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  1. Editorial: Tai Chi Society's plans for Fenway look promising


    The Taoist Tai Chi Society's newly released plans for the historic Fenway hotel in Dunedin contain good news for local residents who worried the private religious organization would seal off the landmark from the public. The plans not only call for public meeting space inside the 90-year-old Fenway, but also …

  2. Letters: New Clearwater Beach parking garage won't solve traffic problem


    New garage necessary for Clearwater Beach editorial, Aug. 29

  3. Vulnerability of Palm Harbor University High's boys swim team buoys others

    Swimming Preps

    The high school boys swimming season in Pinellas County started with a new script. For the first time in a decade, Palm Harbor University is not expected to dominate the opposition.

    “I think (boys county swimming) is up for grabs,” Spiric says. “The talent seems to be pretty evenly spread out.”
  4. Community rallies around family displaced by Dunedin houseboat fire



    Weary of the long winter chill of upstate New York, Ray Fisher had promised his wife, Jamie, that if the couple ever moved to that paradise called Florida, they'd live on the water.

    Ray Fisher’s 38-foot houseboat, Water Bed, right, and a 40-foot Sea Ray sit burned at the Dunedin Marina. The Fishers had to drop insurance coverage a year ago because of medical costs of three hip replacements for Ray and an infection.
  5. Hometown North Pinellas for Sept. 19

    Human Interest

    Dr. Oscar Menendez of Comprehensive Dental Care in Palm Harbor has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of General Dentistry. As one of the most active state academies in the nation, the nonprofit organization of 1,600 Florida members honored Menendez for his charitable and civic …

    Dr. Oscar Menendez, left, received an award from the Florida Academy of General Dentistry. Shown at right is Tony Menendez.
  6. Pinellas County Commission sued over rejected Safety Harbor apartment plan

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — A developer is suing the County Commission, saying the board twice illegally blocked plans for a controversial apartment complex against the recommendation of an administrative judge and the advice of its own attorney.

    Safety Harbor residents Patty Kent, left, and Barbara Hollen-Hugg thank Pinellas County Commissioners, from left, Janet Long, Susan Latvala and Karen Seel moments after the commission voted unanimously Jan. 14, 2013 to deny a judge’s ruling that commissioners had erred in their decision to deny an apartment complex project in Safety Harbor.
  7. Steinle: Dunedin prepares to launch Garbage 101


    Ahhh, the scents of summer in Florida. The salty breeze. Exotic blossoms. Fresh-cut grass.

  8. Police: Car thief used cat as an excuse but didn't own one



    Police: Car thief used search for cat as an excuse but didn't own one

  9. Stripes on Fourth Street don't match turn rules


    The state recently resurfaced Fourth Street N, and when they finished repainting the traffic lanes/lines there are new lines that were not there before. Going north on Fourth Street and attempting to turn left on to 71st Avenue N, there are lines that indicate to me you cannot turn at that intersection. The design is …

    The left-turn lane at Fourth Street and 71st Avenue N is marked off with yellow stripes.
  10. Another new hotel proposed for Clearwater Beach



    Hotel proposed for south end of beachWalk

    A rendering shows a planned 13-story hotel at 401 S Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach, at the southern end of the BeachWalk public promenade.
  11. Clearwater red-light camera data might lead to expansion

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Even as red-light cameras are in retreat elsewhere in Florida, some elected officials in Clearwater are thinking about spreading the cameras to more intersections.

    And they're looking at U.S. 19.

    After meeting with the police chief, some Clearwater officials say the results of the city’s 2-year-old red-light camera program might lead to growth.
  12. Dunedin combines events for a foodie double play


    DUNEDIN — Fire up your taste buds in preparation for this coming week's mouth-watering mashup: the Taste of Dunedin and Dunedin Restaurant Week.

    Chef Marco of Pensare Italian Bistro fires up the pancetta for the Saccottini.
  13. Steinle: New Clearwater chief reaches out for trust


    New Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter strides into the recreation center looking energetic, trim and snappy in his black uniform and shiny shoes. He says hello to two kids leaving the center, steps into the office to greet workers, then enters the meeting room and works the audience.

    Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter has held forums.
  14. Editorial: Decision on lifeguards keeps Clearwater Beach safe


    Government can't do everything, but it can make public safety a priority. That's what the city of Clearwater did throughout the recession in keeping its lifeguards on Clearwater Beach. And it proved it again this summer by beefing up its lifeguard schedule in response to growing crowds at the beach. As they have for …

  15. World windsurfing championships coming to Clearwater Beach



    Thanks to the turmoil on the Gaza Strip, more than 100 world-class windsurfers from all over the planet will soon head to Clearwater Beach to compete for an international championship.

    Charlotte Samson, 17, of Clearwater will be among more than 100 windsurfers from around the world who will compete in the RS:X Youth World Championships out in front of Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. The event will run from Oct. 18 to 25.