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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Phillie Phanatic brings antics to Clearwater for spring training

    Features

    CLEARWATER — It's about 35 minutes before the 1:05 start of the first spring training game and the Phillie Phanatic makes his appearance atop an ATV. The Phanatic is well-known for riding a four-wheeler around the field at top speed. He helps conduct the University of Tampa band. He meets with fans in the …

    The Phillie Phanatic performs with the UT Spartan Scarlets dance team on Tuesday.
  2. Ferry service to run from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach

    Tourism

    CLEARWATER — The last time someone tried running a ferry service between Clearwater Beach and the mainland, it didn't work out. Not enough passengers rode the ferry back in 2000, so the city-sponsored service got discontinued.

    Pontoon boats will first focus on taking workers from downtown Clearwater to their jobs at Clearwater Beach.
  3. Tarpon Springs okays new townhome development

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — City commissioners on Tuesday approved the first phase of Cypress Trails, a development of 95 townhomes just east of U.S. 19.

  4. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    STUDENTS DESIGN BOWLS TO raise money to fight HUNGER: St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School's second-grade students recently participated in Project Empty Bowl, an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. The students created designs with the help of their art teacher, and then painted the designs …

    Second-graders Abby Krueger, left, and Tessa Scott paint designs on bowls to be sold at a fundraiser to fight hunger.
  5. Suspected thief tells police he didn't want to wait in line to pay

    Crime

    LARGO

    POLICE: SUSPECTED thief says he didn't want to wait in line to pay

  6. Dan Ruth: Back to the future for pier proposals

    Columns

    Do you get the sneaky feeling this is a bit like voting for your favorite horrible vegetable? Green peas (bleh)? Or brussels sprouts (ugh)? Asparagus (gag reflex)? Or lima beans (uh, no)? Egg plant (choke)? Or turnips (brrrr)?

  7. Rebounding economy renews debate over county-owned land near Bayside Bridge

    Local Government

    LARGO — Leaning on a carved wooden cane, Dave Waddell walked off his property, headed west along 164th Avenue, and stopped a few minutes later at a chain link gate blocking a dirt road leading into the woods.

    Dave Waddell lives near county-owned land that was the site for an affordable housing complex that never got built. He wants County Commissioners to rezone the land for recreation.
  8. Fewer chases under new Pinellas sheriff's policy

    News

    Countywide

    Sheriff's office Pursuits fall 78%

    Pursuits by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies have declined 78 percent since a new chase policy was implemented last year.

  9. Work below ground affects duration of Ulmerton Road project

    News

    I wonder how many more years it will take to finish Ulmerton Road? The traffic cones from Seminole Boulevard to the Bayside Bridge have been on Ulmerton Road for so long, I think that's where they are stored. If we had snow and a short season to get it done, I could understand it, but this is Florida!

    Ann …

  10. Trashy Treasures offers bargains for the art-minded

    Events

    DUNEDIN

    If you like your artwork a little on the trashy side, then head to the Dunedin Fine Art Center, where the once-loved will be re-homed at rock-bottom prices.

    These silver-plated pieces will be for sale.
  11. Fewer chases under new Pinellas Sheriff's policy; other Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    Countywide

    Sheriff's office Pursuits fall 78%

    Pursuits by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies have declined 78 percent since a new chase policy was implemented last year.

    George Lulgjuraj of Dunedin fishes off the Dunedin Causeway as dense fog envelopes the area recently.
  12. Spring training kicks off in Clearwater and Dunedin

    Tourism

    Baseball is a game of tradition — hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, the crack of the bat, the seventh-inning stretch, and rooting for the home team. • Around here, there's a local baseball tradition that's about to return: an annual migration of Northerners arriving to escape the brutal winter weather in …

    Philadelphia Phillies players report on the first day of spring training at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater on Monday. The first home game is against the University of Tampa Spartans at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Bright House Field. 
  13. Three Oldsmar candidates agree on downtown project as a priority

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The three candidates running for City Council in the March 10 election seem to agree that a main concern is Market Square, the city's downtown redevelopment project along State Street.

    Dan Belcher
  14. Study focuses on Dunedin Causeway facelift

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The roughly 2-mile stretch of Dunedin Causeway bridges that connect Honeymoon Island State Park to the mainland is about five years away from a facelift.

    County engineers and URS Corporation Southern have kicked off a process to decide the best fix the Dunedin Causeway bridge.
  15. Guest column: Downtown Dunedin needs parking solutions

    Opinion

    Downtown Dunedin is entering a new phase in its evolution from a blighted, mostly vacant, dilapidated traffic corridor to the vibrant arts and entertainment district it is today. Four major development projects (Victoria Place, Highland Town Homes, The Gateway, the Keller Property) are about to displace almost 50 …

    (DUNEDIN 1/20/2006 ) HONEYMOON ISLAND WEDDINGS Peter Kreuziger, (CQ), President and CEO of Advantus Leisure Management Services, owner of Bon Appetit Restaurant, Dunedin, right, talks about plans to add wedding facility to an existing bath house, left, at Honeymoon Island State Park. Kreuziger has the concession contract at both Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks.     TIMES PHOTO SCOTT KEELER