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  1. Pinellas Sheriff's candidate sues agency, saying it violated public records law


    James McLynas, an Indian Shores man running for Pinellas sheriff, is suing the agency he wants to lead for failing to fulfill his public records requests over the past three years.

    James McLynas
  2. Final City Commission candidate forum today

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — A final City Commission candidate forum sponsored by the Dunedin Council of Organizations will be held Friday. The event will be at the Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  3. Halloween Retail Fix: shop local oddities, fantasy and dysfunction


    There's nothing scarier to a Halloween enthusiast than settling on plastic trinkets sold at the corner CVS.

    Maskmaker Rebecca Shelley learned her craft from the best in Venice, Italy. Dubbed “Dunedin’s Official Mask Maker,” she can be found beginning Nov. 4-5 as the Dunedin Market returns. Victorian eye mask, $24; steampunk mask, $28.
  4. Tarpon Springs cleanup effort will pick up curbside items

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — As a part of a citywide fall cleanup effort, residents on Sunday can place the following items at the curb to be picked up and discarded by the city: furniture, mattresses, bulky household items, washers, dryers, ovens, microwaves and carpet and padding that is cut and bundled in 4-foot sections. …

  5. New Safety Harbor ordinance prohibits the retail sale of pets

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — A topic first brought to the commission by a concerned resident about a year ago was passed by the City Commission as a new ordinance Monday prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs within city limits. There are currently no animals sales happening in the city, according to City Manager Matt …

  6. Fenway Hotel to hold restaurant, rooftop bar


    DUNEDIN — Developers have dished more details about what's in store for the historic Fenway Hotel, including information about its future restaurant and rooftop bar.

  7. Pinellas Hope raises goal to build more units

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Hope is more than doubling its fundraising goal to build lodging for the county's homeless population out of shipping containers that officials say are more durable and comfortable than tents.

  8. Trump, Clinton supporters state their loyalties in cookies


    LARGO — Just west of the cannolies, Donald Trump and HiIllary Clinton can be spotted smiling, side-by-side, at least ontop of the cookies, that is. For the fourth presidential election in a row, Frida's Bakery on Ulmerton Road, is the site of an ongoing political poll. It is unofficial, of course, but tasty. The …

    Clinton and Trump cookies are neck and neck at Frida's Cafe in Largo. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  9. Democratic newcomer faces off against Republican incumbent Chris Latvala in race for Florida House District 67


    Democrat David Vogel is going head-to-head with Republican incumbent Chris Latvala for the District 67 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, saying he feels a "social responsibility" to represent Pinellas County's Democratic voters.

    Democrat David Vogel’s priorities are education and health care.
  10. New Clearwater fire chief pledges to bring visibility, higher morale


    CLEARWATER — With Clearwater Fire & Rescue already owning a reputation as being one of the more efficient departments in the bay area, newly appointed Chief Scott Ehlers will be tasked with turning around the more cultural, and very public, issues of staff misconduct and low morale.

    Clearwater Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Ehlers, center, and his son, Dawson, visit with Lt. Matt Daerr at Station No. 48 on Tuesday.
  11. Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise


    Everyone knows that Pinellas County is home to incredible beaches, world-class entertainment, and unmatched quality of life.

    Darden Rice
  12. Frustrated Largo homeowners settle with city months after sewage backups ravage homes

    Local Government

    LARGO — Laura and Trevor Ball felt shocked when they came home to find untreated sewage had poured into their house from toilets and shower drains.

    Laura Ball, 60, makes macaroni and cheese for her granddaughter in the gutted kitchen of her home on 139th Street in Largo.
  13. Halloween costume limited only by imagination



    Inside the House of Make Believe, Joanne McCarthy, 63, has found just what she was looking for in a Halloween costume: a pale blond wig with pink ribbons and sausage-roll curls, a frilly pink and white dress, a sash, pantaloons and baby doll shoes.

    Full head masks peek out at visitors to the store.  Matching bodies hang nearby.
  14. 38th Avenue N project nears end


    Regarding 38th Avenue N at 58th Street: Talk about delay, how long is this going to take? It looks like they are making the intersection smaller, besides the fact that temporary markings don't exist. Very poor barrel placing, you can't find any markings when it's dark, schoolchildren have to deal with this mess …

  15. Pinellas college notebook: Journalist Alexander Heffner comes to USFSP and SPC, and more


    Journalist Alexander Heffner coming to USFSP