Kite boarders take advantage of windy conditions on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Windy weather caused some delays at Tampa International Airport. The expected cold also prompted Pinellas officials to open cold weather shelters Friday. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
Authorities are also monitoring the Sunshine Skyway bridge, although it remained open as Friday morning.
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Incumbent Bob Cundiff says he’s spent his time on council listening. But his three rivals don’t think Clearwater’s government is hearing what people have to say.
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  1. Booking photo of Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27, who is facing charges of child neglect, fleeing police and driving without a license. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 2 are (left to right): Mark Bunker, Michael "Mike" Mannino, Bruce Rector, Eliseo Santana Jr. and Lina Teixeira. [TARA MCCARTY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 3 are (left to right) Kathleen Beckman, Robert "Dr. Bob" Cundiff, Bud Elias and Scott Thomas. [Tampa Bay Times]
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  5. Patrick Suiters, 10, left, and Gabriel Stanford, 9, both fourth-graders at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, fill out a survey after tasting falafel tots and nuggets during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste test at Pinellas Technical College. About 120 students tasted and rated 28 new food items that could be added to school breakfast and lunch menus next year. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  6. The Pinellas County school system is offering driver education camps to hundreds of students like this one over the summer. The program will be held over two sessions at nine high school campuses across the county. [Times (2011)]
  7. Roy Lampkin, left, David Dobbins and Christopher Rachell are charged in connection with a caper that resulted in a CVS in Clearwater being held up by robbers. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  8. Luis Espel, 22, uses the Cass Street bike lane to commute to work in Tampa. Times (2019)
  9. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  10. Island Estates, a neighborhood in Clearwater Bay. There are three City Council races on this year's ballot as the city prepares for the realities of climate change. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. A school threat circulating among students and parents in East Lake and Tarpon Springs originated in Texas on Snapchat, authorities said. [Getty Images]
  12. Chief executive officer Rich Hume (left) is expected to remain in place following the company's sale to Apollo Global Management, but he would be eligible for a golden parachute compensation of nearly $15.4 million after he is terminated. Former chief executive officer Bob Dutkowsky (right), the executive chairman of Tech Data’s board of directors, would receive $17.3 million if Apollo lets him go. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2018)
  13. Zion Cemetery disappeared in the late 1920s just as the new owner built a storefront on the land. Today, hundreds of graves lie beneath the property — home to public housing apartments, warehouses and a vehicle tow lot. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  14. Penny Padgett, sister-in-law of retired Hillsborough County Judge J. Rogers Padgett Sr., looks through family pictures at her Clearwater home. Rogers Padgett, at rear, and Chip Padgett are great-grandsons of former Clearwater Mayor Robert Padgett, who donated land for use as an African American cemetery. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  15. The Clearwater city elections are March 17. Check for everything you need to know about this year's races. [TARA MCCARTY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Clearwater voters will decide six referendum questions in this year's election. For complete coverage of Clearwater's city elections, check [TARA MCCARTY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  17. The process for getting into a Pinellas County school choice program is in its final phase, the "acceptance period," which expires at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 for the 2020-21 academic year. [Times (2006)]
  18. Shareholders voted Wednesday to sell Tech Data, which employs about 2,000 of its 14,000 employees in the Tampa Bay area, to Apollo Global Management for $6 billion, or $145 per share. DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2019) [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  19. Three of the four candidates for mayor oppose the amphitheater proposed for the downtown waterfront as part of the Imagine Clearwater project. The nine hopefuls running for two other council seats have varying stances on the issue. The election is on March 17. [City of Clearwater]
  20. Executive Energy Management plans to close on April 10. (Google street view) [Google street view]
  21. One reader wrote to Dr. Delay suggesting the state post more signs that read: "Slower traffic keep right" on the highways to ease traffic stacking up in the left lane. (Times) [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  22. There are 13 candidates running for three seats in the March 17 Clearwater City Council election. The city will host two forums this week. [TRACEY MCMANUS  |  TRACEY MCMANUS]
  23. Tech Data's corporate headquarters near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  24. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]