CLEARWATER — The candidate did not, on paper, meet minimum requirements of the position. He was not the clear choice of the review board. He also listed a degree on his application that he did not really have. But then-Parks and Recreation athletics coordinator Brian Craig was chosen for the police special operations coordinator position over 61 applicants anyway. The … [Read more...] about He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.
Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.BERNIE SANDERS DRAWS A CROWD FOR ANDREW GILLUM IN TAMPAA long line snaked around the Armature Works on 1910 N. Ola Ave for an 11 a.m. rally for a rally where Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from Vermont and the darling of the left, stumped for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s bid for Florida governor. … [Read more...] about Top 5 at noon: Bernie Sanders draws a crowd for Andrew Gillum in Tampa; why red time is so bad this year; and more
In a close encounter of the submerged kind, a Discovery Channel treasure hunter said he found what could be a massive extraterrestrial structure at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.Darrell Miklos, host of Discovery’s treasure hunting show Cooper’s Treasure, was chasing the trail of an English shipwreck for an episode of his show when he made … [Read more...] about Alien spaceship may lay off Florida coast, says Discovery Channel treasure hunter
It has been spotted frequently in Tampa Bay recently, both in the water and on social media. It’s gigantic, strangely cube-shaped and according to the many who have gawked at it, very cool. Described as a Bond villain-esque "floating mansion," the more the mysterious boat shows up around the Tampa and St. Petersburg waterfronts, the more people want to know: What is that … [Read more...] about What’s up with that crazy, steel cube yacht that ran aground on Gandy Beach?
Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.SHOOTER IN CLEARWATER STAND YOUR GROUND CASE TO MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE BEFORE JUDGEMichael Drejka, the man accused of killing Markeis McGlockton in a shooting that reignited a debate over Florida’s stand your ground law, will make his first appearance before a judge today. While the 1:30 p.m. showing is largely … [Read more...] about Top 5 at noon: First appearance for shooter in stand your ground case; what did DeSantis do at Gitmo?; and more
DADE CITY — Pasco County wants to make it easier for food trucks to do business locally.That goes for the guy selling Georgia peaches out of the back of his van, too.The county is amending its land development code to include new rules for so-called mobile food operations. The Planning Commission endorsed the proposed ordinance last week. Pasco commissioners must vote on … [Read more...] about Pasco looks to pave way for food trucks
CLEARWATER — An Iowa insurance company is suing a Tarpon Springs woman, claiming she embezzled about $50,000 from the Clearwater church preschool where she once worked.GuideOne Elite Insurance said in its lawsuit that Melissa Hollis "without permission took approximately $50,000 from her employer," which resulted in a $25,000 payout to that employer, North Bay Community … [Read more...] about Lawsuit: Tarpon Springs woman stole nearly $50,000 from Clearwater church
The owner of a Tarpon Springs car dealership was arrested Friday afternoon as police investigate five cases of bounced checks from the business totaling more than $185,000.Wassim Rouh Nasr, 50, was arrested at Exotic Motorcars Dealership on U.S. 19, according to a Tarpon Springs police news release. He faces a charge of fraud involving a security interest for the sale of a 1965 … [Read more...] about Owner of exotic car dealership arrested for bounced checks
A Red Tide algae bloom has been plaguing the Southwest Florida coast for months, and recently threatened to invade Tampa Bay (although the latest forecast shows it traveling southward again). Here are some questions and answers about the microscopic toxic threat to taking a fun trip to the beach.What is Red Tide?Small, scattered colonies of microscopic algae live in the Gulf of … [Read more...] about Red Tide’s toxic toll your questions answered
It started that January with a small patch of discolored water about 20 miles west of St. Petersburg. Six months later, its lethal touch left scores of dead sea life on the shores of Pinellas County.Soon, it was deemed one of the worst outbreaks of Red Tide in state history.That was the algal bloom of 2005, which spent more than a year plaguing the gulf from the Alabama border … [Read more...] about Recalling the devastating Red Tide of 2005 and dreading a repeat