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  1. Clearwater Marine Aquarium brings $2 billion impact, study says


    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium had a $2 billion regional impact over the past four years and continues to grow even after the initial boom from the Hollywood film that made it famous, according to a study released Friday.

    Associate sea turtle biologist Brittany Workman listens to the heartbeat of a cold-stunned green sea turtle last month.
  2. Clearwater Chamber endorses Polglaze for second City Council term


    CLEARWATER — The political arm of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed incumbent Jay Polglaze for Seat 3 in the March 15 City Council election.

  3. Conference to offer sessions on topics of family life


    DUNEDIN — Families, couples and individuals are invited to a family life conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Center, 750 San Salvador Drive. Organized by the House of Mercy and Encouragement, the conference will offer sessions on 15 topics, including grieving the loss of a …

  4. Clearwater Rotary Club recognizes police, fire employees

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Two Clearwater officers and an assistant fire chief were recognized last week during a Rotary Club of Clearwater luncheon.

  5. Guest column: Rancor over city manager embarrassed Dunedin


    The recent sequence of events involving the evaluation and resignation of the Dunedin city manager has raised questions regarding the process of presenting issues to come before the city commission as well as the conduct of all participants at such meetings.

  6. Deadline nears for registration to vote in primaries, local elections


    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the March 15 presidential primary and municipal elections, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

  7. Eckerd men's basketball is pushover no more



    Most men's basketball seasons, Eckerd College is just another team on an opponent's schedule.

    This is not most seasons.

    Jerrick Stevenson, a senior who plays guard and forward, is helping lead a turnaround at Eckerd this season. He is averaging 11.4 points per game.  
  8. Ex-Largo cop fighting for job after being fired over sexual relationship

    Local Government

    LARGO — A former police officer is fighting for his job after he was fired in October for not pursuing an investigation on a woman who appeared to be driving under the influence, then having sex with her hours later.

    Former Largo Police officer Jeffrey Pires. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  9. Pinellas news briefs


    STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW OPEN HOUSE: High school students or college students interested in attending law school are invited to attend an open house, "The Stetson Experience," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. Prospective students can meet with professors, and learn more about studying abroad or specializing …

  10. Pinellas social scene

    Human Interest


    They say getting there is half the fun. This certainly was the case for the Museum of Fine Arts' Great Escape party. Guests were picked up at their homes by limousines and taken to an undisclosed destination.

    Hillary Cone of St. Petersburg and Lynda Jollay, member of the Host Committee, ride in a limo to the Wine and Whiskey Wonder, A Grape Escape, a Museum of Fine Arts fundraiser.
  11. Pinellas school news: District ranks high for school choice


    Pinellas ranks No. 7 for school choice in national survey

    Samuel B. Joyce is a senior at St. Petersburg High.
  12. Work on U.S. 19's northern end a few years away


    What is the latest plan for construction on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County? I understand it will start in 2018 at State Road 580 and continue to Tampa Road.

    Kathleen Jennings

  13. Valentine's Day brings an assortment of options


    Weary of roses and candlelit dinners for Valentine's Day?

    Biting wit in The Book of Mormon, the hit Broadway musical, attracts many more fans than it drives away.
  14. Alternative and cool things to do on Valentine's weekend


    Valentine's Day weekend doesn't have to be ruined by overcrowded restaurants and unmet expectations. Get your mind off the holiday's cliched rituals by venturing out to one or more of the refreshingly distinctive events happening on both sides of the bay Feb. 11-14. From a retro bike ride to a new yoga-and-beer …

    The Love Doctors do open mic Feb. 14 at New World Brewery.
  15. Conference brings international affairs to USF-St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — In 34 years as an American diplomat, Douglas L. McElhaney witnessed a revolution in Portugal, helped negotiate independence for the African nation of Namibia and served as ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Douglas L. McElhaney, 68, was an American diplomat for 34 years.