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  1. Clearwater eyes hiring new downtown director within two months

    CLEARWATER — Now that the city director tasked with revitalizing downtown has resigned after his arrest on a battery charge during Oktoberfest, City Manager Bill Horne said the goal is to not leave the position vacant long.

    Clearwater Assistant City Manager  Micah Maxwell will oversee downtown until the city hires a replacement for Seth Taylor.
  2. Deputies: Dunedin man had an arsenal and images of schools

    Public Safety

    Deputies executing a search on a Dunedin home Wednesday expected to find signs that a 24-year-old resident was in possession of child pornography.

    Pinellas deputies say Randall Drake, 24, left, had an arsenal of weapons and images of schools.
  3. Clearwater Police investigating teenage girl's injury at Scientology headquarters

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Police Department is investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old girl from Mexico suffered a head injury Sunday at the Church of Scientology's international spiritual headquarters.

    A 17-year-old girl is at Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital after being injured at the Church of Scientology's international spiritual headquartersin Clearwater. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

  4. City Council approves $5 million for Clearwater Marine Aquarium expansion

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The City Council on Thursday approved contributing $5 million to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for its massive expansion project.

    Clearwater has agreed to contributed $5 million to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium 
's $66 million expansion project.. [ Clearwater Marine Aquarium] 


  5. Dunedin man arrested for having destruction devices, deputies say

    Public Safety

    DUNEDIN — Deputies will be speaking later today to discuss a Dunedin man who was charged with possessing destruction devices in his home.

  6. Annual North Pinellas prayer breakfast is Thursday

    Briefs

    SAFETY HARBOR — Tickets are on sale for this year's North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast, which will be held on Thursday at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, 3180 Enterprise Road, Safety Harbor. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will be the speaker. Doors will open at 7 a.m. with the program to start at …

  7. Cleanup limits access to Cycadia Cemetery in Tarpon Springs

    Briefs

    TARPON SPRINGS — With a good part of Hurricane Irma cleanup complete, the Cycadia Cemetery, 1005 Tarpon Ave., has reopened. However, public access is limited and entrance is only possible through the main gate. Side gates will remain closed for a few more days while tree crews continue to wrap up the cleanup of …

  8. Electric bike store opens in Dunedin near Pinellas Trail

    Business

    DUNEDIN — Pedego Electric Bikes held a grand opening this week for the store at 324 Scotland St., off the Pinellas Trail near Main Street.

  9. People's Law School is in session in Clearwater

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Bar Association's People's Law School, designed to increase knowledge of legal concepts that may affect our everyday lives, is in session through Nov. 16. Individuals interested in learning more about the legal system are invited to attend any of the sessions. Here is a look at the …

  10. Clearwater cops serve food to benefit Special Olympics

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — Local law enforcement members and athletes will be taking on the role of food servers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Robin, Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N. The event, Tip a Cop, is being held to benefit Special Olympics Florida. For more information, visit the …

  11. Tie in Clearwater downtown development board election causes runoff

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The Oct. 10 Downtown Development Board election for three open seats did not result in the historic dynamic it had the potential to create.

  12. What you need to know about Clearwater's $55 million waterfront plan

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — It's the most aggressive revitalization investment the city has proposed in years and somewhat of a Hail Mary strategy to give visitors a daily reason to come downtown. The $55 million Imagine Clearwater plan unveiled in February calls for reshaping Coachman Park and the waterfront to have more …

    Renderings of the city's $55 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan show the goal for the redeveloped waterfront. Much of the plan hinges on voters passing a Nov. 7 referendum question, which would allow for development on the Bluff.

  13. Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER

    Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

  14. Former Jabil executive avoids death penalty for 2008 double murders

    Criminal

    A few years ago, Patrick Evans was sitting on death row for the 2008 murders of his wife and her friend.

    Patrick Evans talks with Allison Miller, one of his three public defenders, before jury selection continues in his trial Wednesday 10/11/2017. Patrick Evans, a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend almost ten years ago, was back in court for a second trial after his original death sentence conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court.
  15. Clearwater man shot, killed after threatening officer, police say

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — A 34-year-old Clearwater man fatally shot Thursday morning by a police officer had refused to listen to orders to drop his gun, authorities said.

    The Sands at Clearwater apartment complex, 2168 Druid Road, where Mitchell Fox, 34, was fatally shot by a Clearwater police officer Thursday morning.