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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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…

Former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard is now the next mayor of Clearwater after beating his closest rival, Elizabeth Drayer, 13,030 to 5,603 in early tallies. Mark Bunker and Kathleen Beckman also scored victories in a contest that included 13 candidates.

CLEARWATER — The City Council may declare a state of emergency at its Wednesday, March 18, special meeting, which could give the city manager emergency powers to close the beaches and make other decisions to reduce the expected spread of COVID-19.

CLEARWATER — March 17 is not only St. Patrick’s Day. It is also Florida’s Presidential Preference Day, when the political parties vote for the candidate of their choice. In Clearwater, voters will choose a new mayor and two city council members in citywide voting. Polls open at 7 a.m. and cl…

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter was a little miffed. It was August 2019 and one of his officers had received a letter from her homeowners association threatening hundreds of dollars in fines if she continued to park her marked Police Interceptor in her own driveway.

CLEARWATER — Workers broke ground on the renovation of Crest Lake Park on Feb. 21, the morning after the City Council approved a $5.788 million construction contract with Wharton-Smith Inc., the company that will oversee the work.

CLEARWATER — Firefighter paramedics (fire medics for short) arrive on firetrucks. When they jump off at a scene, they not only fight fires, they extract victims from burning structures and other dangerous situations. Then they administer emergency medical care until an ambulance arrives.

CLEARWATER — Chief Petty Officer William Meyers, a hospital corpsman originally from Clearwater, is responsible for providing medical care for the 72 sailors aboard USS Freedom, which has its home port in San Diego.

CLEARWATER — The mayoral candidate forum at the Main Library started with a good-natured warning from former Bay News 9 Anchor Al Ruechel, who moderated the forum: Anyone in the audience who clapped, voiced approval or made other demonstrative noise would be escorted out of the room.

CLEARWATER – Westfield Countryside announced Feb. 19 that The Cheesecake Factory will join the retail center and plans to open in the fall. It will be located off Countryside Boulevard in between JCPenney and Macy’s, and will be the first in Pinellas County.

CLEARWATER — HEAVENDROPt, the Largo nonprofit that refashions military parachutes into purses, neckties, pet bandanas and other items to raise money for disabled veterans, is holding its annual awards banquet.

CLEARWATER — Here are two snippets from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce’s Jan. 23 economic forecast breakfast: Only 56 percent of Pinellas County third graders read at grade level. By 2030, 31.4 percent of the county’s population will be 65 and older.

CLEARWATER — The city’s residents will mark the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 with a prayer breakfast and a day of activities recognizing the extraordinary civil rights leader. King was born on Jan. 15, but the nation celebrates his life on Jan. 20, which is a feder…

A Clearwater company recently won a contract to help build Orion, the space capsule that one day will carry astronauts to the moon and beyond. Honeywell Aerospace, on Ulmerton Road, will develop and install a variety of technologies on the Orion project, including navigation systems, displays, controls and flight software for the capsule.