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.

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Phone: (727) 445-4153

Email: ksummers@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KeyonnaSummers

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  1. Safety Harbor girl writes the book on giving

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — Madison Jayanna was 4 the first time her mother discovered in her room stapled stacks of paper covered with stories and illustrations about her family.

    By the time she was 7, Madison was a published author and a philanthropist.

    Her fantasy book based on a special-needs child, Tripp McQueen, became the basis for a local nonprofit, Giving Foundation for Children. She and her parents raised thousands of dollars for the book's namesake, a Georgia boy with a brain injury. The foundation paid for a special-needs girl's visit with Winter the dolphin, helped pay medical bills of a child car crash victim and donated toys to homeless kids. ...

    Madison’s book has raised thousands for its namesake, Tripp Halstead, a Georgia boy who has a brain injury.
  2. Belleview Biltmore redevelopment hearings kick off this month

    Blog

    BELLEAIR| Residents can weigh in on redevelopment plans for the former Belleview Biltmore hotel during a series of public hearings kicking off this month.

    JMC Communities is buying the historic landmark from Miami investors Daniel and Raphael Ades for $6.6 million. The development firm plans to build a 33-room inn with meeting space and a small pub that mimics the original hotel, plus 132 upscale condos and townhomes....

  3. Safety Harbor narrowly passes 2015 budget

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| Disagreement over spending on outside organizations led the City Commission to just narrowly pass a 2015 budget Monday and to okay an 8.4 percent property tax rate hike by a 4-1 vote.

    Next fiscal year’s $62,183,950 budget, which starts Oct. 1, was approved 3-2, with Mayor Andy Steingold and Commissioner Andy Zodrow voting nay....

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Get runway ready at Haute Accessories Week

    Blog

    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.
  7. Watch out -- for style!

    Blog

    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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. 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....

    Goodwill and donations have flowed the way of T.J. Guerrero since a neighbor’s complaints about his stand were publicized. T.J.’s mother says the family was “overwhelmed” by the support.
  11. 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....

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Dunedin hosts meetings this week on proposals for new City Hall

    Blog

    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....

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

    Blog

    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....