St. Petersburg Looks to Lease Manhattan Casino

A walk-through is scheduled Friday (Oct. 28). City officials want a restaurant in the location. ST. PETERSBURG – As the More »

Motorcyclist Dies in Hillsborough Crash

He was thrown from his bike, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Ruskin man died Tuesday (Oct. More »

For Something Really Scary, Try Boyd Hill Nature Park

The Field of Screams has been voted the No. 1 scare in Tampa Bay. ST. PETERSBURG – Teens and adults More »

Get Funky and Spooky in Downtown Clearwater

The city’s second Downtown Funk festival includes a costume beer crawl to get folks in the Halloween spirit. CLEARWATER – More »

Voting Early in Hernando? Be Sure to Take a Selfie

Hernando County has four early voting sites – two with “selfie stations.” HERNANDO COUNTY – Voters in this county will More »

Early Voting Starts Monday in Hillsborough

There are 16 early voting sites in Hillsborough County. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Voters here can cast their ballots in person More »

St. Pete Considers Changing Its Noise Rules

City officials want to hear how St. Petersburg residents feel about noise in the city. ST. PETERSBURG – As this More »

Early Voting Begins Monday in Pinellas

Remote ballot drop-off locations will also be available starting Monday (Oct. 24). PINELLAS COUNTY – Early voting and remote mail More »

Clearwater Fire Paramedic to Race in Today’s Box Car Rally

The vehicle is built to resemble a fire engine. CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department will be among More »

New Hernando Sewer Plant Comes on Line

The Airport Water Reclamation Facility expansion came in more than $700,000 under budget, Hernando County officials say. HERNANDO COUNTY – More »

St. Pete Police Wolf Pack Targets Impaired Drivers

The St. Petersburg Police Department will conduct a DUI wolf pack this weekend. ST. PETERSBURG – Officers will conduct a More »

Registration Still Open for East Lake Fire 5K

East Lake Fire Rescue’s third annual 5K run on Saturday (Oct. 22) will benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation, Joshua House More »

Pinellas Waives Adoption Fees for Large Dogs

The shelter is temporarily waiving fees because it is overflowing with dogs. PINELLAS COUNTY – Adoption fees for large breed More »

Traffic Signal Boxes, Art and a Bike Ride in Clearwater

Celebrate the latest public art project in Clearwater – traffic signal boxes wrapped in creative art work – with a More »

Pinellas Sewer Task Force to Meet

The task force is designed to get the county, city and private stakeholders together to come up with a unified More »

East Lake Middle School Student’s Art Chosen for Tallahassee

Paint | Art | Artist

Her artwork will be displayed in the state Capitol.

EAST LAKE -Artwork by East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering student Emma Smith was chosen for the Pinellas County Schools Art in the Capitol Competition Award.

Her art is titled “The Girl That Draws in Class.”  The Art in the Capitol Competition is an annual statewide visual arts competition for public, private and home education students in grades 6-8.

Pinellas County Schools and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center recently held the Taking Shape Grades 6-8 art exhibition. The Art in the Capitol Award was selected by judges at this annual exhibition. Her artwork is on display at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., through Dec. 16.

Her award winning artwork will be sent to Tallahassee for display in the the Capitol Building from March 7-May 5.

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BRAIN CANDY LIVE! Coming to the Mahaffey

Ideas| Thoughts | Brain Candy

Tickets go on sale Friday (Oct. 28) for BRAIN CANDY LIVE! starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens.

ST. PETERSBURG – Ask yourself:

  • “Is it possible to 3D print a human – live onstage?”
  • “Can you slow down the effects of gravity with something we throw away every day?”
  • “What happens if everyone on earth jumps in the air at exactly the same time?”

Discover all this and more as Adam Savage and Michael Stevens answer questions, question answers and talk Mother Nature into doing some things she’s never done before during the BRAIN CANDY LIVE! show coming to the Mahaffey at 7:30 p.m. March 15. Savage is editor-in-chief of and former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters. Stevens is the creator of the award-winning YouTube Channel Vsauce.

BRAIN CANDY LIVE! is an outrageous evening of entertainment from two of the most amazing minds of our times. Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars. Together, the two are bringing along more than three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s been described as “A cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.”

Savage and Stevens can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun for audiences to join in and get their minds messy. The BRAIN CANDY LIVE! experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Tickets, $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Oct. 28). Tickets may be purchased online at, charged by phone at (727) 893.7832 or in person at the Mahaffey Theater box office, 400 First St. S. The Mahaffey box office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.

A limited number of VIP meet & greet tickets are available for $125. The meet & greet ticket includes a post-performance meet and greet and photo opportunity with Savage and Stevens, a signed 8×10 photo and a commemorative laminate. A separate show ticket must also be purchased to attend the meet & greet.

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St. Petersburg Looks to Lease Manhattan Casino

Lease | Real Estate | Business

A walk-through is scheduled Friday (Oct. 28). City officials want a restaurant in the location.

ST. PETERSBURG – As the city moves forward with its ongoing investment in south St. Petersburg, the preservation and full use of significant landmarks such as the historic, restored Manhattan Casino are important to the entire community.

