Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Tarpon Springs crossbowmaker faces lawsuits over severed thumbs

    Business

    William Meredith raised his friend's crossbow for the first time and fired twice. He moved his target back 15 yards and shot again.

  2. New apartment complex okayed in Clearwater

    Briefs

    Palm Harbor

    Tower construction may begin in Oct.

    The County Commission has approved the reconstruction of the Wall Springs Park observational tower.

    A replica of the destroyed Wall Springs Park observational tower costs about $870,000, a county official said.
  3. Wearable art show bringing wacky designs to Dunedin

    Events

    DUNEDIN — When Tarpon Springs resident Julian Hartzog saw his first Wearable Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center six years ago, the 77-year-old wanted to join the ranks of the creative designers who have used materials including raw meat, veggies, balloons, lamp shades and condoms to adorn the human body.

    From left, models Rachel Reed, Kate Coggin and Felicia Landis try on Julian Hartzog’s stainless steel space designs that he described as having intergalactic elegance.
  4. Memorial service for slain Tarpon Springs employee to be Saturday

    Crime

    TARPON SPRINGS

    Memorial for marketing director is Saturday

    Crosby
  5. Briefs: National Aviation Academy hosts open house Aug. 16

    Briefs

    Aviation Academy open house: The National Aviation Academy is hosting a back-to-school open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in pursuing a career in the aviation industry may attend the information sessions and take a tour of the campus.

  6. Should Clearwater spend budget windfall on pools or employees?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — For the first time in many years, Clearwater will have a little extra money in its pocket when it's time to craft a budget.

    Some residents want the windfall to be used to keep the four city pools open on weekends through September.
  7. East Lake Youth Sports faces challenges under new oversight

    Health

    EAST LAKE — Extra cash is a new phenomenon for East Lake Youth Sports Association. The nonprofit volunteers who once fought to keep up with monthly payments on its fields now eye long-overdue maintenance projects, lower participation fees and a new lacrosse program.

  8. Local sandal design inspired by India, funded with Kickstarter

    Human Interest

    OLDSMAR — When Prem Thomas and Joe Choorapuzha met while working as analysts at Bank of America, they did not realize their families were from the same town in India more than 8,000 miles away. They also did not know both families were involved in rubber farming.

    Gurus are eco-friendly, biodegradable Indian sandals that got funded through Kickstarter. They are made of a type of rubber harvested from trees without harming them. They are inspired by traditional Indian padukas, which consist of a flat piece of wood with a knob that fits between two toes.
  9. Pinellas police blotter: Man goes crazy in diaper aisle at Walmart

    Bizarre News

    Diapers get on bad side of attacker

  10. West Coast Players' 'Moon Over Buffalo' pokes fun at theater

    Events

    CLEARWATER — Moon Over Buffalo, a comical romp by Ken Ludwig, shines bright at the West Coast Players Theatre tonight through Aug. 24.

    Charlotte Hay (Samantha Parisi) duels with husband George (Bill Harber) as he holds Howard (Rudy Gonzalez) hostage in rehearsal of West Coast Players’ Moon Over Buffalo.
  11. Starting Friday, right turns only at Harn Boulevard and U.S. 19

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER

    Drivers coming from any direction at the U.S. 19 and Harn Boulevard intersection will only be able to turn right starting Sunday night. Rain postponed the scheduled switch.. Drivers can find nearby U.S. 19 exit ramps by going north to Seville Road or south to Belleair Road. In …

    Work on the intersection of U.S. 19 and Harn Boulevard will continue until mid-October, when the main road opens. The project aims to make a stretch of U.S. 19 signal free by the spring.
  12. Fire destroys Largo resident's new life; one dog dies, other missing

    Fire

    LARGO — Just two months after Shelley Duke piled her beloved pets and all her belongings into a U-Haul and drove cross-country from Washington, she said life was looking up.

  13. Clearwater's Whole Foods Market is hiring 200 for fall opening

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Whole Foods Market's debut location in Pinellas County is hiring about 200 workers ahead of its grand opening this fall, a company spokesman said.

    In this March 27, 2014 photo, a woman shops at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Whole Foods reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) NYBZ146
  14. Oldsmar's property tax rate to remain flat

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — Property owners can expect the city's tax rate to stay the same for the seventh consecutive year, according to the proposed budget. The city has not raised the tax rate in 25 years.

  15. Light plane businesses cause controversy on Dunedin Causeway

    Tourism

    DUNEDIN

    It seems simple enough: Two men want to run flight instruction businesses from a small county-owned beach off the Dunedin Causeway. But some officials think that area, already crowded with boats, Jet Skis and the like, isn't the place for a business offering lessons on amphibious, light sport planes.

    “One department says we’re okay, and another says we’re breaking an ordinance. We needed a judge to look at the facts and make a ruling one way or the other.” 
Dave Myers, above, preparing his light seaplane for flight on the shore of Dunedin Causeway