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Clearwater Council OK's red light cameras

Clearwater Council OK's red light cameras

Clearwater, Florida -The city council tonight approved the installation of red light cameras at several busy intersections next year.

The vote was 3-2.

The local ordinance cited the safety hazard red light running poses to citizens, and the need to reduced the practice. The program would be overseen by the city police department.

The ordinance does not specify where the detectors would be installed, but many of them are expected along Gulf-To-Bay Boulevard.

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New public privy completed at Mandalay Park

Clearwater Beach, Florida - A new comfort station opened on the North Beach this week, replacing a wooden bathroom facility that has already been torn down.

The new public, concrete-block facility is located on the parking lot side of Mandalay Park, between the Palm Pavilion and Frenchy's Rockaway Grill.

Early next year, the city will bid for more restrooms and renovation of current facilities at the Pier 60 Concession Building.

Together, the projects are expected to cost about $200,000.


Bicyclist injured in Clearwater

Clearwater, Forida -- A 55 year old bicyclist was struck and injured by a vehicle tonight at the CSX railroad crossing on Hercules Avenue North.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the victim was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with what initially was believed to be life-threatening injuries.

The victim's identity ws not released pending notification of his familiy. 

Details of the accident are pending further investigation.

Update: Family accuses after school program volunteer of abusing son

Update: The Tarpon Springs police chief now says Romando Black, the accused volunteer, will not be allowed to work with kids, or be part of the after school program at all, until at least after the investigation is complete.


Tarpon Springs, Florida - By putting her 12-year-old son in an after school program, Selena Mack wanted to see his grades improve.

She didn't expect him to come home in a neck brace.

"He's been emotionally traumatized by this.  Even me, I couldn't sleep last night," Mack explained.

Her son, Burt Forde, admits he got into a verbal argument, even cursed at, a volunteer counselor at the Cops and Kids Program in Tarpon Springs.

But he says he didn't think it would turn physical.

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Jewelry stolen in "for-sale" home burglary

Clearwater Beach, Florida - Police are looking for three people in a home burglary that occurred as the owner was showing his property to what he thought were prospective buyers.

The crime happened Tuesday afternoon on Windward Island Road on Island Estates.

The homeowner said two men had stopped by, saw the "for sale" sign and asked to see the home.

"While the homeowner was showing the property, one of the men was on the phone and was speaking in a foreign language. He said he was telling his mother about the home," police said.

Actually, police said, he was talking to a third person who entered through the front door while the homeowner was showing off the backyard, and stole several pieces of jewelry.

The homeowner didn't notice anything was missing until later.

Police said the known suspects were two white males between the ages of 30 and 40. They were driving a gold, late model mid-sized Cadilac SUV.


Tarpon culinary treasure re-opens under new management

Tarpon culinary treasure re-opens under new management

Tarpon Springs, FL - If you remember the beloved Greek eatery Pappas Riverside welcoming guests at the entrance to the Tarpon Springs' sponge docks for 80 years, until it was sold in 2005, you'll be happy to hear the previously empty building is back up and running, open for lunch and dinner. The new Riverside Grille House is taking over the desirable waterfront location and high standards inherited from Louis Pappas himself.

Some of the Greek food and hard-working staff has carried over from the previous brand, but expect a unique new personality at the restaurant, which opened its doors on Nov. 19. While finding a happy compromise between a rich legacy and an exciting future, the new owners, Michael Lowe and Victor Holcomb, are excited to hear feedback from the Tarpon Springs community about the million dollar renovation and new menu.

Flashed! World AIDS Day Cut A Thon

In honor of World AIDS Day, Wicked Salon and Hiro's Tokyo Steakhouse teamed up to offer discounted hair cuts and drink specials with proceeds benefitting AIDS Services Association of Pinellas.

Photo Gallery: World AIDS Day Cut A Thon pictures