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SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor City Manager Matt Spoor was recognized during a recent City Commission meeting for receiving a pair of awards from statewide organizations.

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CLEARWATER — When City Council member Mark Bunker ran for office last year on a platform of standing up to the Church of Scientology, he said he didn’t expect support, or donations, from the business community and unions.

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Clearwater High School seniors took the next step of their academic career June 4 after commencement ceremonies took place at BayCare Ballpark.

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CLEARWATER — This time last year, Clearwater finance officials were planning for the worst. The pandemic was raging, businesses were closing, and tourists were scarce. They said there was the potential for a $9 million shortfall in general fund revenues and the city would need a significant …

CLEARWATER — City officials on May 20 postponed the long-anticipated groundbreaking of the estimated $64 million transformation of the downtown waterfront in light of soaring costs of building materials and the uncertainty that brings to one of the city’s largest infrastructure projects.

CLEARWATER — On a recent Sunday afternoon, Hoyt Hamilton thought he was walking out of Publix with a winning Florida Lottery ticket along with the hot dog buns he picked up for lunch.

The cities of Clearwater and Largo will once again light up the skies for the Fourth of July this year after elected officials gave their respective staffs the green light to plan shows.

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CLEARWATER — Up until May 6, city leaders didn’t know that Clearwater is the largest municipality in Pinellas County not to allow urban chickens. The next largest is St. Pete Beach, with a population of just under 10,000 residents — about 100,000 fewer than Clearwater.

CLEARWATER — A $38.4 million project that city officials say would bring much-needed housing to downtown and support nearby Cleveland Street businesses appeared to be on the fast track after city leaders got a first glimpse of the development in October.

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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…

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