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  1. Pinellas licensing board asks Sen. Jack Latvala for $500,000 loan

    Local Government

    The troubled Pinellas County agency that regulates contractors wants Sen. Jack Latvala to help it get a $500,000 lifeline from the state to stay afloat.

    State Sen . Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater, is being asked to help the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board get $500,000 from the state so it can stay open beyond February.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Police chase on sands of Clearwater Beach lands on Facebook Live

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — It was just another day on Clearwater Beach Thursday for Stephanie Ball and her 14-month-old son.

    Until they heard the sirens.

    Clearwater Police took a suspect into custody Thursday afternoon after he drove along Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island, running over beach chairs and umbrellas. [Courtesy of Clearwater Police]
  3. New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

    Human Interest

    EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple of times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the Pinellas Trail to the Pasco border that he would often drive across …

    Cyclists wait for the official opening of the Pinellas Trail's newest segment. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  4. Dunedin's negotiations with Blue Jays continue

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Dunedin officials are still in the process of negotiating a license agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A rendering by Populous, a global architecture firm specializing in sports facility development, shows the entrance of an upgraded Florida Auto Exchange Stadium shows a Toronto Blue Jays team store. If the $81 million renovation plans between the city and team go through, the store would be open year-round.Credit:  Populous
  5. Clearwater library to hold astronomy night


    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Main Library is hosting a free astronomy night on its front sidewalk Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

  6. Longtime Tarpon Springs fire chief is retiring


    TARPON SPRINGS — Sept. 6 will be fire Chief Richard Butcher's last day after seven years as chief and 39 years in the city's fire department. He formally submitted his decision to retire on July 6. On July 11, the Tarpon Springs board of commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief Scott …

    Tarpon Springs Fire Chief Richard Butcher is retiring after 39 years at the fire department. [Courtesy of Tarpon Springs]
  7. 'There's nothing left': $253,000 worth of missing pianos stirs outrage


    Lisa Williams was going through a messy divorce. Money was tight. She had to move to a smaller house, but there was no room for the beloved Schimmel baby grand piano she bought for her daughter two decades ago.

    Lisa Williams of Pinellas Park is one of the customers who had their pianos taken, then were never paid for the sale.
  8. Even transit leaders don't rely on their own buses

    Mass Transit

    The debate over if and how to expand Tampa Bay's transit system has dominated civic discussions for decades.

    Buses are seen at the Marion Transit Center located at 1211 N Marion Street Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Tampa. The transit center is part of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority system. [Alessandra Da Pra |   Times]

  9. Pinellas County budget on the rise thanks to high property values

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– After another year of growth, Pinellas County commissioners won't have to fight to pay for critical needs in the 2017-2018 budget.

    The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday learned the first details of its $2.3 billion spending plan for next fiscal year, which includes funding for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Clearwater police searching for driver who struck, injured 35-year-old woman


    CLEARWATER — Traffic homicide detectives are looking for a driver who struck and severely injured a 35-year-old woman on Sunday.

    Clearwater police traffic homicide detectives are looking for a driver who struck and severely injured 35-year-old Nekeshia Lloyd, pictured. [Clearwater Police Department]
  11. Pinellas Sheriff's north district station moving, but likely staying in Dunedin

    Public Safety

    DUNEDIN — Pinellas County officials are in negotiations to move the Sheriff's Office north district station from its downtown home of 20 years to a building about three miles north.

    Soon to be new PCSO Dunedin substation. - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office substation in Dunedin is moving from its current location downtown to this former Wells Fargo building at Alt. 19 and Curlew Road. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

  12. Pinellas officials appoint Jewel White as new county attorney

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas' elected officials on Tuesday unanimously voted to appoint the chief assistant county attorney to the top legal job in county government.

    Pinellas Assistant County Attorney Jewel White, 46, was appointed as County Attorney on Tuesday. [Handout from Jewel White]
  13. Top prosecutor tells Pinellas licensing board: grand jury starts next week

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board was visited by a special guest on Tuesday: Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe.

    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, seen here in January,  told the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board on Tuesday that a grand jury will start investigating the agency on July 28.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. Tarpon Springs police searching for person who fatally shot dog

    Public Safety

    TARPON SPRINGS — Police officers responded to the call thinking a dog was run over by a car.

    Tarpon Springs police are looking for information about an incident in which a 1-year-old German Shepherd mixed breed named "Radar" was shot. He was later put down at an animal hospital due to a severe injury to his spinal cord, shown here in X-ray images. [Tarpon Springs Police Department]
  15. Pinellas news briefs


    Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce hosts Learn@Lunch: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a Learn@Lunch event on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shephard's Beach Resort (601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater). Corporate Business Leader Ford Kyes will speak on "21 Word of Mouth Marketing …