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  1. Pinellas unemployment rate continues to declineRead the original story w/Photo

    11 hrs ago | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Pinellas County's unemployment rate is continuing to improve. The not seasonally adjusted rate in Pinellas dropped to 4.8 percent in April, according to the May 22 report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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  2. Tarpon Springs approves tree bank changesRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    After complaints from residents and weeks of discussion, the Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously to amend the city tree ordinance, established in 2006. The ordinance, which is 'intended to protect, promote and maintain a healthy tree canopy within the City' according to a memo from Planning and Zoning Director Steve Careccia, was written to protect the city's trees and reduce the removal of protected trees, including during the development and redevelopment of property.

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  3. Pinellas County teachers honored at banquetRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    The 2015 Pinellas County Teachers Association Kraf-Custer Outstanding Educator Banquet was presented on National Teacher Day, May 5, at Banquet Masters in Clearwater. Selected by their peers and honored at this event were one teacher with less than five years of experience and one teacher with more than five years teaching experience from many area schools.

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  4. Clearwater Police BeatRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Officer involved in early morning crash CLEARWATER - Clearwater Police responded to an officer-involved crash on May 17 in the 2800 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at approximately 3:45 a.m. Officer Steven Venezia was traveling east responding to a call for assistance from the Tampa Police Department when a car driven by Brittany M. Cervino of Bayside, New York, changed lanes in front of him, triggering the collision. Venezia was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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  5. East Lake Fire Rescue creates water extraction teamRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    East Lake Fire Rescue is taking strides to improve rescue efforts in underwater accidents in Pinellas County. Currently, Pinellas County 600 Series requires fire departments to request a dive team for any underwater emergency situations, such as a submerged vehicle.

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  6. Red-light cameras may soon be a no-goRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Clearwater city council members must soon decide whether or not to put a stop to a red-light camera program it put in place in 2012. During a regular workshop Monday afternoon, Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter sought direction from city officials about the future of the city's red-light camera program, which is up for renewal at the end of July.

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  7. Grass is greener at Redington Shores Town HallRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Visitors are noticing and complimenting the look of the new grass cover at Redington Shores Town Hall. The grass is exceptionally green, lush and vibrant.

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  8. Steve Earle and The Dukes head to Capitol TheatreRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 18 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Steve Earle and The Dukes play Sunday, May 24, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Earle is a master storyteller.

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  9. Injuries reported in deputy-involved crash in Palm HarborRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 18 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Two people were injured, including a Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy, during a two-car crash that occurred about 7:18 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the area of U.S. 19 North, just north of County Road 39. According to investigators assigned to the Sheriff's Major Accident Investigation Team, Deputy David Vinson was traveling Southbound on U.S. 19, just north of County Road 39 and Paul Vitale, 58, of Clearwater was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in a 2007 BMW M6. Vitale attempted to make a left turn in front of Vinson's marked Chevy Tahoe, which struck the passenger side rear of the BMW.

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  10. Parrot Head Party set June 6 in downtown Palm HarborRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 18 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    The town's 14th annual Parrot Head Party will take place Saturday, June 6 along Florida Avenue in historic downtown Palm Harbor. The event celebrates the music of American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

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  11. Pinellas theaters offering box office bargainsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 18 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Several area movie theaters are offering free or discounted kids' movies this summer. The 2015 Summer Movie Express will launch Tuesday, June 9 and will run for nine weeks at participating Regal Cinema locations.

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  12. St. Pete-Clearwater airport hosts May 19 Honor FlightRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 18 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    An Honor Flight with 80 World War II Veterans will depart St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Tuesday, May 19, on an Allegiant charter for a day long visit to Washington D.C. and the war memorials. This is the 17th Honor Flight hosted at the airport, with the call letters PIE.

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  13. Sexual offender arrested for possession of child pornRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Clearwater man Thursday, May 14, for possession of child pornography and failure to register as a sexual offender. Detectives assigned to the Special Victims Unit began an investigation Jan. 27, after receiving a tip that Eric Manuel Antunes, 32, was in possession of child pornography.

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  14. Palm Harbor Boy Scouts soar with the eaglesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Two Palm Harbor Boy Scouts are quickly earning a special distinction. Dan Smith, a member of Boy Scout Troop 475, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and Alex Thurin, a member of Troop 434, is working toward the same honor.

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  15. Clearwater parking moves into digital ageRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    City council members agreed to partner with Parkmobile of Atlanta to bring pay by cell parking technology to Clearwater. During a May 4 workshop meeting, Charles Wilson of the Clearwater engineering department, spoke to council members about the new technology, which will allow citizens to pay for parking through an app on their cell phones, rather than with credit cards or cash.

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  16. Lights out to protect sea turtlesRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Sea turtle nesting season began May 1 and ends Oct. 31. Newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water. Young turtles have a small amount of energy that must take them to the water, which under natural conditions is the brightest spot on the nighttime beach.

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  17. American Idol tour kicks off at Ruth Eckerd HallRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    From left, the 2015 top 5 American Idol finalists, including winner Nick Fradiani, plus Jax, Clark Beckham, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen kick off their tour July 7 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Nick Fradiani is the Season 14 American Idol, as announced Wednesday night on Fox.

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  18. Morton Plant Mease hosts June health seminarsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will host a variety of upcoming health seminars in June focusing on weight loss surgery, patient portal and medical home, and fading memory. The monthly seminars are free to the public and are presented at BayCare's various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County.

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  19. Brian Aungst named Tourism Person of the YearRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce named former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst Tourism Person of the Year May 7. ST. PETE BEACH - Former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst was named Tourism Person of the Year by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce during the group's annual Tourism Luncheon May 7 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach.

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  20. Final hearing on water and sewer rates set for May 19Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | Tampa Bay Newspapers

    The second and final public hearing on new rates for water, sewer and reclaimed water is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m., in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater. According to the staff report, Burton and Associations, the county's rate consultant, recommends a four-year schedule of increases based on projected revenue requirements for water, sewer and reclaimed water systems.

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