CLEARWATER — City leaders are hoping to solve two long-discussed problems in one fell swoop.
For the past two months, city leaders have discussed the question of whether a body camera program for the police department is needed and worth the high cost. That question was answered Aug. 6 when the City Council unanimously agreed to pay roughly $2.56 million over five years to implement the program.
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Public Library System will offer free backpacks, books and school supplies for students in grades kindergarten through 12.
CLEARWATER — There aren’t many dolphins who can call a 1.5 million-gallon state-of-the-art habitat home, but Clearwater has at least five who can.
CLEARWATER — The City Council has had its say and now it will officially be up to the voters Nov. 3 whether they want The Landings Golf Course to be transformed into a light industrial center.
CLEARWATER — Senior residents of a 208-unit affordable apartment community are now facing an uncertain future after a new owner said it plans to renovate the building, raise rents and eventually sell it.
CLEARWATER — The Pinellas Education Foundation has partnered with Westfield Countryside to support the Stuff the Bus school supplies drive. The monthlong initiative benefiting Pinellas County Schools’ students in need will take place at the shopping center from July 15 to Aug. 15 and also wi…
CLEARWATER — COVID-19 has turned the budget process into a tall task. Clearwater officials say it’s unclear how big an impact the pandemic will have on the books, but they have projected general fund revenues could be down as much as $9 million.
CLEARWATER — When discussing whether to outfit police officers with body cameras or to implement a civilian oversight board July 16, each member of the City Council made a point to praise the city’s police department.
CLEARWATER — The Salvation Army, in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, will resume drive-thru food distribution events at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Several leaders of local governments and organizations in Pinellas County had been patiently waiting with fingers crossed on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make his final decisions on the state budget.
CLEARWATER — If you’re a fan of Winter the dolphin, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a new way to immerse yourself in the nonprofit’s mission to care for marine life in Tampa Bay.
The abrupt halt to the 2020 spring training season in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic dealt a huge economic blow to Pinellas County, where the Toronto Blue Jays play in newly refurbished TD Ballpark in Dunedin and the Philadelphia Phillies have trained in Clearwater for more th…
“We are anticipating a busier Fourth of July, especially with the cancellation of local firework displays,” said Summer Mahr, public education specialist with Largo Fire Rescue.
CLEARWATER — When city leaders first discussed the proposal to redevelop The Landings Golf Course into a light industrial complex in May, they told residents several more steps were needed before voters would get to decide in November.
CLEARWATER — City Council members altered the plans for the redevelopment of Coachman Park on June 18 in a pair of decisions that they say is more cost effective and functional.
TARPON SPRINGS — As Florida experiences a sudden surge in positive coronavirus cases, health care workers continue to fight the pandemic on the frontlines as they have every day for the past three-plus months.
CLEARWATER — The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed today that five players and three staff members working at the club’s Clearwater facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
SAFETY HARBOR — Bassano Cheesecake, a handcrafted, family-owned cheesecake company, announced the opening of its first café on 507 Main St. in Safety Harbor.
CLEARWATER — On June 9, Pope Francis announced that Monsignor David Toups, 49, has been named a bishop and his first assignment will be bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas. He currently serves as rector of the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, a position he’s held …
CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater is seeking to assist residents hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic if they are behind on their rental, mortgage, or utility payments.
CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a new voucher program to spur downtown dining and has also decided that Cleveland Street will remain closed to vehicle traffic to offer more room for distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CLEARWATER — City Council gave the green light June 4 to continue moving forward with a $1.33 million dynamic lighting project that aims to showcase one of Clearwater’s most recognizable landmarks: the Memorial Causeway Bridge.
CLEARWATER — In the wake of nationwide protests demanding accountability at police departments, city leaders said June 4 they will revisit the idea of outfitting police officers with body cameras.
CLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival will take place Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater.
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Historical Society will reopen its museum and campus Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 610 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Marine Aquarium recently was selected by National Marine Fisheries Service to be the forever home to a new rescued male dolphin. The new dolphin will provide a companion for CMA rescued resident Nicholas, another male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
CLEARWATER — Plans to build out golf courses have been a hornet’s nest for developers recently in Pinellas County, as opposition from nearby residents has scuttled plans to redevelop Seminole and Largo courses.
CLEARWATER — City leaders say they are not big supporters of a proposed development at the northwest corner of Chestnut Street and South Myrtle Avenue in downtown Clearwater.
CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater has canceled its annual Fourth of July fireworks display, citing concerns over crowd control and the enforcement of social distancing practices.
CLEARWATER — As Pinellas County and area municipalities begin the process of reopening, it’s uncertain how many local businesses will survive after nearly two months of forced closure.
CLEARWATER — City leaders approved a $4 million grant program May 7 that they say will aid businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic immediately and in the uncertain future that lies ahead.
Joanne Kennedy was fully prepared to open her Indian Rocks Beach hair salon this past Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order had forced her business to be closed for a month, but she was certain that was going to end when he made his announcement April 29.
CLEARWATER — Following state guidelines, Big Storm Brewing Co. will reopen two of its three taprooms on Monday, May 4, at its Clearwater and Odessa taprooms.
Three Pinellas County fire departments have joined forces to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, as representatives from three agencies recently formed a specialized response unit dedicated to responding to COVID-19 calls.
CLEARWATER — How has a pandemic that has crippled the economy and three new city councilors affected the Imagine Clearwater downtown redevelopment plan?
CLEARWATER — Clearwater is looking to join some other Pinellas County cities seeking to throw small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic a lifeline in the form of a grant.
CLEARWATER — The four Scientologist members of the city’s Downtown Development Board didn’t mince words April 16 in sharing their views about new Council member Mark Bunker and his bid to join them on the body.
Billions of dollars of federal aid is on the way to small businesses across the country. Getting it into the hands of their owners will take precious time, though. Until it arrives, some city leaders in Pinellas County have no intention of sitting idly by while the lifeblood of their communities — small businesses and their employees — suffer. Here’s a look at how some communities are getting involved.
CLEARWATER — This city of empty beaches and closed libraries will swear in its newest mayor and City Council members March 30 and hold a second ceremony for the public a few days later — ensuring the continuity of local government during the coronavirus outbreak.
CLEARWATER — Sid Klein, the Clearwater police chief who prepared his department for civilian unrest during the Y2K crisis and was one of the first to institute the philosophy of community policing in the nation, died Thursday, March 19. He was 78.
CLEARWATER — Local restaurants have found a way to generate revenue while feeding first responders and the poor during the coronavirus outbreak.
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Planning and Development Department and other city departments are staffed and operating, but the public may not go beyond the lobbies of those buildings. But myclearwater.com — the website where residents can pay fines, apply for and pay for various licenses and …
CLEARWATER — Under a perfect blue sky, Clearwater Beach was empty, parking spaces were abundant and the only sound was the “wham-ring” of a pile driver pounding steel pilings for a hotel under construction. The restaurants were largely closed, with chairs and tables chained together, umbrell…
When Major League Baseball, along with other professional sports leagues, ceased operations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, the move resulted in a premature end to spring training and left thousands of fans who traveled to the Sunshine State for the 2020 Grap…