During this interim period while the city seeks a restaurant to fill the void left by Sylvia’s closing, the city has the opportunity to use the second floor space. In order to honor the Manhattan Casino’s rich, vibrant history and ensure it remains a lively gathering space, the city of St. Petersburg will soon be accepting private event reservations.

In addition, the city invites developers, end-users and interested parties to submit a plan to lease and operate a restaurant and event venue or catering business at the Manhattan Casino, located at 642 22nd Street South. The real estate department will consider reasonable supporting uses or alternatives uses for retail use under a lease agreement with the city.

The 1.34-acre site, 642 22nd St. S, features more than 15,000 square feet and 70 parking spaces. The two-story main building contains approximately 12,000 square feet, including 6,000 square feet on the first floor, consisting of a built-out restaurant. The second floor consists of about 5,700 square feet including a completely renovated event space with staging kitchen and bar, as well as additional storage. Adjacent to the main building, a 3,600-square foot ancillary building provides the entrance to the second floor and also houses elevator service and stairs, second floor restrooms, and additional office/storage space.

A walk-through of the premises will be held 10 a.m. Friday (Oct. 28). All prospective lessees are invited to attend.

Additional information and copies of the RFP are available online at under “Requests for Proposal / Solicitations.” The deadline to submit a proposal to lease and operate the historic facility, restaurant, event, catering space is 1 p.m. Nov. 21. Proposals must be submitted to: City of St. Petersburg, Real Estate and Property Management, Municipal Services Center, Ninth Floor, One Fourth S. N, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

For information on the Manhattan Casino Request for Proposal, contact David Dickerson, Real Estate & Property Management, (727) 893-7187. If interested in renting the facility for an event, contact Lauren Kleinfeld at (727) 892-5708 or

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Motorcyclist Dies in Hillsborough Crash

Crime Scene | Dead Body | Chalk Outline

He was thrown from his bike, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Ruskin man died Tuesday (Oct. 25) evening when he was thrown from his motorcycle during a traffic collision, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Douglas Collett, 25, died at the scene, deputies said.

The crash happened about 6:50 pm. Mr. Collett was driving a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Boyette Road at approximately 70 mph. deputies said. He drove in between two vehicles as he was approaching the intersection of Balm Riverview Road.

Alisha Rae Gaffney, 36, was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue westbound on Boyette Road attempting to turn left and travel south. Gaffney pulled into the path of the motorcycle and was struck on the passenger side of the Nissan, deputies said. Mr. Collett was thrown from his bike.

Deputies said Gaffney had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her mouth and admitted to having consumed alcohol. Gaffney agreed to a blood draw and may be charged based on the toxicology results. deputies said.

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USF Encourages Adults to Return to College

College Degree | College Diploma | Education

The university has joined a statewide program that targets adults who have earned some college credits but not a degree.

TAMPA – The University of South Florida has joined a statewide effort to help 2.8 million Florida residents return to college to complete their degrees online.

USF is partnering with Complete Florida, a legislatively funded initiative that eases the transition back to school for working adults with some college credit but no degree.

As part of the program, USF will offer five online bachelor’s degrees in general studies (BGS) with concentrations in criminal justice, information studies, information architecture, information technology, public administration and public health. USF chose these existing degree programs to offer Complete Florida students flexible online degrees in fields that serve Florida’s workforce needs.

To help ensure student success, the program pairs students with a Complete Florida coach, who provides free one-on-one support with everything from navigating admissions and applying for financial aid to registering for classes and ordering textbooks.

Through the new Complete Florida partnership, USF expects to welcome its first group of students for the 2017 spring semester. An estimated 50 – 100 students will enroll in the partnership’s first year, and the university aims to increase enrollment each year.

“Nearly every career field now requires a college degree for advancement, and we are excited to participate in this effort to drive degree completion in Florida,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “In partnership with Complete Florida, adults desiring to return to college now have a pathway to earn a USF degree, which will provide long-term benefits in their professional lives and help secure a better future for their families.”

USF established the BGS program in 2008, which allows students returning to school to tailor their degree to their career goals. Concentrations require 24 – 27 credits that include core courses, electives and a capstone. Students must have earned at least 60 credits to qualify for the BGS major.

The degrees from USF are among the more than 90 degrees and certificate programs offered through state colleges and universities as part of Complete Florida, founded by the legislature in 2013. The program is an initiative of the University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute.  Anyone interested in enrolling in the Complete Florida program should go to or call (855) 814-8240.

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For Something Really Scary, Try Boyd Hill Nature Park

Zombie | Halloween | Field of Screams

The Field of Screams has been voted the No. 1 scare in Tampa Bay.

ST. PETERSBURG – Teens and adults won’t want to miss the 11th Annual TASCO Field of Screams featuring “The Asylum!”

Year in and year out, TASCO’s Field of Screams is voted the No. 1 scare in Tampa Bay. This year’s event will be the largest and best of them all.

You will be challenged to escape the Asylum, navigate through the dark woods, survive the inmates, and flee to safety. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails, and intense scare zones.

Not suitable for young children; parental discretion is advised. For details, call (727) 892-5060.

