EAST LAKE – In years past, Friday night’s game between East Lake and Gaither wouldn’t really mean all that much.
Michael Meidel, Pinellas County’s director of economic development, told attendees of the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jan. 14 Board of Directors installation “that the (economic) state of the county is strong.”
CLEARWATER — In a move being touted as a win-win for everyone, Pinellas County commissioners agreed unanimously Jan. 14 to purchase the former Baypointe Golf Course at 9399 Commodore Drive in Seminole.
CLEARWATER — January is National Mentoring Month. Pinellas County commissioners marked the occasion Jan. 14 by reading a proclamation and hearing a presentation on a partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.
Pinellas County Government is requesting that providers of architectural services consider responding with proposals to provide professional architectural services to design the new Tampa Bay Innovation Center Incubator located in St. Petersburg.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed an initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within the next decade.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Pinellas County $5.58 million to reimburse the cost of debris removal following Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Enrollment applications are now available for the 2020 Sunstar FirstCare membership. The membership plan provides financial help for individual patients or families on out-of pocket expenses for ambulance transportation.
The Homeless Leadership Board and United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/Suncoast Inc. are announcing that cold weather shelters in Pinellas County will be open on Jan. 20 and 21.
People around the state, nation and the world are working toward achieving Vision Zero, which is a goal to create safer roadways and prevent fatality and serious injury crashes. Forward Pinellas Board members recently heard the latest about work being done in the county toward making that goal a reality.
Although former Pinellas County commissioner and state representative John Morroni no longer walks among us, his memory lives on — thanks to his legacy foundation.
Pinellas County has teamed with Duke Energy Florida to open eight electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations across the county. All but one is available to the public at no charge for electricity.
LARGO — The Sheriff's new Community Connection program provides citizens an opportunity to meet for lunch each month with Pinellas County Sheriff's Office personnel.
LARGO — Creative Pinellas announces the return of its Professional Artist Grant, designed to support and sustain the county’s creative community and enhance the county as an arts and cultural destination.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Dec. 31 that more than $79 million would be awarded through the Family Self-Sufficiency program to selected public housing agencies across the nation.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to “Skip a Week” or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February.
Most people are likely aware that 2020 is a presidential election year, but that’s not the only race they’ll see on the ballot when they head to the polls for primary and general elections.
CLEARWATER — Members of the Tourist Development Council provided a warm welcome to new Visit St. Pete/Clearwater president and CEO Steve Hayes at the Dec. 18 meeting.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commission approved an ordinance amendment Dec. 10 that increases maximum towing rates, mileage rates and administrative fees. It also applies to storage and labor fees for some vehicle classes.
TALLAHASSEE — January is Move Over month and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all motorists to move over for emergency and service vehicles stopped along the roadway.
Couples wanting to make the most romantic day of the year extra special, with a wedding or vow renewal, are encouraged to register for the Pinellas Clerk’s 14th Annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Ceremony.
ST. PETERSBURG — For the 11th consecutive year, the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas has received a monitoring report with no findings from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. AAAPP is the only Area Agency on Aging in the state of Florida to have more than three consecutive years …
Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 2.6%, which is down from 2.7% in October and 3% in November 2018, according to a report released Dec. 20 by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County commissioners gave unanimous approval Dec. 10 to guidelines developed by a joint review committee for spending Penny for Pinellas money on economic development of capital projects and housing.
The Florida Legislature gathers in Tallahassee this month for its annual 60-day session, with lawmakers technically having just one constitutional duty — to pass a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. As Florida’s 120 representatives and 40 senators, including the seven representatives and three senators that make up the Pinellas legislative delegation, prepare for the Jan. 14 gavel, here are some issues to pay attention to.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioners said yes Dec. 10 to implementing a new program that would provide vital information to first responders when a person is involved in a vehicle crash and unable to communicate.
As the year draws to a close, Tampa Bay Newspapers is taking one final look at 2019, which was filled with triumph, tragedy, controversy, new beginnings and fresh faces. So, catch up on the past year as we turn the page on 2019.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County commissioners agreed unanimously Dec. 10 to deny without prejudice a request for a future land map amendment and zoning atlas amendment that would have allowed for the expansion of a RV park on the north bank of the Anclote River in unincorporated Tarpon Springs.
If you haven’t gotten around to getting your annual flu vaccination, you still have time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend influenza vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating.
LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members unanimously approved on second reading Dec. 10 a new policy on medical marijuana use by qualified students while on campus.
Many citizens apply for their passports at the Pinellas County Clerk’s office throughout the year. However, finding the time to make it into the office during regular business hours may be difficult.
Ways to reduce road congestion include improving traffic light coordination along major corridors, intersection improvements and use of technology to improve safe traffic flow. The problem continues to be cost. To implement the basic plan, the county would need more than $906 million over 10 years to pay for capital costs plus annual operations and maintenance.
Florida Department of Transportation held public hearings Nov. 21 to allow comments on proposed median changes on Alt. U.S. 19, aka State Road 595/Seminole Boulevard, from north of 101st Avenue North to East Bay Drive in Seminole and Largo.
Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 28-Sept. 9.
PINELLAS PARK — The Pinellas Park office of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is 31-years old and the building needs major renovations.
CLEARWATER — In 2019, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s Film Commission issued 250 permits, the highest number ever, according to a report presented to the Tourist Development Council on Nov. 20.
The 2019 hurricane season is over. The above-average season with 18 named storms and six hurricanes including three major storms, Category 3, 4 or 5, ended Nov. 30.
LARGO — Pinellas County School Board unanimously approved agreements with most of its employees’ associations and one union Nov. 12, resulting in pay raises for everyone.
Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 2.6%, down slightly from 2.7% in September and 3% in October 2018, according to the latest report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Motor vehicle crashes are continuing to rise, as are fatalities, according to a report presented to the Forward Pinellas Board recently. According to the report, 29,656 motor vehicle crashes were reported in Pinellas during 2018, resulting in 119 fatalities and 4,229 injuries.
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County will soon begin construction on the next phase of a safety and roadway improvement project on Sunset Point Road in Clearwater, and a new closure and detour will be put in place.