The Community Development Board Tuesday unanimously approved a Church of Scientology warehouse to be built in the city’s industrial corridor.
The nearly 90,000-square-foot warehouse will be used to house parishioner records, according to an application submitted by the church.
Church officials declined further comment Tuesday.
Board members wanted to know more about why the church would only provide 10 parking spaces for a building zoned for 133 spaces on the southeast corner of N Hercules Avenue and Calumet Street....
04/15/14 Human Interest
CLEARWATER — A long-running fight that erupted after some north Clearwater Beach residents roped off sections of the sand and declared them private has gained the attention of a wary City Hall.
Until now, city officials had treated the dispute as a private spat among residents. But tonight, the council will decide if the city should hire a retired judge or a lawyer to try to resolve the issue....
CLEARWATER — When Largo Medical Center executives wielded golden shovels this week to break ground for a standalone emergency room on one of Clearwater's busiest thoroughfares, they were mirroring a national trend: hospitals carving out highly profitable ER niches in each other's territory.
Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital did the same thing six years ago, opening one of the state's first standalone ERs in Bardmoor in Largo Med's back yard. ...
CLEARWATER—City Manager Bill Horne said Wednesday that he has no plans to retire this year and hopes to squelch a rumor to that effect spreading through the city.
Horne, the chief administrator of
’s third-largest city since 2000, said several people had approached him in recent days to ask him if he intended to retire at the end of this year.... Tampa Bay
After more than four years of disgruntled business owners, frustrated motorists and seemingly countless orange barrels, this week motorists will get their first glimpse of a less fury-inducing future on a 2.7-mile stretch of U.S. 19 between Whitney Road and Drew Street.
A new four-lane overpass decorated with a seashell motif will open over Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard on Thursday (barring weather delays) — initially for southbound traffic only. It will eliminate what is sure to be a little-missed traffic signal at Seville Boulevard....
CLEARWATER — The satellite signal to the computer in the modest blue bike — a box nestled between the seat and rear tire — wasn't working inside the thick walls of the Salvation Army's Joy Center.
But Eric Trull was undeterred.
Quickly punching in a four-digit code, Trull unlocked the bike and, possibly, a vision for Clearwater's future.
"We have the momentum here. Everybody is talking about it. … We're working as a region, finally," Trull, a marketing and outreach employee for Coast Bike Share, told the gathering of neighborhood activists at the Joy Center last week....
CLEARWATER-- After wishing farewell to outgoing Vice Mayor Paul Gibson on Thursday, the City Council got busy selecting his successor to the ceremonial position.
The job, which mainly involves filling in for the mayor when he is absent or on a bathroom break during meetings, proved to be an appealing prize for three council members. Bill Jonson, Jay Polglaze and Doreen Hock-DiPolito all threw their political hats into the ring. ...
City traffic engineers recommended Monday that the city not convert Poinsettia Avenue and Eastshore Drive into one-way streets to accommodate a new parking garage on Clearwater Beach --- at least not right away.
“Our recommendation is that we build the garage and then look at making a change in the traffic pattern if it looks like there’s a problem with the garage in operation,” said Paul Bertels, the city’s traffic operations manager at a City Council work session. ...
03/28/14 Human Interest
For ambitious cyclists who dream of saddling up on Ben T. Davis Beach in Tampa and a few hours later easing sore muscles into the Gulf of Mexico, more than 7 miles of trails slated to be completed in the city by late 2016 would make the bay-to-gulf ride a reality.
A biker who started pedaling on the Tampa end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway would take a patchwork of trails through Clearwater that are either already open, under construction or planned: ...
SAFETY HARBOR — The daughter of the pilot who died in a small plane crash early Saturday on McMullen-Booth Road also has died from her injuries, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
Katherine Bronken, 15, died Wednesday afternoon.
Jeffrey Bronken, 53, his daughter and her friend Keyana Linbo, 15, were headed to Clearwater from Chicago when the small plane Bronken was piloting crashed Saturday about 4 a.m....
03/21/14 Special Topics
CLEARWATER — After months of discord between his church and the city, Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige reached out this week to Clearwater leaders, arranging a sit-down in the church's Fort Harrison Hotel to iron out their differences.
The hour-long meeting between City Manager Bill Horne and Miscavige on Thursday included discussion of long-simmering issues between Clearwater and the church, which makes its spiritual home in Tampa Bay's third-largest city....
CLEARWATER — Drivers competing in the Hunger Games-like spring break ritual of finding parking on Clearwater Beach can take heart: A nearly 700-car parking garage near bustling Mandalay Avenue could open by next year.
The City Council unanimously approved a letter of intent Thursday with Paradise Group LLC, a Safety Harbor developer, to cooperate on a new garage behind Pelican Walk Plaza at Mandalay Avenue and Baymont Street....
CLEARWATER — Paul Gibson was elected to City Council in 2007, just in time for an extended economic downturn that strained city finances, resulting in waves of program cuts, layoffs and early retirements.
Most of those cuts were necessary to bring municipal spending in line with revenues, Gibson said Monday.
"If you were to ask the average taxpayer if they've noticed a difference? They would say no," said Gibson, 65, who moved to Clearwater in 1997. ...
CLEARWATER—An Arizona company embroiled in legal wrangling over alleged bribery of public officials told city officials last week that no “hospitality” was offered in any of its dealings with Clearwater.
The city had asked for the accounting after a former executive filed a lawsuit against RedFlex Traffic Systems alleging that bribing municipal official in 13 states, including Florida, was a common company practice....
CLEARWATER — Red-light cameras are under scrutiny in Tallahassee and on the way out in St. Petersburg, but Clearwater leaders say they aren't in any rush to shutter their city's limited program.
However, whether to renew the contract once the current one expires could be another matter.
"Red-light cameras aren't long for the city of Clearwater," predicted City Council member Jay Polglaze....