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OLDSMAR — When Oldsmar officials on May 31 received an offer letter from Grady Pridgen, president of Pridgen Development and the owner of the Oldsmar Flea Market, expressing his desire to purchase a 6.2-acre city-owned lot on St. Petersburg Drive for $4.8 million, the City Council agreed to …

A 74-year-old Tampa Bay Downs trainer died Sunday of septic shock after a small cut got infected by bacteria in the waters of an Oldsmar beach, according to a statement Monday from the racetrack.

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OLDSMAR — First, there was regular tourism, featuring activities and locations centered on sports, leisure and adventure. Then came ecotourism, or tourism directed toward the natural environment, such as the zipline aerial adventure park at Mobbly Bayou Preserve.

SAFETY HARBOR — A record crowd packed the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa’s banquet hall on Dec. 3 as the popular Mayors’ Breakfast, a long-running event featuring the mayors of Safety Harbor and Oldsmar pouring coffee for charity, returned following a COVID cancellation in 2020.

Dozens of residents attended a recent Oldsmar City Council meeting demanding to be included in the downtown development plans

OLDSMAR — On Saturday, June 26, Sharon Edwards and her small army of volunteers delivered thousands of pounds of food, dozens of pairs of socks, several boxes of toiletries and other supplies, plus hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards, to Oldsmar Cares. The effort was the result of the monthlong Project POP Drop donation drive to benefit the nonprofit food pantry.

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OLDSMAR — When Oldsmar’s Ordinance Review Committee conducted a review of city code with the purpose of streamlining language and bringing items up to date, it recommended giving pay raises to the five city council members, including the mayor, something that hadn’t been done since 2006.

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OLDSMAR — The Oldsmar Town Center project has undergone so many incarnations and iterations over the past decade-plus that, at this point, it feels like the only thing that’s been running longer is “60 Minutes.”

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OLDSMAR — With two candidates vying for a single council seat, Oldsmar’s 2021 municipal election didn’t boast the juice of a mayoral race or the buzz generated by a multi-seat, multi-candidate showdown. 

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OLDSMAR — One of the best ways to get to know candidates vying for local office is through candidate forums. Unfortunately, many municipalities decided to forgo the traditional meet-and-greets this year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

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Lingering structural defects with the packed-earth track forced officials to decide whether to abandon the $2.3 million facility or rebuild it. The Oldsmar City Council agreed last month it was more important to keep it.

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A lot has transpired in the country and the world since the Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003. One thing hasn’t changed since the team’s last title — the attitude of the Bucs’ loyal fan base.

OLDSMAR — Prior to being elected in March 2019, Oldsmar Mayor Eric Seidel said the development of the downtown district was his top priority. When the City Council agreed to allow a local developer to build a boutique hotel, complete with rooftop bar and parking garage, on a portion of the 1…

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OLDSMAR — City officials recently unveiled Oldsmar’s latest public art project on Dec. 8, as Mayor Eric Seidel led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Taking Flight,” a sculpture featuring 12-foot-tall stainless-steel wings and a base comprised of used Oldsmobile parts in homage to the city’s f…

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OLDSMAR — Determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic crush the holiday spirit, Oldsmar officials kicked off the 2020 holiday season with a virtual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 1.

OLDSMAR — Post 12186, the first Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Oldsmar’s 104-year history, has been on a fast track to success ever since it was established by Cmdr. Dave Bear in spring 2019.

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Each year, hundreds of spectators pack Bay Pines National Cemetery, Largo Central Park or Veteran’s Memorial Park in Oldsmar for annual Memorial Day ceremonies to honor America’s fallen soldiers.

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OLDSMAR – One day before the Pinellas County municipal elections, the Oldsmar City Council convened for an emergency meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and declare a state of emergency in the city.

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OLDSMAR — It’s roughly one year into Eric Seidel’s term as mayor, and his campaign pledge to get the long-awaited development of the downtown district off the ground is quickly taking shape.

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OLDSMAR — On Jan. 14, three candidates vying for Oldsmar City Council Seat 3 in the March 17 special election were scheduled to participate in a candidate forum hosted by the Pinellas County League of Women Voters.

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