Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Man on Clearwater Beach pulled from water, hospitalized

CLEARWATER — A 33-year-old man pulled from the water north of Pier 60 was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.Clearwater Fire & Rescue spokesman Rob Shaw said a bystander noticed the Dunedin man, who has not been identified, was in trouble and brought h...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Clearwater looks to move out of City Hall to speed up Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment

Clearwater looks to move out of City Hall to speed up Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment

CLEARWATER — Elected officials have talked about relocating City Hall from the downtown bluff for a good 30 years. Now there’s a jolt of urgency to actually do it.Voters backed a referendum in November that essentially greenlighted the $55 million re...
Published: 04/25/18
Against neighborhood and city staff wishes, Clearwater Council greenlights storage facility

Against neighborhood and city staff wishes, Clearwater Council greenlights storage facility

CLEARWATER — Skycrest residents showed up to City Hall recently and begged elected officials not to let a developer knock down an aging office building in their neighborhood and build a storage facility in its place.Planning and Development Director ...
Published: 04/25/18
Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

DUNEDIN — The Pinellas County Commission pulled the final trigger Tuesday on dedicating $41.7 million in bed taxes for upgrades to the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium and spring training facilities, a pledge that amounts to covering more than half of the ...
Published: 04/24/18
Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

LARGO — The contents of the Armed Forces History Museum have been sold, but no one is ready to talk about the future of the collection of military memorabilia.A collector named John Piazza used his personal collection to start the public museum, whic...
Published: 04/24/18
Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year

Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year

CLEARWATER — In June, after months of negotiations with city staff, the Church of Scientology bought a vacant lot on the edge of downtown for the purpose of trading it for three small city-owned parcels.Now it’s likely Scientology will keep control o...
Published: 04/20/18
Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

PINELLAS PARK — A 16-year-old was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 a.m. Austin Montgomery, 23, was riding his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle ...
Published: 04/19/18
Clearwater police investigating former Parks and Recreation employee’s handling of cash

Clearwater police investigating former Parks and Recreation employee’s handling of cash

CLEARWATER — Police are investigating a former Parks and Recreation employee’s handling of the department’s cash management system after he abruptly resigned when confronted about irregularities.Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar said questio...
Published: 04/18/18
Two seriously injured in Palm Harbor crash

Two seriously injured in Palm Harbor crash

PALM HARBOR — Two men were hospitalized Tuesday night when a driver failed to stop at a red light, causing the other driver to be thrown from his car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Around 9 p.m., Nicholas Louis, 30, of Tarpon Springs, was ...
Published: 04/18/18
Deputies: Tampa man exposed himself to women at Oldsmar shopping center

Deputies: Tampa man exposed himself to women at Oldsmar shopping center

OLDSMAR — A Tampa man faces charges after Pinellas County deputies say he followed women and exposed himself in separate incidents at an Oldsmar shopping center.Deputies say the first incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2017, when 25-year-old Antonio Alexan...
Published: 04/18/18