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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Ruth: In choosing Pier Park, selection committee showed leadership (w/video)

    Columns

    There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.

  2. Country club celebrates history by going back to hickory

    Events

    CLEARWATER

    Hickory-shafted golf clubs were readily available at garage sales and pro shops when Bob Anderson started collecting the antique equipment some 40 years ago. • It's harder to find them these days, said Anderson, 80, who splits time in Clearwater and Pennsylvania. He has about 25 of the old wooden …

    Harrison McClimans demonstrates hitting an old hickory-shafted iron at the Clearwater Country Club driving range.
  3. Why not turn downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian mall?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Here's another idea that's being kicked around for moribund downtown Clearwater: Why not turn the center of it into a pedestrian mall?

    There is talk by some of turning the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian mall.
  4. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    m SCIENCE FAIR PRIZES FOR ESPIRITU SANTO CATHOLIC STUDENTS: Two students from Espiritu Santo Catholic School recently competed at the Science & Engineering Fair of Florida and came home with awards demonstrating their hard work and creativity. Lily Brames and Katelyn Chau, both in seventh grade, …

    Katelyn Chau, left, and Lily Brames received awards for their projects at the Science & Engineering Fair of Florida.
  5. Police: Woman intentionally defecated in cruiser after arrest

    Crime

    LARGO

    Police: 18-year-old intentionally created 'biohazard waste' in cruiser after arrest

  6. Dresses for proms are available, other Pinellas news briefs

    News

    LAST CHANCE FOR PROM DRESSES: The Gathering Of Women Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. The last dress distribution will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 433-1352 or email …

  7. Pet of the Week: Sierra Mist the cat

    Pets

    Sierra Mist is as sweet and beautiful as the day is long. At 2 years old, Sierra Mist has spent the majority of her life, 741 days to be precise, at Friends of Strays, but is ready for a home of her own. Meet her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Learn more about our pets at (727) 522-6566 or …

    Photo Credit: Friends of Strays   Pictured: Sierra Mist
  8. Zorba's finds a home; pharmacy opens in Safety Harbor

    News

    Tarpon Springs

    Zorba's nightclub moving to new home

    The owners of Zorba's nightclub, on Athens Street in the Sponge Docks district, will be moving their business to 734 Pinellas Ave.

  9. Officials approaching developers about Sponge Docks hotel

    News

    TARPON SPRINGS — As the chamber of commerce president, Reggie Gibson gets calls from tourists asking the same question: Is there a hotel near the Sponge Docks district?

  10. Bike lane on Indian Rocks Road is years away

    Roads

    Overall, Pinellas County has great pedestrian sidewalk and/or bicycle lanes for the major roadways except for Indian Rocks Road in Largo from West Bay Drive on the north end to Walsingham Road on the south end. This is the only high-traffic road that does not have a dedicated bicycle lane or pedestrian sidewalk. Is …

  11. Clearwater High drama teacher to go out after two decades of high notes

    Features

    CLEARWATER

    Joy Roche never thought she would end up a drama teacher. ¶ She got a degree in English after switching from theater performance at Florida State. ¶ She made her way into the Pinellas County School District as a substitute for a drama and English teacher on maternity leave at Clearwater High …

    Clearwater High drama department head Joy Roche watches rehearsal for her final production at the school, Beauty and the Beast. She is retiring after 26 years. Her production of the Disney classic runs Wednesday through Sunday.
  12. North Pinellas Hometown

    Briefs

    MEDAL CEREMONY HONORS KOREAN WAR VETERANS: The Ambassador Medal for Peace, issued by South Korea, was awarded to 11 Korean War veterans in a ceremony at American Legion Post 7 in Clearwater on March 24.

    The Soccer Maniacs won the Girls’ Division Championship for the inaugural Champions Cup U12. 
  13. Businesses on transformed U.S. 19 in Clearwater push for better signs

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — For years, officials have acknowledged the need for new way-finding signs to guide drivers to destinations along the transformed U.S. 19 corridor through Clearwater. Traffic patterns there have dramatically changed with the road's transition to an elevated, limited-access highway.

    The center’s owners have asked for new signage for years.
  14. Tarpon Springs Housing Authority apartments to undergo renovations

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The Tarpon Springs Housing Authority plans to utilize more than $13 million to completely renovate four complexes that are home to low-income residents 55 and older.

    The narrow hall in Donald Platz’s apartment leaves little room for his mobility scooter. He has lived at the Lemon Street complex for four years.
  15. Painful reminder that it's time for the stingray shuffle

    Public Safety

    They're more than a foot wide, love to burrow under the sand, and quickly lash their bony, serrated tails at any threats.

    Front- Edwin Wong, and his son Christopher Wong, center, both of Barrie Ontario, Canada, fish for Florida Pompano, Sunday in the surf off of Madeira Beach, just north of John's Pass. "We visit here each April for the great weather and fishing," said Edwin Wong. "A few days ago the pompano were hitting your line almost every time you cast," he said. Pompano can be found along the beaches and near passes during the spring months. "They put up a good fight,"said Christopher Wong.