With little discussion, Pinellas County commissioners gave unanimous approval June 18 to the sale of property at 11323 74th Ave. N. in Seminole to Chouinard Builders LLC. The 1.25-acre site was once home to the Seminole water tower, which stood on the land for more than 60 years.
Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.9% in May, a slight increase from 2.8% reported in April, but still down from 3.2% in May last year, according to a June 21 report from the state Department of Economic Opportunity.
CLEARWATER — Allegiant announced on June 18 that two additional nonstop flights would be coming to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) starting in October.
LARGO — Keep Pinellas Beautiful, the local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate and nonprofit organization held its annual Awards Recognition Luncheon in Largo on June 13 to honor the organization’s top volunteers, partners and businesses for their efforts to keep Pinellas clean green and beautiful.
CLEARWATER — A number of fee increases are proposed as part of the fiscal year 2019-2020 Pinellas County budget. Staff presented a list of changes during a June 6 budget information session.
CLEARWATER — Drainage problems along Gulf Boulevard make conditions hazardous for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently working on a drainage project to help alleviate some of the problems.
CLEARWATER — Forward Pinellas Executive Director Whit Blanton will receive a 3% pay raise, the same as other county employees, and he will get a boost to his travel budget, starting July 1.
SAFETY HARBOR — University of South Florida archaeologists are searching for the buried remnants of one of Tampa Bay’s most historic landmarks, the native town of Tocobaga.
ST. PETERSBURG — Girl Scout Troop 1713’s “take action” project resulted in a facelift for the outdoor smoking area at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg.
TARPON SPRINGS — Brooker Creek Preserve partially reopened to the public June 10 after being closed for nearly a week due to a wildfire. However, visitors can only hike on the Ed Center Trail and Bird Path. Trails affected by the wildfire are not accessible and will remain blocked off until …
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and “watch the weather, wait to water.”
PINELLAS PARK — The federal government has awarded the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council two grants to fund projects that will help the council work with local governments and citizens to make the area better able to withstand storms and sea level rise.
CLEARWATER — The Water Research Foundation announced June 10 that it has awarded Tampa Bay Water its 2019 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research. The award was presented during the Foundation’s annual Subscriber Appreciation and Awards Breakfast at ACE19 in Denver, Colorado.
ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is moving quickly to provide better protection for its bus operators in the wake of the deadly May 18 stabbing of a HART driver in Tampa.
CLEARWATER — As usual, budget needs far exceed expected revenue. Despite a rebound in taxable values, Pinellas County Commissioners have some difficult decisions ahead.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioners gave unanimous approval June 4 to a contract agreement for the courts consolidation project at the county Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N., Clearwater.
Pinellas County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty released the 2019 estimates of taxable values June 1. Increases are evident in every category except tangible personal property.
LARGO — Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce Stephen Palladino has been selected as the first mural artist for the new Community Enrichment Mural Program in partnership with Pinellas County. The new mural opportunity for Pinellas County artists, was designed to expand the vibrancy, excit…
County property owners have until July 31 to contest proposed changes in Pinellas County’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps with updated scientific and technical data.
CLEARWATER — Sixty-eight veterans will depart St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport June 11 for the 36th Honor Flight on an Allegiant charter for a day-long visit to Washington D.C. and the war memorials.
ST. PETERSBURG — Last on a list of capital projects not funded in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s five-year spending plan is operator safety initiatives.
ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Pete Beach Commission met May 14, the goal had been to approve an agreement between the city and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority for a proposed bus rapid transit project, which would link downtown St. Petersburg with the beaches.
Residents and landscapers are reminded that Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance prohibits the sale or application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous between June 1 and Sept. 30.
CLEARWATER — Most Pinellas County Utilities’ customers won’t notice a change in the cost of water on their bills after Oct. 1. But those with larger meter sizes will.
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is releasing a modified Florida driver license and ID card with enhanced security features to customers. Modifications include the removal of the magnetic strip on the back of the credential, the addition of a tactile …
PINELLAS PARK — Representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco counties, sponsors and elected officials gathered June 3 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 75-lot affordable housing project in Pinellas Park.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s budget request for fiscal year 2019-2020 is more than $3.4 million over the target given to him by the county’s Office of Management and Budget.
CLEARWATER — The U.S. Department of Labor released a 52-page report May 15 detailing its review of two local workforce areas, pointing to more than $17.6 million in questioned costs.
Congressman Charlie Crist announced on May 22 that a $100,000 grant had been awarded to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority from the Department of Transportation Access and Mobility Partnership Grants Program to improve transportation and mobility in Bay Pines.
PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor residents and business owners are invited to learn more about how new proposals in the downtown master plan will help protect their community’s unique character at an open house exhibit being held in May and June.
County, city and agency partners that make up the Wastewater/Stormwater Partnership met May 23 to present updates regarding the progress and outcomes of projects to improve the resilience of the county’s wastewater and stormwater systems.
Travelers should plan to leave early or after dusk to beat the Memorial Day holiday traffic. AAA predicts the second-highest travel volume on record will occur this year with 37.6 million Americans planning to take a trip — the most since 2005.
CLEARWATER — Community outreach is a big part of Advantage Pinellas — Forward Pinellas’s new Long Range Transportation Plan that links land use and economic development strategies with major transportation investments.
CLEARWATER — May 19-25 is Emergency Medical Services Week, and in advance of the annual event, Pinellas County Commissioners took time to thank the 1,900 EMS personnel in the county’s system.
CLEARWATER — Five applications have been received asking for funding from the Tourist Development Tax Capital Project Funding Program this year.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioners said yes May 7 to a request from the Seminole Jr. Warhawks Athletic Association for $17,495 from the Municipal Services Taxing Unit funds.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton named the three finalists for the job of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater president and CEO May 7, following a nationwide recruitment led by Searchwide Global.
LEALMAN — Residents of the Lealman community can help shape the future design by providing input about a new redevelopment code to Pinellas County Staff at the Lealman Exchange this month.
LARGO — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the creation of a new collaborative program May 6 intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies that limit cooperation with the agency.
LEALMAN — Residents of the Lealman community will have an opportunity to give input on making Raymond H. Neri Community Park a place everyone can enjoy. A public meeting discussing the development of the park’s master plan will be held Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lealman Exchang…
Applications are being accepted for two appointments to the CareerSource Pinellas Audit Committee for two-year terms. It is preferred that applicants have an accounting, finance and/or business background. These are volunteer positions.
ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County is changing. It’s becoming more diverse. To prosper and succeed, the county must overcome racial discrimination and invest in its communities of color.