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  1. New history exhibit holds memories for Palm Harbor resident

    Human Interest

    PALM HARBOR — JoAnn Tilley, 84, climbed the steps, one hand on the rail and one hand on her cane. Once inside the tiny house, she showed other visitors where she had slept as a toddler.

    Jo Ann Tilley, 84, of Dunedin, lived in this grove house as a child. The house was moved to the Palm Harbor Museum's grounds by the Palm Harbor Historical Society.
  2. Clearwater and Pinellas officials to consider a joint government building

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER —The idea of merging city and Pinellas County government offices into one building has been floated for a decade.

    With Clearwater city officials looking to move out of the current city hall, discussions are under way with the county on a joint facility.
  3. New Pinellas County Attorney Oversight board's goal: find a new county attorney

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– In what officials called a historic meeting, Pinellas County's 12 elected leaders met Tuesday for the first time as a new government body, the County Attorney Oversight Board. Their first order of business: figure out how to conduct a nationwide search for the next county attorney.

    The Pinellas County Attorney Oversight Board, a new government body comprised of seven county commissioners and five constitutional officers, met for the first time Tuesday to discuss finding a new county attorney. County Commission chair Janet Long addressed the board during Tuesday's meeting at Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  4. Palm Harbor pipe break closes outside northbound lane of U.S. 19 at Curlew Road

    Roads

    PALM HARBOR — The outside northbound lane of U.S. 19 north of Curlew Road was closed Tuesday afternoon following a sewer pipe break that caused a depression in the roadway.

  5. Police: Lawyer stole more than $100,000 from Clearwater law firm

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A lawyer faces a grand theft charge after an investigation found he stole more than $100,000 from a Clearwater law firm.

    John Smitten, 47, stole more than $100,000 from a Clearwater law firm, according to police. [Pinellas County Jail]
  6. Pinellas County's top officials to discuss County Attorney Jim Bennett's perks

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Retiring Pinellas County Attorney Jim Bennett enjoys a few perks that no other county employee receives.

    County Attorney Jim Bennett will retire this summer.
  7. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    FUMC announces keynote speaker for Heritage Sunday

  8. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    Pinellas County seeks volunteers for Great American Cleanup

  9. Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

  10. Records: Kriseman's chief of staff told employee to not talk negatively about transfer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG –– After Mayor Rick Kriseman transferred his longtime personal secretary to the Fire Department, his chief of staff ordered the employee to not say anything negative that could hurt the mayor, records show.

    Chief of staff Kevin King says he did not harass the woman when she was transferred.
  11. Legal barriers complicate Clearwater's waterfront redevelopment

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —Although the City Council formally approved the 10-year, potentially $55 million downtown waterfront revitalization plan this week, a centerpiece of the design will immediately be stalled in legislative red tape.

    Moving the band shell at Coachman Park to the green space south of the park must wait for an amendment by the Florida Legislature in its 2018 session.
  12. Free park and ride to Clearwater Beach offered for spring break

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Beachgoers can hitch a free ride to the beach starting today until April 30 through the city's Spring Break Park and Ride promotion.

    Beachgoers can hitch a free ride to Clearwater Beach during spring break.. [Cherie Diez | Times]
  13. Artists needed to help in Safety Harbor's flamingo fundraiser

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor Library Foundation is seeking artists of all ages to donate and decorate an artsy plastic flamingo for its second annual Flamingo Fundraiser. Group entries are also encouraged. Artists must supply their own flamingo and will not be paid for their time or materials; however …

  14. Dunedin City Commission votes down mixed use plaza planned for downtown

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The City Commission blocked a sprawling mixed use development proposed for the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue after fierce public opposition and questions about compatibility.

  15. Early results in on Pinellas pre-arrest diversion program

    Public Safety

    A Pinellas Sheriff's Office report released last week summarizing the first quarter of the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion program showed that 179 people have completed it since the start date in October.