Friday, November 24, 2017

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater Downtown Development Board member resigns after sexual battery charge

CLEARWATER — Tony’s Pizza owner Bledar Starova resigned from the Downtown Development Board on Oct. 24, the day after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery.The 19-year-old victim told police Starova gave her wine and tequila at his Clevelan...
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Clearwater gives raises to top officials

Clearwater gives raises to top officials

CLEARWATER — The City Council approved 3 percent raises for City Manager Bill Horne and City Attorney Pam Akin following their favorable evaluations. The raises passed 4-1 with Mayor George Cretekos voting no, saying he was opposed to giving anything...
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Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays finalize 25-year deal

Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays finalize 25-year deal

DUNEDIN — After two years of discussions, the city has locked in the Toronto Blue Jays to play another 25 years in the city, signing a new licensing agreement with the team last week. The contract had to be finalized before the city could secure fund...
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Safety Harbor rejects marijuana plan, sends it back for rewrite

Safety Harbor rejects marijuana plan, sends it back for rewrite

SAFETY HARBOR — In August, the City Commission appeared to be heading in the direction of allowing medical marijuana to be sold within city limits by directing staff to draft an ordinance for marijuana dispensaries. However, on Monday commissioners d...
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Clearwater voters give blessing for waterfront redevelopment. Now what?

Clearwater voters give blessing for waterfront redevelopment. Now what?

CLEARWATER — City residents made one thing very clear on Tuesday. They are ready for a new and improved downtown waterfront, voting 75.8 percent in favor of allowing construction on the charter-protected area. So what happens now?Residents won’t see ...
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Dunedin Charter: Voters approve five amendments

Dunedin Charter: Voters approve five amendments

DUNEDIN — Voters approved a series of city charter amendments in Tuesday’s election.The first, which won by about 77 percent, changed the date the vice mayor is appointed from the first regular City Commission meeting after an election to the first r...
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Police: Holiday woman’s purse-snatching plans foiled by 83-year-old victim, witnesses

Police: Holiday woman’s purse-snatching plans foiled by 83-year-old victim, witnesses

TARPON SPRINGS — A purse robbery was foiled Monday when authorities said the 83-year-old victim and two witnesses stopped the woman responsible.About 9:30 a.m., Mary Barrineau, of Tarpon Springs, left the Bank of America at 910 E Tarpon Ave. and walk...
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State Attorney: fatal shooting of Clearwater man by officers justified

CLEARWATER — Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe has ruled that a Clearwater police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man on Oct. 19.Those findings cleared Officer Christopher Fowler to return to patrol duties.Jessica Fox called...
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Clearwater authorities investigating body found in pond downtown

Clearwater authorities investigating body found in pond downtown

CLEARWATER — Authorities are investigating the death of a man found floating in a lake downtown.Clearwater firefighters and police officers responded about 1 p.m. to a call that a body was floating in a pond at 203 S Prospect Ave. south of The Nolen ...
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Maritime workers share their wisdom on Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Sunday

Maritime workers share their wisdom on Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Sunday

TARPON SPRINGS — Taso Karistinos’ work aboard his boat Anastasi could seem a bit anachronistic. As a sponge diver in the Greek tradition, he hand-cuts living sponges and harvests them from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. When the water is clear and...
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