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Pinellas news briefs

Published May 20

Madeira Beach launches community input survey

Madeira Beach has released a 2019 Community Values Survey on the city's website and is asking residents, business owners and visitors for feedback in several areas including demographics, city priorities, most utilized services and more. The approximately nine-minute survey has 34 questions about economic development, workforce housing, government transparency, project priorities and more. The survey is available

Pasadena Community Church seeks crafters

The Angel Outreach Ministry at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, is seeking vendors for its annual Crafts and Treasures Sale on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An 8-foot table with two chairs is available for $30. Vendors may keep all their profits. All proceeds will benefit families in need. For information call Susan at (727) 565-9482.

Review open for flood map appeals

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has advised Pinellas County that new flood maps, based on revised coastal flood modeling, may affect new property. Some areas are now designated at higher risk of flooding than before, and other areas are now zoned for lower risk than before. From now until July 31, Pinellas County, municipalities and citizens may appeal or comment on the proposed changes, which can be viewed at Pinellas County will host a Flood Map Community Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on June 11, at the Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St. N.

Clearwater water fluoridation to begin

The city of Clearwater will begin adding fluoride to its drinking water supply on June 10. The City Council approved the addition of fluoride to the water system in 2016 and 2018. Clearwater Public Utilities will be fluoridating its drinking water to the recommended level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. For information, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.

Largo joins Alert Pinellas Network

A partnership between Pinellas County Emergency Management and Largo Fire Rescue, will now allow Largo residents who use Alert Pinellas to receive Largo-specific notifications.Alert Pinellas is a tool used by Pinellas County Emergency Management to send text messages, emails and voice calls about severe weather, boil water notices, missing persons or evacuations. To sign up, visit or For information, contact Largo Fire Rescue Public Educator Summer Mahr at (727) 587-6737 or


  1. Lilly Beth Rodriguez, left, Laura Robertson and Linda Lamont work on a Habitat for Humanity house in north Pasco. [Times (2013)]
    The increase is expected to happen in the first half of next year. CEO hopes other nonprofits follow suit.
  2. The number of single-family homes sold in the Tampa Bay area during August rose 2.8 percent when compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from Florida Realtors. (Times file photo)
    The midpoint price in the bay area rose to $250,000, which is still lower than the state and national median prices.
  3. Michael Robert-Jose Harbaugh has pleaded guilty in the 2017 slaying of Safety Harbor neighbor David Sommer, a former reporter. Harbaugh also pleaded guilty to a charge he tried to have a witness in the case killed. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    Michael Harbaugh, 42, also pleaded guilty to trying to have a fellow inmate kill a witness in the murder case.
  4. Homeland Security agents have arrested St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer, left, on child pornography charges. In this 2015 picture, he received the St. Petersburg Police Department's Medal of Valor for Enhoffer's actions in a shootout with an armed suspect that year. Tampa Bay Times
    The arrest comes after Homeland Security agents raided Officer Matthew Enhoffer’s home last week.
  5. A team of a dozen victims' rights attorneys on Wednesday filed the third lawsuit in three months against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige. The complaint states a woman was repeatedly sexually abused as a child in Scientology's care and that church policy enabled the abuse. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU  |  AFP/Getty Images
    The third lawsuit filed against Scientology and leader David Miscavige in three months accuses the church of sexual battery, racketeering and conspiracy
  6. Former Pinellas school guardian Erick Russell, 37, is accused of pawning the Glock 17 9mm semiautomatic pistol, body armor and two magazines he was issued to protect students, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He told deputies he needed gas money. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    Those allegations came to light after his arrest on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment. He was fired by the Pinellas County School District.
  7. Dr. Paul McRae was the first black chief of staff at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Dr. McRae died on September 13, 2019. He was photographed here in the Tampa Bay Times photo studio for the 2008 Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum's "Legends Honorees" gala. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times
    ‘His extraordinary example paved the way for so many others.’
  8. Neeld-Gordon Garden Center, open at this location since 1925, is closing on Sept. 28. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    The development of Pinellas County and the arrival of the big box stores helped hasten the store’s demise.
  9. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, now faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    Falo Kane now faces a total of seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person.
  10. Tampa has a pilot program underway to test scooters. Clearwater could soon have one of its own. But if it's limited to downtown, who will use it? CHRIS URSO  |   Times
    The city’s plan is coming into focus, but there will be limitations.