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  1. St. Petersburg collector gets all wound up over vintage toys

    Human Interest

    Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile.

    Wade Hamby says of his vintage toys “I enjoy every one because each one is different.” They were made in the United States and around the world.
  2. Mixed-use development project well under way at former Nielsen site in Dunedin

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — After a vacancy extending more than a decade, the former Nielsen Media Research campus is well on its way to being occupied again.

    Bob Ironsmith calls it a shot in the arm for the Patricia Avenue corridor.
  3. Pinellas construction licensing board rebukes its own director for vulgar tirade

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County board that oversees construction contractors voted Thursday to issue a letter of warning to its own executive director for his profanity-laced tirade directed at a Tampa Bay Times reporter who inquired about nominations to that board.

    Rodney Fischer is executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, which oversees contractors.
  4. Success: Rescue operation finds three trapped manatees, plus a fourth to be saved today

    Environment

    EAST LAKE — A team of state wildlife officials went three for three Thursday, capturing each of the manatees reported to be trapped in Lake Tarpon and in danger of becoming ill as water temperatures …

    A state rescue team worked to capture three manatees believed to be trapped in Lake Tarpon and in danger of becoming ill as water temperatures cool on Dec. 1, 2016. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  5. Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he'd pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.

  6. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    Teachers recognized by University of Chicago: Palm Harbor University High teacher Line Mercier and St. Petersburg High teacher Karen Vann were selected for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the University of Chicago invites students entering their first year of studies at the …

    Inner Wheel of Dunedin North members on their tour, from left, Roberta Guilfoile, Melba Rilott, Hanger Clinic manager Robert Dixon, Ebbie VandenBrink, Mickey Stout and Joan Harris.
  7. Armed Forces History Museum in Largo to close in January

    Business

    LARGO — John Piazza Sr. first became interested in collecting military artifacts when he received a gift, a World War I German mortar from a friend's father.

    The 8-year-old Armed Forces History Museum will close its doors at the end of January, officials announced Wednesday morning. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  8. Pinellas Sheriff's sergeant, lieutenant suspended for roles in high-speed chase

    Public Safety

    A sergeant and lieutenant were suspended from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after one of them chased a car going up to 100 mph and the other failed to stop it, according to an internal investigation.

  9. Consultants unveil plan for transformed Clearwater waterfront

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — A downtown waterfront transformed into a greener space with a garden, marsh pond and picnic areas. Trails for biking or strolling with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. A gathering space surrounded by cafes, retail and a splash pad to replace the Harborview Center eyesore currently taking up prime …

    Imagine Clearwater
aims to boost the city’s struggling downtown and bring in more restaurants, retail and event spaces. The ideas presented Tuesday included more walkable green space along the waterfront and a water pad and pavilion in the space occupied by Harborview Center.
  10. Dunedin home tour offers decorating ideas with a dash of charity

    Events

    DUNEDIN — When it comes to Christmas trees, Phyllis Gorshe had a novel idea.

    Cathy Goocher decorates a Christmas tree on her and husband's Bill's porch of their Dunedin home that is a completely remodeled Old Florida Cottage on the channel. This home is decorated in the calming blues of the ocean. -  For the Dunedin Youth Guild's Silver Lining Holiday, the 47th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday, December 3, 2016. This year's tour includes six homes and one church, all  decorated to celebrate the holiday season.
  11. Treasure Island adds humor to info

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — It's a call from City Hall about trash pickup changes, but it leaves people chuckling.

    Jeff Jensen, public information officer for Treasure Island, is the author of the oftentimes humorous calls about everything from sewer maintenance to drainage issues.
  12. Gregory Parkes, new bishop of Diocese of St. Petersburg, heard call to priesthood at Tampa's Christ the King

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Tampa Bay's almost half-million Roman Catholics have a new leader.

    The Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, left, speaks at a news conference Monday with Bishop Robert Lynch. Parkes will be the new bishop for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  13. With new ownership, Clearwater Tower highrise to be exclusively tech firms

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — Call it the new tech hub of the city.

    The Clearwater Tower at 33 N Garden Ave. will contain only tech companies. - As Clearwater officials work to revive a sleepy downtown, surrounded by the potential of a walkable core district and waterfront views, a budding tech industry is bringing some optimism. There are more than 20 tech companies in downtown alone, and the hope is more will follow on that momentum. As more young-professionals locate downtown, they could help lure the retail, dining and residential investment officials have been working to attract, said Seth Taylor, director of the city?•s special taxing district, the Community Redevelopment Agency.
  14. War of words continues over Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Days after being blamed for submitting questionable nominations to a Pinellas County board, the Tampa Bay Builders Association says the construction board's executive director provided the names to select.

    Doerfel
  15. Bayfront CEO raises concerns about free food for paramedics

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Most Pinellas County hospitals offer paramedics free drinks. Some provide snacks. At least one gives the first responders free meal vouchers worth $8.