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Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writer

Keyonna Summers

Keyonna Summers covers Dunedin, Safety Harbor, East Lake, Palm Harbor, Belleair, North Pinellas business news 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 in 2011.

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

Phone: (727) 445-4153(727) 445-4153

Email: ksummers@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KeyonnaSummers

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  1. Don't let these February fashion events pass you by

    Blog

    Is it just me, or is 2015 just whizzing by at warp speed? I can still taste Christmas dinner, and yet Sunday marks the start of the second month of the year.

    My conclusion: Planning ahead is a must! So, my friends, here's the heads up on three fab fashion events happening in February:

    *Remember RunwayTranslator.com editor-in-chief Michelle Bremer, of Deal Divas Fab Friday fame?...

    February is chock full of fashion happenings! There's a spring trend showcase, trunk show and model open call -- just to name a few.
  2. Dunedin: New zoning equals renewed interest in ex-Nielsen site

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — Interest in the long-vacant former Nielsen Media Research campus is picking up.

    Records show the Richman Group of Florida met informally two weeks ago with city officials to inquire about the land development rules and incentives the company would encounter if it bought the 23-acre foreclosed parcel at 375 Patricia Ave. from Wells Fargo Bank.

    Richman, which specializes in apartment rental communities, said it was interested in building a 192-unit complex and partnering with other developers who would build townhomes and retail, meeting minutes show....

    The Nielsen property at 375 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin has been empty since 2005, when Nielsen relocated to Oldsmar.
  3. Dunedin to co-host mass LGBT wedding event on Valentine's Day

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| The city has partnered with Team G Events to raise awareness of Florida’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage by hosting Valentine’s Day weddings and vow renewals for gay and heterosexual couples who support equality.

    Nuptials will be scheduled by appointment in 30- or 60-minute blocks from noon to sunset at Andrews Memorial Chapel and Weaver Park. Organizers plan to donate any profits to Equality Florida or a similar non-profit....

  4. Safety Harbor votes to bring arborist on board

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| The city is looking for a full-time arborist to handle permitting and public education surrounding Safety Harbor’s retooled tree ordinance.

    City commissioners gave City Manager Matt Spoor permission to begin advertising the position after nearly an hour of debate Tuesday.

    Commissioners Carlos Diaz, Cliff Merz and Richard Blake initially said they were hesitant to hire someone before approving a final draft of the law for fear that the city or new employee would misjudge the required duties or workload....

  5. New East Lake subdivision draws neighbors' ire

    Local Government

    EAST LAKE — The latest subdivision to come to this corner of Florida's most densely populated county is slated to feature 17 million-dollar homes.

    Pinellas County and Southwest Florida Water Management District officials are reviewing plans for the Wilds, envisioned as an enclave of customized dwellings carved into a roughly 20-acre parcel off Hawks Landing Boulevard, east of East Lake Road and south of Ridgemoor Boulevard....

  6. QVC debate: Is the moon a star or planet?

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    I've learned a lot blogging for Deal Divas over the years:

    Eyeball piercing for fashion's sake is a thing. Snail mucus, foreskin cells and mammal urine each work wonders for facial rejuvenation. Cows apparently go gaga for perfumes and colognes with earthy undertones -- critical information for all avid late-night-cereal-and-milk-philes and the urban hipster cowboys they love for their craving-quenching abilities....

    A gruesome garment featured on QVC sparked the world's most epic argument about the moon's merits as a star versus planet. The answer's up for debate, but most scientists say neither.
  7. Safety Harbor orders $5,000 fine for tree moratorium violator

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    SAFETY HARBOR| The Code Enforcement Board has ordered a couple who cut down an oak tree on their property in violation of the city's tree moratorium to pay a $5,000 fine.

    James and Helena Reagan's case was brought before the code board's resident volunteers after an anonymous tipster alerted the city.

    James Reagan admitted that he forged City Manager Matt Spoor's signature on a slip of paper mimicking a permit in an effort to dupe passersby into thinking he had permission to fell a tree damaging the sidewalk and roof of his Eaton Court home. But he denied knowledge of the moratorium....

  8. Dunedin debates pros and cons of paid downtown parking

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Should a garage and pay stations replace free downtown parking?

