands of child pornography images and videos on his laptop.

    Tyrone Jeffrey Russell, 43, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to Largo police. [Pinellas County Jail]
  7. Fire at the G Spot gentleman's club under investigation


    CLEARWATER — Firefighters responded Thursday to a small blaze at the G Spot, a self-described gentleman's club.

    Clearwater firefighters responded to a fire at the G Spot, which calls itself a gentleman's club. [Clearwater Fire & Rescue]
  8. Pool safety awareness project in Palm Harbor

    Public Safety

    PALM HARBOR — A month after a 2-year-old boy drowned in a neighbor's pool, public safety officials will go door-to-door beginning at 10:15 a.m. today with pool and swim safety information.

  9. Tarpon Springs schedules public hearing on budget

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The City Commission is holding the first public hearing at 6:30 p.m, Sept. 6 at City Hall, 324 E Pine St., for the proposed budget for the upcoming year.

  10. Golf cart safety getting attention in Dunedin

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — City officials have noticed a rise in unsafe golf cart practices.

  11. Safety Harbor seeks input on medical marijuana treatment centers

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — At a public workshop Monday, city officials plan to gather feedback concerning medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities in Safety Harbor. Discussion will include whether to allow them and regulations. It will be held at 6 p.m. inside City Hall, 750 Main St.

  12. New Safety Harbor post office will be on McMullen-Booth Road

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — Although a move-in date is months away, representatives for the U.S. Postal Service recently signed the lease for the city's new post office.

    In June of next year a new post office will open at the site of a former Fifth Third Bank branch at 1703 N  McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor.
  13. Pinellas County water maintenance may result in odor

    Local Government

    Pinellas County will start routine water treatment maintenance that may result in a difference in the taste and smell of water.

  14. Wanted: New businesses on Safety Harbor's Main Street

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — A green grocery store, a hardware store, restaurants, boutiques and multi-use buildings are all wanted downtown, according to discussion at a community redevelopment workshop held last week. And to bring them to the Main Street district, city commissioners, led by Mayor Joe Ayoub, gave City Manager …

    Whistle Stop Bar & Grill is one of the main stops on Main Street in Safety Harbor. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  15. Police arrest Clearwater woman on DUI charges after Courtney Campbell crash


    CLEARWATER — A 26-year-old Clearwater woman faces charges of causing injuries to another while police say she was driving under the influence during a crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway early Thursday morning.

    Lina Marie Paige, 26, is facing charges for causing serious injuries to another while driving under the influence on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Thursday morning. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)