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Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writer

Keyonna Summers

Keyonna Summers covers the cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Belleair, as well as North Pinellas business and social services for the Tampa Bay Times. Keyonna, a Detroit native, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Michigan University, with a double minor in Spanish and psychology. She covered immigration for the Washington (D.C.) Times, then reported on courts and education and served as an on-air anchor for Florida Today before joining the Times' Clearwater bureau in 2011.

Want to know more? Catch up with Keyonna on the Deal Divas blog.

Phone: (727) 445-4153

Email: ksummers@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KeyonnaSummers

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  1. Construction begins on indoor gun range in Tarpon Springs

    Blog

    TARPON SPRINGS| Site work started Monday on Reload Gun Range, a state-of-the-art facility going up at 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway north of Klosterman Road.

    The developer, European Equities of Clearwater, this fall razed a vacant and dilapidated IHOP and Days Inn motel that neighbors said had blighted the property for a decade.

    Now that permits are in, crews will install pipes and underground utilities in preparation of the building construction kickoff around Jan. 1, said spokesman Justin Floyd....

  2. Dunedin crafting paid parking garage, on-street meter plan

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — An old adage says beauty is pain, but stylist Gregory Brady never envisioned that scenario for his patrons when he set up shop in this city's popular downtown.

    Parking is at such a premium that fashionistas sometimes have to trek blocks to his Main Street venture, Salon GW.

    "What'll ruin your business is when a customer is driving around 10 minutes looking for a parking space," Brady said. "My customers want to get pretty; they don't want to get worn out."...

  3. Should Safety Harbor charter changes be decided on the March ballot?

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| The City Commission will consider whether a list of recommended city charter changes should be decided this March via voter referendum.

    As required by law, commissioners this spring appointed a Charter Review Committee to comb Safety Harbor’s constitution for outdated or inaccurate language.

    Among the suggested changes:...

  4. Dunedin couple allowed to bring adopted son out of Congo

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — A Dunedin couple have succeeded in their fight to bring home their dying adopted son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, say advocates who have been assisting them.

    Ten-month-old Cruz is among hundreds of legally adopted Congolese children barred from leaving the African country because of a September 2013 moratorium on exit permits surrounding international adoptions.

    The implications are dire for about 30 children, like Cruz, who are critically ill and in need of immediate medical attention. ...

    Andrea Stewart holds a recent photo of her adopted son, Cruz, who has a rare respiratory disease.
  5. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local

    Retail

    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    But those crowds. That parking. The lines. (Deep sigh.)

    Looking for some alternatives?

    The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    LOAD UP YOUR SMARTPHONE...

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  6. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma

    Retail

    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    MILLENNIAL

    What child of the '90s didn't waste hours every day on a Sega Genesis? Now you can re-create the old days with a Sega Genesis that actually works (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $39.99). Warning: This present, which includes two controllers and several built-in games, may reduce your 20-something to a puddle of nostalgic tears. ...

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.
  7. Tutorial: The Boa, the European and 23 other ways to wear a scarf

    Blog

    Hey guys! Today, we have a special treat -- a guest blog by Largo High School freshman Ketrin Gavani, who spent the day shadowing me in the pursuit of a possible journalism career.

    Not only is Ketrin into forensics and courthouse drama, but this girly-girl loves interior design, is a huge fan of fashion and has the scarf collection to prove it! Naturally, our tea time tete-a-tete included a gawk fest at this Wendy's Lookbook video on this fall/winter's hottest fashion accessory. "Four ways to wear a scarf? Maybe. But 25? Really???" we scoffed. Yeeeah, consider our minds blown....

    Feeling kind of blah or just want to keep it low-key? Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, a scarf is an easy game-changer that can jazz up any outfit.
  8. New Fenway owners face grilling from community

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — The new owners of the Fenway Hotel volunteered to sit down and answer questions, and members of the Edgewater Drive Advisory Committee had plenty.

    A meeting last week with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA about their redevelopment plans started out with a tense grilling.

    But by the end, the society appeared to have allayed most of the seven-member committee's concerns....

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society seeks approval for a $14 million project to renovate the Fenway Hotel, its 5.2-acre waterfront property on Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
  9. Q&A: Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski on her historic win, city vision

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city made history on Election Day when voters not only cast their ballots in an unprecedented race between two female candidates but chose Dunedin's first female mayor in nearly three decades.

    The title went to Julie Ward Bujalski, who defeated longtime commission colleague Julie Scales by gaining 56 percent of votes.

    Bujalski, 48, will lead a new commission majority that was automatically elected in June when no one filed to run against them....

    Julie Ward Bujalski is the first female mayor in 
26 years.
  10. 5 Holiday Dresses Under $50

    Blog

    Even before Halloween had arrived, some stores were already setting out the inflatable Santas, piping Christmas jingles over the intercom and advertising Black Friday deals.

    Now that Thanksgiving is actually a mere two weeks away, it's only a matter of time before the holiday party invitations start to roll in ... which, of course, begs the inevitable question: WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!?...

    Nothing says holiday like wintry white! Get this fringe shift dress for $48.
  11. Safety Harbor to consider tree rules, outside agency funding

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| With a new moratorium on tree removal in place, the city is now focused on fine-tuning an ordinance that strengthens existing tree protection rules.

    All city commissioners but Richard Blake this month voted to ban tree cuts through April 1 unless the updated ordinance is passed sooner. The proposed law would expand Safety Harbor’s authority beyond grand trees of a certain size to all trees within city limits....

  12. Second lawsuit seeking to save Belleview Biltmore from demolition is dismissed

    Blog

    BELLEAIR -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a preservation advocacy group seeking to save the former Belleview Biltmore hotel from demolition.

    Friends of the Belleview Biltmore and its president, Rae Claire Johnson, had accused Belleair commissioners of nepotism and colluding in the hotel’s sale by failing to enforce both town and federal historic preservation laws. The suit said the town’s inaction gave the Biltmore’s owners carte blanche to illegally withhold routine maintenance in hopes of making a case for demolition....

  13. Smartwatches: Wave of future or slave to past?

    Blog

    Remember the awe of all that technology on The Jetsons? The hope you felt when you first heard Prince's new millennium hit '1999'? The eagerness you felt when you watched 'Back to the Future'?

    My friends. We have arrived.

    The latest new gadget to hit the market from retailers such as AT&T and Best Buy are smartwatches, which let consumers check email, browse the web and use voice commands just as they would on a smartphone....

    The MetaWatch lets you do calls, texts, email, calendar, weather and even the stock market on your wrist. Not my fave design, but I'm feeling the $79.99 price tag. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pebble-smart-watch-for-select-ios-and-android-devices-white/6819352.p?id=1219241420096&skuId=6819352&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=6819352&extensionType=pla:g&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!80073381015!g!!52741071855&kpid=6819352&k_clickid=462c3b97-7241-d688-0290-000037c20455&kpid=6819352
  14. Dunedin to buy fire boat over some residents' objections

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city is buying a fire boat over the objections of some residents who say the cost and potential for liability trumps what city commissioners say is a basic public safety need.

    Commissioners unanimously agreed to spend nearly $229,000 in Penny for Pinellas funds on a vessel with firefighting and medical rescue capability, plus insurance, fuel and equipment including a lift to provide for easy maintenance and transport of patients onto the marina dock. Upkeep is estimated at $10,000 a year....

  15. New Fenway Hotel owners hosting open house

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Residents will get their first glimpse of renovation plans for the Fenway during a series of meetings rolled out by the historic hotel’s new owners.

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America plans to spend $14 million remodeling the dilapidated building into the health and wellness group’s new headquarters and adding townhomes....