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Early voters can cast their ballot for the Nov. 4 general election beginning Monday, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at any of three Pinellas County Elections offices.

- County Courthouse - 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater
- Election Service Center - 13001 Starkey Road., Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, Largo
- County Building - 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Additional early voting locations are:

- Centre of Palm Harbor - 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor
- Gulfport Neighborhood Center - 1617 49th St. S., Gulfport
Voters are required to present both picture and signature identification.
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CLEARWATER - Once upon a time, Pinellas County had a robust Cultural Affairs department with its own staff and an annual budget of $2.9 million.

Its mission was to act as an advocate for the arts by promoting the development and appreciation of the arts throughout the county via programs and services. County grants were available to artists, teachers and art organizations to help fund their needs.

The county began funding art and culture in 1976, providing money to a non-governmental Arts Council, which acted as the official local arts agency. In 2006, Cultural Affairs became a part of county government and that department took over as the local arts agency.

Then came the Great Recession. Most county departments that did not provide essential services suffered massive budget cuts. The commission decided to disband Cultural Affairs in 2010, but they set aside $300,000 in seed money in hopes that a private organization would be interested in taking the job.

A task force formed to look for a way to create a private local arts authority. During the process, a local group did come together. The commission voted unanimously on June 14, 2011 to pass the seed money to Creative Pinellas. As the new local arts authority, Creative Pinellas also would receive revenue from the sale of specialty license plates to help fund its operations.
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Out & About
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Demonic decorations herald the haunting season: Halloween will soon be upon us!

Bewitched and bedeviled, Pinellas residents busily prepare their costumes, stockpile sweets and seek out some of the area’s most terrifying Halloween happenings.

During this creepy season, communities throughout Pinellas and around the Tampa Bay area play host to horrifying haunted houses, fiendishly fun festivals and tantalizing trick-or-treating. With such a variety of activities, there’s plenty to do for the adult crowd as well as all the little ghouls and goblins.
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LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crane accident at 9142 Dream Way in unincorporated Largo about 11:35 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

According to the sheriff’s report, no one was injured, but a home and four vehicles sustained damage.

Deputies said Danny Tomas of Sustainable Tree Service was using a heavy-duty crane to remove a tree, which was damaged during a storm earlier in the week, on the property of Melinda Jenkins, 50, at 9115 Dream Way. When the crane began to tip over, Tomas was able to jump off and avoid injury.
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Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment fell 0.6 percent in September, going from 6.4 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September, according to the Oct. 17 report from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Unemployment in September 2013 was 6.8 percent.

The state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also declined from 6.7 percent in August to 6.1 percent in September. The state reported an unemployment rate of 7 percent in September 2013.
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Outdoors & Recreation
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Loggerhead turtle nest numbers remain high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new record in 2014, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission research scientists.

“Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future,” said research scientist Simona Ceriani.
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Beach Beacon News
ST. PETE BEACH - City commissioners ended a three-month search for a new city manager Oct. 14 when they selected Wayne Saunders, a former city manger in Clermont.

After three ballots, the St. Pete Beach City Commission voted unanimously to have executive recruiter with Colin Baenziger and Associates offer the position to Saunders. Commissioners also voted unanimously to give City Attorney Andrew Dickman the authority to begin initial contract discussions.

Commissioners expressed hope that Saunders, who is not currently working, could be on the job as soon as possible.

Saunders was one of five finalists for the position that was vacated when former City Manager Mike Bonfield was fired in March. After one-on-one interviews last week, commissioners said it was clear Saunders was the choice.
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