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ST. PETERSBURG — Eight of 15 Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the tentative millage rate and budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 during a first public hearing on Sept. 11.

The eight named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is no longer expected to be a threat to Florida or any U.S. coastal area. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Humberto will remain east of the United States.

National Hurricane Center’s forecast map no longer shows Pinellas County or Tampa Bay in the “cone” for potential tropical cyclone nine. NHC now says the system, which is still forecast to become Tropical Storm Humberto, will follow a path close to the east coast of Florida much the same as …

The National Hurricane Center says a tropical cyclone is expected to form near the northwestern Bahamas, which will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Humberto by Saturday morning as it moves toward the east coast of Florida.

CLEARWATER — Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, chair of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, has scheduled the first regular public hearing of the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session on Sept. 12, 9:00 a.m.-noon, in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus, 2465 …

The method of water treatment for Pinellas County and its wholesale customers will be temporarily modified between Monday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 12. The second of two short-term changes from chloramine to chlorine disinfection in 2019 is a routine maintenance measure designed to optim…

LARGO — Creative Pinellas, the county’s local arts agency, announces the return of the Emerging Artist Grant, designed to assist artists establishing an upward trajectory in their career with the tools to make the leap to their next step as professional artists.

Schools, as well as the courts and tax collector’s office remain closed Tuesday, but most things were business as usual in Pinellas as the east coast continues to wait and see what Hurricane Dorian will do.

Uncertainty still surrounds the long-range forecast for Hurricane Dorian, as people across Florida prepare for the unknown. National Hurricane Center still says a dangerous Category 4 hurricane could make landfall on the east coast of Florida sometime on Labor Day.

Hurricane Dorian is gathering it strength and National Hurricane Center says it will become a major hurricane on Friday. It will likely make landfall along the east coast of Florida as a Category 3 sometime on Labor Day.

National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory shows Tropical Storm Dorian strengthening into a major hurricane by Sunday morning. “All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near the Florida or southeastern coast of the United States,” NHC says in its discussion notes.

Tropical Storm Dorian is becoming better organized as it makes its way toward the Virgin Islands or eastern portion of Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, Dorian’s final destination remains uncertain, but is likely to be the east coast of Florida, north of Orlando, early Monday morning.

Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly to 3.1% in July compared to 3.2% the month before, according to the report released Aug. 16 by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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