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Clearwater selected as best beach in U.S.

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Clearwater Beach has been selected Trip Advisor’s 2016 Best Beach in the United States beating out seven Hawaii beaches. The results are compiled from user reviews. “The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon,” one review read. Many of the comments posted on Trip Advisor about Clearwater Beach include references to the soft, sugary white sand. “Prettiest…

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TradeWinds Island Resorts investing $2.4 million in new, existing jobs come 2016

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St. Pete Beach’s TradeWinds Island Resorts are all set to make a hefty workforce investment in 2016. Come January, the company – which also runs the Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost – will be looking to fill more than 100 full and part-time positions at each of its beachfront resorts. The hiring will be for more than 40 job titles, including security guards, activities counselors, stewards, beach attendants, housekeepers, cooks, and reservations agents. In total, the resorts are investing…

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Here’s the skinny on Fourth of July happenings in and around St. Pete

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Wondering what to do this Saturday for the Fourth of July? Fear not, there any number of festivities throughout St. Pete to celebrate our nation’s Independence. Fireworks will go off from Spa Beach in downtown St. Pete weather-permitting sometime between twighlight – about 8:30 p.m. – and 10 p.m. Typically St. Pete fireworks start lighting up the sky around 9 p.m. The show can be seen well from most downtown parks including Vinoy, Albert Whitted, Demens Landing, North and South…

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Tradewinds waterslide maker sues Australian company for selling knockoffs

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The company who makes the popular slide behind the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach is suing an Australian company for ripping off its design and brand. The Hippo slide is advertised as the biggest inflatable waterslide in the world. In July 2008 Freestyle Slides signed an agreement with Auset allowing that Australian company to serve as a deal for Freestyle Slides in Australia. The company purchased three slides from Freestyle in 2008, 2009 and 2010. After not receiving any…

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Incumbents rule the day in eight Pinellas municipal races

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It was all about the incumbents Tuesday during a quiet municipal election in eight Pinellas cities. Voters hit the ballot boxes in beach communities, a couple of North County towns and Kenneth City. The most hotly contested races came out of Kenneth City, where a bunch of flamingos made some waves. The flock of flamingos popped up with signs dangling from their necks supporting a candidate. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the flamingos were removed by police because they didn’t…

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Voters in eight Pinellas cities head to the ballot box Tuesday

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Municipal elections are being held in eight Pinellas County cities this Tuesday. Belleair, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island will all have polls open for voters from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The elections are a sprinkling of races for City Council and commissions with a smathering of ballot questions amending city charters. Indian Rocks Beach will choose a city commissioner. Voters will choose from three candidates, Bill Dotson, Terry Hamilton-Wollin and Phillip…

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Bill Foster outlines new parking policies for downtown St. Pete

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Mayor Bill Foster announced on Friday a set of proposed parking changes designed to be more customer-friendly and make downtown parking easier while being fiscally responsible during extremely tight city budget conditions. Changes are planned to take place on June 1, 2010. In a memo to Council, Mayor Foster outlined the following changes: (1) Reduce the number of hours for metered parking from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for all meters. On the waterfront, metered hours will be reduced by three…

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