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  1. Clearwater Beach mini golf course to make way for high-rise hotel

    Real Estate


    It's a winding maze of wooden walkways, shady grottoes, cascading waterfalls and green-carpeted fairways. Heck, there's even a pirate ship.

    A rendering shows a nine-story, 159-room hotel, possibly a Marriott, planned for 630 S Gulfview Blvd., the Clearwater Beach site that houses the mini golf course.
  2. No end in sight for Island Estates eyesore

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Situated among the well-kept waterfront homes of Island Estates, there's an unfinished house that looks like it got hit by a hurricane. All that's left are crumbling tile floors, rotting carpet, strands of rebar, chunks of concrete-block wall, "No Trespassing" signs, overgrown weeds and a swimming …

  3. Dunedin's Honeymoon Island undergoing beach renourishment


    DUNEDIN — Come spring, even more Honeymoon Island visitors than before will be able to watch shore birds frolic among beach plants and sea turtles nest along a sandier coast, officials say.

    Beach renourishment is ongoing at Honeymoon Island State Park. Crews place tons of boulders that will hold sand in place just offshore from the north beach parking area on Dec. 16. The park attracts more than 1 million visitors yearly.
  4. Some can't-miss light displays in North Pinellas


    While economic uncertainty may have put a damper on the size and scope of illuminated holiday displays in recent years, rest assured that making the season bright is still a priority for some.

    The place is ablaze with lights at 90 Harbor Oaks Circle in the Harbor Oaks neighborhood of Safety Harbor. A Ferris wheel, teeter totter and many other twirling animations were all built by the 36-year-old concrete mason Jason Bothwell.
  5. Hometown North Pinellas


    STUDENTS HELP ANIMAL SHELTER: The 21st Century Community Learning Center, an after-school program at Tarpon Springs Middle School sponsored by the YMCA, collected and delivered donations to the Suncoast Animal League on Nov. 26. The club delivered pet food, toys, blankets, collars and leashes to the non-profit, …

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center, an after school program at Tarpon Springs Middle School sponsored by the YMCA, collected and delivered donations to the Suncoast Animal League Nov. 26.
  6. St. Petersburg Pier's inverted pyramid a designer's dilemma


    And the Lens died for this?

    Few civic debates have been as filled with frantic Sturm und Drang hand-wringing as what to do with the Pier, the city's answer to a rusting Yugo sitting on blocks in the front yard.

  7. Christine Wigfall Morris, Clearwater's first African-American librarian, dies at 92

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It was easy for two of Christine Wigfall Morris's great nieces to recall their countless visits to her library. "We would walk there after school, but we knew we were not there to play,'' said Carla Johnson, 45.

    Mrs. Morris continued to visit the library near her home up until the last several months.
  8. Unlike past, Dunedin neighbors support latest Fenway plan

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — After years of pushback from neighbors and city officials, it appears that the latest plan to refurbish the Fenway Hotel just might sail straight to City Hall approval.

    Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society give a demonstration on the lawn of the Fenway Hotel at a Nov. 9 retreat in Dunedin. The society bought the hotel to serve as its international headquarters.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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




  15. 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.