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....
11/26/14 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."...
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by law, commissioners this spring appointed a Charter Review Committee to comb Safety Harbor’s constitution for outdated or inaccurate language.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:...
11/21/14 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. ...
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.
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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.
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. ...
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....
11/20/14 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....
11/14/14 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....
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?!?...
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....
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....
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....
11/06/14 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....
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....