Saturday, November 17, 2018


Tracey McManus, Times staff writer

Tracey McManus, Times staff writer

Tracey covers Clearwater government and general topics in the city. Before joining the Times in August 2015, she spent five years covering everything from education reform to animal welfare for The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was raised in Palm City, Fla., and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish.

Pasco County Comissioner Jack Mariano did not bring a Regional Planning Council proposal to the County Commission because he objected to the words climate change.

Regional climate change coalition has one holdout: Pasco County

County Commissioner Jack Mariano, who sits on the Regional Planning Council, did not bring the proposal to the County Commission because he doesn't want the words climate change used.
Published: 11/16/18
Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell apparently resigned during Thursday's Council meeting, stating she would be sending a letter to the City Attorney.

Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell resigns at council meeting

Caudell said she needs to spend more time on her business, then walked out of the meeting. City Attorney Pam Akin said the resignation won't be official until it's in writing.
Published: 11/15/18
Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell, left, said in an Election Day Letter to the Editor that her colleagues didn't share her passion. Council member Hoyt Hamilton, right, said publicly Tuesday she owned him an apology.

Clearwater strong mayor fight is over but rift on City Council remains an open wound

Hoyt Hamilton asks for apology from Doreen Caudell for her words in Letter to the Editor. She apologizes but claims she was misquoted in her own letter.
Published: 11/14/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
With the passage of  Amendment 13 on Tuesday, dog racing must end in Florida by December 31, 2020. Many of the 11 tracks across the state like Derby Lane will continue racing until then, but in the meantime, must find homes for the dogs at the track.

Thousands of Florida greyhounds will need homes as ban nears. But there’s not a panic yet.

Before Floridians voted Tuesday to end greyhound racing by 2021, Maryann Tolliver would field maybe three inquiries a week from people looking to adopt a retired dog from St. Petersburg’s Derby Lane. But in less than a week since voters gave...
Published: 11/10/18
Updated: 11/11/18
Clearwater voters resoundingly reject strong mayor government

Clearwater voters resoundingly reject strong mayor government

Clearwater strong mayor referendum questionThe latest:Residents voted down changing the government into a strong mayor system like Tampa and St. Petersburg by 59 percent of 42,053 total...
Published: 11/06/18
U.S. District 12: Gus Bilirakis wins seventh term in Congress

U.S. District 12: Gus Bilirakis wins seventh term in Congress

e2018_run([],[10029])U.S. House Florida District 12: Gus Bilirakis vs. Chris HunterWith only...
Published: 11/06/18
Democrat Chris Hunter, left, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor is challenging U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirkais, R-Palm Harbor, right, for District 12. The district covers northern Pinellas, all of Pasco and a sliver of northwest Hillsborough counties.

Chris Hunter, Gus Bilirakis battle for U.S. House Florida District 12 seat: What you need to know

A former federal prosecutor and FBI agent is challenging the six-term Congressman for District 12.
Published: 11/05/18
The PAC backing the strong mayor referendum sent a misleading mailer days before Election Day.

Clearwater strong mayor backers send misleading mailer, get jolt in cash from business interests

In the final stretch before Election Day, the group backing the referendum to change Clearwater's government structure pushed a misleading mailer while getting a boost in contributions from business, real estate and development...
Published: 11/05/18
Clearwater City Hall. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Clearwater strong mayor referendum: What you need to know

If passed, the change would take effect in 2020 when City Manager Bill Horne plans to retire.
Published: 11/05/18
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos introduces Congressman Charlie Crist, representing Florida's 13th congressional district, during a 2017 town hall meeting at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Arts Auditorium. Cretekos recently called for civility on both sides of the strong mayor referendum.

Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum: How we got here

CLEARWATER —The debate leading up to Tuesday’s ballot initiative to change the city’s form of government has crescendoed the way most political discourse does these days: on Facebook and with blows from each side.It prompted Mayor George...
Published: 10/30/18
Updated: 11/02/18