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Despite a Major League Baseball mandate that capped attendance at 2,200 per game at newly renamed BayCare Ballpark as well as other stadium safety guidelines, officials at the facility said they considered the season a success. Now, they are turning their attention to the upcoming Clearwater Threshers season.

SAFETY HARBOR — While much attention over the past year has been paid to businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis, public facilities like libraries and community centers have also faced the brunt of the pandemic.

LARGO — Most Largo residents should expect to see a 17% increase in their stormwater utility bills next month after city commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the rate hike March 2.

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The Philadelphia Phillies kicked off the home portion of their Grapefruit League schedule March 1. And while there were several notable differences at the newly renamed BayCare Ballpark because of the coronavirus pandemic, team officials said the precautions are a small price for fans to pay to be able to watch Major League Baseball under the warm Florida sun again.

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Following an offseason of uncertainty coming on the heels of a coronavirus-shortened 2020 spring training season, Major League Baseball announced the 2021 Grapefruit League season will begin Sunday, Feb. 28, with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies set to kick off the home portio…

CLEARWATER — When it comes to dealing with mental health-related calls, Police Chief Dan Slaughter says officers are outgunned. They lack the resources, time, and training needed to offer long-term solutions to those suffering from mental illness, he told City Council members Jan. 19.

SAFETY HARBOR — When the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce took over the city’s annual Seafood Festival three years ago, officials merged the popular, long-running food fest with a juried art show.

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CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater announced Jan. 5 that it was canceling the annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival because of the “current health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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CLEARWATER — When Major League Baseball officials announced in October 2019 the league was planning a restructuring of the Minor League Baseball system, a process that would include the elimination of more than 40 affiliates, minor league franchise owners around the country waited and wonder…

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Larry Bowa has a well-deserved reputation of having a fiery personality, as a player, coach and manager. Who could blame him for having an attitude like that? After all, he never made his high school baseball team, went undrafted after two terrific all-conference years at a junior college, a…

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CLEARWATER — In recent months, city leaders’ frustrations about downtown property owners with no apparent plans for their vacant properties began to mount. So much so, that in September they wondered what legal options the city could take to force those owners to take action.

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CLEARWATER — A developer is hoping to transform a 3.5-acre piece of vacant property into a $38.4 million complex that officials say “fulfills a dream” to help provide much-needed housing for the downtown core.

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“Is there a way for us to contact each and every one of those new property owners and just flat-out ask, ‘What is your plan for that property, and if you have any plan is there anything we can do to help you?’” Council member Hoyt Hamilton asked city staff. “And if all we get is, ‘Well, I don’t really know what I want to do with it,’ then I want to ask the question, then why the hell did you buy it?”

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