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Pinellas news briefs

Published Jun. 7

Actors needed for Titanic play

The Francis Wilson Playhouse is seeking actors for the following roles in its production of The Titanic:

John B. Thayer-1st Class Passenger (age 25+)

Edgar Beane - 2nd Class Passenger (age 25+)

Mr. Latimer - Steward (age 18-25)

Plus three supporting roles of Stoker No. 2 (age 18-30), Sailor No. 1 (age 18-30), and Stevedore No. 1 (age 18-30).

Actors interested in joining should email: Rehearsals begin this month.

Clearwater offering free lunch and snacks to students in need through the summer

The city of Clearwater is continuing its partnership with the Summer BreakSpot program, a USDA-sponsored program that provides free meals to children up to age 18 during their summer breaks. The program runs Monday to Friday.

Sites that offer this program include:

Clearwater Main Library (100 N Osceola Ave.)

Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.

Snack: 3:30 to 4 p.m.

North Greenwood Recreation Center (900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)

Lunch: 11:30 noon

Snack: 3 to 4 p.m.

Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Center (1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Snack: 3 to 4 p.m.

Visit for more information and to find other Summer BreakSpot locations.

Community invited to Shore Acres Recreation Center Replacement Project meeting

Community members are invited to join the city of St. Petersburg Engineering and Capital Improvements Department to learn about the upcoming Shore Acres Recreation Center Replacement Project. Initial project drawings will be submitted for public review. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments at the end of the presentation.

Clothes to Kids seeking donations

Clothes to Kids is seeking donations for its annual Back to School drive. The organization is seeking donations of elementary girls and boys clothes sizes 6-16, junior sizes 0-22 and young men sizes 18-44. In addition to clothes, the organization is also accepting accessories, new socks and underwear and shoes suitable for school. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, at any of three locations: 5011-H West Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater; and 2168 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit website at


  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    No injuries were reported, according to Pinellas deputies. A tornado may also have passed over Interstate 4 in Polk County.
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    The 63-year-old crossing guard was hospitalized, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  3. Tampa Bay Lighting host a watch party on the beach at the Tradewinds resort on St. Pete Beach in February. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times
    TradeWinds is the biggest resort in Pinellas County.
  4. A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from over Tampa Bay.
    The news that the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation wants to change its name to include “Tampa Bay” has been met with resistance.
  5. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle crash that took place in Palm Harbor along Tampa Road just west of Lake St. George Drive. A 43-year-old woman was killed in the crash. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
    A 43-year-old woman died from her injuries. The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
  6. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.
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    The driver braked and swerved to try to avoid the pedestrian, according to police, but to no avail.
  8. The Triton cantaloupe, created with help from Eckerd College. Eckerd College
    The St. Petersburg college teamed up with a central Florida plant breeder to create the Triton cantaloupe.
  9. Ryan Cummings, 23, left, and Alex Frey, 25, both of Tampa, rent Spin electric scooters from a corral located along Zack Street in May. St. Petersburg hopes to soon launch it's own scooter program. CHRIS URSO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The city wants to avoid other cities’ mistakes. Scooters will not be allowed on sidewalks and must be parked in designated corrals.
  10. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hoping to secure a $21.8 million federal grant to help pay for a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. St. Petersburg City  Council approved an interlocal agreement Thursday supporting the project. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
    Pinellas transit officials hope the project will get a federal grant in 2020. However, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena still oppose it.