Tracey McManus, Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

Tracey McManus

Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

I cover Pinellas County with a focus on the workings and impacts of government, environmental issues, the City of Clearwater, the Church of Scientology, animal welfare and other topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. That's never changed. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

Clearwater's revised downtown incentive thuds again, but not all are discouraged

Casual fine dining restaurant Roxy?s is set to open in June, which will be Michael Janecek?s third restaurant in Pinellas County. [TRACEY McMANUS | Times]
An incentive for property owners will sunset this month with $520,493 the city could not give away. But two restaurants are poised to open soon, bringing hope to downtown.

Clearwater deputy city manager Jill Silverboard to leave for county administration

Jill Silverboard
Silverboard announced this week she will resign May 21 after 12 years with the city. She will begin as deputy Pinellas County administrator on May 26.

Will no lefts make things all right at Gulf-to-Bay and Belcher?

Pedestrians and traffic mix recently at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road in Clearwater. The county has been contemplating safety improvements to the intersection for a decade and is considering a Median U-Turn / Michigan Left Intersection which would totally reshape the flow of traffic to improve safety and efficiency. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]
The county is considering a design that would eliminate left turns at one of Pinellas County’s most notorious intersections.

Clearwater to buy historic North Ward Elementary School for revitalization project

North Ward Elementary School, 900 N FortHarrison Ave., in Clearwater, is being purchased by the city of Clearwater 10  years after the Pinellas School Board closed the historic school. The purchase of the property is part of the city’s ongoing revitalization efforts in the North Marina Area.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]
The school, built in 1915, sat empty for a decade after Pinellas Schools closed it in 2009. The city is hoping to lure an adaptive reuse project to help revitalization efforts in the North Marina area

After six-month delay, City Council unites behind 4,000-seat covered concert venue for Imagine Clearwater

The City Council on Thursday supported consultants designing an outdoor concert pavilion supported by Ruth Eckerd Hall with a fixed covering over 4,000 seats. [photo courtesy City of Clearwater]
It is a drastic change from the uncovered band shell design first unveiled in August. The council said an iconic draw is needed. Some residents feel duped.