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MADEIRA BEACH - Ever since a Holiday Inn hotel closed on the beach, the city has been looking for a replacement.

Last week it came to fruition when a new Courtyard by Marriott Madeira Beach opened at 601 American Legion Drive.

The new facility is expected to serve both business travelers and vacationers coming to the beaches. It will employ 32.

“The city maintained years ago that they wanted a flagship hotel and today the dream became a reality,” said Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford. “It is elegantly modern with all the efficiencies and luxuries that today’s traveler needs and wants.”

The four-story, 91-room hotel features a large heated swimming pool, hot tub and fire pit outside - all with a view of Boca Ciega Bay to the west. It has 91 parking spaces.

Inside, the amenities include a 1,400-square-foot conference room with seating up to 200, a fitness center with three treadmills and two stair steppers, a bistro dining area where ala carte breakfast and dinner selections are available, a full-service bar, a business station, media pods with all the necessary plug-ins and WiFi in all public areas and rooms.

Around the corner from the check-in and reception area is an innovative airline boarding pass/mobile check-in area for travelers. There is also a Marriott Go Board, which features information on area attractions.
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Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8, bringing with it an extra hour of sunshine in the evening. Standard time will return at 2 a.m. Nov. 1.

Daylight saving time is part of a federal law, the Standard Time Act, which includes a daylight-saving measure that essentially moves an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Congress started changing time as a way to save energy, especially during the two World Wars; however, its effect on energy use today is a matter of debate.
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TALLAHASSEE - State law enforcement agencies and associations are partnering during the month of March to encourage spring breakers to have a safe celebration in Florida.

The state’s beautiful beaches and numerous tourist attractions lure thousands of spring breakers every year, but bad decisions about drugs and alcohol can ruin the party and change lives forever.

Law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing the state’s drinking age laws and working to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
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SEMINOLE - Fans of the Seminole High School Warhawks marching band will be able to support the program while getting a chance to win a new car.

The Kiwanis Club of Seminole is sponsoring a car raffle that will benefit the band. The drawing will be held Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m., at the Pow Wow Festival.

The winner of the raffle will get to choose between a 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Dodge Dart and 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport, which will be provided by Suncoast Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM. The first runner-up will receive a gold and diamond Rhythm of Love pendant (valued at $1,050) and the second runner-up will receive a week in Cape Cod (valued at $800; accommodations only).
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REDINGTON SHORES - Firefighters from six Pinellas County fire departments responded to a structure fire at Anglers Cove Condominium, 174 Gulf Blvd. in Redington Shores, just after 8 a.m. March 3.

When they arrived, the building was already being evacuated and light smoke was visible coming from the north side of the building on the ground floor.

Firefighters from city of Seminole Fire Rescue, Madeira Beach and Pinellas Suncoast fire departments made “rapid attack,” according to a report from Seminole Fire Rescue. The firefighters then found that a fire in a storage room, adjacent to the condominium office, had been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.
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CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Commissioners voted, 4-3, Feb. 24 to deny a request for a zoning and land use change for an assisted living facility in Seminole.

Commissioners denied a similar request from the same ALF on Aug. 19, 2014.

In August, the applicant, Gib Properties LLC, requested a zoning and land use change to allow Oak Tree Manor to build an expansion on an adjacent parcel of land on De Long Way and Park Boulevard. The applicant modified its latest request, proposing to build a wing on the same parcel the facility is currently located on and use the adjacent property as grass parking.
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CLEARWATER - In the last 50 years, the College Fund of Pinellas County has donated $1 million to help more than 700 deserving local students without financial means to attend more than 140 different colleges across the nation.

During its 50th anniversary lunch at the Countryside Country Club in Clearwater Feb. 28, the organization celebrated its accomplishments and honored two of its longest-serving directors who led the program and guided hundreds of Pinellas County students to success, before, during and after college. The organization has been more integral to the creation of community than scholarships alone.
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CLEARWATER - Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton did so well in her Ironman competitions in 2014, she won a coveted designation reserved only for those who rank in the top ten percent of their age group in the world.

She is an Ironman All World Athlete.

Newton, 48, is ranked 290th in the world, and 151st in the U.S., in a category for women from 45 to 49 years old. The rankings are based on a point system tied to how well an athlete did compared with the winner of a particular event in his or her age group.
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