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  1. Newly elected Madeira Beach officials say no purge of city hall planned


    MADEIRA BEACH — If newly elected Mayor Maggie Black has anything to do with it, last week's election will not result in a 2011-style bloodbath for city employees.

    Madeira Beach Mayor elect Maggiet Black says she has no desire to fire the city manager.
  2. Treasure Island city manager to retire after election changes City Commission


    TREASURE ISLAND — Two newcomers just elected to the City Commission may be an indication that a much-talked-about toll for the city's causeway won't become reality and future plans will be guided by a new administration.

    Treasure Island city manager Reid Silverboard has decided to retire after the recent election changed the makeup of the City Commission.
  3. Richard Wagner's 'Rienzi' will be presented by Tarpon Springs' New Century Opera

    Human Interest


    There is a populist leader. The disenfranchised are pitted against the wealthy. There is a church with strong political influence. No, it is not a story about life in 21st century America. It is the 19th century opera, Rienzi: The Last of the Tribunes composed by Richard Wagner and …

    Russell Andrade, in the title role of Cola di Rienzi, performs during the dress rehearsal. Andrade, a tenor, said the five-act opera requires stamina.
  4. Pinellas businesses look forward to end of blue law on Sunday mornings

    Local Government

    Greg Lore, manager of Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater, was thrilled when he heard the county might allow alcohol sales starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

    Diners and pedestrians enjoy a pleasant Sunday morning, March 19 on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg  In early March of 2017 the Pinellas County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores to sell alcohol at 8 a.m. The vote brought uniformity to alcohol sales for each day of the week: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.Local breakfast and brunch spots are impacted by the ordinance allowing morning alcohol sales.
  5. Police: Drunk man pushed horse in face in St. Petersburg



    A 21-year-old Maryland man pushed a police horse in downtown St. Petersburg on March 18, according to an arrest report. Alexander Luke Fahmy was kicked out of Yard of Ale on First Avenue N about 1:45 a.m. He pushed a bar security guard and took a "fighting stance," an officer wrote. The …

  6. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni says he'll retire next year


    CLEARWATER — After representing residents for 25 years, Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term in 2018.

  7. Pinellas County Commission: There were no kickbacks in ambulance contract

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– After agreeing to pay $92,700 toward a federal lawsuit involving ambulance-service kickbacks in Texas, Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday delivered a message to residents: No kickbacks took place in their county.

    Pinellas County on Tuesday agreed to pay $97,200 settlement related to a federal whistleblower lawsuit in Texas involving its ambulance service but denied any wrongdoing. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  8. Pinellas news briefs


    Palm Harbor Rotary Charity Golf Tournament

  9. Who, and what it takes to make a difference in South Pinellas



    Many guests at the Juvenile Welfare Board's Cooperman-Bogue Kids First Awards Luncheon teared up several times throughout the event hearing first hand of the struggles people in our community endure and the lengths that others go to help them. The JWB invested $48 million in 80 programs that help children …

  10. The Prescription Shop closes after 70 years in Downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A copy of Norman Rockwell's 1936 "Medicine" painting of a woman administering a spoonful of medicine to a small boy still hung on the wall of Mike Kinter's office the day after the Prescription Shop closed its doors.

    Mike Kinter, one of the owners of The Prescription Shop, is retiring after the shop was sold to Publix. (Divya Kumar | Times).
  11. Have you found a painted rock in Tampa Bay? It's part of this Facebook craze

    Human Interest

    Tara Brogan did not expect to make more new friends than she could count, or discover places she never knew existed in her hometown. But she did, and it's all because of a Facebook page and a few rocks.

    Lily Broganan and  her mother, Tara, placed this tic-tac-toe rock arrangement at Sheffield Park in Oldsmar. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  12. Three decades later, son of prominent criminal defense lawyer takes on his father's 1983 murder case


    Frank McDermott remembers the picture his father showed him when he was a teenager. It was a school photo of a thin boy in a collared shirt with dark, straight hair framing his pale face.

    At 15, David Michaud and a friend broke into a Largo home, stole $400 and choked the 79-year-old man who confronted them.
  13. Meeting on Pinellas Bayway project cancelled


    The Florida Department of Transportation has cancelled a meeting scheduled for Thursday to talk about the Pinellas Bayway project. The project will run from south of Madonna Boulevard on Tierra Verde to State Road 682 (the east/west 3.7-mile-long road that carries traffic over three bridges known as the Pinellas Bayway …

  14. Culver's restaurant is building first St. Petersburg location


    ST. PETERSBURG — The fourth Culver's restaurant in Pinellas County is slated to open at 498 91st Ave. on the Fourth Street N corridor by mid-June, franchise owner Matt Stuligross said.

     This Culver's in Largo was the first in Pinellas County.
  15. Art project to thank for designer traffic signal boxes


    I have noticed a couple of traffic signal boxes that have been painted eclectic designs and wondered what was going on. One is at the Ruth Eckerd Hall entrance/exit onto McMullen Booth Road, and the other is just north of there at State Road 590. This may not be your area, but I didn't know who else to …