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. Community rallies around family displaced by Dunedin houseboat fire

    Fire

    DUNEDIN

    Weary of the long winter chill of upstate New York, Ray Fisher had promised his wife, Jamie, that if the couple ever moved to that paradise called Florida, they'd live on the water.

    So it seemed like fate when mere months after moving into a Florida apartment they both loved, the complex was sold to make way for condos — giving the couple just the push they needed to finally purchase Water Bed, the houseboat of their dreams....

    Gail Winters inspects the damage to her 36-foot sport fishing boat, which was next to the two boats that were destroyed.
  2. Pinellas County Commission sued over rejected Safety Harbor apartment plan

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — A developer is suing the County Commission, saying the board twice illegally blocked plans for a controversial apartment complex against the recommendation of an administrative judge and the advice of its own attorney.

    The Richman Group of Florida's lawsuit, filed in Pinellas circuit court, says commissioners Ken Welch, Janet Long, Norm Roche, Charlie Justice, Susan Latvala, Karen Seel and John Morroni bowed to political pressure last winter when they rejected plans for a high-end residence in Safety Harbor. The 246-unit, three-story luxury residence and offices were proposed for a 35-acre, industrially zoned property on the northeast corner of 10th Street S and McMullen-Booth Road....

    Safety Harbor residents Patty Kent, left, and Barbara Hollen-Hugg thank Pinellas County Commissioners, from left, Janet Long, Susan Latvala and Karen Seel moments after the commission voted unanimously Jan. 14, 2013 to deny a judge’s ruling that commissioners had erred in their decision to deny an apartment complex project in Safety Harbor.
  3. Get runway ready at Haute Accessories Week

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    Let's face it: It's almost the weekend. Shopping is on the agenda.

    But what if I told you that you could start gorging out on fashion a day or two early, PLUS spread feelings of cheer to others?

    How, you ask? By attending Tampa's fourth annual Haute Accessories Week!

    The celebration, put on by local style outfit The Fashion Movement, actually launched a few days ago, with events including a kickoff soiree and a jewelry-making workshop....

    Jewelry by Tampa's Naje' Designs is among accessories that will be featured at the fourth annual Haute Accessories Week runway show. Other designers hail from New York, Orlando and Jamaica.
  4. Watch out -- for style!

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    Remember that line in The Internship where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are booted from their watch salesmen jobs because -- as their boss so eloquently demonstrates by asking the elderly receptionist the time -- the advent of smartphones means literally no one uses watches anymore?

    I beg to differ.

    OK, fine, it's true that I'm still very likely to absentmindedly whip out my cell when faced with a time crunch. But for those of us who feel naked when our wrists are bare, there's nothing like the sophistication of a chunky gold wrap watch or the pop of color that a wacky zigzag-patterned arm party offers....

    The watch that scores me the most compliments? A $7.99 Timex from Walmart. It's very similar to the style of this Charming Charlie version, which is currently going for $25 (and also comes in pink and black). But be on the lookout for sales -- Sir Charles recently ran a BOGO free sale on clearance jewelry at Countryside Mall in Clearwater!
  5. Taoist group's renovation of Dunedin's Fenway Hotel to include townhomes

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The newest owners of the long-shuttered Fenway Hotel plan to pour $14.1 million into a project that would not only restore the historic icon to its 1920s heyday, but also add townhomes and conference space along the city's waterfront.

    On Wednesday, three months after the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America bought the 5.2-acre waterfront parcel at 453 Edgewater Drive and paid off code enforcement liens that had accrued over the years, the group unveiled its proposal for transforming the property into its new international headquarters....

    Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America via Sachs Media
Twenty-seven townhomes would be built next to a redone Fenway Hotel in a $14.1 million project proposed by the property’s owners, the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America.
  6. Property tax hike proposed in Safety Harbor

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| At at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 15, the City Commission will host hearings on the proposed 2015 budget. Among the highlights:

    *The property tax rate would jump nearly 9 percent from $3.73 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value would rise to $4.05 - aiding a bump in revenue from higher property values by generating nearly $600,000 for city coffers.

    *The city would spend $1.6 million for design and other startup costs for a long-anticipated waterfront park along Old Tampa Bay....

