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ST. PETE BEACH - Plans were unveiled last week for the first major hotel redevelopment on the beach since issues surrounding the city’s comprehensive plan were resolved in May.

Robert Czyszczon, general manager of the Plaza Beach Resort, 4506 Gulf Blvd., explained his vision for The Allure, a new 66-room boutique hotel, during a community meeting Sept. 28 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center.

Plans call for a majority of the rooms to be two-bedroom, two-bath units offering 870 square feet of space. The remainder would be one-bedroom, two-bath units with 750 square feet.

“There are no two-bedroom, two-bath products on St. Pete Beach and that’s really the product this beach needs and is desired,” said Czyszczon.

Czyszczon has high expectations for the project based on similar two-bedroom, two-bath suite hotels in Treasure Island.

“The Sunset Vistas in Treasure Island is completely two-bedroom, two-bath and has one of the highest occupancy rates in Pinellas County,” he said. “They’re about 90 percent occupancy, which is unheard of in this area.”
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Crime, Crashes & Fires
ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas County Sheriff’s patrol deputies arrested five suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred just after midnight Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Twin Horse Saloon, 2747 53rd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.

According to a media release, deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress. When they arrived, witnesses told them that four armed and masked suspects had entered the establishment, robbed patrons and employees of cash and cell phones.
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Pinellas County
CLEARWATER - Two individuals and one team received Fire Professional of the Year awards during the Sept. 24 Pinellas County Commission meeting.

A video highlighted each of the awardees in the second year of this program.

First up was Lt. Warren Cargill, who has been fighting fires with Largo Fire Rescue for 29 years. Cargill is the Fire Professional of the Year. An event early in his life set the tone for the three decades of his service, according to the video’s narrator.
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Health News
One of the scariest diagnoses a woman will ever hear is “You’ve got breast cancer.”

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 231,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,290 will die. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in eight women, about 12 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
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Pinellas Park Beacon
PINELLAS PARK - After months of hard work, the Pinellas Park Better Block is finally here. The pop-up event, designed to showcase the city’s growing business and arts district in the 5600, 5700 and 5800 blocks along Park Boulevard, will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Better Block event falls within the Community Redevelopment District, where, in recent years, the city has purchased a number of blighted properties to revamp the area and encourage the growth of small businesses. An international program that was founded in Dallas, this unique pop-up event, which focuses on urban redevelopment, is designed to build a life-sized working model of what the area could look like. It will include pedestrian-friendly transportation, pop-up art galleries, boutiques, vendors and public art, and arts and entertainment programming.
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Outdoors & Recreation
LARGO - Sarah Malone and several members of the Largo Tidal Waves swim team can’t wait to compete at the upcoming state championships of the Special Olympics. They have one problem, though.

“The medals are like huge. They are not easy to carry on your neck,” she said.

It’s a problem her teammates know all too well. Five of the six qualifiers from the team that practices at Southwest Recreation Complex in Largo twice a week have come home with medals from the state competition in the past.
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School News
OLDSMAR - Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis, city council members and City Manager Bruce Haddock celebrated the ribbon cutting for the new Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College, at 127 State St. W. in Oldsmar, Sept. 15.

Formerly the Oldsmar Senior Center, the new facility will have courses in manufacturing, business management and technology, according to the SPC press release from Rita Farlow, director of marketing and strategic communications.

“The goal is to bring training options to a specific area of the county, where local businesses have expressed the need to close skills gaps and to expand education opportunities for residents in north Pinellas,” Farlow said.
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• Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Golden Paw Awards Dinner and Trivia Gala
CLEARWATER – The annual Golden Paw Awards Dinner and Trivia Gala will be presented Thursday, Oct. 8, 6 to 9 p.m., at Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd.

The gala will feature entertainment and an auction. Golden Paw Awards will be presented to a volunteer, youth volunteer and community winners.

Tickets cost $100 a person. Call 797-7722, ext. 229, or visit
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Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Cody’s Original Roadhouse corporate office, 2530 West Bay Drive.

The meeting will take place in the corporate office, not in the restaurant.

There will be refreshments and door prizes. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet new business contacts.

Any business, regardless of location, is welcome to attend and bring a guest. The mission of the Bluffs Business Association is to promote and improve the business environment and stimulate a vibrant local economy in the Belleair, Belleair Bluffs and Largo communities.

For information, call Bonnie Trembulak at 686-8797 or visit
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Birds in Your Florida Garden
PALM HARBOR – Birds in Your Florida Garden will be presented Thursday, Oct. 8, 2 and 6:15 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 7. Admission is free, but space is limited.

To register, visit or call 582-2603.

The free program will feature factual information about the best environments for attracting birds (including plants and trees) and the birds (all identified with illustrations) most likely to frequent Pinellas area gardens.  
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Essentrics stretching class
SAFETY HARBOR – Arielle Giordano will host an essentrics stretching class at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Essentrics loosens muscles so you feel less pain, improve circulation, increase energy levels and improve mobility. For more information, call 724-1525, ext. 4105.
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Flip Flop Fling
ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Flip Flop Fling Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., at the Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd.

The event will include Taste of the Beaches auction items, live entertainment, complimentary drink and appetizers. Admission is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 360-6957.
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Florida West Coast Orchid Society meeting
LARGO – The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

There will be an educational class, followed by a speaker. The speaker will be Ron Midgett who will discuss green cattleyas. He will bring orchids to sell.

For information, call 420-7230 or 550-7993.
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Greater Pinellas Democratic Club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N. Guest speaker will be public defender Bob Dillinger. For information, call 360-3971.
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Health and wellness presentation
SEMINOLE – Join registered dietitian and certified health coach Linda Siesel for a free health and wellness presentation Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.

The talk will touch on how to lose weight easily and safely, the secrets to weight loss and long-term success, and why diets don’t work. Learn how to establish new habits for success in long-term weight loss, increased energy and health. All are welcome.

For more information, call 470-7676 or visit
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Oil painting classes
INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter. Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and  critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.

Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting.  Individual creativity is emphasized.

The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary. For more information, call 595-1083 or email
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Parkinson’s support group meeting
SEMINOLE – The Early Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meets second Thursdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road. Ginny Bernard is the group facilitator.  

“As a 30-year caregiver and advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, I have learned the value of a support group,” Bernard said in a press release. “A place where you can be yourself ... know you are not alone and share your problems and frustrations, learning how to cope with PD.”

For information, call Bernard at 391-8214 or email
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