The event runs 7 p.m. to midnight Friday (Oct. 28) through Monday (Oct. 31) at Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st. St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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Get Funky and Spooky in Downtown Clearwater

Halloween Party | Downtown Funk | Clearwater

The city’s second Downtown Funk festival includes a costume beer crawl to get folks in the Halloween spirit.

CLEARWATER – It is time to get in the Halloween spirit and Clearwater’s second annual Downtown Funk celebration will get you in that extra special spooky state with costume contests, horror makeup demonstrations and outdoor Escape Room adventures during the downtown block party that will also feature music, food and a beer crawl.

The Downtown Funk celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28) on the 600 block of Cleveland Street between Garden and East avenues.

The free event will feature costume contests for children and adults, pumpkin carving, trick or treat and horror makeup demonstrations featuring YouTube star Beauty by Brig. There will be music, outdoor Escape Room adventure games and a Downtown Clearwater dollar drop with coupons from the Downtown Clearwater merchants. The Downtown Funk celebration will feature food vendors and a costume beer crawl. To participate in the costume beer crawl, participants must purchase a $10 wristband at the information booth located at the corner of Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue.

The event is coordinated by the Cleveland Street Business Alliance and sponsored by the Clearwater Downtown Development Board. The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency is a co-sponsor of the event.

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SPC Open House Is Haunted

Haunted House | Halloween | Trick or Treat

St. Petersburg College is hosting a family-friendly Halloween open house Friday (Oct. 28).

ST. PETERSBURG – It’s nearing Halloween and ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be out in force at St. Petersburg College.

Last year more than 250 brave souls experienced a spooky, ghoul time at the St. Petersburg College Halloween Open House. This year’s third annual open house event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28) at the SPC Allstate Campus, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

Participants this year can expect a hauntingly good time. Each floor of the Allstate Center has Halloween activities for the entire family:

  • On the first floor, parents can bring their children for “safe” trick-or-treating. They’ll have the opportunity to trick-or-treat with a firefighter or police officer.
  • A haunted house will take place throughout the center’s entire second floor, featuring a jail cell, crime scene lab and courtroom!
  • Attendees will get to view the creative door decoration contest that takes place between students and staff.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about St. Petersburg College programs and local community vendors.

For information about how you can sponsor or participate, please contact Rebecca Sarver at (727) 341-4480, or go to

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USF Launches Enhanced Guaranteed Admission Program with HCC, Regional Florida Colleges

Education | University | College

Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College are piloting the program, which provides a path for students who earn an associate’s degree to transfer to the University of South Florida for a bachelor’s degree.

TAMPA BAY – The University of South Florida System and seven regional Florida colleges have launched FUSE, a new guaranteed admission program that creates a seamless and timely degree path for students to earn an associate degree before transferring to any of the USF System institutions for a bachelor’s degree.

FUSE offers guaranteed admission to the USF System and degree program of the student’s choosing. Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College are piloting the program, while the College of Central Florida, Pasco-Hernando State College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, and State College of Florida will be joining the program by fall 2017.

“As the largest transfer institution to the University of South Florida, HCC is especially excited that FUSE will provide our students with structured, fully articulated pathways to ensure that they remain on the right path through the completion of their Bachelor’s degree at USF,” Hillsborough Community College President Dr. Ken Atwater said.

With climbing employer demand for employees with higher education, the FUSE program will help the Tampa Bay region and surrounding areas meet this need by producing more graduates with Associate and Bachelor’s degrees.

“By 2020, 65 percent of Florida jobs will require a postsecondary degree or certificate, so we need to make sure students are getting the education and earning the degrees to fill those jobs,” said Laurie Meggesin, executive director, Florida College Access Network. “The FUSE program is another excellent step by USF in developing an employable workforce so critical to our state’s economy.”

Newly-released U.S. Census data shows that Florida has increased the percent of college-educated Floridians for the sixth year in a row with 39.9  percent of working-age adults holding an Associate degree or higher, but Florida still lags the national average of 40.9 percent.

“We are excited to offer students such a seamless transition from a regional Florida Community College System institution to USF,” said Ralph Wilcox, provost and senior vice president for the USF System. “FUSE students will come to us with their Associate degree, already familiar with an advisor, engaged in campus activities, and academically prepared for USF—I consider that a formula for Bachelor’s success! That’s a win for the student, USF, employers and the state of Florida.”

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Pinellas Park Kindergarten Teacher Nominated for National Award

Education | Teacher | School

She was nominated by the grandmother of one of her kindergarten pupils.

PINELLAS PARK -Pinellas Park Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kristen Lintz has been nominated for the 2016-17 National LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the United State’s best K-12 public and private school educators and employees who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Lintz was nominated by Margie Gast, whose grandson was in Lintz’s class.

Gast said that Lintz started her grandson off with a great example of learning and gave him a confident outlook on life. She cared personally about each of her students, Gast said, and was never too busy to interact with their families.
Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from throughout the U.S. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. There will also be an additional prize, the National Spirit Award, which is presented to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.
Winners will be announced in the spring. Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national grand prize is $10,000. Winners will be announced during surprise award ceremonies at their schools The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:
  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • Involvement in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrated record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

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