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Preparations for the pier 60 sand festival are underway


Clearwater Beach, FL -- Preparations for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival are underway.

It takes a year of planning and nearly two weeks to get the sand ready. Despite a rainy start, crews have been out moving mounds of sand into a giant tent. By Wednesday, 15,000 square feet will be filled with 1,000 tons of sugar sand.

The festival goes from April 4th through the 14th.

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Illinois friends praying for Clearwater plane crash victims


Clearwater, Florida -- Flowers and a card now sit in place of where a small plane crashed on Saturday in Clearwater.

The card reads, "RIP Jeff. Get well soon Katie and Keyana. Tampa Bay Fire and EMS."

Banner plane makes emergency landing in Pinellas


Pinellas County, Florida -- An advertising banner plane crashed in the water near Albert Whitted Airport on Sunday afternoon.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the 1951 Cessna L19 "Bird Dog," which is owned by Advertising Air Force, ditched in the waters of Tampa Bay about 300-400 yards southeast of the Coast Guard base at Bayboro Harbor.

The pilot, 36-year-old Robert Gilchrist, managed to escape from the cockpit and sat on top of the plane until a rescue team arrived to pick him up. He was not injured.

St. Pete teen's plea to be adopted still unanswered


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - Six months after a Florida teen asked a church full of strangers to help him find a real home, he still has not been adopted.

Davion Navar Henry Only's plea featured in news outlets around the world. About 10,000 people around the globe called to ask about helping or adopting him.

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A plane that crashed in Clearwater was involved in a 'nosedive' accident back in 2007.


Tampa, Florida -- A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report shows the same plane that crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater on Saturday was involved in a "nosedive accident" back in 2007.

Meet star of Dolphin Tale at Clearwater Aquarium


Clearwater, Florida -- Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Hazel in Dolphin Tale and the upcoming Dolphin Tale 2, will be at Clearwater Marine Aquarium or its sister location, Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, Thursday, March 27th through Saturday, March 29th for personal appearances to discuss Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

Some believe senate bill will help Pinellas public transit


St. Petersburg, Florida – Voters will decide on a sales tax increase in November that will support Pinellas County Transit Authority.

The one cent increase is part of a project called "Greenlight Pinellas," which seeks to use the money to build light rail from Clearwater to St. Petersburg and purchase new buses for the county.

Currently, PSTA is supported by a property tax, but that would be swapped out of the sales tax increase is approved.