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. Stormwater hike, once-weekly trash proposed in 2015 Dunedin budget

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Residents can expect to pay the same property tax rate under the budget proposed for next fiscal year, but they will likely see a bump in their stormwater bills.

    If city commissioners next month approve finance director Karen Feeney's 2015 plan, homeowners would continue to pay $3.73 per $1,000 of taxable, assessed property value. That means a property owner with a home assessed at $150,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption is likely to see a city tax bill of $373. ...

  2. New Dunedin policy encourages art element for public and private construction

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| City commissioners have decided that Dunedin will encourage the incorporation of either artwork or decorative architectural features into the design of both private and city construction projects.

    The resolution was drafted by the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. For publicly funded projects, a member of the volunteer citizen group will offer ideas on how to include art “to the extent that budgets allow.”...

  3. Dunedin official: Ex-Nielsen site 'unlikely' for new Blue Jays spring training stadium

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| The Toronto Blue Jays will spend at least 30 to 45 more days researching before they submit a spring training facilities wish list and cost estimate to the city, officials say.

    The Jays have trained in Dunedin for 37 years, but spent several months last year exploring a deal with the Houston Astros for a two-team stadium complex in Palm Beach Gardens on Florida’s east coast — an idea later quashed by community opposition....

  4. General Electric breaks ground on new Clearwater manufacturing center

    Business

    JIM DAMASKE | Times

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, is joined Thursday by, from left, General Electric energy management president and CEO Mark Begor, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and state Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, at a groundbreaking for the company's new Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater. Construction has begun on the $50 million center, which will expand the capacity of GE's 40-year-old manufacturing and assembly facility next door at 1907 Calumet St. The existing facility has about 450 employees who build products such as transformers, and officials expect the new center and its 250 new local hires to be up and running within 12 months. Because of rain, the ceremony was held inside with a separate box of dirt....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (middle) gives instructions on the proper groundbreaking form flanked by (L to R:) Mark Begor, President and CEO of G.E. Energy Management, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Scott, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and State Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, during the groundbreaking ceremony for GE Energy Management’s Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater Thursday 7/24/14. The ceremony was held inside out of the rain and box of dirt was used for the occassion. The expansion will create 250 new jobs in Pinellas County.
  5. Belleair explores cheaper drinking water alternatives

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — A rise in utility rates could be on tap for residents if town leaders can't figure out a safe, affordable way to keep drinking water clean.

    Within five to 10 years, officials say, they expect desalinating water with the town's decades-old filtration system to become impossible.

    Converting the water plant to a reverse-osmosis system could cost anywhere from $1.5 million to $11 million, an initial study showed. So, at the direction of the finance board and Town Commission, the staff is researching options. They include:...

  6. Another bad influence post: Weekend sales and giveaways

    Blog

    As if Deal Diva Kameel weren't a bad enough influence yesterday, I'm here to add fuel to the fire by alerting you to a few weekend sales and giveaways you don't wanna miss!

    *Dillard's is hosting a blowout clearance sale this weekend, where everything from clothing to accessories to home goods is discounted either 30 or 40 percent....

    Get a leg up on fall by heading over to Bar III's Instagram account and competing for a chance at this free boot.
  7. Developer seeks demolition permit for Belleview Biltmore hotel

    Blog

    BELLEAIR| The St. Petersburg developer pursuing the purchase of the Belleview Biltmore has  filed applications asking the town to approve his requests that the hotel be demolished, the site rezoned and his vision for condos, townhomes and a boutique hotel approved.

    Attorney Ed Armstrong submitted the more-than-300-page packet plus exhibits Friday on behalf of JMC Communities founder Mike Cheezem, who is in the process of buying the hotel from Miami investors Daniel and Raphael Ades for $6.6 million. ...

  8. Dunedin aims to create St. Petersburg-inspired arts district

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| If city leaders get their way, Dunedin - home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, Blue Jays baseball and many things Scottish - could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.

    After years of talk, the city has moved on road improvements, and approved the creation of grants, permit fee reductions and other incentives aimed at turning a 45-acre swath just north of downtown into a place where artists would buy deteriorating properties, renovating them into homes that double as work studios. The artists would occasionally be allowed to post sidewalk signs and sell their wares during special events, such as the 2nd Friday Art Walk, or other designated times....

