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  1. Local artist Derek Donnelly opens gallery made of shipping containers in Pinellas Park

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — Derek Donnelly remembers the small town of his childhood, where hanging out at the Pinellas Square Mall was one of the only things to do.

    The gallery/studio and living quarters for artist Derek Donnelly is made of seven 40-foot shipping containers.
  2. Bar review: Nikko Mussolini dog bar and boutique in St. Pete Beach

    Bars & Spirits

    St. Pete Beach bars always seem to be a little higher on the quirkiness scale compared with the inland, and, by the name on the sign alone, Nikko Mussolini Dog Barrrrr — that's five R's — and Boutique is no exception.

    The dog-friendly pub is at 9524 Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach.
  3. Madeira Beach commissioner Poe resigns

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Citing her husband's failing health, Elaine Poe has resigned her District 3 seat on the city commission effective Friday.

    Madeira Beach commissioner Elaine Poe will resign on Friday
  4. St. Petersburg seventh-grader uses lemonade stand entrepreneurship to donate bikes


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Callee Connon was in second grade, her teacher asked students to do a project to show they care about the community. The only requirement was that it had to be something they cared about.

    Since 2011, Callee Connon has used her lemonade proceeds to donate 275 new bikes, 126 helmets and 118 used bikes.
  5. Hometown South Pinellas


    Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge delivers holiday food baskets: Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 prepared and delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to eight families in the area. The baskets included a large turkey, pies, and sides. Part of the crew posed for a picture before delivering the food. They are, from left, Joan …

  6. Buddies, Belles and Peaches



    When Alexandra Mookerjee was in fourth grade her parents got a call from the school principal. A girl with Down syndrome was starting at the school and the principal thought Alexandra would be a good student to help look out for her.

  7. Two new vessels — a luxury yacht and a tall ship — hope to get noticed along St. Petersburg's waterfront

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sweeping vistas of waterways edged with miles of public parkland and bustling sidewalks helped entice the owner of a charter yacht company to set course for St. Petersburg.

    The Sir Winston now docks at the city’s downtown port, out of sight of potential customers. Owners prefer a spot like this in the Vinoy basin.
  8. What's old is new again when it comes to Christmas decorations


    CLEARWATER — Once or twice a year, Teri Bridenback makes the trek from Jacksonville to Robert's Christmas Wonderland in Clearwater to shop and bask in the yuletide spirit.

  9. Bike path improvements near Dali Museum not yet complete


    When they resurfaced Bayshore Drive SE in St. Petersburg, they moved the southbound bicycle lane and combined it with the northbound bicycle lane. This change has made for nicer views when riding a bicycle, but it also makes the biker ride against traffic, and the few times I've ridden it, I've almost been hit a few …

    St. Petersburg officials say they are working on improvements for the safety of the bike pathways by adding more striping and defined cross-traffic locations for bicyclists and motorists.
  10. Pinellas County Commission charts course for next round of Penny for Pinellas sales tax


    CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County Commission took the first steps Tuesday toward asking voters to renew the fourth round of a countywide 1 percent sales tax that is expected to generate $2 billion over the next decade.

    Tarpon Springs City Hall, which resides in the former Tarpon Springs High School building, was dedicated in 1926. A recent renovation was paid for in part with funds from Penny for Pinellas, a 1 percent sales tax that has funded projects across the county since 1990. The tax is up for another 10-year renewal in 2017, and on Tuesday the Pinellas County Commission met to get that process started. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  11. Seminole church mission goes beyond donations


    SEMINOLE — Micah Thompson, 35, said that while growing up as a pastor's son, he often went on mission trips and thought he was pretty familiar with them.

    Micah Thompson (third from left), Jaclyn Mela (center, second row), Terry Jamieson (second from right, back) and Matt Obie (second from right, bottom row) from Adoration Church visited Kiu, Kenya, last year.
  12. St. Petersburg collector gets all wound up over vintage toys

    Human Interest

    Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile.

    Wade Hamby says of his vintage toys “I enjoy every one because each one is different.” They were made in the United States and around the world.
  13. Pinellas construction licensing board rebukes its own director for vulgar tirade

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County board that oversees construction contractors voted Thursday to issue a letter of warning to its own executive director for his profanity-laced tirade directed at a Tampa Bay Times reporter who inquired about nominations to that board.

    Rodney Fischer is executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, which oversees contractors.
  14. Bar review: A beer flight board with 25 brews? Get sipping at TiKanis in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    I love a hidden gem. A place that has hundreds of five-star reviews across several online review and social media sites doesn't seem like it would qualify, but I can't think of a better way to describe TiKanis, an unassuming pizza joint on Bay Pines Boulevard in St. Petersburg that I never would have come across had a …

    A perfect combo: pizza and beer. The menu includes a small selection of Greek fare alongside a family bar-food menu of pizza and wings. 
Traditional beer flights are available for $10, or you can up the ante by trying the $45 flight board, which includes 25 samples. Yes, that’s right.
  15. Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price


    CLEARWATER —When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he'd pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.