Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Tarpon Springs downsizes Sponge Docks project, debates blame

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — City officials have torn up parts of a $1.3 million plan to enhance the Sponge Docks tourist district and are going back to the drawing board.

    City Manager Mark LeCouris said divisiveness, not the width of the Anclote River, killed the boardwalk idea and other elements.
  2. A son preserves history through his father's iconic photos

    Human Interest


    In the mid 1980s, retired Navy Cmdr. Gerald "Jerry'' Pulley began mailing boxes filled with pictures to his son, Donn Pulley.

    Donn Pulley holds his father’s flight head gear and a film cannister from dad Gerald Pulley’s days as a photographer.
  3. North Pinellas good for you for April 20

    Human Interest

    Good for you

    On a recent patrol of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard Coast Guard auxiliary vessel Broad on the Bow, coxswain Karen Miller and crew members Ann Bennett and Rob Mancuso spotted what they thought was a white plastic shopping bag floating in the water.

    James Bryant, left, and Jay Horne with their Star of Life awards.
  4. New zoning option for Belleview Biltmore sparked emotional debate

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Votes on two new zoning measures that could smooth the path for demolition of all or part of the former Belleview Biltmore hotel sparked passionate speeches last week by several town commissioners and a member of a preservationist group attempting to buy and save the historic structure.

    The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. A mixed-use option was rejected.
  5. Clearwater letter carrier honored for stopping burglary

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Thornell Strawn was on his usual delivery route as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service when he noticed something suspicious on Corona Avenue.

    Clearwater Police Chief Tony Holloway talks with Thornell Strawn. - Chief Holloway joined with the Postal Service in honoring letter carrier Thornell Strawn at his Post Office at 1851 N. Hercules Ave. in Clearwater. Strawn was on his route on Feb. 26 on Corona Avenue when he noticed a suspicious subject entering a back yard. He called police and stayed on the phone, relaying what he was seeing and hearing until the police got there. He heard the sounds of the man breaking into the house. A Clearwater Police K9 helped apprehend the suspect.
  6. Valpak Direct Marketing moving Largo headquarters to St. Petersburg


    Valpak Direct Marketing Systems is moving its corporate headquarters from Largo to a St. Petersburg office park to get closer to its manufacturing center.

  7. North Pinellas news briefs for April 16

    Local Government


    Scientology building okayed

    The Community Development Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a Church of Scientology warehouse to be built in the city's industrial corridor.

    A pause to bless paws Daisy, Sally Nitka’s volunteer therapy dog, is blessed by Pastor Mian Hill as part of Morton Plant Hospital’s celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 6-11). As part of the activities there was a “blessing of the paws” for the service dogs who comfort the hospital’s patients. Seven dogs were blessed by Hill, the chaplain at Morton Plant Mease.
  8. North Pinellas club notes for April 16

    Human Interest

    On May 23, 1964 a group of organizations in Dunedin decided to begin meeting and sharing ideas and opinions on issues of communitywide interest. Calling itself the Dunedin Council of Organizations, its delivery method was in-person monthly meetings.

    Teacher Deanna Barthel, left, Seahawk award winners Jessica Mihalics and Morgan Covington, and teacher Jennifer Fegel pose with Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club president Claire Cousins.
  9. North Pinellas religion news for Wednesday, April 16


    Events celebrating the Easter season will be presented by Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

  10. Hop in any direction for North Pinellas fun this Easter weekend

    Human Interest

    Looking for things to do Easter weekend in North Pinellas? Check out these events. Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, there is something for everyone at these Easter-themed festivals and activities.

    Volunteer Joyce McDonald helps stuff some of the 4,000 plastic Easter eggs with candy on Monday at the Tarpon Springs Community Center for the Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Sports Complex.
  11. Private beach spat hot topic for Clearwater City Council

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — A long-running fight that erupted after some north Clearwater Beach residents roped off sections of the sand and declared them private has gained the attention of a wary City Hall.

    Some property owners in north Clearwater Beach say they have a legal right to block off stretches of sand for private use.
  12. Jaywalkers drawing attention of Clearwater police

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — It's Friday afternoon and Clearwater police Officer Andrew Anderson is on the prowl for jaywalkers on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. It doesn't take long before he sees a pedestrian dart across the six-lane road — one of Pinellas County's busiest.

    Clearwater police are cracking down on jaywalking while trying to educate pedestrians that it is safer to use a crosswalk.
  13. April 13: Belleview Biltmore rezoning and other news briefs



    Biltmore rezoning options will receive some action

    Dunedin A classic salute to modern firefighting Firefighters moved into the new Fire Station 61 on Monday. Built closer to Highlander Park’s entrance than the 40-year-old outdated facility it replaced, the $1.95 million station at 903 Michigan Blvd. features three engine bays, fitness and training areas, living quarters and a glass-walled showroom to showcase the city’s 1922 antique fire truck year-round. Officials broke ground on the environmentally friendly, 7,500-square-foot firehouse in June. A dedication ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. April 25.
  14. Jeweler is victim of theft during Tarpon Springs festival


    TARPON SPRINGS — For 40 years, John Mroczek has been creating silver and gold jewelry embedded with stones, from diamonds and pearls to emeralds. For a decade, he and his wife, Denise, who live near South Bend, Ind., have sold his jewelry at the annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival in Craig Park.

  15. Judge orders Clearwater jeweler to pay for pilfering gold, jewels


    CLEARWATER — Before customers see the jewelry displayed inside glass cases at Bradley Harris' jewelry store, they are greeted by a mug shot of a man who once worked there.

    Susan Armstrong says the 63-point Europeon-cut diamond in a ring was swapped out.