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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Another road project on tap in Belleair Bluffs

    Roads

    We've heard about some big road project coming up in Belleair Bluffs. It seems like we just got through the interminable Belleair Beach Causeway replacement project. What's happening now and how long will it last?

  2. Rep. Zimmermann calls on Gov. Scott to help condo owners

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — Condominium owners at Madison Oaks in Palm Harbor could be the latest to lose their homes because of a 2007 loophole in state law.

  3. Pulitzer-winning play is a departure for Eight O'Clock Theatre

    Events

    LARGO

    Audiences have come to know and love Largo's Eight O'Clock Theatre for its splashy Broadway musicals, but change looms this time of year.

    Beverly Weston (Michael Mahoney) reaches for his wife Violet (Donna Donnelly) as she collapses in front of new housekeeper Johnna Monevata (Ana Benot-Reilly), right, in August: Osage County. The play focuses on the highly dysfunctional Weston family.
  4. Dunedin neighbor is sour on boy's lemonade stand (w/video)

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero served cookies and strawberry Country Time at his lemonade stand with a wave and a smile.

    T.J. Guerrero, 12, sells a lemonade to a repeat customer, truck driver Dan Wright, who is working on a construction project nearby. “He’s willing to work,” Wright says.
  5. Tarpon Springs to open third fire station Oct. 1

    Fire

    TARPON SPRINGS — Fire Chief Richard Butcher has heard talk of adding a new fire station north of the Anclote River since he joined the department in 1978.

  6. Tarpon Springs, Anclote high schools form new rivalry

    Footballpreps

    TARPON SPRINGS — Somewhere among a collection of refurbished furniture and nautical relics, Tarpon Springs High School coach Ron Hawn spotted a rusty anchor while searching through a Palm Harbor antique store one midsummer day.

    Tarpon Springs’ Michael Ford gets wrapped up by Anclote’s Willie Barrett in November during the Class 5A regional quarterfinal. Tarpon Springs won the game 31-0.
  7. Starbucks, Bob Evans, Kauffman Tire coming to Clearwater retail complex

    Business

    CLEARWATER — A Starbucks, Bob Evans and auto shop are among tenants poised to move into a sprawling retail complex where a Walmart Neighborhood Market already stands, and a Wawa gas station and apartment complex are under construction, on the southwest corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.

    Brothers Rick Perry, left, and Mike Perry map out a plan for a new Starbucks at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.
  8. Tarpon Springs crossbowmaker faces lawsuits over severed thumbs

    Business

    William Meredith raised his friend's crossbow for the first time and fired twice. He moved his target back 15 yards and shot again.

  9. New apartment complex okayed in Clearwater

    Briefs

    Palm Harbor

    Tower construction may begin in Oct.

    The County Commission has approved the reconstruction of the Wall Springs Park observational tower.

    A replica of the destroyed Wall Springs Park observational tower costs about $870,000, a county official said.
  10. Wearable art show bringing wacky designs to Dunedin

    Events

    DUNEDIN — When Tarpon Springs resident Julian Hartzog saw his first Wearable Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center six years ago, the 77-year-old wanted to join the ranks of the creative designers who have used materials including raw meat, veggies, balloons, lamp shades and condoms to adorn the human body.

    From left, models Rachel Reed, Kate Coggin and Felicia Landis try on Julian Hartzog’s stainless steel space designs that he described as having intergalactic elegance.
  11. Memorial service for slain Tarpon Springs employee to be Saturday

    Crime

    TARPON SPRINGS

    Memorial for marketing director is Saturday

    Crosby
  12. Briefs: National Aviation Academy hosts open house Aug. 16

    Briefs

    Aviation Academy open house: The National Aviation Academy is hosting a back-to-school open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in pursuing a career in the aviation industry may attend the information sessions and take a tour of the campus.

  13. Should Clearwater spend budget windfall on pools or employees?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — For the first time in many years, Clearwater will have a little extra money in its pocket when it's time to craft a budget.

    Some residents want the windfall to be used to keep the four city pools open on weekends through September.
  14. East Lake Youth Sports faces challenges under new oversight

    Health

    EAST LAKE — Extra cash is a new phenomenon for East Lake Youth Sports Association. The nonprofit volunteers who once fought to keep up with monthly payments on its fields now eye long-overdue maintenance projects, lower participation fees and a new lacrosse program.

  15. Local sandal design inspired by India, funded with Kickstarter

    Human Interest

    OLDSMAR — When Prem Thomas and Joe Choorapuzha met while working as analysts at Bank of America, they did not realize their families were from the same town in India more than 8,000 miles away. They also did not know both families were involved in rubber farming.

    Gurus are eco-friendly, biodegradable Indian sandals that got funded through Kickstarter. They are made of a type of rubber harvested from trees without harming them. They are inspired by traditional Indian padukas, which consist of a flat piece of wood with a knob that fits between two toes.