Saturday, November 25, 2017


Tracey McManus

Tracey McManus

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.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the  Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority over the Jolley Trolley. [Luis Santana | Times]

Lawsuit over Jolley Trolley dismissed

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority that Cincinnati-based First Transit filed in April, alleging it lost the county’s trolley contract because a "who’s who of Clearwater" lobbied the board to...
Published: 11/24/17
Artist and designer Mishou Sanchez is alleging the City of Clearwater's Mercado plan for a parcel east of downtown is remarkably similar to a design she created for a 3-acre parcel in Tampa in 2014. This rendering shows one angle of the Clearwater Mercado project approved in September.
[Rendering courtesy of City of Clearwater]

Tampa artist alleges Clearwater Mercado project is remarkably similar to hers

After designer Mishou Sanchez was unable to raise the $50,000 needed to jump start her Mercado proposal, an affordable retail plaza built from shipping containers on a 3-acre parcel in Tampa, she reluctantly moved on.Mercado Tampa was a concept...
Published: 11/24/17
This photo shows marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana displayed under a light, at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. (AP Photo)

Some cities faced with all-or-nothing medical marijuana rules are playing it safe

When it comes to weighing the options for regulating medical marijuana through the law passed this year, Dunedin city commissioners declared local governments face a "conundrum" and "a false dilemma."They said they would welcome a dispensary in...
Published: 11/22/17
Steven Jameson, 36, left, and Joe Gustafson, 31, listen to Pastor Keith Stanton's sermon during Sunday church service at The Refuge. Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times

Not a shelter, not a food pantry, but a refuge for the homeless

CLEARWATER - As the sun rose Sunday morning, they woke up on somebody’s couch, in bushes by the waterfront, on a bench in a park.
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/23/17
Paid parking spots are taken as businesses open on Tuesday on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. The Dunedin City Commission on Dec. 12 will decide the future of the controversial paid parking program..DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

After a vitriolic trial year, Dunedin City Commission to decide fate of paid parking next month

DUNEDIN — It has been, without question, the most contentious issue to consume the city in decades, bringing residents out in droves to public meetings and pitting neighbor against neighbor. At a recent town hall meeting to discuss the yearlong...
Published: 11/16/17
The Clearwater City Council approved a 3 percent raise for City Manager Bill Horne and City Attorney Pam Akin. (Photo courtesy of Bob Bentz).

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...
Updated one month ago
More than $80 million in upgrades for the Toronto Blue Jays' facilities will keep the team in Dunedin for another 25 years. {Image created by  Populous}

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...
Updated one month ago
JIM DAMASKE   |   Times 
Now that voters passed a referendum allowing construction on the downtown waterfront, city officials can begin implementing the $55 million Imagine Clearwater redevelopment plan. The design phase could take up to a year and construction is expected to begin early 2019

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...
Updated one month ago
Renderings that show proposed renovations to Coachman Park in Clearwater, including a new permanent amphitheater. The renderings come from New York City's HR&A Advisors, brought in by the city to create a master plan for its waterfront, dubbed

Clearwater voters easily pass referendum allowing waterfront redevelopment

CLEARWATER — Voters in Tuesday’s election overwhelmingly agreed to amend the City Charter and allow construction along the downtown waterfront, effectively greenlighting the city’s $55 million Imagine Clearwater redevelopment plan.The...
Updated one month ago
PBS Newshour Anchor Judy Woodruff, right, talks with Indira Lakshmanan after receiving the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism on stage during the Poynter Institute Bowtie Ball on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Q&A with Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor and pioneering journalist

ST. PETERSBURG — Judy Woodruff, a pioneer of political reporting in the 1970s when few women were accepted in the industry, received the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Saturday evening at the Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball.
Updated one month ago