Weary of roses and candlelit dinners for Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day weekend doesn't have to be ruined by overcrowded restaurants and unmet expectations. Get your mind off the holiday's cliched rituals by venturing out to one or more of the refreshingly distinctive events happening on both sides of the bay Feb. 11-14. From a retro bike ride to a new yoga-and-beer …
ST. PETERSBURG — In 34 years as an American diplomat, Douglas L. McElhaney witnessed a revolution in Portugal, helped negotiate independence for the African nation of Namibia and served as ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
DUNEDIN — It has been a long time coming.
OLDSMAR — As you soar 70 feet above the ground, secured in a harness, you'll see Old Tampa Bay to the west and Mobbly Bayou to the east. In between, you'll float over a mix of mangrove swamp, salt marsh and oak hammocks. And if you're lucky, from your perch, you'll spot an assortment of shorebirds often spotted …
CLEARWATER — Ken Hamilton has spent nearly 40 years keeping his family business, the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar, a Clearwater Beach landmark, while volunteering his free time to hospitals, schools and the homeless.
St. Petersburg police: Man robs taxi driver, leaves wallet in the back seat
SAFETY HARBOR — Almost a year after a conflict of interest complaint was filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, City Commissioner Janet Hooper has been cleared.
DUNEDIN — Starting Saturday, dog owners will have another place to hang out with their four-legged friends.
CLEARWATER — City officials are anticipating heavy traffic and parking shortages on Clearwater Beach this weekend because of a series of community events and damage to a major garage.
CLEARWATER — The City Council has committed $12,000 a year for three years to help the Clearwater Historical Society convert the historic South Ward Elementary School at 610 S Fort Harrison Ave. into a museum and cultural center.
TARPON SPRINGS — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is investigating the city's building development director after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding his expired license.
Their art is everywhere — a manatee sculpture in City Hall, mixed media mobiles in the community center and Whimzeyland, their multicolored house on Third Street with its collection of countless bowling balls. For more than two decades, Safety Harbor has been Kiaralinda and Todd Ramquist's …
CLEARWATER — There may be hope for Clearwater's tallest eyesore.
LARGO — The ex-Dunedin city manager who resigned last month amid criticism of his job performance is a semifinalist in Largo's search for a new city manager.