Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Jimena Tavel, Times staff writer

Jimena Tavel is a 2018 web intern for the Tampa Bay Times.

Mural artist Derek Donnelly, Pinellas Park, uses spray paint to complete a mural at the Sirata Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach. The mural work is part of a $15-million renovation for the business. Donnelly said the mural, which features a gecko lizard and tropical plants, took him one week to complete. The mural is located near the beach in an event space which is currently under construction. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Sirata resort adds mural for local touch

ST. PETERSBURG — He sauntered back about 15 feet away from the wall to look up at the mural, and after a few seconds, confirmed his suspicion: The gecko was too small.It needed to be larger-than-life. The dark blue reptile had to pop out and...
Updated: 3 months ago

Deputies: Husband assaults driver who crashed into his wife’s car

TAMPA — A 58-year-old man was arrested Friday after deputies said he assaulted a man who rear-ended his wife in a crash.Gregory Harvin faces charges of burglary and battery, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The...
Updated: 3 months ago
The swastikas appeared on the garage door of an auto repair shop at 1101 Seminole St. and the parking lot ground of North Greenwood Library at 905 N Martin Luther King Blvd. The damage to the property was about $100. [Courtesy of the Clearwater Police Department]

Police: Man painted swastikas in Clearwater neighborhood after Markeis McGlockton rally

CLEARWATER — The residents of North Greenwood, who this summer have dealt with the July 19 shooting of Markeis McGlockton that unleashed a controversial stand your ground case and protests headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Black Lives Matter...
Updated: 3 months ago

Accident closes 34th Street in South St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The intersection of 18th Avenue S and 34th Street is closed entirely, including both northbound and southbound lanes, after a collision Thursday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez. A...
Updated: 3 months ago
These mug shots are from Nathaniel Yates' arrests (left to right) in 2010, 2011 and 2018. He now faces a charge of first-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, according to deputies. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Largo man’s history of domestic violence ends with murder charge

LARGO — A man accused of shooting his girlfriend earlier this month — and then returning to shoot her a second, fatal time — has been repeatedly accused of attacking women in the past, records show.Nathaniel J. Yates, 32, faces a charge of...
Updated: 3 months ago
Pennsylvania restaurant supplier bringing 300 jobs to Tampa

Pennsylvania restaurant supplier bringing 300 jobs to Tampa

TAMPA — An online distributor of supplies and equipment for restaurants worldwide chose Tampa for its new office, creating more than 300 jobs and bringing in $1 million in capital investment.Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that...
Updated: 3 months ago
This image from a Pinellas County Schools video shows an armed police officer running to respond to a fictional active shooter. The video was produced this summer for third- through fifth-grade students ahead of the state-mandated active shooter drills to take place during the 2018-19 school year. On Monday, after parent protests, the district announced it no longer planned to show the videos to elementary school students. [Pinellas County Schools]

After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after...
Updated: 3 months ago
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Mother’s lawsuit: Pinellas school district to blame after bus driver engaged in sexual activity with 16-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG — A mother has filed suit against Pinellas County School District, alleging that it could have prevented a 24-year-old school bus driver from engaging in sexual activity with her 16-year-old daughter in 2016."They should’ve...
Updated: 3 months ago
Fort De Soto Park District Supervisor Bob Browning checks on a dead sea turtle that was found at the park one morning in September 2005, amidst the devastating outbreak of Red Tide that year. Red Tide has returned with a vengeance, killing sealife in southwest Florida and threatenign to return to the Tampa Bay area. [Times (2005)]

Recalling the devastating Red Tide of 2005 and dreading a repeat

It started that January with a small patch of discolored water about 20 miles west of St. Petersburg. Six months later, its lethal touch left scores of dead sea life on the shores of Pinellas County.Soon, it was deemed one of the worst...
Updated: 3 months ago
Thousands of dead fish line the mangroves on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach near the Cortez Road bridge on the intracoastal waterway. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Lingering Red Tide bloom moves north, killing fish near mouth of Tampa Bay

ANNA MARIA ISLAND — A Red Tide algae bloom that has already been called the worst in a decade spread north over the weekend, reaching this Manatee County community near the mouth of Tampa Bay.On Monday, clumps of dead fish floated amid the...
Updated: 4 months ago