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  1. Clearwater approves welcome monument on Courtney Campbell Causeway



    Monument to rise for centennial

    To celebrate the city's centennial, Clearwater officials have decided to spend more than a half-million dollars to put a tall entryway monument sign at the western end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

    A rendering shows the entryway monument that the city of Clearwater plans to install at the western end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The project will cost $577,000.
  2. Pinellas news briefs


    The Gathering of Women Inc, a not for profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. They are currently soliciting slightly used dresses, shawls, and jewelry to accessorize with dresses and shoes. The prom dress drive will be held at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. …

  3. Demolition begins at Seminole Mall



    Mall razes former theater; won't get county tax money

    Professional juggler and glassblower Kenneth Toombs of Largo performs at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa last weekend. This is the final weekend for the festival. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday, with a barbecue competition Saturday and Sunday.
  4. St. Pete Beach public services director ousted after heated meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — A "state of the city" workshop last week on upcoming capital projects became instead the scene of angry outbursts by Mayor Maria Lowe, upset over undisclosed maintenance issues and delayed projects.

    Mayor Maria Lowe shouted her displeasure at the city staff during a “state of the city” workshop.
  5. Looking for bike, man gets ride to jail



    Man tries to steal impounded bike, police say

  6. Traffic signal timing to be adjusted


    Why are the traffic light sequences and timing so erratic on Belcher Road? I (recently) was driving west on Tampa Road approaching Belcher. The light was red and cars were backed up about a quarter mile. After two more minutes the light changed to green. A total of three cars went through the intersection before the …

  7. Dan Ruth: The Pier's time has passed: Move on


    This what happens when well-intentioned good faith collides headlong into St. Petersburg's Snell Isle/Old Northeast rump government.

  8. Pet of the Week


    Samantha is a 4-year-old gray and white cat with gold-green eyes. She has been at Friends of Strays since she was a kitten, probably because she appears to be very shy. But sit down on the floor near her and she's in your lap and purring. Meet Samantha at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St Petersburg. For …

    Pictured: Samantha (cat)
  9. Pinellas births


    Ewin, Maria and Tracy, St. Petersburg, a boy, 8 pounds 4 ounces, Feb. 26, 2015, 4:58 p.m., Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

  10. Kriseman to send revised Rays stadium search deal to City Council on Friday


    ST. PETERSBURG —Mayor Rick Kriseman will send a revised memorandum of understanding with the Tampa Bay Rays to City Council this week. But he is still unsure when he'll ask the council to reconsider the request to allow the team to look throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for a new stadium site, his …

    Mayor Rick Kriseman will send a revised memorandum of understanding with the Tampa Bay Rays on terms of a stadium search to the City Council this week. 
  11. Treasure Island looking for ways to preserve beach events

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City officials are hoping to get some wiggle room to negotiate around a court ruling that has effectively halted beach festivals.

    The city is hoping to save Sanding Ovations, which it uses to promote Treasure Island as the sand sculpture capital of Florida.
  12. Largo looking for ways to pay for more police, firefighters

    Local Government

    LARGO — City leaders here have a problem that most people face in their daily lives — lots of wants and needs but not enough money to pay for them.

  13. Hometown South Pinellas


    BACKPACKS FOR BLANTON ELEMENTARY: Celebrity pedicurist and Footnanny Foot Cream creator Gloria Williams has donated 60 backpacks through nonprofit "Blessings in a Backpack" to Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg. During the Valspar Golf Tournament, Williams met and partnered with Kate Rose, a board member …

    St. John’s Food Bank volunteer Iretha Poole accepts the donation from Jeff McChesney on behalf of Truly Nolen in Pinellas Park.
  14. Push for more historic St. Petersburg neighborhoods hits resistance

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pushback over Mayor Rick Kriseman's plan to make it easier to designate historic neighborhoods has led to an online petition and at least one City Council member's call for a delay in a vote next month.

    City Council member Darden Rice wants to delay a vote on the plan.
  15. Timing of Gulf Boulevard paving brings unavoidable frustrations


    Doc, why in the world would the DOT repave Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island during the busiest snowbird and spring break month of the year? It is absolutely frustrating the heck out of visitors and locals alike. As a local business owner, I am really hearing it from everyone.

    Jim Everett