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The Clearwater Community Volunteers raised more than $20,000 at 13th annual Fashions with Flair, a fashion show at the Historic Fort Harrison, the international Church of Scientology religious retreat in downtown Clearwater. The funds raised by CCV will benefit the Leonard Johnson Foundation and Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League.
CLEARWATER - City officials have pledged $75,000 in support of the development of an 80-unit affordable housing apartment complex in a blighted city neighborhood.

The commitment represents the local governmental contribution required for the developer to participate in the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

The proposed development would be built on 8 acres of vacant property on Woodlawn Street.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater is urging residents to take advantage of its recycling incentive program, Recycling Perks, which rewards efforts with discounts and freebies from local businesses.

Here’s how it works:

- Solid Waste residential customers will activate their free account at Recyc­lingP­erks.­com. It takes less than two minutes. Use the promo code mdunn, to get 25 points added to your account.
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William Charles Stein, 94-year-old World War II Navy veteran who served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, earning 13 Battle Stars, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Sept.16, 2016, at his home in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, his sweetheart of 74 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Ginny McGirk of Spring Hill; his grandson, Charles McGirk and his wife, Lynda of Clearwater, FL; his grandson, Sean McGirk and his wife Juliann, also of Spring Hill; his great-grandson, Justin McGirk; his great-granddaughters, Jessica Hedrick, Sarah, Katie, and Charley McGirk; and his great-great-grandchildren, Shanalee and Cody Hedrick.

Bill was a 45-year resident of Clearwater until recently, when he moved to Spring Hill to be with his family. He served in the Navy for four years during World War II and was honorably discharged in Nashville.
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Debra Shields recently joined Englewood Bank & Trust as a vice president, commercial lender for St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the surrounding communities.

“We are very fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and well respected as Debra as a member of our commercial lending team,” said Larry McLaren in a press release. McLaren is president of Englewood Bank & Trust. “As part of a community bank, she will have the latitude to serve a wide variety of industries, providing professional service and quick answers to all loan requests.”

Shield’s studied for a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of South Florida, but quickly found her passion for banking. She has more than 13 years of banking experience and has served seven years as a commercial lender in the Pinellas County area.
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CLEARWATER BEACH - If you have a need for speed, Clearwater Beach is the place to be. The eighth annual Bright House Clearwater Super Boat National Championship and Seafood Festival zooms into town from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Co-sponsored by the city of Clearwater, the three-day event kicks off Friday, Sept. 30, in downtown Clearwater at the Baystar Race Village where spectators can check out the boats that will be on display, meet with drivers and purchase food from vendors. There is no cost to attend.
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Thursday, September 22
CLEARWATER - Clearwater City Council held the first of two public hearing for the city’s fiscal 2017 budget on Sept. 15 at city hall.

The proposed $468 million budget will keep the city’s millage rate at 5.1550 mills for its eighth consecutive year and reflects an increase of $27 million across all city operations.
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CLEARWATER - The stretch of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard/State Route 60 from Damascus Road to Highland Avenue will be under construction through the summer of 2017.

This is a Florida Department of Transportation construction project that will involve intermittent lane closures and lane shifts.

The roadway will be resurfaced, and repairs to drainage pipes and sidewalks where needed will be made. Construction activities and lane closures will occur during daytime and nighttime hours. Access to driveways and side streets will be maintained. Drivers should allow themselves more time traveling along this route during the construction period.
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CLEARWATER - Everyone can play a role in keeping Clearwater bright and beautiful. Clearwater police and code enforcement officers have noted recent increases in the number of cases of illegal dumping on vacant lots and residential properties throughout the city. Innocent property owners bear the expense of having to rid properties of trash, construction debris, appliances, grass clippings and tree trimmings that are intentionally littered onto their properties.

To report illegal dumping, call the Clearwater Police Department at 727-562-4242, option 1.
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Thursday, September 15
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Marine Aquarium looked to the future on Sept. 12 as it broke ground on a $50 million expansion plan for the decades-old facility.

The overhaul will include the development of a three-story, 437 parking-spot garage, two four-story educational and guest buildings and a new 1.4 million gallon dolphin habitat with six connecting pools, which will replace the aquarium’s current 300,000-gallon habitat.

The proposed garage will be constructed from base elevation to 34 feet high and the two educational and guest buildings will be 47 feet high.
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CLEARWATER - Community park improvements and an expansion of city emergency infrastructure top the list of future capital improvement projects for the city of Clearwater.

City Council members tentatively approved a revised Penny for Pinellas project list for the fiscal years 2016-17 through 2019-20 during a workshop on Sept. 12 at city hall.

The revised budget comes in at $42.848 million to fund capital projects under the Penny for Pinellas project.
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