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  1. New plan will save part of original Belleview Biltmore hotel

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR — Part of the former Belleview Biltmore will be saved under a new plan unveiled Monday by a developer in the process of buying the deteriorating historic site.

    An aerial view of the Belleview Biltmore. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2011)]
  2. Two longtime commissioners square off to become Dunedin's new mayor


    Dunedin mayor

    Voters in this race will decide between two longtime city commissioners who often disagree on policy issues. Julie Scales, on the panel since 2003, is touting her experience and track record while Julie Ward Bujalski, elected in 2006, is pushing her deep community roots. The victor will lead a …

  3. Clearwater council grapples with downtown questions



    WITH no crystal ball, city is hesitant about experts' ideas for downtown

    Emma McGraw, 8, with the help of Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior trainer Julie Wendt, gives a command for movie start dolphins Hope and Winter to spin around during a visit to the aquarium on Friday. Emma, from suburban Baltimore, lost her right leg below the knee in 2012 in a lawn mower accident. With the help of Camp No Limits in Maryland, Emma, who came to Clearwater with her sister, Molly, 11, and parents Jen and Joe, got to meet the dolphins. Emma’s mom said her daughter feels a special connection to Winter, who lost her tail in a crab trap and learned to swim using a prosthetic. Emma often  talks about Winter and how they are similar.
  4. McDonald's, vacant on U.S. 19 for 14 years, gets a deadline

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — At U.S. 19 and Sunset Point Road, there's a well-known eyesore — a dead McDonald's that has been vacant for 14 years.

    The McDonald’s at 23837 U.S. 19 has been vacant for 14 years. Optometrist Gilbert Jannelli owns the property.
  5. North Pinellas news briefs


    Camp registration: The Long Center, Countryside Recreation Center, and Ross Norton Recreation Center offer a school-day-out camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 20 and Jan. 5 for grades K-8. Holiday camps include a three-day camp from Nov. 24-26 and two four-day camps, Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29 to Jan. 2.

  6. Pinellas County, water management to restore Mobbly Bayou


    OLDSMAR — County and water management officials expect construction to start soon on restoring Mobbly Bayou, a project that has been in the works since 2006.

    The project for Mobbly Bayou in Oldsmar is expected to take about 18 months and will include filling of mosquito ditches.
  7. College notebook


    Immigrant law student to tell his story at Eckerd

    USF St. Petersburg is now part of PSTA’s Universal Pass program.
  8. Pedestrian concerns at downtown St. Petersburg intersections


    There is a serious need for a traffic study at two locations in downtown St. Pete: Fourth Avenue at Fifth Street S, where there is only a stop sign for northbound and southbound traffic, and Third Avenue at Fifth Street S, with a flashing light — red for north and south and yellow for the eastbound and …

    The corner of Third Avenue S at Fifth Street in downtown St. Petersburg. Construction hinders pedestrians, for now. 
  9. Clearwater Jazz Holiday continues evolving



    Woody Herman pursed his lips and played his trumpet from the back of a rented flat bed trailer set up in Coachman Park for a crowd of about 2,000 people that first year.

    Steve Lazzaro of Largo uses his hat to salute a performance by the Ries Brothers at last year’s Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park.
  10. Ex-Tampa mayor Dick Greco: Clearwater should work with Scientologists

    Special Topics

    Check out the Church of Scientology's latest glossy Freedom magazine, and you'll see some advice for the city of Clearwater from former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco.

    Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is listed as author of an op-ed piece in Scientology’s Freedom magazine.
  11. District golf: East Lake boys poised for postseason run


    Tyler Dierwechter felt bad. After shooting 75 in last year's district tournament to help the East Lake High boys golf team advance to regionals, he was unable to play in the next round due to a family cruise.

    Tyler Dierwechter stands on the Swilcan Bridge at the St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland last year.
  12. Safety Harbor proposes tree removal moratorium

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — City commissioners are working as fast as they can to protect trees.

    The removal of trees by Safety Harbor Resort and Spa for a parking lot prompted an outcry. The moratorium would not apply to any pending application or to dead, diseased or risk-causing trees.
  13. Clearwater public art debate indirectly caused by former city employee's feud over a fire station

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Call it the final revenge of the spurned employee.

    Accumulate will be installed inside the fire station at a cost of more than $100,000.
  14. Tarpon Springs catches decades-old mistake in charter


    TARPON SPRINGS — For the past month, city officials have been talking about getting rid of a city rule limiting tax increases. But whatever they decide won't change the fact that the rule has been effectively useless since voters approved it nearly 20 years ago.

    Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie was surprised by the nearly 20-year-old invalid rule.
  15. Feral cat problem to be targeted by Pinellas pilot program

    Local Government

    It has been more than a decade since animal activists first asked county officials to loosen rules covering stray animals so something could be done to reduce the feral cat population.