Clearwater Roads to Close Temporarily

Some roads will be closed in Clearwater this week because of construction or events. CLEARWATER – The following road and More »

Super Boat Racing Returns to Clearwater Beach

This weekend’s races are paired with a seafood festival. CLEARWATER BEACH – Thousands are expected to turn out next weekend More »

Come Out to the Racetrack for Oldsmar’s Centennial Concert

The concert is the final event in Oldsmar’s celebration of its centennial. OLDSMAR – Join the Oldsmar People’s Centennial at More »

Hillsborough Sends Out First General Election Ballots

Voters have until Nov. 2 to request a mail ballot. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -The end of the 2016 election season is More »

Single-Car Hernando Crash Claims Second Victim

The victim, who died Saturday (Sept. 24), was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver died in the Tuesday (Sept. More »

Gulfport Holds Workshop on Marina’s Future

This will be the second workshop to explore improvements to the marina. GULFPORT – This city’s officials are considering a More »

Largo Medical Center Names New Chief Operating Officer

She is the former chief operating officer of St. Petersburg General Hospital. LARGO – Stephanie McNulty has been named the More »

Want to Talk to a Lawyer in St. Pete? Try Lawfest

This is the 13th year for the workshop and community fair. ST. PETERSBURG – Attorneys and St. Petersburg city representatives More »

Whole Health Invasion Comes to St. Pete’s Shuffleboard Courts

The Oh-So-Good-For-You Popup Shop benefits the Humane Education Connection, a nonprofit that strives to reduce the abuse of children and More »

Passenger Dies in One-Car Pinellas Crash

The driver lost control of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. PINELLAS COUNTY – One woman died and More »

Gulfport Holds Workshop Tonight on Future of Tangerine Greenway

This is the second public workshop to discuss improvements to the Tangerine Greenway. GULFPORT – This city is planning a More »

Driver Dies after Head-On Pinellas Crash

The man crossed into oncoming traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol said. PINELLAS COUNTY – A Clearwater man died Monday (Sept. More »

Pinellas Commission to Meet in Tarpon Springs

The workshop is the second in a series meant to reach out to the community. TARPON SPRINGS – In its More »

Zika Prevention Roundtable Set in Tarpon Springs

The roundtable discussion will include experts from local health care agencies and county mosquito control. TARPON SPRINGS – In its More »

Road Work to Begin on Gulf-to-Bay

The work is a Florida Department of Transportation project. CLEARWATER – The stretch of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard/SR 60 from Damascus Road More »

Clearwater Roads to Close Temporarily

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Some roads will be closed in Clearwater this week because of construction or events.

CLEARWATER – The following road and lane closures will take place in the city of Clearwater:

Today (Sept. 27)
Eastbound lanes of Drew Street from Duncan Avenue to Keystone Drive will be under construction starting at 9:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. today for an emergency sewer repair. Detour route: Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

Starting Wednesday (Sept. 28)
The Drew Street extension from Cleveland Street to Osceola Avenue will be closed starting Wednesday through 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 2) because of the Bright House Super Boat Championship and Seafood Festival. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed through, only. Detour route: Myrtle Avenue.

Greenlea Drive from Keene Road to Murray Avenue will be under construction starting Wednesday through Nov. 4, because of the Greenlea-Otten roadway and stormwater improvements project. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed through, only. Drivers should allow more time while traveling this route.

Saturday (Oct. 1)
Cleveland Street from Garden to Osceola avenues will be closed to through traffic from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday for the Rock the Block Party. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed through, only. Detour route: Myrtle Avenue.

Residents with questions can call the city of Clearwater’s Traffic Operations Division at (727) 562-4750.

For information about Clearwater, go to myclearwater.com.

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Super Boat Racing Returns to Clearwater Beach

Super Boats | Clearwater Beach | Super Boat National Championship and Seafood Festival

This weekend’s races are paired with a seafood festival.

CLEARWATER BEACH – Thousands are expected to turn out next weekend for the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship and Seafood Festival.

Organizers say the boats, which are equipped with F-16 jet canopies, are some of the fastest and largest offshore power boats in the world that reach speeds up to 180 mph. The speed and rough waters make it impossible for a single person to steer and operate the throttles so a two-person team operates the boat. One team member is a driver who controls the boat’s steering. The other is a throttleman responsible for operating up to four engines capable of producing more than 6,000 horsepower. The best race teams have the partnership between driver and throttleman down to a science, and incorporate the most advanced technology into their machines to generate optimum speed.

Events kick off at noon Friday (Sept. 30) and run through Sunday (Oct. 2). Click here for a full schedule of events.

Events benefit local marine charities.

For information about the Super Boat National Championships and Seafood Festival, go to clearwatersuperboat.com.

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Come Out to the Racetrack for Oldsmar’s Centennial Concert

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The concert is the final event in Oldsmar’s celebration of its centennial.

OLDSMAR – Join the Oldsmar People’s Centennial at Tampa Bay Downs for THE final event of the 2016 celebrations – THE Centennial Concert.

Talk about a blast from the past!

