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  1. Largo fire station gets another rescue truck

    News

    LARGO — Largo Fire Rescue is adding a rescue truck to help alleviate the call load at the fire station that responds to Pinellas Safe Harbor and the Pinellas County Jail.

  2. Pinellas Suncoast fire chief leaving for new job

    News

    INDIAN SHORES — Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District Chief Salvatore D'Angelo announced Tuesday night that he was leaving the department for a new job.

  3. Mayor, commissioners salary increase takes next step

    News

    DUNEDIN — The city's finance board moved a recommendation one step forward to increase salaries of city commissioners and the mayor.

  4. 2017 National softball tournament will be in Clearwater

    News

    CLEARWATER — Clearwater secured a contract last week to host the 2017 USA Softball Gold 18- under and 16-under Fast-Pitch tournaments July 16 to 22, boosting the city's name as softball destination.

  5. Clearwater picks contractor to build Morningside Recreation Center

    News

    CLEARWATER — The city awarded a $5.7 million contract last week to Largo-based Caladesi Construction Company to build the Morningside Recreation Center, replacing the former facility that was demolished in 2009.

  6. Safety Harbor cemetery is getting new life

    News

    SAFETY HARBOR — For several months, Jacqueline Hayes has been focused on a new community effort, the Safety Harbor African American Restoration Project. The aim is to refurbish the cemetery on South Drive after years of neglect, including determining where and how many unmarked graves are located on the property. …

  7. Four questions with Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith before he helps lead the St. Pete Pride parade

    Human Interest

    A decade ago, Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith was afraid to tell his friends and family he was gay.

    Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith will serve as a grand marshal at the St. Pete Pride parade on Saturday. [City of Largo]
  8. Lawsuit: Florida contractor fakes death to dodge angry homeowners

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE — For weeks, Glenn Holland, 67, crawled out of bed before the sun rose to look for a dead man.

    Last year Glenn and Judith Holland said they paid a contractor thousands of dollars to renovate their future retirement home in Seminole. But when they tried to move in on Dec. 14, they said the home was in shambles and uninhabitable. They sent a text message to contractor Marc Anthony Perez at 12:36 p.m. looking for answers. Fourteen minutes later, they got back this text: "This is Marc's daughter, dad passed away on the 7th of December in a car accident. Sorry." Turns out Perez was still alive. Now the Hollands are suing him in Pinellas-Pasco circuit court. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  9. Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place

    Relationships

    When Lillian Dunlap moved to Florida at age 52 in 1999 she could finally breathe. The journalism professor from the University of Missouri and the University of Indiana hadn't been able live openly as a gay woman until then. She had considered coming out before but never did.

    Terri Lipsey Scott (standing) welcomed panelists Bob Devin Jones, Desmond Clark, Lillian Dunlap, Trevor Pettiford and Sheree Greer. Moderator Nadine Smith not pictured.
  10. Local craft beer of the week: Plongeur a L'eponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.

    Bars & Spirits

    Tarpon Springs' Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. has a somewhat idiosyncratic approach to wild ale brewing, utilizing an open brewing approach involving uncovered fermenters in order to brew beer with local ambient microbes, reminiscent in some ways to the fermentation techniques used by rustic farmhouse breweries in Belgium …

     Plongeur a?€š€™L?ˆš??ponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, 6/23/17  Electric Chair Sour Shandy, Angry Chair Brewing, 6/30/17   Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Motorworks Brewing 7/7/17
  11. Bar review: Les Partners Lounge goes old-school in Clearwater

    Bars & Spirits

    There are some local places that I'm shocked aren't more well known, and I think that's the result of a general aversion to stepping out of one's comfort zone. I make regular concerted efforts to step outside of mine, which often leads me to strange and rewarding drinking establishments.

    Les Partners Lounge is an old-school, smoker-friendly cocktail lounge and live music venue tucked away in a nondescript shopping plaza in Island Estates.
  12. Work to start soon on new Morningside Recreation Center

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city awarded a $5.7 million contract last week to Largo-based Caladesi Construction Co. to build the Morningside Recreation Center, replacing the former facility that was demolished in 2009.

  13. Clearwater wins contract for major softball tournaments

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city secured a contract last week to host the 2017 USA Softball Gold 18- under and 16-under Fast-Pitch tournaments July 16 to 22, boosting the city's name as softball destination.

    A softball player takes a position on home plate during a break in practice at Clearwater's Eddie C. Moore Complex, where 64 teams will gather July 16-22 for the USA Softball Gold 18- under and 16-under Fast-Pitch tournaments. Officials say the event will boost the city's reputation as a softball destination. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes]

  14. Fire at vacant Clearwater apartment complex ruled arson

    Fire

    CLEARWATER — A fire that broke out at a vacant apartment complex Wednesday was the result of arson, authorities said.

    Pictured is an image of the apartment complex that caught fire Wednesday afternoon, at 826 Woodlawn St. in Clearwater. On Thursday, officials ruled it as arson. [Clearwater Police Department]
  15. Dunedin considers raises for mayor, commissioners

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city's finance board moved a recommendation one step forward to increase salaries of city commissioners and the mayor.

    A look at the exterior of  Dunedin City Hall, where officials are considering raising the mayor's salary from 10,000 to $14,500 and the salary for commissioners from $8,000 to $11,500. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]