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Beach renourishment to invade Gulf beaches for summer season


Treasure Island, Florida — Sections of beach all along the Gulf Coast are set to be blocked off just as summer beach season gets underway.

It's set to start in just a few weeks. There will be bulldozers, pipes and 24/7 workdays with hundreds of feet of beach off limits. The project to pump sand onto the shore to protect the coastline starts in Treasure Island and will move day by day down the coast where it will end at Pass-A-Grille Beach.

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St. Pete's Beach Drive sees major resurgence


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Just four years ago, they could barely give 'em away.

Now, if you haven't noticed there's another high-rise apartment boom going on in downtown St. Petersburg, even as other parts of the Bay area are still struggling.

At 93, Nick Giammarino stands outside his apartment building on 4th Avenue just about every day, watching it all happen.

Like a foreclosure Phoenix rising from recession ruins, he's witnessing a serious real estate rebound.

This Father's Day, Give The Gift of Health


Clearwater, FL - Statistics show that more than half of men haven't seen a doctor in the past year. Doctors Express Clearwater wants to change that. Instead of giving Dad, or the man in your life, another tie or power drill, give him the gift that will keep on giving for years - health.

Iconic St. Pete pet mural being painted over


St. Petersburg, Florida -- An iconic mural is being taken down, because a popular St. Pete building is in need of desperate repair.

The multi-story Gas Plant Antiques building is now home to Furnish Me Vintage, owned by Jacqueline Williams and Todd Wilson. Chairs, tables, and all kinds of mid-century and vintage home furnishings pack the enormous, 30,000-square-foot building.

Each piece has a story.

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Clearwater police crack down on jaywalking


Clearwater, Florida — Thanks to funding from the Florida Department of Transportation, Clearwater Police officers are cracking down on pedestrians and bicyclists who aren't using crosswalks to help keep them safe.

Earlier this week, Clearwater suffered its second pedestrian fatality on busy Gulf to Bay Boulevard, where a man was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross the street outside of a crosswalk. That's why police are doing extra enforcement and have been since March.

Largo trash collectors subdue burglary suspect


LARGO, Florida - "I grabbed the nose like that and twisted..."

Mike Kowalke goes with his instincts. "I did this [headlock] loose enough so he could breath. He bit my arm, that's when I said, 'Don't bite me, don't bite me."

Mike was showing me how he took an alleged bad guy down. 20-year-old Matthew Olver is accused of trying to break into a home on a quiet residential street in Largo.

St. Petersburg nursing home fined for saving man's life


St. Petersburg, Florida — A St. Petersburg nursing home is fined tens of thousands of dollars for keeping one of its residents alive, violating a Do Not Resuscitate order.

Elder law attorney Laurie Ohall says many times patients near the end of their lives will consult with doctors and agree to a DNR.