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Tracey McManus - Clearwater and Scientology Reporter

Clearwater and Scientology Reporter

I cover a range of topics in Pinellas County with a focus on the Church of Scientology, which is downtown Clearwater's largest and most influential property owner. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

  1. Clearwater City Council member Kathleen Beckman during a a meeting in April. Pushing the city to better support social services is "just the right thing to do," she says.
  2. The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday decided against a proposed 5-cent gas tax increase to cover a deficit in its transportation fund. Officials will look for other places in the budget to fill the gap. "The message cannot be to raise taxes this year, it just can’t be,” commission chairperson Dave Eggers said.
  3. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton told county commissioners Tuesday that a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by unvaccinated people is causing delays in care at the county's emergency rooms.
  4. Construction on the section of Cleveland Street between Missouri and North Highland avenues began last week and will continue through 2023.
  5. A culdesac off Curlew Rd. floods following Tropical Storm Elsa, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Dunedin.
  6. An empty field located on 46th Avenue and 39th Street, was to be redeveloped into an affordable housing community to be called Oasis Acres.
  7. The City Council met on Monday to select five finalists in the search to replace city attorney Pam Akin, who is retiring after 27 years.
  8. This stretch of N Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater is home to several groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology. They include the offices of United for Human Rights, located in the two-story building at right.
  9. Vacant land consisting of 74 acres along U.S. 19 butting up to the Anclote River can be seen Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. Texas-based Morgan Group has proposed a 404-unit apartment complex for the site.
  10. Barricades block the 400 block of Cleveland Street to vehicles on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Clearwater. The temporary closure will become permanent, creating a street mall that will change the downtown landscape.
  11. A rendering of Imagine Clearwater, the $84 million transformation of the city's downtown waterfront.
  12. A sign welcomes visitors to Clearwater, which is experiencing a better budget year than officials expected, despite the pandemic.
  13. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton, photographed here in March 2020, has proposed a 2022 budget with a lower tax rate for residents.
  14. A sign is seen near the border of the Klosterman Preserve Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. A group of local residents formed a nonprofit called WK Preservation Group Inc. in March 2020 to save the 14-acre property from development.
  15. A rendering of Imagine Clearwater, a transformation of the city's downtown waterfront now estimated to cost $84 million.
  16. The Florida Communities Trust helps local governments acquire land for urban parks, like the Gladys Douglas Preserve on Keene Road purchased by the City of Dunedin this year. Dunedin and Pinellas County applied for $2.5 million from Florida Communities Trust to help maintain the preserve.
  17. Kathy Stearns interacts with one of her tigers Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at Dade City's Wild Things.
  18. JAMES BORCHUCK   | [Times (2016)]
Ron Miscavige practices trumpet in the living room of his suburban Milwaukee home Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
  19. Isay Gulley retires June 30 after 41 years with Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. In the background is Palmetto Park Apartments, where Gulley spearheaded a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2003, one of many projects she undertook during her career.
  20. A rendering of the "intermodal" transit station proposed for the corner of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater. The facility would replace the aging bus station on Park Street, a few blocks away.
  21. Family members, elected officials and law enforcement officers watch on Friday as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law renaming portions of area roads after three fallen officers.
  22. Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne photographed during a break of a Clearwater City Council meeting Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Clearwater Main Library.
  23. The retail center at 12901 Village Blvd. in Madeira Beach is among the buildings at John’s Pass Village that do not comply with Pinellas County density rules.