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.
CLEARWATER — COVID-19 continues to ravage the local tourism industry this year, recently claiming two signature events in Clearwater.
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.”
CLEARWATER — The city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency is commissioning artists to help bring vacant storefronts in downtown Clearwater to life throughout 2021 with new "wearable art" exhibits showcasing the work of local artists.
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…
CLEARWATER — In an effort to keep the redevelopment of Coachman Park within budget, city leaders decided Dec. 3 to abandon $6.42 million in renovations to the Main Library.
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…
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.
CLEARWATER — For the past year, city staff and the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition have been laying the groundwork for what they hope will be a prosperous future for the struggling North Greenwood area.
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.
CLEARWATER — The word closed is typically not a good one for businesses. But for the merchants along the 400 and 500 blocks of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, it’s been the magic word.
CLEARWATER — The groundbreaking on the first portion of the long-awaited Imagine Clearwater project is going to have to wait a little bit longer.
With cooler temperatures heading to Tampa Bay, what better way to spend the weekend than to head to Clearwater and check out its reinvented chalk festival? The festival will span five weeks, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, with different businesses and artists showcased each week.
“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?”
CLEARWATER — In a discussion about the future of three city-owned sites critical to the success of the $64 million Imagine Clearwater redevelopment project, city leaders all but shut the door on a museum proposal backed by a prominent Scientologist, but also opened the door to a potential la…
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater City Council let the Pinellas County Commission know Sept. 17 that it has its back on the mandate requiring face masks in indoor places.
CLEARWATER — It won’t be long before the public gets its chance to weigh in on the future of one of the county’s most dangerous intersections at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.
CLEARWATER — There was little discussion Sept. 3 when the City Council voted to approve the fiscal year 2021 budget and keep the property tax rate unchanged.
CLEARWATER — The long-discussed Imagine Clearwater redevelopment plan took a big step toward finally becoming a reality Sept. 3 when the City Council paved the way for something residents have been awaiting for years: construction.
CLEARWATER — When the city in May closed two blocks of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, it was meant to be a lifeline for businesses struggling to survive the pandemic.
CLEARWATER — Moss Construction recently announced that it has been awarded a contract for the first phase of construction of the J.W. Marriott Clearwater Beach and has already begun the deep foundations.
LARGO — Sustainability officials for the cities of Largo and Clearwater say they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty to protect the environment. And they say residents shouldn’t be either.
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Police Department has added a new tool in its longstanding battle to crack down on derelict vessels that some residents say are eyesores tainting the city’s beautiful vistas.
LARGO — Relief could be on the way for residents of Largo and Clearwater who are facing hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.