Rebecca Torrence - Metro, Clearwater/North Pinellas Reporter

Metro, Clearwater/North Pinellas Reporter

I’m a rising senior at Duke University, studying neuroscience and journalism — neuroscience because I crave to understand people and journalism because I love to tell their stories. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 5 and have finally decided to embrace my childhood dream. For the past two years, I’ve written an opinion column for the Duke Chronicle, focusing on university sexual assault policies, as well as sexual and mental health. This summer, I’ll be covering North Pinellas County. If you have a story to share, I’d love to hear from you!

  1. The Courtyard on Main, a mixed-use development in downtown Dunedin, adopted a Mediterranean style in response to citizen complaints. But in March, the project was put on hold indefinitely. [Archive]
  2. Dunedin commissioners met on Thursday morning with four different law firms across Tampa Bay as part of their selection process for a new City Attorney.  [JIM DAMASKE, Times] [Times (2011)]
  3. St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman delivers an update on the city's COVID-19 response on Tuesday afternoon, streamed live on the City of St. Petersburg Facebook page. [Rebecca Torrence]
  4. The Times spoke with students as they prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Some of them are pictured here in photos provided by their families. Clockwise from top left, they are Avayah Sharp, Xavier Bell, Sarah Ellis, Tommy Steele, Kaden Larocca, RyLee Payne, Nicholas Alston and Christina Acosta. [Family photos]
  5. In April, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed out millions of paper forms to homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. [PAUL SANCYA  |  AP]
  6. Eleanor Walker, 4 (left) and Edie Walker, 5, visit with Hope at her new home inside the Kate Tidemann & Ellen Cotton Main Pool and Window of Wonder at the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex, part of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's facility expansion, on  Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Clearwater.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  7. Stacy Rush, an occupational therapy assistant in Dunedin, has dropped out of the race for city commissioner with plans to leave Pinellas County. [Courtesy of Stacy Rush]
  8. The dredging project would remove nearly two decades’ worth of silt and sediment from the river, restoring the Anclote River to its normal depth of 11 feet — deep enough to support commercial fishing boats and waterfront tourism. [JEFF ROSENFIELD | Special to the Times]
  9. Tim shows off a scallop he caught. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  10. Largo City Hall. [Times (2019)]
  11. Pasco County’s scalloping mini-season will run from July 17-26. [Times (2018)]
  12. A video taken at the end of an altercation at the St. Pete Pier on Thursday night, as a protester known only as "Alex" and a woman exchange harsh words. [REBECCA TORRENCE  |  Times]
  13. Pinellas Park High School as seen Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Pinellas Park. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  14. The Pinellas County Commission during a Zoom meeting on July 7. [Pinellas County Commission]
  15. Largo City Hall.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis approved the creation the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve on Monday to protect seagrass off the coast of Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. [Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts] [Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts]
  17. Tarpon Springs officials are prepared to pay $812,100 in city funds to dredge the Anclote River's extended turning basin. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times (2018)]
  18. Bill Justice and his wife, Marian, at February's Clearwater High School celebration. [Courtesy of Sue Ellis]
  19. A box of donated gloves at a drive-up donation site. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) [ELAINE THOMPSON  |  AP]
  20. Pinellas County School employees load a bus with food from Meals on Wheels 4 Kids. The program is now expanding to Wimauma in Hillsborough County. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  James Borchuck]
  21. The Sponge Docks, pictured above, are directly across the river from the M&M Marina. [JEFF ROSENFIELD  |  Archive]
  22. Allison Harris colocándose su más cara antes de comenzar a trabajar como mesera en  Baba, St. Petersburg, FL. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  23. Lorielle Hollaway, owner of Cultured Books at The Well in St. Petersburg. [REBECCA TORRENCE  |  Times]