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  1. Clearwater homeless shelter faces a new challenge — termites



    For three decades, the Homeless Emergency Project has overcome all kinds of challenges. There are the difficulties of fundraising, and the tough task of trying to help people who are mentally ill or alcoholic or just plain broke.

    This is Unit No. 3 in the Homeless Emergency Project’s eight-unit Family Emergency Housing apartment building. It’s being repaired after a colony of subterranean termites destroyed the Clearwater facility’s flooring recently.
  2. Dunedin Fine Art Center offers unusual gifts


    DUNEDIN — For many, the holiday season means braving long lines, crowded stores and congested parking lots.

    Oh what fun it is.

    Button bracelets by Carol Sackman are available at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
  3. Belleair Causeway to get new $700,000 bait house


    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Just like he does whenever he goes fishing at the Belleair Beach Causeway, A.J. Marino, 63, stopped at Publix on Saturday morning and purchased $10 of frozen shrimp.

    A computer-generated image shows the 800-square-foot bait house that will be built on the northeast side of the Belleair Beach Causeway in the coming months.
  4. Hometown North Pinellas

    Human Interest

    VETERANS HONORED: The Clearwater Elks Lodge 1525 in Dunedin celebrated veterans on Nov. 12 with a free dinner. Forty-two veterans enjoyed dinner while the colors were posted by four local NJROTC cadets from Dunedin High School. Two weeks earlier, the vets were asked to submit an old picture of themselves in …

    Student of the month Jack Hostetler from Brooker Creek Elementary with Tim Lima, president of Rotary Club of East Lake Sunrise.
  5. Dunedin to take longer look at banning longer snakes

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — A proposed ban thought to be aimed at protecting city residents from an infestation of large constrictor snakes, like Burmese pythons and anacondas that have devastated animal populations across the Everglades, has riled critics across the nation.

  6. Man caught driving without a license says he had 'been doing good watching police'




  7. Daniel Ruth: Neighborhood associations encouraged to make positive changes


    You hear that tired old saw all the time about how you can't fight city hall, or the little guy doesn't stand a chance against powerful, entrenched interests. But that is complete balderdash, unless of course John Q. Citizen simply likes getting trampled upon.

  8. Construction and holiday events will complicate traffic in Pinellas


    Just in time for the holidays:

    • The final phase of the Bryan Dairy Road/Starkey Road intersection improvement project is in motion — nighttime milling and resurfacing means lane closures, detours and significant delays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Resurfacing is scheduled to be wrapped up Dec. 19 and the …

  9. Pinellas news briefs for Dec. 12


    HOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE: The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is now providing a new homebound delivery service for individuals with temporary or long-term physical illness or disability that makes it difficult to travel to the library. Up to eight items can be checked out each month and you can …

  10. Commission votes to allow developer to raze most of Belleview Biltmore

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Town commissioners approved a developer's plan Tuesday to raze most of the historic Belleview Biltmore hotel, transform part of a preserved west wing into a boutique inn and surround it with new condos and townhomes.

    Part of the Belleview Biltmore will be preserved as a boutique hotel, but developer Mike Cheezem’s plan also calls for condos and townhomes.
  11. Final vote on Belleview Biltmore's fate set for Tuesday

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Several votes today will determine once and for all whether preservationists get a bit more time to search for a savior before the iconic Belleview Biltmore hotel is reduced to rubble, then redeveloped.

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The managing member of Belleview Biltmore Partners LLC said Monday the group had secured funding to buy and fix the hotel. The hotel's owners want to tear down the landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and redevelop the property.
  12. Ex-CEO of Pinellas Federal Credit Union admits taking bribe


    The former president and CEO of Pinellas Federal Credit Union has acknowledged accepting a bribe from a company providing identity theft protection services in a plea agreement filed in federal court in Tampa.

  13. Hometown North Pinellas

    Human Interest

    m NEW PASTOR: Safety Harbor Community Church installed its new pastor, James Matichuk, Nov. 16. Matichuk and his wife, Sarah, are originally from Washington and have three young children and are expecting another at the beginning of the year. The Rev. Dr. Robert Owen, superintendent of the Southeast …

    Kiwanis president Claire Cousins stands with students Gracelita Dohesty, Sol Guervo and Yasmine Habeeb.
  14. Quincy the dog sniffs out arson for firefighters


    CLEARWATER — Steven Raynard Jones walked away from the apartment he shared with his wife as flames inside killed her two cats.

    Quincy, Pinellas County’s only arson dog, visits with Clearwater fire inspector Ron Neuberger at Clearwater Fire Station No. 45. 
  15. Largo Central Park holiday display continues to grow



    At first, holiday decorations adorned light poles along major roads around downtown.

    Snowflakes and icicles are meant to set a cooler mood for those strolling the pathways.