The musical talent includes Robby Steinhardt, former violinist/singer for Kansas; John Cafferty, lead singer/guitarist, and Michael Antunes, saxophonist, from John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band; Buck Dharma, lead singer/guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult; Steve Augeri, former lead singer for Journey; plus the local band, Stormbringer.

General admission tickets are $25 each & include access to the grandstands above the VIP Boxes as well as the floor area. Guests are welcome to move freely between the two general ddmission areas. The grandstand area is covered and includes stadium-style seating. The floor area will consist mainly of standing room only, but benches will be provided.

The concert is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1) at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Racetrack Road. General admission tickets are $25 each. Reserved VIP boxes available.

For tickets or more information, go to myoldsmar.com.

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Hillsborough Sends Out First General Election Ballots

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Voters have until Nov. 2 to request a mail ballot.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -The end of the 2016 election season is in sight.

The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections on Friday (Sept. 23)  sent 5,019 general election ballots to overseas and absent military voters. The office is preparing to send more than 170,000 ballots to domestic voters on Oct. 4. Voters have until Nov. 2 to request that a ballot be mailed to them.

“Vote by mail is becoming an increasingly popular way to vote,” said Craig Latimer, supervisor of elections. “We pay the return postage, and we’re now including our very popular ‘I Voted’ stickers with our vote by mail ballots.”

Vote by mail ballots must be in the elections office by 7 p.m. Nov.8. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that voters mail ballots back at least one week before the deadline. Voters can also drop their ballots off at any of the four Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections offices or 16 early voting sites once they’re open.

The deadline to register to vote for this election is Oct. 11. Early voting in Hillsborough County is Oct. 24 through Nov.6. Election Day is Nov. 8.

To request vote by mail or for other information, call (813) 744-5900 or go to VoteHillsborough.org.

Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

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Pinellas Adult Ed Students Celebrate Commencement

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More than 200 students from Pinellas County high schools, adult education schools and Pinellas Technical Colleges celebrated their commencement at countywide graduation this month.

PINELLAS COUNTY – About 1,500 family members, friends and faculty as 204 adult education graduates dressed in caps and gowns accepted their diploma, embarking on a promising new journey.

The students students from district high schools, six adult education schools and two Pinellas Technical Colleges gathered at the Pasadene Community Church on Sept. 15 to celebrate their commencement at a countywide graduation ceremony.

“Tonight we celebrate all of you and your accomplishments,” said Mark Hunt, executive director of career, technical and adult education for Pinellas County Schools.

The evening’s commencement speaker was St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, who said.“As look into the sea of faces, I know that you have climbed a mountain and are now able to see the avalanche of your accomplishments.”

Tomalin quoted an inspirational poem by British Nobel laureate, Joseph Rudyard Kipling, and encouraged the graduates to, “Dream, set your sights big, then do everything you can to achieve those stirrings in your soul.  But don’t ever get drowned by your dreams. Remember there are always many paths to a single destination.”

For information about Pinellas County Schools, go to pcsb.org.
Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Schools.

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Barbra Streisand to Perform at Tampa’s Amalie Arena

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Tickets go on sale Thursday (Sept. 29) for the Nov. 30 concert.

TAMPA – Barbra Streisand, who made history earlier this month when she hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart for the 11th time, will bring her legendary live performances to Tampaas part of her THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! tour.

Streisand will be at Tampa’s Amalie Arena at 8 p.m. Nov. 30.This will be Streisand’s first appearance at Amalie.

THE MUSIC…THE MEM’IRES…THE MAGIC! features Streisand’s performing her hits from each decade and other favorites, including from her latest number one album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, celebrating a career of unparalleled creative achievement.

The best-selling female recording artist, Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list. Streisand also has the longest span of number one albums in history, just under 52 years.

With her live performances being so rare and special, the excitement surrounding a Streisand tour is unequaled. Following a 27-year hiatus from live concerts, Streisand’s 1994 world tour garnered a record-setting 5 million phone requests to Ticketmaster and sold out within the first hour. Her shows in fall 2006 broke house records in 14 of the 16 venues in which she played (in the other two arenas, Streisand already held the buildings’ records).

The New York Times has praised Streisand’s “spellbinding voice” and noted, “Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound.”

The Los Angeles Times has said she “put the audience immediately under the spell of her folksy grandiosity. Streisand … isn’t just a star she’s a world view, a style of being, an entire cosmology, with the highest possible thread-count sheets. You don’t just come for the music; you come for the whole church service. The sermon, broken up into bits, is inseparable from the songs.”

Tickets will go on sale Thursday (Sept. 29) and will be available online, via charge-by-phone and venue box offices. Every ticket purchased online includes a copy of Streisand’s new album ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

For tickets or other information, go to amaliearena.com.

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The Sassy Sandpiper: From Reluctant Transplant to Bona Fide Floridian

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What makes a true Floridian? The Sassy Sandpiper knows.

By M.R. Wilson, TB Reporter

I am not Florida-born.

