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  1. Guest column: A warm era ends at Kalmia 7 condo


    Jimmy Carter had been the American president for only a few weeks when my mother and father bought into an age-restricted 55-plus condominium complex in Clearwater. My parents were at the time about the same age that I am now.

  2. Editorial: County's poor decisions in Safety Harbor case will cost taxpayers


    Pinellas County commissioners cavalierly predicted last year they would be sued after they denied an apartment development in Safety Harbor against the advice of their attorney and a recommendation from a state hearing officer. Now county taxpayers will pay the price for the commissioners' failure to stand up to …

  3. Safety Harbor girl's birthday gift: Making others smile

    Human Interest

    In the lobby, a boy with his arm in a sling toddled away with a toy tiger.

    Madison Jayanna, center, hugs Chelsea Moore of Lakeland on Thursday moments after giving her a stuffed animal at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa. Working with Chelsea, who was injured in a 2009 lawn mower accident, is Sandy Smith, director of physical therapy.
  4. Despite Clearwater's wishes, Walgreens to replace pitiable Parthenon

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — One of the ugliest, most run-down buildings in Clearwater is in a prominent spot on the well-traveled main route to Clearwater Beach.

    The closed Parthenon restaurant, a bicycle shop and contracting firm are to be replaced by a Walgreens, with a liquor store. The Walgreens four blocks north, on Cleveland Street, would close. Even the bike shop owner and contractor, who will have to move, support the plan.
  5. Critical report led to Belleair police chief's resignation

    Public Safety

    BELLEAIR — Police Chief Thomas Edwards resigned from the department this week after the release of a scalding report that details the deep divide between him and some of his officers.

    Belleair police Chief Thomas Edwards
  6. Sea oats removal renews neighborhood dispute on Clearwater Beach



    State officials are investigating whether two Clearwater Beach residents illegally removed sea oats from the dunes behind their homes. This is the second time in two years that authorities have been called to Eldorado Avenue to investigate reports of dune destruction.

    Clearwater police received reports of sea oats removal at 832 and 834 Eldorado Avenue in early August. “Private property” signs, like the one above that has been spray-painted over, and surveillance cameras also have appeared.
  7. Park Boulevard bridge to close for repairs Sept. 29


    SEMINOLE — Drivers coming to and from Redington Shores and Indian Shores are in for a longer trip as of Sept. 29, when Pinellas County is set to close the Park Boulevard bridge for a month during construction.

    Pinellas County plans to close the Park Boulevard bridge on Sept. 29 for maintenance until Oct. 28. A county engineer said the repairs, which the county estimates will cost $840,972, should mean fewer drawbridge breakdowns in the future.
  8. Pinellas schools to hold college and career fair


    Add college and career fairs to your calendar

  9. Safety Harbor girl writes the book on giving

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — Madison Jayanna was 4 the first time her mother discovered in her room stapled stacks of paper covered with stories and illustrations about her family.

    Madison Jayanna, who turns 8 today, with mom Justine, sister Priya and dad Sid, holds the manuscript of a book she wrote for a Georgia boy with a brain injury.
  10. Family sues Brown Boxer Pub in patron's death

    Public Safety

    The family of a man killed outside the Brown Boxer Pub & Grille in Clearwater Beach is suing the restaurant.

  11. A son of Cheap Trick, Robin Taylor is ready to make his own music

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — Drawing from a mix of personally penned tunes and covers that included Oasis and Coldplay, prodigious singer Robin Taylor regaled the small but engaged audience at Brady's Backyard BBQ with an effortless voice and remarkable expertise on the piano and guitar.

    Robin Taylor, son of Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, and a hard-working, gifted musician in his own right, recently played at Brady’s Backyard BBQ.
  12. Win rewards Tornadoes' hard work


    CLEARWATER — On the sideline came the unfamiliar sounds of celebration: the whooping and hollering of Clearwater High School players who had watched 682 days pass between their last victory and their 30-23 defeat of Palm Harbor University.

    Sophomore running back Tupac Blanch, shown at practice, is one of the Tornadoes’ offensive threats.
  13. Three questions with Seminole RB Travis Wateska


    3 Questions | Travis Wateska

    Seminole’s Travis Wateska (5) heads back to the bench after he rushed for a touchdown against Dunedin in May. 
  14. Tarpon Springs performing arts schedule has broad appeal



    A sprinkling of Shakespeare. A dusting of fairy tales. A cup of comedy.

    Mary Jo Baker uses paint and a marker on a costume for Alice in Wonderland, which will be performed at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 27.
  15. Police prevent problem for pizza lovers


    Police prevent nasty problem for pizza lovers