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  1. Treasure Island can hold festivals on beach, court says, but no parking on sand

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — A recent decision by Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeal opens the door for the city to again stage events on the beach, though public parking on the sand will remain illegal.

    One hotel operator said  the Sanding Ovations festival has been a boon for his  business, but said allowing parking on the beach was a problem. The courts agreed.  SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES
  2. Charities see greater need, donations during holidays after Irma


    Charities that feed the poor around Tampa Bay say they've seen a bump in demand since Hurricane Irma that is continuing into the holidays.

    (From left) Volunteers Kathy Lawless, 55, of Tampa, and Cori Retelling, 17, of Apollo Beach, organize the donations at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Tuesday. The Holiday Tent, located at 905 N Governor St. in Tampa, Fla., is a place where more than 100,000 people from all walks of life receive assistance during the holiday season. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]
  3. Some cities faced with all-or-nothing medical marijuana rules are playing it safe

    Local Government

    When it comes to weighing the options for regulating medical marijuana through the law passed this year, Dunedin city commissioners declared local governments face a "conundrum" and "a false dilemma."

    This photo shows marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana displayed under a light, at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. (AP Photo)
  4. Pinellas education news: District honors support employees, Discovery Nights resume, and more


    Pinellas names top support employees

    Five finalists have emerged from 120 nominees to be the 2017-18 Support Employee of the Year in the Pinellas County school system. The finalists were chosen in five categories. Debra Canning, 21st Century iClass Liaison for the district's Transformation Zone schools, led …

    Countryside High students William West, left, Jacob Siegel, Jason Davenport and Theo Jeffers won the Congressional App Challenge for developing an app that helps students stave off procrastination.
  5. Barricades reinforce security for holiday events on St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — World and national tragedies are changing the city's approach to security for special events at North Straub Park.

    Barricades along Beach Drive at Fourth Avenue NE have been erected for security at upcoming events at North Straub Park.
  6. St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Monday approved a lease for the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city's historic African-American business and entertainment community.

    St. Petersburg has reached an agreement on a new restaurant at the Manhattan Casino.  [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  7. Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall


    The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks exiting Largo Mall on the south side and the Publix/Home Depot …

    Lorrie Lykins
  8. Charity supporting 9/11 victims' families is model for many


    Edie Lutnick initially was relieved to receive a call from her brother Gary, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald finance firm in One World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

    YMCA President & CEO David Jezek, Mary Brandes, YMCA Board Chair David Neely and Bertha James. Brandes received the Chester James Award.
  9. Pinellas news briefs


    2nd Stage Studio Theater Offers classes for homeschooled

  10. Hometown South Pinellas


    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study childhood obesity: Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and four other institutions received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how social adversity impacts the risk of childhood obesity. …

    Walker Willis with his project, the Native Classroom, at Shorecrest.
  11. Largo police active shooter training 'a sign of the times' for participants

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The classroom was full, but the chatter was quiet as the students picked at doughnuts and sipped coffee from paper cups.

    Trainees throw tennis balls and other objects to Largo police Officer Matt Williams, who pretends to be an active shooter, during a training to prepare residents and business owners in the event of an armed intruder. The training, called ALICE - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate - took place at Largo Police Department on Saturday, November 18, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
  12. Deputies: No injuries after reported gunshot near Seminole schools

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — Deputies are investigating a report of a gunshot that resulted in two schools being put on lockdown Friday morning.

  13. Developer changes approach as downtown Largo project lags in financing


    LARGO — Driving down West Bay Drive, you may notice some changes to downtown Largo.

    A rendering of the proposed West Bay Lofts project, a conglomeration of mixed commercial and residential buildings. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  14. Rogers Harris, first Episcopal bishop to allow female priests in Southwest Florida, dies


    Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Wednesday in South Carolina. He was 87.

    Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Thursday) in South Carolina. He was 87.
  15. St. Petersburg officials recoil at offer of help from Weinstein attorney David Boies


    ST. PETERSBURG — What does disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have to do with the city's fight against the influence of money in politics?

    David Boies, the high-profile lawyer under fire in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, in Washington D.C. in 2014. Boies had offered to represent St. Petersburg if it has to defend its Super PAC ordinance. But after Boies' role in the Weinstein scandal was revealed, now St. Petersburg City Council is recoiling at his offer. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)