They came with hats in hand and talking points at the ready, a line of 60-plus activists hoping the 2020 Florida Legislature will keep them in mind when it comes to doling out state dollars or revisiting the statute books. The annual pre-session meeting of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation mixed big-picture issues with efforts important to local constituents.
LARGO — Pinellas County School Board unanimously approved millage rates and budgets for fiscal year 2019-2020 during a second and final public hearing on Sept. 10.
CLEARWATER — No one from the public commented during the first hearing Sept. 12 to approve Pinellas County’s tentative millage rates and budgets for fiscal year 2019-2020.
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.
LARGO — Creative Pinellas will host a ribbon cutting and celebration Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for the new mural at the Boot Ranch underpass in Palm Harbor along the planned Pinellas Trail extension.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton had prevoiusly announced the names of three new finalists for the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater president and CEO position.
CLEARWATER — Forward Pinellas is looking to the future as work continues to develop a long-range plan for transportation needs through the year 2045.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commission Chair Karen Seel presented the county’s Office of Management and Budget with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Sept. 12.
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 BEACH — In Pinellas County, the term “utilities” means drinking water, sewer and reclaimed water. All three of those are necessary for day-to-day living.
With hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas underway, numerous Pinellas County businesses, organizations and municipalities are stepping up to lend a hand.
One of the unfortunate byproducts of most any disaster is scam artists who try to take advantage of people’s generosity and desire to help others. Hurricane Dorian is no exception.
CLEARWATER — A section of the Duke Energy Trail in Clearwater will remain closed for at least two more months due to weather-related delays in transmission upgrade work within Duke’s easement.
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…
The Department of Health Pinellas County is urging residents with special needs to register now for special needs evacuation or shelter assistance.
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.
LARGO — Ninety-two percent of the 122 students placed in Pinellas County Schools Summer Career Acceleration Program completed it successfully.
Pinellas County’s Animal Services is considering a new “return-to-field program” to help reduce the feral cat population. Currently cats are not allowed to live outside or roam freely.
CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport’s (PIE) parking and roadway construction project is entering a new phase with additional affects to customers.
Pinellas County commissioners thanked staff for its work during a special meeting the morning of Aug. 31 where they unanimously declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s expected arrival in the state of Florida.
Pinellas County Schools’ students, as well as students at St. Petersburg College and University of South Florida got an extra day off for the Labor Day holiday, thanks to Hurricane Dorian.
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.
Hurricane Dorian was a Category 5 storm Sunday morning with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, making it the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas.
Although Pinellas County is no longer in the forecast cone for Hurricane Dorian, officials ask that residents and visitors remain vigilant and stay tuned to the weather.
Pinellas County declared a state of emergency about 9:15 a.m. Saturday, which gives the county administrator the authority to waive purchasing requirements and order evacuations if necessary in advance of Hurricane Dorian.
Pinellas County officials say hurricane force winds, flooding and loss of power are a possibility as a major hurricane threatens the state of Florida. Residents are advised to plan accordingly.
As Floridians prepared for Hurricane Dorian, some deciding to forego their Labor Day plans, National Hurricane Center announced that the storm has slowed down. It is now forecast to make landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm Tuesday morning somewhere along the east coast.
Hurricane Dorian is continuing to strengthen as it moves on a track toward a likely landfall somewhere along the east coast of Florida.
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.
Labor Day plans may have to change for most Floridians due to Hurricane Dorian, according to the latest news from the National Hurricane Center.
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.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri doesn’t necessarily like the idea of arming schoolteachers; however, he firmly believes one cop on campus won’t be enough to prevent harm in an active shooter situation.
CLEARWATER — As long as the weather holds and red tide stays away, as well as anything else that might cause visitors to cancel their trips, Pinellas County stands poised to collect a record-breaking $60 million in tourist development taxes this fiscal year.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 20 to authorize late payments for beach communities that have not yet completed projects that are part of a Gulf Boulevard Improvement program.
Pinellas County Solid Waste received approval to increase the disposal rate for municipal solid waste, commercial and yard waste by an average of 6%, beginning Oct. 1. The County Commission approved the increase at its March 12 meeting.
Residents in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay might want to keep a closer eye on the weather through at least Labor Day as Tropical Storm Dorian is likely to have an effect on holiday plans.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County commissioners are upset about the latest bout of mass shootings. During the Aug. 6 meeting, many voiced their displeasure with the lack of action by state and federal elected officials to address the issues. Commission Chair Karen Seel volunteered to draft a lett…
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County commissioners gave unanimous approval Aug. 6 to a resolution adopting a “Health in All Policies” approach to decision making.
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.
The deadline to apply for two appointments to the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has been extended to Friday, Aug. 30. These are volunteer positions and there is no compensation.