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Clearwater community leaders endorse Greenlight Pinellas plan

CLEARWATER -- If light rail comes to Pinellas County, it will run north to a transportation hub in downtown Clearwater, where trolleys and buses would whisk passengers to the beach or Dunedin or elsewhere.

That transportation hub would likely be located at a city-owned lot at Court Street and Myrtle Avenue. On Wednesday, a group of Clearwater business and community leaders gathered there to publicly endorse the Greenlight Pinellas plan.

They included Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos; real estate titan Lee Arnold, CEO of Colliers International; Alan Bomstein, president of Creative Contractors; Frank Dame, chief operating officer of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium; and former Clearwater mayor Brian Aungst Sr.

"We need to do something in Pinellas County to bring us into the 21st century," Cretekos said. The group asserted that more robust mass transit would foster development and help workers and tourists get around.