08/28/14 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....
08/28/14 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....
08/23/14 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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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..."...
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....
State House | District 65
This Republican primary race features two political newcomers and former Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor's office colleagues vying to unseat Democratic one-term incumbent Carl Zimmermann in the Nov. 4 general election. Keyonna Summers, Times staff writer
Debbie Faulkner, 28
DUNEDIN| City commissioners unanimously approved an eight-month extension for developers of the downtown Gateway project, plus gave city staff the okay to include a stormwater rate increase of 42 cents a month in the proposed 2015 budget.
City Manager Rob DiSpirito said extending Pizzuti Builders Inc.’s contract until April 15 would help the company secure financing for the $15 million mixed housing-retail project, and find a local partner who could better manage it and ease banks’ lending fears by sharing the cost burden....08/10/14Fire
LARGO — Just two months after Shelley Duke piled her beloved pets and all her belongings into a U-Haul and drove cross-country from Washington, she said life was looking up.
She had decorated her 217 Lark Drive SW mobile home with the American flag flapping in the front yard. She had made friends outside of her brother and sister-in-law, who live nearby. A month ago, she had started a new job and was happy....08/08/14 Blog
Mom, wife, businesswoman, interior design maven, foodie, music lover, globe-trotter, domestic diva, fashionista cultural enthusiast and Renaissance woman.
With a resume like that, it's no wonder local stylista Natasha Bernard's blog, Fashionably Fabulous, has gained a tremendous following of hundreds of Twitter followers, more than 3,000 Facebook fans and nearly 5,100 Instagram followers in four short years....08/07/14 Blog
Last week's healthy dose of Wedding Week not enough for you? Well, here's another tidbit.
Online registration is open for a bridal showcase being held noon to 3 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 28 at Bon Appetit Restaurant, 148 Marina Plaza in Dunedin.
The event, hosted by Weddings on the Water, invites brides-to-be and their betrotheds to enjoy an afternoon of hors d'oeuvre and champagne tastings, chitchat with wedding professionals and a chance at door prizes. Cost is $5 per person....08/07/14Business
CLEARWATER — Whole Foods Market's debut location in Pinellas County is hiring about 200 workers ahead of its grand opening this fall, a company spokesman said.
The international health food grocery chain's latest venture will occupy 36,000 square feet in the lower level of Sears at Westfield Countryside Mall, according to plans submitted to the city.
Sears will keep its south entrance near BJ's Restaurant, while Whole Foods will get the west entrance, plans show. There won't be an entrance to the mall from Whole Foods....