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. ...
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....
07/18/14 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....
07/17/14 Local Government
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. ...
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....
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!...
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....
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!...
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....
CLEARWATER — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that it is suing a strip club accused of illegally firing an African-American bartender and a manager who protested the discrimination.
According to the action filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Bliss Cabaret owner Michael Tomkovich in February 2012 ordered manager Patrick Franke to fire Quatavia Harden, a bartender he had worked with before and recently hired, because Tomkovich didn't want black people working there. Franke, who is white, complained to Tomkovich and a supervising regional manager....
07/02/14 Local Government
SAFETY HARBOR — To keep afloat its annual fireworks amid budget cuts, the city of Safety Harbor this year solicited a private sponsor.
But a bit of controversy erupted when the city inadvertently credited the sponsor for more than just fireworks on the event itinerary printed with customer utility bills.
People complained after City Commissioner Richard Blake, a pyrotechnics fan whose business donated $5,000 toward the fireworks show, also got kudos for bankrolling the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 238's sixth annual Fourth of July parade....
I've confessed before that when it comes to putting foreign substances on my face, I'm a wuss.
Part of it has to do with the fact that I have dry skin, and sometimes makeup or products other than petroleum jelly tend to bring on more zits than a high school prom.
To combat this, I've for years shunned putting harsh oil-stripping soaps on my face in favor of lightly scrubbing with a washcloth and warm water or Ponds cleansing towelettes. It appears to have worked. Aside from occasional dry patches, typically in my eyebrow and nose area, my skin has always been fairly smooth and blemish free....
06/25/14 Real Estate
DUNEDIN — The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America on Tuesday paid off nearly $109,000 in code enforcement liens that had accrued on the Fenway Hotel property since 2012.
The society, which bought the foreclosed 6.4-acre waterfront parcel at 453 Edgewater Drive this month for $2.8 million, plans to renovate the deteriorating structure into its new international headquarters....
DUNEDIN| For years, city commissioners and a large contingent of residents had planned and paved the way for a white knight-turned-developer to swoop in and restore the long-vacant Fenway Hotel to its former glory.
Hope shined eternal in November when a Pennsylvania real estate team announced it was negotiating with PNC Bank to buy the 6.4-acre property out of foreclosure and revamp it into a boutique hotel with conference space and condos....
Timothy Deegan, the son of a former Clearwater city commissioner who worked with the Catholic church, spent his teen years in a waterfront home on Island Estates. He went to the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he spent the ensuing decades establishing his life as a well-known tax accountant who lived in a well-to-do home complete with a sculpture of St. Francis.
Now Deegan is in the Alachua County Jail, accused of living a sordid secret life of sexual assault, drugs and terror. The 53-year-old is accused of enslaving three women in his home, prostituting them, videotaping sex acts that he posted online, and feeding them drugs in exchange for sex and housekeeping....