Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Clearwater's 10-day Fun 'n Sun Celebration kicks off Friday


    CLEARWATER — The city's 10-day Fun 'n Sun Celebration starts Friday with a roster of events expected to attract more than 100,000 people.

    Carlos Santana with perform Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall as part of the celebration.
  2. North Pinellas news briefs for April 23

    Local Government

    Tarpon Springs

    Easter brings out the 'Greek bomb' squad

    Tarpon Springs residents gathered at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral for Easter services on Sunday under the watchful eye of law enforcement.

    Wait for me, Mom A tiny duckling struggles over a curb in a parking lot off U.S. 19 in Clearwater as the brood tried to keep up with mama. Several good Samaritans corralled the ducklings and, with the mother following, relocated them to a nearby pond and out of harm’s way.
  3. Dunedin unanimously approves mixed-use zoning for former Nielsen site

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Officials say a new land use and zoning designation for the former Nielsen Media Research site has already sparked interest from at least one developer, who made a purchase offer even before the changes won final approval from the City Commission last week.

    Nielsen left the Patricia Avenue site in 2005. The building was later torn down and the site has remained empty since. The city of Dunedin’s approval in April 2014 for mixed-use zoning may finally get the site redeveloped. 
  4. Prospect Lake apartment project slowed by muck


    CLEARWATER — A long-awaited renewal project on a faded edge of downtown has been unexpectedly delayed yet again, this time by muck.

    A decomposing, spongy, organic material created decades ago by stormwater runoff has been found underground throughout the six-acre Prospect Lake redevelopment area.
  5. Clearwater High presents 'Anything Goes' April 24-26



    Board the SS American for a two-hour cruise back to 1934, where tap-dancing sailors hit the deck with steel-toed shoes, and white-gloved society gals dish out campy jokes.

    Megan Corley, playing Bonnie, left, and Alex Murphy, playing Elisha Whitney, right, perform under the musical direction of Dustin Hinzman during a dress rehearsal Friday for Clearwater High School’s production of Anything Goes. 
  6. North Pinellas Religion for April 23


    First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin can trace its origins back to 1871, when there were only roughly 200 residents in the area that later became Pinellas County.

  7. April 23: North Pinellas club news


    Three elementary students received March Student of the Month trophies from the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club.

    Natalie Gates is the March student of the month at Safety Harbor Elementary. At left, teacher Barbara O’Steen, and Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club president Claire Cousins.
  8. North Pinellas Military News for April 23


    Military news

    Paul Scott Polgar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Polgar of Safety Harbor, completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

  9. North Pinellas News Briefs for April 20

    Local Government


    City wants mediator for beach access brouhaha

    Keeping the fire burning  After taking the Special Olympics Florida torch from Clearwater Police Officer Adam Jacques, Nick Dimeo runs in front of the Paul B. Stephens School on Thursday. Three Clearwater Police Department officers who participated in Tuesday’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics visited Paul B. Stephens. The Pinellas County leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run was scheduled to end at the school but the run was stopped early due to weather. The three officers were joined Thursday by others on bikes and in cruisers, and as they entered the school parking lot some students ran alongside them. “The school was supposed to be the last stop on the Pinellas torch run on Tuesday, but heavy rains and thunderstorms cut the run short and it never made it to the school,” Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw said in a news release. The police department wanted “to take them the torch two days later.” The run has been held in Pinellas County for more than 25 years.
  10. FrankCrum Golf tourney nets $134,300 for Trinity Cafe of Tampa


    FrankCrum, a pioneer in the professional employer organization industry, presented a check for $134,300 to Trinity Cafe in Tampa, a nondenominational charity that has served the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001.

    FrankCrum Golf Invitational organizer Brigitte Becker, from left, and FrankCrum employees Luis Rivera, Carla Mejia and Colleen Rowe present Trinity Cafe chairman Jeff Darrey and program director Cindy Davis with a check.
  11. New Clearwater & North Pinellas Times debuts May 2


    To our readers:

    Beginning May 2, the Tampa Bay Times will introduce a reimagined Clearwater & North Pinellas Times section with a new look to bring you the most interesting and important news and information about your community every Friday.

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.