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  1. Dunedin mayor says 'major points' for prospective Jays contract are on track

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — After her recent trip to Toronto, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she is confident all of the "major points" that would comprise a prospective spring training contract with the Blue Jays could be in place by season's end. Though it's important to note, she said, nothing is official.

    Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski cutline goes here
  2. Dunedin officials inch toward paid parking options for downtown

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Among the 60 or so residents cramped into the City Hall chambers, nearly two dozen sounded off before commissioners this week offering their experiences with downtown parking.

    “A decision hasn’t been made,” says Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski.
  3. Dunedin Historical Museum exhibit helps patrons understand local life at end of WWII

    Events

    DUNEDIN

    Museum workers are helping patrons imagine what life in this town resembled at the close of the second world war.

    “Dunedin’s Wall of Honor,” which is part of the yearlong exhibit, has photos of some of the 305 residents of Dunedin who served in World War II. The exhibit runs through May 2016.
  4. What to do with Clearwater's Harborview Center?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER

    It's a mantra that's been repeated at a number of public meetings regarding the future of downtown Clearwater.

    The 40,000-square-foot Winter’s Dolphin Tale attraction in the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, but many residents want the building to be demolished.
  5. DOT: No signal needed at Pinellas Bayway intersection

    Roads

    I'm a resident of Isla Del Sol. As you know, the construction of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge between Isla Del Sol and St. Pete Beach was recently completed. Since the bridge is now four lanes of 45 mph traffic, it poses a danger to those of us who must exit Sun Boulevard and Bahia Del Mar Boulevard. Turning lanes on …

  6. Dunedin cafe earns honor

    Business

    DUNEDIN — Sweet Peas Cafe of Dunedin, whose owners describe it as "a community-centered, organic, parent-friendly cafe,'' has been honored with a People & Planet Award from Green America, an environmental organization based in Washington, D.C.

  7. Section of Pinellas Trail to temporarily close on Monday

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — A small section of the Pinellas Trail will be closed Monday and will stay closed for about four days while workers perform routine maintenance. The 528-foot section of the trail is between Michigan Boulevard and Cedar Creek Bridge. For more information on the Pinellas Trail, visit

    Clearwater Threshers catcher brings rare skill set

    Minors

    CLEARWATER

    There's pressure that comes along with being a major-league team's second-round draft pick. Even more pressure is added when that player is compared to Buster Posey after just two full professional seasons.

    Andrew Knapp’s rare skill set draws comparison to the Giants’ Buster Posey.
  8. Deputies: Receipt at crime scene leads to accused burglar

    Crime

    BELLEAIR BEACH — Deputies say they caught the man who attempted to burgle a home on Gulf Boulevard because he left a Walgreens receipt with his name on it on the back deck.

  9. Daniel Ruth: Courtney Campbell Trail a boon for those who like to sweat

    Columns

    Oh happy day. Or whatever.

    Earlier this week, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos formally unveiled the completed section of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. And thus sweat aficionados are now able to cycle, jog or skate across nearly 10 miles of pathway running parallel to the causeway across upper Tampa Bay, …

  10. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    BAY PINES VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM is hosting an open house at 10 a.m. on July 1. Scheduled activities include one-hour presentations that will provide an overview of VA health care and the Bay Pines VAHCS; an overview of VA Voluntary Service and opportunities for individuals to volunteer their time. VA outreach …

  11. Oldsmar, other Pinellas cities ranked high on family-friendly list

    Human Interest

    The website Niche ranked Oldsmar the 14th best Florida suburb in which to raise a family.

  12. Pinellas offers park passes for part-time residents

    Local Government

    Part-time residents who spend a lot of time at Fort De Soto, Sand Key or Fred Howard parks may be able to save some money come fall.

  13. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    GIRL SCOUTS AWARDED FOR STEM COMMUNITY SERVICE: The four fifth-grade Girl Scouts in Troop 143 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award in May. This National award is given to troops that plan and execute a project that benefits the community. With a goal of promoting STEM-related subjects in school and how much fun …

    Katelyn LoCastro, from left, Kaylie Caruso, Amanda Yothers and Alison Altman earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
  14. Former Dunedin and Gator baseball star adjusts to next level

    Baseballpreps

    From the big-time stage of an SEC powerhouse to the lower levels of the Cardinals' minor-league system, Casey Turgeon has had success everywhere he has landed.

    Casey Turgeon hustles for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals against the Bristol Pirates in a game in 2014 in Johnson City.