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CLEARWATER - Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a record $461 million in budget requests June 23, including nearly $7 million from Pinellas County.

But the news wasn’t all bad, Mary Scott Hardwick, the county’s intergovernmental liaison, reported at a June 23 commission meeting, with money in the budget for an Upham Beach project, prescription drug monitoring and homeless services.

“There are a lot of good things,” she said.

But, funding for local nonprofits wasn’t one of them. The governor vetoed a funding request for $250,000 from Vincent House in Pinellas Park, which assists people recovering from mental illness and other disabilities. Scott also said no to $400,000 for Directions for Living in Clearwater, which provides behavioral health services. The Pinellas Education Foundation also won’t get the $500,000 it requested for career path planning to help the county’s school students. In addition, Scott vetoed $400,000 for the Clearwater Homeless Empowerment Program, formerly Homeless Emergency Project.

Clearwater Historical Society Museum did not get the $204,340 it requested. Bill Wallace sent out an email to members of CHS and others June 23 informing them of the veto.
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SEMINOLE - Tampa Bay Newspapers office will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Early deadlines are as follows.

Deadline for retail and display classified ads is by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Deadline for classified line ads is noon Monday, July 6. Editorial press releases must be received by noon Thursday, July 2.

The office is located at 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call 397-5563 for more information.
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As Americans make plans for the long holiday weekend, officials are urging everyone to make safety a part of the mix. Drunk-driving fatalities, boating accidents, drownings and fireworks mishaps combine to make the Fourth of July the deadliest holiday of the year, according to some sources.

AAA Motor Club predicts that a record number of people will travel over Independence Day holiday - the most since 2007. From Wednesday, July 1, to Sunday, July 5, nearly 42 million people are expected to take a trip to a destination at least 50 miles from their home. Nearly 85 percent plan to travel by automobile.
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Fireworks - check. Patriotic music - check. Picnic opportunities - check. Parades and festivals - check. Pinellas County will mark Independence Day 2015 with a variety of celebrations. Even before the sun goes down and fireworks light up the twilight skies, festivities will be underway.

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the document in which American colonies effectively declared independence from Great Britain. Each year, Americans celebrate Independence Day with festivities ranging from fireworks and parades to picnics and concerts - as well as more casual family gatherings and barbecues. Following is a summary of some planned Pinellas events:
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LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff Gualtieri announced a partnership June 23 with local law enforcement agencies, Congressman David Jolly and Project ChildSafe to provide free gunlocks and materials to citizens in an effort to promote gun safety.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to keep their lawfully owned guns locked and stored in a safe place. With proper storage and security, incidents such as the accidental self-inflicted gunshot death of 2- ½-year-old Kaleb Ahles in Tarpon Springs earlier this year are preventable. Prevention is key to keeping the public safe and preventing serious injury and/or death from the accidental discharge of a firearm.
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DUNEDIN - City officials propose a 0.6 mill increase in their proposed budget for the next fiscal year, stemming from a projected shortfall in funds.

The proposed tax rate of 4.33 mills, equivalent to $4.33 for every $1,000 of assessed property value, is needed to assure that the unassigned fund balance in Dunedin’s operating budget is closer to being in full compliance with the city’s current reserve policy of 15 percent of annual operating expenses, city officials say.
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LARGO - The Barley Mow Brewing Company recently finished the first phase of a new production facility in Largo, allowing it to make 3,000 barrels of beer a year shipped to 150 breweries across the state - from Jacksonville to the Keys.

But that’s just the beginning. Next week, the brewery will start canning its beer, to be sold as six-packs at the Barley Mow tavern, at 518 W. Bay Drive. By the end of August, owner Jay Dingman hopes the cans will be fully vetted and ready to be sold in grocery stores across the state.
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SEMINOLE - Tampa Bay Newspapers announces the winners of the 2015 Reader’s Choice Pinellas available inside a special section in this week’s Beacon, Leader, Bee newspapers and the E-edition.

Click here to view the winner’s list online.
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