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  1. City of Clearwater cracks down on derelict building




    Clearwater officials cut off electrical power to the unfinished Strand condominium tower at 1100 Cleveland St. downtown. They also issued a stop work order to the building's owner for putting up a new fence without a permit.

  2. Indian festival combines colorful pageantry with history



    If you've ever dreamed of giving mom an exotic trip for Mother's Day, we've got an alternative — and it won't cost you a dime, not even a rupee.

    Crowds gather at Jacksonville Beach for the 2011 multicultural event that features a parade and festival.
  3. First nest signals start of sea turtle season in Pinellas County



    Mike Anderson is supervisor of sea turtles and aquatic biology programs for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so you'd think finding a sea turtle nest is just another day on the job.

    Dan Larremore, an environmental specialist for the Florida Park Service, walks the north end of Honeymoon Island to checks for sea turtles and nests early Tuesday. Pinellas County’s first nest of the year was found Sunday.
  4. Pinellas County may create first CRA in Lealman

    Human Interest

    LEALMAN — About three years ago, a county study identified the five poorest areas in Pinellas.

  5. Ruth: In choosing Pier Park, selection committee showed leadership (w/video)


    There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.

  6. Country club celebrates history by going back to hickory



    Hickory-shafted golf clubs were readily available at garage sales and pro shops when Bob Anderson started collecting the antique equipment some 40 years ago. • It's harder to find them these days, said Anderson, 80, who splits time in Clearwater and Pennsylvania. He has about 25 of the old wooden …

    Harrison McClimans demonstrates hitting an old hickory-shafted iron at the Clearwater Country Club driving range.
  7. Why not turn downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian mall?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Here's another idea that's being kicked around for moribund downtown Clearwater: Why not turn the center of it into a pedestrian mall?

    There is talk by some of turning the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian mall.
  8. Hometown North Pinellas


    m SCIENCE FAIR PRIZES FOR ESPIRITU SANTO CATHOLIC STUDENTS: Two students from Espiritu Santo Catholic School recently competed at the Science & Engineering Fair of Florida and came home with awards demonstrating their hard work and creativity. Lily Brames and Katelyn Chau, both in seventh grade, …

    Katelyn Chau, left, and Lily Brames received awards for their projects at the Science & Engineering Fair of Florida.
  9. Police: Woman intentionally defecated in cruiser after arrest



    Police: 18-year-old intentionally created 'biohazard waste' in cruiser after arrest

  10. Dresses for proms are available, other Pinellas news briefs


    LAST CHANCE FOR PROM DRESSES: The Gathering Of Women Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. The last dress distribution will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 433-1352 or email …

  11. Pet of the Week: Sierra Mist the cat


    Sierra Mist is as sweet and beautiful as the day is long. At 2 years old, Sierra Mist has spent the majority of her life, 741 days to be precise, at Friends of Strays, but is ready for a home of her own. Meet her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Learn more about our pets at (727) 522-6566 or …

    Photo Credit: Friends of Strays   Pictured: Sierra Mist
  12. Zorba's finds a home; pharmacy opens in Safety Harbor


    Tarpon Springs

    Zorba's nightclub moving to new home

    The owners of Zorba's nightclub, on Athens Street in the Sponge Docks district, will be moving their business to 734 Pinellas Ave.

  13. Officials approaching developers about Sponge Docks hotel


    TARPON SPRINGS — As the chamber of commerce president, Reggie Gibson gets calls from tourists asking the same question: Is there a hotel near the Sponge Docks district?

  14. Bike lane on Indian Rocks Road is years away


    Overall, Pinellas County has great pedestrian sidewalk and/or bicycle lanes for the major roadways except for Indian Rocks Road in Largo from West Bay Drive on the north end to Walsingham Road on the south end. This is the only high-traffic road that does not have a dedicated bicycle lane or pedestrian sidewalk. Is …

  15. Clearwater High drama teacher to go out after two decades of high notes



    Joy Roche never thought she would end up a drama teacher. ¶ She got a degree in English after switching from theater performance at Florida State. ¶ She made her way into the Pinellas County School District as a substitute for a drama and English teacher on maternity leave at Clearwater High …

    Clearwater High drama department head Joy Roche watches rehearsal for her final production at the school, Beauty and the Beast. She is retiring after 26 years. Her production of the Disney classic runs Wednesday through Sunday.