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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Epilogue: Tasker Beal gave his life — and love — to Ridgecrest community

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Monday through Friday, for 40 years, Tasker Beal awoke before the sunrise.

    Tasker Beal never moved away from the Ridgecrest community he loved.
  2. Former Dunedin assistant city manager to run for commission seat

    Elections

    DUNEDIN — Maureen "Moe" Freaney, former assistant city manager, says she plans to run for City Commission this November, and her reason is simple.

    Former assistant city manager and assistant county administrator Maureen Freaney is running for Dunedin City Commission.
  3. Charity ball games to aid law enforcement officers

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Two ballgames, all-you-can-eat-food and a fireworks show isn't all you'll get for $18 at Bright House Networks Field this weekend. Entry fees will help two local law enforcement officers fight cancer.

  4. Clearwater hires firm to study bluff/waterfront

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council hired consulting firm HR&A Advisors at $378,000 to develop a master plan to revitalize the Bluff/Waterfront area.

  5. Clearwater buys triangle of land

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council unanimously voted to purchase the triangular lot near Cleveland Street and Gulf to Bay Boulevard, where Gulf Rent-A-Car currently sits.

  6. Clearwater residents can pick up a tree for Arbor Day

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city will give away 1,850 trees Saturday in honor of Arbor Day at the Public Service Complex at 1650 N Arcturas Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  7. Successful in Brandon and Largo, Bulk Nation bulks up on expansion plans

    Business

    BRANDON

    For centuries around the world — before glossy boxes and cans lined grocery store shelves — hungry folks have traveled to open markets for fresh food in barrels, on tables, in stacks and mounds.

    Bulk Nation stores, like this one in Largo, offer more than 2,000 items, from nuts and dried fruits to spices, beans and pastas, in barrels, on tables, in stacks and mounds for consumers to scoop into bags as needed.
  8. Clearwater extends ferry subsidy

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER— The city has extended its agreement to subsidize the Clearwater Ferry by two months, now going through July 4.

  9. Oldsmar snipes back over St. Petersburg official's comment

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — At the end of last week's City Council meeting, council member Jerry Beverland, a 50-year resident, seemed a little grumpy when he used unpleasant verbiage to describe St. Petersburg.

    Oldsmar City Council member Jerry Beverland.
  10. USF grad students to present downtown Oldsmar plan

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — Graduate students from the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design will present their design of the city's redevelopment district, officially named the Town Center, at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

  11. Proposed zoning changes cause rift in Safety Harbor

    Growth

    SAFETY HARBOR — Rick Blake and his wife bought a property made up of two separate lots in 2012, planning to sell one and use the money to build a house for his mother to retire in on the other. But that may not be possible come Monday when commissioners vote on a series of zoning changes.

  12. City will buy Clearwater Christian College wetlands for preservation

    Wetlands

    CLEARWATER

    After years of concern that part of these marshy mangroves would be destroyed by development, the city will purchase 111 acres of wetlands and submerged lands surrounding the now-defunct Clearwater Christian College for preservation and restoration projects.

    If Clearwater had not bought the wetlands area under a 2011 settlement, a future buyer of the land could have ignored it and not conducted much-needed restoration, a city official said.
  13. Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg divides cash from BP oil spill

    Columns

    When you think of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from the images of destroyed wetlands and dead animals to the spill circulating through the Gulf of Mexico, the memories remain all too vivid.

  14. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY: This communitywide, 24-hour online challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps nonprofits raise money and bring awareness to the challenges facing these organizations. To donate, visit giveday.org/ anytime on Tuesday. The minimum donation is $25. …

  15. Softball players get college offers as early as middle school

    Softballpreps

    Four years ago, Canterbury School of Florida's Danielle Romanello committed to play softball at the University of Florida, the school she had always dreamed of attending.

    Tampa Catholic freshman Alexa Russo says offers to play ball at Central Florida and South Florida “motivated me to work a lot harder than ever before.”