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Largo gears up for annual Taste Fest; St. Pete golf scramble returns

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[Designed by Tara McCarty]
Published Oct. 11
Updated Oct. 14

Tickets available for annual Largo Taste Fest

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Largo Taste Fest.They’re $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and include all food pairings and one free drink. Local restaurants will provide an array of samples during the outdoor event, music, works from area artists and a silent auction to benefit the Largo Rotary Charitable Foundation and the city’s summer camp scholarship program. Some participating restaurants include Aviator’s Tavern, Culver’s of Largo, Joe’s Crab Shack, The Plaza, Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex, Outback Steakhouse, and Willie Jewell’s BBQ. New this year, Largo Recreation will offer childcare for newborns up to age 10 with a three-story indoor playground and interactive games. The Largo Taste Fest will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, on the pool deck of the Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Tickets can be purchased at Highland Recreation Complex, Southwest Recreation Complex, Largo Community Center or the Central Park Performing Arts Center. For information visit

St. Petersburg’s Patriot Day Golf Scramble returns

Registration is open for Mangrove Bay Golf Course’s Patriot Golf Day Scramble as part of a nationwide golf fundraiser to support the Folds of Honor Foundation. Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. The golf scramble begins at 8 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Mangrove Bay Golf Course, 875 62nd Ave. NE., St. Petersburg. Registration is $85 per player, which includes lunch and a tee gift. Golfers can find registration forms at or at the pro shop at Mangrove Bay Golf Course.

Clearwater hosts its first sustainability conference

The city of Clearwater invites the public to attend its first sustainability conference “Building Better Neighborhoods Through Sustainability: A Toolkit for Positive Change." The program features door prizes, local speakers and organizations on topics including Florida-friendly landscaping, energy efficiency, plastic contamination, waste management, and savvy consumerism. The conference is free and registration is not required. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Residents with questions can call the city of Clearwater’s sustainability coordinator at (727) 562-4003 or email


  1. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. Courtesy of Lynn Cristina
    Why would I discourage my daughters’ creativity and drive? Aside from being lazy, I was trying to shield them from disappointment.
  2. James Rybicki, 63, faces charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and possession of child pornography. But he could go free after a judge found that Pinellas sheriff’s detectives and Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors lied to obtain a search warrant in his case. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    A Pinellas sheriff’s detective and Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors “made false statements” to obtain a search warrant, a judge has ruled. The evidence was thrown out.
  3. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell during a hearing to review the guardianship cases once overseen by Traci Hudson, who faces criminal charges in one of those cases. Hudson was not present during Wednesday's hearing in a St. Petersburg courtroom. Pinellas sheriff's detectives say she stole more than $500,000 from an elderly man for whom she held power of attorney. Court records show she was appointed as a guardian in about two dozen cases. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Traci Hudson had served as guardian overseeing the affairs of 26 people until her arrest on a charge of exploitation of the elderly. Her handling of those cases will be reviewed.
  4. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus driver Rekira Owens is seen at the wheel behind a newly installed shield as they board the bus on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Tampa.  The clear divider is meant to protect drivers from physical assaults after a driver was killed earlier this year. A bus driver on Tuesday was operating a vehicle without a shield when he was attacked by a rider. CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times
    About 75 buses still need the clear, plastic doors. The transit authority plans to install eight a day.
  5. The Clearwater City Council is discussing where to put its new City Hall building. This is a file photo of the old City Hall building downtown. JIM DAMASKE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    City staff will decide between 10 potential sites for a new City Hall building.
  6. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
A shot taken on June 4, 2019 during the 12-week demolition of the Harborview Center which began in April on the corner of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater. The project is a key part of the city's roughly $64-million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment project. Will residents move downtown once it is done? DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    “It’s our biggest challenge,” one city official said.
  7. A federal jury in Tampa found Christopher Brian Cosimano, left, and Michael Dominick Mencher guilty in the Pasco County shooting death of a motorcycle club leader. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher were members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said they were responsible for the rush-hour assassination of Paul Anderson, a...
  8. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  9. Bob Larson, 81, from St. Petersburg, raises his hand to indicate he has a match while playing Bingo during a meal with fellow seniors in Langer Hall at the Sunshine Senior Center in St. Petersburg. Also present (but not pictured) is his wife, Janet Larson, 74. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas funds 15 congregate dining sites in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The sites offer hot meals and socialization for 6,000 seniors. The Sunshine Center is one of those sites. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Seniors are happy in their communities, but have concerns about health care, housing, transportation and support for caregivers
  10. The tenth annual Shopaplooza returns to St. Petersburg for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, but this time at the Vinoy Park and with major changes. LocalShops1
    The annual festival highlighting everything local was previously held at Straub Park. But that’s not the only change this year.