    That's the question city staff and commissioners will tackle as they receive a consultant's report and public feedback this month on a proposed parking management system.

    At issue is data showing 52 percent of downtown's 1,113 parking spaces are temporary rented spaces at high risk of suddenly being gobbled up by redevelopment projects that will soon break ground on vacant lots currently used for overflow parking....

  9. Belleview Biltmore lawsuits continue stacking up

    Courts

    BELLEAIR — Lawsuits against the town continue stacking up from preservationists attempting to block the Belleview Biltmore's owners from selling the historic hotel to a developer who plans to tear most of it down.

    Friends of the Belleview Biltmore, group president Rae Claire Johnson, Belleair residents Doris Hanson and Mary Lou White as well as both the National and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation are joint plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday in Pinellas Circuit Court....

  10. More weird hair news: Eyelash jewelry and human hair stilettos

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    Since I embarked on a “weird hair” kick at the end of 2014, I figured I'd not only keep the important news wheel churning but also give you a twofer!

    Today, we highlight eyelash jewelry and human hair stilettos.

    Eyelash jewelry is the brainchild of former Seattle deli worker Natalie Russo who has been wearing the handmade fashions since college. The artist says her jewelry – which takes falsies to a whimsical new level, with designs ranging from unicorns to fruit to webby Spiderman-like tentacles – is lightweight, waterproof and flexible … and surprisingly comfortable....

    Forget the mascara and liner: Decorate your face with eyelash jewelry!
  11. Another group files suit to save Belleview Biltmore hotel

    Courts

    BELLEAIR — Another preservationist group is taking the town to court in a bid to block the Belleview Biltmore's owners from selling the historic hotel to a developer who plans to tear most of it down.

    Save the Biltmore Preservationists president Diane Hein and Belleair resident Thomas Charles "T.C." Hayes filed court papers Wednesday accusing the town of approving a demolition permit and rezoning inconsistent with Belleair's Comprehensive Plan, which lists the Biltmore's preservation as a top goal....

  12. Two contested City Commission races on Safety Harbor's March ballot

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — Two seats. Two candidates each. That's the decision before voters at the ballot box this March.

    When qualifying ended at noon Tuesday, City Commissioner Cliff Merz was automatically re-elected to Seat 2 after no candidates lined up to challenge him.

    Meanwhile, Commissioner Andy Zodrow will defend Seat 3 against former mayor Joe Ayoub.

    Local businessman Chris Logan and Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center executive director Janet Hooper will vie for the spot currently held by Commissioner Richard Blake, who is not seeking re-election to Seat 1....

  13. Dunedin hearing on Fenway redevelopment delayed

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    DUNEDIN| Thursday's public hearing on the Taoist Tai Chi Society's $14 million Fenway Hotel redevelopment plan has been postponed until next month, a spokeswoman said.

    After winning support from neighbors and citizen advisory board members, the society had been poised to take its plan to remodel the crumbling hotel into its international headquarters and eventually build townhomes behind it to city commissioners this week....

  14. Third time's the charm for Tarpon Springs youth who retrieves Epiphany cross

    Religion

    TARPON SPRINGS — The night before Epiphany, 18-year-old Kosta Pseftelis and his friends paid a visit to Spring Bayou to scout out the scene of the annual cross dive. In the moonlit darkness, they peered at the dinghies that were anchored in a semicircle, waiting for the divers to perch on the next day.

    This would be Pseftelis' third and final chance to dive for the cross. Next year he'd be too old. He was looking for an edge, and something told him the second boat on the left might give him a prime position....

    The dove released by Theodora Lialios flies over Spring Bayou shortly before the cross dive at the 109th annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs. 
  15. My Outfit Monday: Mixed print (mis)adventure?

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    Divas. It's been one of those days.

    I went, I saw, I conquered at work today. Exhausted, I headed toward home in hopes of cramming in a few hours of precious sleep before I'm back on the grind at o'dark thirty covering Tuesday's Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs.

    But somewhere between buying an extra phone battery in prep of tomorrow's festivities, a quick dinner, laundry and bed, I realized that I had not in fact conquered all. I neglected to share today's outfit and that just won't fly....