In 1956 I was taken on a very long car ride, an unknowing participant in “The Great Migration.” Not a migration of birds or butterflies, but of humans hoping to make a better life in the sun and sand of Florida. My family hails from a little town in western Nebraska called Scottsbluff. Ever heard of it? Don’t feel bad. Most people haven’t.

In 1972 I left St. Petersburg, pursuing the opportunity to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After an eight-year stay, I returned to Florida on Sept. 25, 1980.

Today is the 36th anniversary of my homecoming.

I think I’ve earned the right to call myself a Floridian.

How to justify such a claim?

Pier | St. Petersburg Pier | St Pete Pier  Flamingo | Plastic Flamingo | Pink Plastic Flamingo  Cockroach | Roach | Bugs  muscoy duck | bird | duck

 

Looking through old photos and glancing through journals helped confirm what my sub-conscience has long labored to suppress. Here is the evidence—the lessons, attitudes, and inclinations—declaring I am a Floridian. In no particular order of importance:

  1. Avon’s Skin-so-Soft is a good mosquito repellant—for dogs and humans. I haven’t tried it on cats, for obvious reasons.
  2. You may suffer second degree burns from touching your car dashboard, steering wheel, and seatbelt buckles. Any time of the year. You may also feel as though the skin on the backs of your legs is being seared off if you foolishly plop down on unprotected (thick beach towels) car seats.
  3. A natural history museum of desiccated insects may collect in your car below the rear windshield. Mine includes bees, wasps, a baby lizard, and something unidentifiable with fangs.
  4. Humidity gives my hair “body.”
  5. Thongs are perfectly acceptable footwear—anytime, anywhere, any temperature.
  6. Frog choruses and ‘possum rummagings are common sleep disrupters.
  7. Lovebugs. Just eeeeuuuwwww.
  8. Good parking spots are a function of shade, not proximity to the entrance.
  9. Seagulls are conniving opportunists, but I feed them anyway.
  10. Billowing cumulus clouds are “Florida mountains.”
  11. I’ve added Snowbirds to my Life List.
  12. I’ve become allergic to oak pollen.
  13. I once killed a 2-inch cockroach with a house slipper.
  14. I will leap out of my car to help turtles cross the road and I break for Muscovies.
  15. I developed a healthy respect for alligators.
  16. I make a decadent Key Lime pie.
  17. I learned the Stingray Shuffle after stepping on one.
  18. I’m nostalgic for the Million Dollar Pier.
  19. The Gulf of Mexico has a forever hold on me.
  20. I consider plastic yard flamingos landscaping.

So, if not born in the Sunshine State, are you a bona fide Floridian nonetheless? By what criteria do you stake your claim? It’s just fine to say the place grows on you. And I don’t mean like mildew and Spanish moss.

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Photo of children fishing off the Pier courtesy of M.R. Wilson.

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Single-Car Hernando Crash Claims Second Victim

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The victim, who died Saturday (Sept. 24), was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver died in the Tuesday (Sept. 20) crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

HERNANDO COUNTY – A Weeki Wachee man died Saturday (Sept. 24) of injuries he received in a single-car crash four days earlier, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Nicholas C. Leitner, Jr., 26, died at Bayonet Point Medical Center where he was taken after the crash. He was a passenger in the 1997 Chevrolet Blazer. The driver, Christine L. Nelson, 32, died at the scene. Both were from Weeki Wachee and neither was wearing a seat belt.

Troopers said Ms. Nelson was driving west on Knuckey Road west of Leisure Lane about 10:52 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of the Blazer. The Blazer traveled onto the north shoulder of the road, then back onto the roadway into the eastbound lane where it overturned. Both Ms. Nelson and Mr. Leitner were thrown from the Blazer, which continued to overturn until it hit a fence, then a tree.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, troopers said.

For information about the Florida Highway Patrol, go to flhsmv.gov.

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Pedestrian Dies in Pinellas Crash

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The crash happened in the unincorporated Lealman area.

PINELLAS COUNTY – A St. Petersburg woman died Saturday (Sept. 24) afternoon while crossing 34th Street N in the unincorporated Lealman area, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Joanne M. Hathorn, 61, of St. Petersburg, died at the scene.

Troopers said she was crossing 34th Street N at 50th Avenue about 5:09 p.m. when she was hit by a 2008 Mazda3 driven by John E. Montgomery, 24, of St. Petersburg. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

For information about the Florida Highway Patrol, go to flhsmv.gov.

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Gulfport Holds Workshop on Marina’s Future

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This will be the second workshop to explore improvements to the marina.

GULFPORT – This city’s officials are considering a reuse project for the Gulfport Municipal Marina and have scheduled a workshop to explore options for enhancement and future facilities.

The second community workshop for this master plan will be held at 6 p.m. Monday (Sept. 26) inside Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S.

This reuse project will include public engagement to define the stakeholders’ and community’s desires for marina enhancements. The project will include concept plan alternatives that are reflective of the community’s ideas and wishes. The project will result in a locally-preferred master plan (final plan) for the marina, 4630 29th Ave S.

For more information, please contact the Gulfport director of community development Fred Metcalf at fmetcalf@mygulfport.us or (727) 893-1095.

For information about Gulfport, go to mygulfport.us.

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