  9. Developer seeks demolition permit for Belleview Biltmore hotel

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The St. Petersburg developer pursuing the purchase of the Belleview Biltmore filed applications Friday asking the town to approve his requests that the hotel be demolished, the site rezoned and his vision for condos, townhomes and a boutique hotel approved.

    Attorney Ed Armstrong filed six computer boxes, each containing a copy of the more-than-300-page packet plus exhibits, on behalf of JMC Communities founder Mike Cheezem, who is in the process of buying the hotel from Miami investors Daniel and Raphael Ades for $6.6 million....

    The Belleview Biltmore hotel, which closed in 2009, was known as the “White Queen of the Gulf.” It housed presidents, celebrities and generations of Pinellas County residents and guests.
  10. Dunedin aims to create St. Petersburg-inspired arts district

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN

    If city leaders get their way, Dunedin — home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, baseball and many things Scottish — could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.

    After years of talk, the city has moved on road improvements, and approved the creation of grants, permit fee reductions and other incentives aimed at turning a 45-acre swath just north of downtown into a place where artists would buy deteriorating properties, renovating them into homes that double as work studios. The artists would occasionally be allowed to post sidewalk signs and sell their wares during special events, such as the 2nd Friday Art Walk, or other designated times. ...

    These tools are used to distill batches of vodka, whisky and gin at Cotherman Distilling Co.
  11. Dunedin to kick off 2015 budget talks next week

    Blog

    The city of Dunedin will kick off 2015 budget talks during a series of public meetings slated to begin next week.

    Residents are invited to listen in on city commissioners' discussions from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and July 21. The workshops will be held at City Hall, 542 Main St., and streamed live via the city's website Dunedin.gov.

    Read about city leaders' initial budget projections from early spring here....

  12. Everyday items that jazz up your seaside swagger

    Blog

    We've blogged a lot in recent weeks about getting beach ready: Sunscreen. Check! Immaculately-coiffed hair. Check! Choosing the perfect pair of shorts and slathering on even more sunscreen. Double check!...

    Want to look super chic at the beach this summer? Go Jackie-O with a scarf and big sunnies.
  13. Judge rejects delay in Bar's misconduct trial of shock jock lawyers

    Courts

    LARGO — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Florida Bar's case against three Tampa lawyers accused of misconduct amid a defamation trial between radio shock jocks Todd Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem can proceed, but that certain documents will not be made public.

    Lawyers Robert Adams, Stephen Diaco and Adam Filthaut of Tampa's Adams & Diaco firm face admonishment, suspension or disbarment if found guilty of violating Bar rules against misconduct, unfairness to opposing counsel and disrupting court for their alleged role in a DUI scandal involving opposing counsel....

    Stephen Diaco testifies in Judge James Arnold’s courtroom on in January 2013.
  14. My Outfit Monday: Spending very little green for lots of green

    Blog

    So, today I decided to take a page out of Deal Diva Keeley's book and go a little 2000-and-late.

    Lately, I've really been feeling 2013's color of the year: Emerald green.

    Fine, so the pieces I'm wearing aren't an exact match. But I'm happy to say that, in true Deal Diva fashion, I was able to score all this here green for very little green!...

    The deep discounts at Dillards Clearance Outlet make me dance with joy! Click through the slideshow for deets on my accessories.
  15. Fab Friday: Michelle Bremer

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    Happy Fourth! On today's installment of Fab Friday, we bring you blogger Michelle Bremer, who is helping us ring in the holiday with her own very fashionable blend of red, white and blue clothing pieces and accessories.

    Michelle -- whom I first met at a Macy's fashion show hosted by the Deal Divas -- is a fixture at local runway events where she can often be found flitting about with a camera in hand, snapping photos for her blog Runway Translator. There, she has documented the local fashion scene and offered commentary on new trends, boutiques and more since 2011. All that expertise recently landed her a gig as a judge for the Eye on Fashion wardrobe stylists competition....

    Want more? Catch up on Michelle Bremer's other fab looks and local runway coverage on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.