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A work in progress both an impressivee feat and a letdown.. Supply-chain issues slightly delay opening of the new City Center, which will feature major community activity hub 1B ALSO ONLINE Visit for more from around Pinellas, including: Pets By HELEN FREUND … Page 3B. Our entertainment editor has put together a list of novels about rebuilding civilization. … Page 1B. 43 CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO TAKE TOLL ON PINELLAS April 2, 2020 COUNTY The Good The Bad Number of cases and deaths not slowing • County issues ‘safer at home’ order • Schools to stay closed until May 1 By SUZETTE PORTER Tampa Bay Newspapers « Finding a way Kindness also proves to be Contagious to keep people fed. 2A Much of Pinellas County may be under some degree of self-isolation, that doesn’t mean those but who are in need are alone. many residents have sent out to first responders, That’s the message struggling businesses health care workers, and at-risk seniors this past week. As of press time County’s coronavirus March 31, Pinellas virus cases were to 144, according up to information released by the Florida Department DOH announced the of Health. death of a 58-yearold male Sunday night, bringing the county’s death toll to five. DOH Pinellas ed Saturday morning that three county Online residents had died due to For the latest the coronavirus. Two numbers from the dead are males, of age the Department 52 and 64, and the third of Health, visit was an 83-year-old male. No additional fe- formation was readily inavailable. The county’s first death attributed COVID-19 was reported to on March 24. 67-year-old man in Pinellas died March A The case was not 23. travel-related and DOH says the man did not have contact with a confirmed case. According to the latest report, 127 of the cases in Pinellas are in Florida residents and 17 are non-residents. hospitalized. Eighty-three Forty-five were cases were men TBN See PINELLAS, page SEMINOLE — For the past several years, the team behind Abandon Izakaya built a solid underground following for their private chef’s dinners. It started, as most whimsical 4A The Ugly Pinellas is running low on supplies Photos by LUIS SANTANA/Tampa Bay Times Owners and chefs Chanse Chanthalansy and Mitch Beardsley met as students at Pinellas Park High School. Abandon Izakaya is their rst solo restaurant project. By SUZETTE PORTER Tampa Bay Newspapers Pinellas County offi March 27 that only cials announced on two weeks of needed medical supplies remain for first responders and health care workers on the frontlines of the war against the coronavirus. The county put out a request March 24 asking for d ti f BUYING & SELLING! 042221 727-726-9555 727-222-0099 • FREE VERBAL APPRAISALS! Come see what the Credit Union advantage is all about! 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Owners Mitch Beardsley and Chanse Chanthalansy first met as students at Pinellas Park High School and were longtime friends when they got the idea for a joint chef’s table series. The duo started throw- Tampa Bay Times on Ruth Eckerd Hall beginning to reschedule Cancellations Find out what Pinellas County events are canceled or facilities are closed and for how long. 4A Business Local restaurants face a daunting challenge of trying to keep their doors open after being forced to close their dining rooms. 9A More cases A second case of COVID-19 is linked to a South Pasadena condominium complex. 7A Opinion Our Pinellas County editor, Suzette Porter, says you should heed officials’ warnings because staying inside could help save a life. 6A U.S. & World Coins • Gold & Silver Bullion Currency Curren Cur ncy ~ Collectibles Coll ollecttibles ess & More! 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Health employees, government risks to our financial considerations mandates and that could necessitate are all factors Whether that becomes that decision. a reality or not, we will maintain up-to-date on our official publication coverage (Pinellas) websites at: and suncoastnews com (Pasco & Hern There were 15 applicants this time, down from 28 who applied during the first city manager search. Three candidates from the previous search reapplied this time. Two were among the seven selected by the commission to be interviewed, including Joseph Helfenberger of Lake City, who was the only candidate picked by all five commission members. None were fi nalists in the last city manager search. The commission had to restart the city manager search when all of the top candidates withdrew for various reasons, leaving only City Manager Bob Daniels, who had said he would not apply if the selection process were opened back up. 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The project, which is currently undergoing interior demolition, reconstruction and transformation of the 40-year-old former Allied Insurance Tower, is now on track to officially next May, Assistant Public Works Director open with much fanfare Stacy Boyles told The Beach Beacon. During the Oct. 19 City Commission meeting, City Manager Amy Davis told commissioners that the project’s completion has been delayed from March or April to May, due to supply chain difficulties. City Center is a five-story, 62-foot-tall, glass-wrapped office tower, which the city acquired in March 2020 for $6.35 million. The city’s renovation and construction budget is $3,508,598. When completed, the renovated City Center will house commission chambers, city departments, public works administration and will