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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 Manager Bill Horne, center, attends a Clearwater City Council candidate forum on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in the City Council chambers at the Clearwater Main Library in downtown Clearwater.
  2. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines rest on the desk of RN Toni Martin who was administering the shots at the Clearwater Health Department's clinic at 310 N. Myrtle Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 5. 2021, in Clearwater, as part of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's distribution plan.
  3. Motorists form lines to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, one of the vaccination distribution sites in Hillsborough County, in Plant City on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
  4. RN Toni Martin, left, administers the first of two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to James Perivolaris, 77, of Palm Harbor, at the Clearwater Health Department, 310 N. Myrtle Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 5. 2021, in Clearwater, as part of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's distribution plan.
  5. Vacant land consisting of 74 acres butting up to the Anclote River can be seen Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The Tarpon Springs City Commission postponed its vote on an application for a developer to build 404 apartments to Jan. 15.
  6. Epiphany 2021 winner Colten Sakadales, 16, Tarpon Springs.
  7. A vacant 74-acre parcel next to the Anclote River can be seen on Dec. 11 in Tarpon Springs. The Tarpon Springs City Commission is set to vote Thursday on an application to build a 404-unit apartment complex here. But community activists are fighting the plan, just like they defeated a plan to build a Walmart on the property in 2005.
  8. Dinghies float in a still Spring Bayou at sunrise where the 115th annual Epiphany celebration will culminate with a cross toss and retrieval this morning in Tarpon Springs.
  9. La bendición de las aguas del Spring Bayou y el posterior buceo para la cruz, que el año pasado atrajo a 25.000 espectadores, se limitará a los 50 buceadores adolescentes, sus familias, funcionarios de la iglesia y feligreses con boletos.
  10. Crowds gather along the edge of Spring Bayou during the annual Epiphany celebration Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The general public will not be allowed to gather at the Bayou at this year's event. About 500 to 800 parishioners with tickets will be given access, according to police chief Robert Kochen.
  11. Dunedin and Pinellas County officials have offered $8 million to the estate of the late Gladys Douglas for 44 acres along Keene Road. But the estate countered with a firm $10 million price tag, leaving a need for private fundraising to fill the gap.
  12. Clearwater historian Mike Sanders is shown here in 2006 kneeling down to examine some of the original red brick road pavers that were part of the original Seminole Street stretching from the Clearwater mainland via the wooden Seminole Bridge to this area where the road terminated.
  13. Spectators at Derby Lane watch during one of the afternoon greyhound races during the final week of dog racing.
  14. Thousands are shown here gathering along the edge of Spring Bayou during the annual Epiphany celebration Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 in Tarpon Springs.
  15. Brad Husserl, 60, of Tarpon Springs, top, leads Tex Carter, 68, of Tarpon Spring, Don Richter, 64, of Palm Harbor and Kay Carter, 68, Tarpon Springs as they walk along a trail Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Tarpon Springs.  A group of local residents formed a nonprofit called WK Preservation Group Inc. in March in order to save the approximate 14 acres of land located along Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  16. The Clearwater City Council will vote Thursday on staff's plan to release a request for proposals later this month for development on three-city owned downtown properties.
  17. Vacant land consisting of 74 acres butting up to the Anclote River can be seen Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The Tarpon Springs City Commission will vote on Tuesday on a preliminary plan for 404 apartment units on the site.
  18. A private property sign is seen near vacant land Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in unincorperated Pinellas. Robert Collins of St. Petersburg confirmed he closed Thursday on the 14 undeveloped acres on 164th Ave. N, just west of the southern end of the Bayside Bridge. The property was on Pinellas County's preservation wish list.
  19. Cub petting, shown here by a group of customers visiting Dade City's Wild Things in 2013, would be outlawed by the proposed Big Cat Public Safety Act. The House passed the bill on Thursday and it now goes to the Senate.
  20. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri discusses a notice he plans to redistribute throughout the county with the help of local law enforcement agencies to remind businesses and patrons to be vigilant in upholding and complying with social distancing and mask ordinances at the Pinellas County Public Safety Complex in Largo.
  21. East Lake Fire Commissioner James Dalrymple
  22. Dade City's Wild Things owner Kathy Stearns holds a 2 week-old baby tiger after bottle feeding in 2015. The zoo shuttered in April 2020 following PETA's successful lawsuit challenging its cub petting business.
  23. The most recent rendering of the proposed Imagine Clearwater park. This image does not include the retail, residential and hotel projects proposed for three city-owned parcels that border the park.