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Published Jun. 24

Clearwater offering swim lessons

Clearwater offers American Red Cross certified swim lessons from parent/child classes up to adult level swim lessons. Lessons are held twice a week for four weeks, and are 30 minutes long. Swim lessons are taught by trained instructors in the Long Center's heated indoor pool, or outside in the pools at Morningside Recreation Complex, Ross Norton Recreation Center and North Greenwood Recreation Center. Thanks to a donation from the Long Center Foundation, beginner group lessons including parent and child, level 1 and level 2 classes are $10 for the eight-lesson session for all children. Registration for the next session begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants can register online at or call the recreation center of your choice for information. For information, visit

USCG offers safe boating program

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week repeating cycle of safe boating program meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Warren Webster Building, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. Participants can start at any point in the cycle, but must arrive the first time at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in the program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of topics. The program costs $45 per participant for 12 weeks, or $60 for couples sharing materials.Call (727) 367-1409, (727) 360-4846 or (727) 865-2226.

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  1. The Pinellas County Commission moved closer Tuesday to granting a total of $20.6 million to three museums: the Salvidor Dali Museum (top), the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center (bottom left), and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Photos courtesy of Pinellas County
    The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History and Tampa Bay Watch are on track to receive bed tax dollars for expansions.
  2. Morton Myers, 40, is an entrepreneur, a lifelong Clearwater resident and now a candidate for mayor who comes from a family of Scientologists. He says he is not a practicing Scientologist and is running to bring change and representation to all residents. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Morton Myers says he’s not an active member. But with family on Scientology’s staff, he says he’s uniquely positioned to find middle ground with the church.
  3. Kasha, Squeeks, Baz and Marshall are up for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay shelter pets available for adoption
  4. Joseph Erickson, 53, won a foreclosure auction for a condo at Happy Fiddler Condominiums in Indian Rocks Beach last year only to have a man claim he is the true owner of the property and should get the  $350,000 that Erickson has already paid for the condo. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
    A Land O’ Lakes man had already spent money on renovations when he got two shocks about his new condo.
  5. St. Petersburg police Assistant Chief Antonio Gilliam is one of three finalists for chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. Gilliam has spent his career in St. Pete but was born and raised in Tallahassee. [Courtesy of Antonio Gilliam] Courtesy of Antonio Gilliam
    Antonio Gilliam, who oversees the department’s investigative services bureau, said he couldn’t ignore an opportunity to lead his hometown police department.
  6. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    One kitten is dead. Police are investigating.
  7. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    An SUV crossed over the center line on S Fort Harrison Avenue and caused a head-on collision. The 70-year-old driver died at the scene.
  8. Northwood Plams Boulevard in Wesley Chapel has been closed for six months for sewer repair, and residents are ready for it to reopen. After a couple delays, Pasco County expects the project to be complete by the end of the week. Times File
    A Wesley Chapel reader wants to know when Northwood Palms Boulevard will reopen.
  9. A special garbage truck services an Underground Refuse System bin in Kissimmee. Clearwater recently bought six bins and a truck to service them, and will install the receptacles at the city's world-famous beach. City of Kissimmee
    “You don’t get to be the number one beach in America without taking care of business like this.”
  10. Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police. Times
    Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with foam. Now a man and woman are in custody on felony charges.