  7. Dunedin boy with lemonade stand reaps windfall; neighbor under city review

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — T.J. Guerrero has gained international attention this week because of his lemonade stand. • Since a story about a neighbor's efforts to shut down the 12-year-old boy's venture ran in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times, T.J. has been given donations, treated to a limo ride and featured in news reports from New York to Europe. He also has given back by donating some of the money to a local animal shelter....

    T.J. Guerrero pours a cup of lemonade for a customer at his small stand in his Dunedin neighborhood.  [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  8. Property tax increase proposed in Safety Harbor budget

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — The property tax rate would jump nearly 9 percent and construction on a long-anticipated waterfront park would finally begin under the budget proposed for next fiscal year.

    According to finance director June Solanes and City Manager Matt Spoor's 2015 plan, the current tax rate of $3.73 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value would rise to $4.05 — aiding a bump in revenue from higher property values by generating nearly $600,000 for city coffers....

  9. Dunedin neighbor is sour on boy's lemonade stand (w/video)

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero served cookies and strawberry Country Time at his lemonade stand with a wave and a smile.

    The 12-year-old had tested various locations and hours of operation before settling on 3 to 7 p.m. at Patricia Avenue and San Salvador Drive. He got a neighbor's permission to pitch a homemade yellow sign in the grass and sell his fare from Tupperware on a white card table....

    T.J. Guerrero, 12, sells a lemonade to a repeat customer, truck driver Dan Wright, who is working on a construction project nearby. “He’s willing to work,” Wright says.
  10. Starbucks, Bob Evans, Kauffman Tire coming to Clearwater retail complex

    Business

    CLEARWATER — A Starbucks, Bob Evans and auto shop are among tenants poised to move into a sprawling retail complex where a Walmart Neighborhood Market already stands, and a Wawa gas station and apartment complex are under construction, on the southwest corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.

    The city issued permits for the Starbucks and Bob Evans, and crews have broken ground....

    Brothers Rick Perry, left, and Mike Perry map out a plan for a new Starbucks at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.
  11. Dunedin hosts meetings this week on proposals for new City Hall

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    DUNEDIN| The public is invited to listen in as city officials discuss revised proposals from two developers interested in building a new municipal services annex.

    The annex would house a new City Commission chambers, consolidate government services into one location and possibly include an adjacent parking garage or mixed-use element.

    The meetings are set for 9 a.m. Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Friday in the conference room at Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St....

  12. House candidate Sprowls nets big-ticket law enforcement endorsements

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    Chris Sprowls, one of two Republican primary candidates vying to unseat Democratic State House District 65 incumbent Rep. Carl Zimmerman in the general election, has picked up a slew of big-ticket endorsements from heavy hitters in the law-enforcement arena.

    Sprowls has worked six years at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, where he is a special prosecutor in the gang unit and director of the Veterans Treatment Court....

  13. Planning ahead: Runway show and charity shopping this Saturday

    Blog

    Looking for Saturday plans? Go ahead and add these to your calendar:

    *The Wearable Art fashion show returns for its 10th year Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Known for stretching the definition of "garment," the show challenges local artists and designers to transform everyday items -- think cotton balls, mops, table doilies -- into haute couture....

    Designer Rogerio Martins' creation, called the 'Cyborg Matador,' was featured in the 2010 Wearable Art show.
  14. My Outfit Monday: Back to the Target rack

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    Over the years, friends have joked that I could singlehandedly keep Target afloat with my clothing and accessories purchases alone. And as we all know, jokes are often rooted in a modicum of truth.

    To that end, I put myself on a self-imposed ban a few months ago: Wandering around Tar-jay just for wandering's sake was out, as were quick trips for a specific dinner item. Only shop with friends who are well-versed in pep talks that might resemble a Hollywood police negotiation scene ..."Stop! Slowly lower the stack of sweaters back onto the nice table then back away with your hands up and this Taco Bell gift card I have here for you doesn't get hurt..."...

    Earrings: JCPenney. Handmade necklace: Clearwater GreekFest. Not pictured: White statement ring (Charming Charlie), Turquoise/silver bracelet (local street fair)
  15. Pregnancy fashion: Fact or farce?

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    Throughout her pregnancy and perhaps even more so in pictures taken shortly after giving birth Wednesday, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, IMHO, looked fabulous.

    But, as documented on her blog leading up to baby Vale's debut, not everyone shared those sentiments....

    More office chic.