Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

CLEARWATER — The former Pepin Academies executive director who died in a watercraft and boat collision on Sept. 23 had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes someone is impaired, a toxicology report showed. Just befo...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Not a shelter, not a food pantry, but a refuge for the homeless

Not a shelter, not a food pantry, but a refuge for the homeless

CLEARWATER — As the sun rose Sunday morning, they woke up on somebody’s couch, in bushes by the waterfront, on a bench in a park.Some walked, others hitched a ride, to the little church just outside of downtown. They smoked cigarettes on plastic chai...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes

Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes

CLEARWATER — Authorities are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes.From Nov. 3 to 7, the men went to half a dozen apartment complexes, affecting about 40 people, according ...
Published: 11/16/17
After a vitriolic trial year, Dunedin City Commission to decide fate of paid parking next month

After a vitriolic trial year, Dunedin City Commission to decide fate of paid parking next month

DUNEDIN — It has been, without question, the most contentious issue to consume the city in decades, bringing residents out in droves to public meetings and pitting neighbor against neighbor. At a recent town hall meeting to discuss the yearlong trial...
Published: 11/16/17
Hometown North Pinellas

Hometown North Pinellas

Episcopal Church of the Ascension donates for Pack-A-Sack programThe Episcopal Church of the Ascension donated more than $2,600 to pay for milk in the Pack-A-Sack program run by the First United Methodist Clearwater. An earlier grant for milk had exp...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Hometown North Pinellas

Hometown North Pinellas

BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement AwardThe Florida Hospital Association recently presented BayCare with a Community Benefit Achievement for its Medical Respite Program. The Community Benefit Achievement Award recognizes hospitals that ha...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Clearwater sewer work will cause some inconvenience

CLEARWATER — A sewer pipe improvement project is under way across Clearwater and could cause disturbances such as noise from pumps, a resin odor, and construction equipment on streets.Work in each area will last 24 to 72 hours. Once the work begins, ...
Published: 11/09/17

Clearwater Downtown Development Board member resigns after sexual battery charge

CLEARWATER — Tony’s Pizza owner Bledar Starova resigned from the Downtown Development Board on Oct. 24, the day after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery.The 19-year-old victim told police Starova gave her wine and tequila at his Clevelan...
Published: 11/09/17
Clearwater gives raises to top officials

Clearwater gives raises to top officials

CLEARWATER — The City Council approved 3 percent raises for City Manager Bill Horne and City Attorney Pam Akin following their favorable evaluations. The raises passed 4-1 with Mayor George Cretekos voting no, saying he was opposed to giving anything...
Published: 11/09/17
Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays finalize 25-year deal

Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays finalize 25-year deal

DUNEDIN — After two years of discussions, the city has locked in the Toronto Blue Jays to play another 25 years in the city, signing a new licensing agreement with the team last week. The contract had to be finalized before the city could secure fund...
Published: 11/09/17