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  1. Shopping center merge at Welch Causeway causes confusion

    Roads

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, I had a near-accident near the Publix entrance. I was traveling in the far right lane, as I have many times before, to enter the Publix parking lot. But the old entrance was paved over and the lane was running out. Just a few feet west there is a new …

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, three lanes become two right before the entrance to the parking lot of the new Publix, causing confusion.
  2. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    DOLLAR SPLASH DAY: For $1 per person, kick off the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This event marks the opening weekend of all St. Petersburg city pools. Pools also open Sunday with new rates charging $2/age 3-12 and $3/13 and up. For a listing of area pools visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.

  3. Largo military museum has special plans for Memorial Day

    Visual Arts

    LARGO

    Monday's seventh annual Memorial Day Family Funfest at the Armed Forces History Museum is billed as "bigger, badder and bolder than ever."

    A half-size replica of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1 jet is one of eight new exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum.
  4. Largo owed millions in unpaid code enforcement fines

    News

    LARGO — Officials here are struggling to find ways to pay for the hiring of more cops and firefighters and to pay for other city needs.

  5. St. Pete Beach to take another stab at regulating public drinking

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Alcohol consumption, whether on the beach or on city sidewalks, continues to be a contentious issue here, stalling city plans to allow restaurants, bars and hotels to extend their service areas.

    Customers gather to watch the Florida sunset on the "Hurricane Watch Roof-Top" deck at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in St. Pete Beach. [Luis Santana | Times]
  6. Hometown South Pinellas

    Briefs

    LARGO TEEN IDOL CROWNED: Blue Rose Yordan has been named winner of the 2015 Largo Teen Idol Competition, which took place on April 9 at the Largo Cultural Center. In additional to the grand prize package, Yordan was offered the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at a Blue Jays game and perform at local …

    The Guardian Angels Catholic School team won the Speech and Forensics competition hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
  7. Pinellas memorial to honor Gulf-era casualties

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a roadside bomb flipped his military vehicle in Afghanistan four years ago, U.S. Army Cpl. Frank Gross's family said goodbye in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

    Toni Gross, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, hugs Cheryl Sitton, whose son died there in 2012.
  8. Jean Cromwell, keeper of Pinellas Park history, dies at 90

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — When this city turned 100 a few weeks ago, officials had a rich trove of documents and artifacts to draw from when looking back.

  9. Sunken Gardens expecting flamingo population boom; Treasure Island hotel gets makeover

    Briefs

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Sunken gardens adds 20 iconic flamingos

    George and Lucy, the last flamingos remaining at Sunken Gardens, are getting a whole lot of company this fall. The nonprofit group raising money to buy new flamingos for the city-owned attraction reached its $60,000 goal and 20 birds are being …

    The stage lights created a soft glow while audience members sat in the darkness of the theatre as students were inducted into John Hopkins Middle School’s Junior Thespian Troupe 88102. “Act well your part, there all the honor lies.” Students repeated the famous motto of the International Thespian Society, a quote by Alexander Pope, on May 13. Students cheered, teachers cried and parents watched proudly as students were handed certificates, candles and trophies to honor the budding thespians’ achievements. See video at tampbay.com/video.
  10. St. Pete is going to recycle — soonish

    Columns

    Can we all readily stipulate that the city of St. Petersburg is not sprawling Shanghai? This is not like planning the Invasion of Normandy or managing a Third World Ebola virus contagion.

  11. Cars for crack scheme lands former employee in jail

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    Arthur Landau was fired from his job at Dimmitt Chevrolet in February when he stole an Impala from the dealership, arrest reports state.

  12. Bar Association celebrates 90th anniversary

    Human Interest

    05.15.2015

    The dancers wore attire from the 1920s, and so did many of the guests who attended the St. Petersburg Bar Association's 90th anniversary gala in the Coliseum. On May 15, 1925, a small group of lawyers officially launched the organization, and the party took place almost to the minute of that …

    Mistress of ceremonies Laura Moody and St. Anthony’s Hospital president William Ulbricht at the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Derby Day fundraiser held May 2 in the University Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
  13. Equality Florida plans Pinellas gala

    Human Interest

    Social datebook

    Equality Florida presents its Greater St. Petersburg Gala honoring Rose Walton, Larry Biddle, Sylvia Rusche and Tech Data Corp. from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on May 29 in the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. $125. eqfl.org/greaterstpetegala; (813) 870-3735.

  14. Controversial beach bar Caddy's sold to owner of MacDinton's

    Retail

    TREASURE ISLAND — Caddy's on the Beach has a new owner, who says the party at the controversial bar will continue.

    Caddy’s on the Beach has long been the target of complaints about crowds of partygoers. The former longtime owner, Tony Amico, has had an ongoing legal dispute with the state over ownership of the beachfront at his restaurant.
  15. Proposal for hotel, conference center on St. Petersburg's waterfront looks dead

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — A controversial proposal to include a hotel and conference center on a long-term plan for waterfront land near the Mahaffey Theater appears to be dead.