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  1. Clearwater hires private eye to crack down on short-term rentals

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — He sounded like just another tourist calling to rent a waterfront vacation home.

    Constantine Janus is a private investigator hired by Clearwater to spy on homeowners illegally renting their houses short-term.
  2. Proposed hotel, restaurant on Dunedin agenda

    Economic Development

    Dunedin — A proposed 90-room hotel and 4,000-square-foot restaurant will be discussed during Thursday's City Commission meeting.

  3. Recycle leftover cooking grease in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — Last year, residents brought about 400 gallons of leftover grease, oil and fats to the city for recycling. If you use a turkey fryer to cook up a holiday meal, bring the leftover grease to the Solid Waste and General Services Complex, grease recycling dropoff center, 1701 N Hercules Ave. It is open 24 …

  4. Clearwater's Council Seat 3 only one to draw challenge


    CLEARWATER — Only one Clearwater City Council incumbent will face a challenger in the March 15 election.

  5. St. Petersburg museum sees the art in aluminum

    Human Interest

    Earlier this year, Polish artist Piotr Janowski decided to wrap his rental home and several trees in aluminum foil as part of his first outdoor art project.

    Artist Piotr Janowski works with University of South Florida fine arts student Amra Causevic to apply foil to one of four palms in front of the Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. Janowski is preparing for his art installation, called "Curiosity" outside of the museum where he will install contemporary sculptures that symbolize ears to a total of eight palm trees around the museum. The installation will open Dec. 3 and will remain until Feb. 14. Janowski gained international media coverage in the summer of 2015 when he created a large-scale installation at his rented home in Tarpon Springs. Janowski wrapped his home, driveway, and palm trees in foil. "My goal is to create awareness about solar energy and I am working now on sculptures that produce solar energy themselves."  [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  6. Five questions with Tarpon Springs' award-winning filmmaker Evan Zissimopulos

    Human Interest

    Tarpon Springs native Evan Zissimopulos is having a good year.

    “I started editing videos when I was 12,” says Evan Zissimopulos, holding his L.A.-area Emmy.
  7. Winter fun, Florida style: Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens


    Along with a variety of entertainment each night, Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with kids through Dec. 23.

    Two hearts in the wedding garden are part of the holiday display. It’s the garden’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
  8. Daniel Ruth: Eternal U.S. 19 project unfair to merchants


    There's hell. And then there is U.S. 19, where all hope really is lost.

  9. Pinellas news briefs


    OPERATION TWINKLE: Dunedin is holding its annual holiday food drive Operation Twinkle through Dec. 18. Drop off nonperishable food items, gift cards or toys in the lobby of City Hall, 542 Main St.; Solid Waste, 1070 Virginia St.; the library, 223 Douglas Ave.; or the Planning and Development Department at …

  10. Portions of Pinellas Trail to be closed for construction


    A long-term project on the Pinellas Trail is under way and could affect travel on the 47-mile linear park. Through February, different sections within a 2-mile portion will be undergoing shoulder repairs and maintenance to further stabilize the trail's banks. Crews will close one section at a time and closure signs will …

  11. Assistant state attorney files for Pinellas judgeship


    Assistant State Attorney Dora Komninos has twice been on Gov. Rick Scott's short list of potential appointees for open Pinellas judge seats. Now the prosecutor is running for one.

  12. Pinellas County trackers: Sea turtle nesting season a success


    It was a good year for Pinellas County sea turtles.

    After two years of treatment and rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ozzy, a 130-pound (sub-adult) female loggerhead sea turtle, is returned to the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday (9/9/15) at Clearwater Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  13. Police: Man shot by Belleair police officer was carrying BB gun


    BELLEAIR — Police officer Roy Olsen feared for his life when he saw Jamaal Bishop's weapon Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.

  14. Uneven pavement on Gulf Boulevard should smooth out when project's done


    I read your recent article regarding the construction on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. As a resident of SPB who travels the length of Gulf Boulevard daily, I was happy to hear about the transition to night-time road construction/paving. But I wonder if anyone else has commented on the terrible paving job. There …

  15. Authorities: Man drank Coors Light while stopped in traffic next to deputy



    DUI charge follows sip taken in traffic

    A deputy stopped in traffic Nov. 20 looked at the car next to him and saw the driver sip from a 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light, according to an arrest report.