Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Tarpon Springs splash park offers free, safe family fun


    TARPON SPRINGS — Getting soaked, squirted or squealed upon was all part of a day's fun at the new splash park in Tarpon Springs.

    Trygg Savage, 3, left, and Liam Hartigan, 4, play in the new splash park at 508 Live Oak Street in Tarpon Springs. Greek- and maritime-themed features include a manatee and sponge diver. “A stingray sprayed water out of its mouth at me,” Trygg said.
  2. Klondike parent company closing North Pinellas ice cream factory, laying off 210


    PINELLAS PARK — The world's largest ice cream maker will close a plant here that pumps out frozen treats for Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle, axing hundreds of jobs.

  3. Dunedin aims to create St. Petersburg-inspired arts district

    Local Government


    If city leaders get their way, Dunedin — home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, baseball and many things Scottish — could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.

    Stained glass artist Dee Rodriques of Clearwater creates a mosaic on a steel and fiberglass sculpture at her Dunedin studio.
  4. Clearwater Beach parking garage approved despite opposition

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A seven-story parking garage at the north end of Clearwater Beach's tourist district keeps moving closer to reality despite persistent opposition by an assortment of nearby residents.

    The proposed seven-story, 642-space parking garage, shown in this rendering, would be built at the Pelican Walk Plaza on Mandalay Avenue. Many spaces would be set aside for local workers.
  5. Oldsmar, firefighters resolve pension impasse

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — A yearlong dispute ended at Tuesday night's City Council meeting during a bathroom break.

  6. Oldsmar council votes to allow tattoo parlors downtown


    OLDSMAR — The City Council voted Tuesday to allow tattoo and piercing businesses downtown.

    Jillian Langley Santiago, paying rent on a downtown Oldsmar storefront since February, is now clear to open her tattoo shop.
  7. Failed funding puts public housing renovations on hold in Tarpon Springs

    Real Estate

    TARPON SPRINGS — Rosanna Corbo, 45, has spent the last decade trying to get her life in order. It's hard to focus, though, when you have to slap cockroaches off the toilet just to sit down.

    Teresa Mosley sweeps the porch of her Mango Circle apartment while her mother, Anne Gooden, watches Mosley’s kids, from left, Zay, Zyrie and Neavean Gooden, and friend Sabastien Gonzalez.
  8. Scholarship still helps young athletes 20 years after fatal Clearwater accident

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Since he was a boy playing Little League baseball, Gregory Richardson's family noticed he had a talent for the sport.

    Gregory Richardson was killed by a drunken driver.
  9. WWII flier, Italian still allies after all these years


    PALM HARBOR — Frank Bolek arrived in Lesina, Italy, as part of the U.S. Army Air Forces 325th Fighter Group in December 1944.

    Tom Ricci, whose family hails from Lesina, Italy, visits with Frank Bolek in Palm Harbor. Bolek was based in Lesina in 1944.
  10. Five Questions with Episcopal priest, fighter of human trafficking


    It was just a few days before terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Washington, D.C., targets in 2001 that Father Ray Bonoan took over as the rector at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Safety Harbor. "On 9/11, I was still moving in. We decided to leave the church open. So many came and just sat. …

    Father Ray Bonoan has diversified his Episcopal church in Safety Harbor and leads anti-human trafficking efforts from there.
  11. Plans for Clearwater Beach hotels keep popping up


    CLEARWATER — It's hard to miss the big construction crane that's building a new hotel right alongside the sand on Clearwater Beach.

    A rendering shows a 144-room, 10-story hotel approved for 353 Coronado Drive, one of three projects its owner is planning.
  12. Suit says Clearwater strip club discriminated


    CLEARWATER — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that it is suing a strip club accused of illegally firing an African-American bartender and a manager who protested the discrimination.

  13. Ruth: Plan for grand St. Petersburg museum is an eye-opener


    On this much we can all probably agree. Rudy Ciccarello appears to be a man willing to put his money where his museum is — or will be.

  14. East Lake Youth Sports to renovate facilities, expand programs


    EAST LAKE — Just before dusk on a hot June night, coach John Duncan lines up about a dozen 12-year-old girls for their next soccer drill under the lights. The first game won't be until October, but that does not stop the team from practicing twice weekly all summer.

    East Lake Youth Sports Association plans to renovate its facilities and reduce the team registration fees.
  15. Code enforcement sweeps Clearwater's East Gateway District

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER Sandwiched between a vacant home and a problematic neighbor, Anthea Kirkcaldie, a seven-year resident of Clearwater, called the city's code compliance office for help.

    The Motel 21, at 1488 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater, is described as a blighted business and repeat offender by the city’s code enforcement department. The motel is one building of many being cited daily for a number of code violations.