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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Hopes are high for Clearwater's North Marina area


    When Jamie Blackstone closes her eyes, she sees cafes and restaurants where she and her neighbors in the North Marina district could dine or listen to live music.

    Eric Reynolds of Brooksville, left, and Lucas Cowden of Palm Harbor launch Reynolds’ boat Monday at the Seminole Boat Launch in Clearwater. The property is part of the Urban Land Institute’s recommendations on revitalizing the area.
  2. Tarpon Springs approves 2016 budget

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — City commissioners recently approved a $52.2 million budget for 2016. The new budget is $6.7 million less than the previous budget, which was used for the construction of the city's reverse osmosis plant.

  3. Roundabout or signal becomes the question in Palm Harbor


    PALM HARBOR — More than 150 people crowded into Harbor Hall on Tuesday for a hearing about improving Alt. U.S. 19. The state Department of Transportation presented two options: adding a traffic signal at Nebraska Avenue or adding a roundabout at Florida Avenue.

  4. Walmart market opens in East Lake


    EAST LAKE — The community has a new place to buy groceries. A Walmart Neighborhood Market recently opened at 3400 East Lake Road inside the East Lake Woodlands Plaza. The store brought 95 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes a pharmacy. This makes the …

  5. BayCare's Urgent Care taking reservations


    To cut down on the time patients spend in waiting rooms, BayCare Urgent Care has started Save Your Spot. The program allows you to use your computer or other electronic device to reserve a time to go into an urgent care location and to receive updates on wait times via text or email.

  6. Family Promise facility finished in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Family Promise of Pinellas County, which helps homeless families gain economic independence, is celebrating the completion of its day center. The facility at 6201 22nd Ave. N was donated by Central Christian Church. It was renovated with community help, including Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas …

  7. Ruth: Can baseball work on a dump?


    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an engineer, although my late father was, and he did most of his precise calculations with a slide rule. But I would like to think I inherited a bit of his common sense, which leads me to go out on a limb with this observation.

  8. Pinellas news briefs


    SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ESSAY CONTEST: Seniors at Dunedin High School have the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. The essay is about the contributions of Robert Burns to Scottish heritage and culture. Dunedin High students have until Nov. 15 to …

  9. North and South Pinellas college fairs introduce students to opportunities


    Two major college fairs will be held over the next few days in Pinellas County. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host the Pinellas County College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the University Student Center. Participants will have a chance to meet with admissions professionals representing more than …

  10. Football: Clearwater 17, Northeast 3


    CLEARWATER — It wasn't a pretty offensive outing on Friday night for Clearwater in a 17-3 victory over Northeast, but the Tornadoes defense held the Vikings to just 120 yards and forced four turnovers in the Class 6A, District 9 contest.

  11. Football: Gibbs 28, Tarpon Springs 23


    TARPON SPRINGS — Friday's game was so bizarre, it should have been played in Wonderland.

  12. Football: Lakewood 57, Dunedin 0


    ST. PETERSBURG — In its first Class 5A, District 9 matchup, Lakewood (4-2, 1-0) produced a convincing 57-0 victory over Dunedin (0-5, 0-1) in front of a large home crowd. The Spartans earned their first shutout of the season against a young squad. The second half was played with a running clock as Lakewood led by …

  13. Football: Largo 47, Boca Ciega 0


    GULFPORT — In the second district game for each team, the visiting Packers (4-1, 2-0) dominated literally from the opening minute and ran away from the Pirates (0-5, 0-2), leading 27-0 in the first quarter and 40-0 at the half.

  14. Clearwater police's AmeriCorps program to end next year

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Joseph White is not yet a police officer, but for the past three years, the St. Petersburg College student has directed traffic at crash scenes, helped drivers with disabled cars, and shadowed officers on patrol.

  15. New street market to debut on Clearwater's waterfront


    CLEARWATER — She has visited the Chelsea Market in New York City, the Ferry Market in San Francisco and both the Portabello and the Borough markets in London, and now Natalie Nagengast is ready to bring the same type of big city success to Clearwater.

    The organizer of Pierce Street Market expects to start with 45 to 60 vendors beneath the Memorial Causeway bridge. The market will be open the second Saturday of the month.