Thursday, November 23, 2017

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Tarpon Springs seeking to honor sponger George Billiris

Tarpon Springs seeking to honor sponger George Billiris

TARPON SPRINGS — The city is considering a way to honor the legacy of the late longtime sponge merchant George Billiris at a city building. "We know how he promoted Tarpon Springs," Commissioner David Banther said at a recent City Commission meeting....
Published: 11/23/17
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...
Published: 11/21/17
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 plas...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/23/17
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