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Legislature renaming part of U.S. 19 to honor Tarpon Springs officer killed on duty

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Florida lawmakers are seeking to rename a section of Alternate U.S. 19 in northern Pinellas County after a Tarpon Springs police officer killed in the line of duty in 2014. On Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously approved changing the name of a stretch between Tarpon Avenue and the Pasco County line to the Officer Charles ‘Charlie K’ Kondek Jr. Memorial Highway. The House passed a companion Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Kondek had responded to a noise complaint in…

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Jeff Larsen announces campaign kickoff in Pinellas County School Board race

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Jeff Larsen announced Tuesday that several longtime community leaders are hosting a campaign kickoff in his bid for Pinellas County School Board. Larsen, a teacher and former Tarpon Springs Vice Mayor, is running for the At-Large District 2 seat. The kickoff is Wednesday, May 24, at Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. “I’m humbled by the number of people who’ve pledged their support over the past few months and are eager…

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Infrastructure, taxes and business are key issues in Tarpon Springs Commission race

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When Tarpon Springs voters go to the polls next month, they will see some familiar names on the ballot for City Commission, including a former mayor and a candidate for an earlier seat. Frank DiDonato, 69, who lost a bid to return to office last year, served as mayor from 1998 to 2004. He faces Tim Keffalas, 62, who also ran an unsuccessful bid for the commission in 2016, and 30-year-old Jacob Karr, a political newcomer. All three are seeking…

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Ballots mailed to military, overseas voters for municipal elections

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Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections Office mailed a total of 411 ballots to absent military and overseas voters Friday for the March 14 municipal elections. Ten municipalities are conducting elections March 14: cities of Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, the towns of North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, and the cities of Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island (Districts 1 & 3 only). Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their…

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In nine Pinellas cities, some are re-elected, others face the voters next year

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Officials in 15 Pinellas cities are scheduled for a date with the ballot box in next March’s municipal elections. But, with qualifying closed in nine of those, some elected can relax because they have no opposition and are considered re-elected. Others weren’t so lucky. They’ll be facing the voters March 14. Here’s where the score card stands as of Friday. GULFPORT Two seats on the five-member council are up for grabs. In Ward 2, incumbent Christine Anne Brown is facing…

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Award-winning Tarpon Springs librarian sues for injuries from exploding school toilet

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A Tarpon Springs librarian is suing the city after a school toilet exploded and shards of porcelain penetrated her leg. On Nov. 29, 2012, city employees were working on water lines at Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary School during operational hours to address what they called “pressure issues.” The city never informed the school or school board that work was going to be done, and no notice was given to students and employees. Anne Burson, a 68-year-old Palm Harbor resident, was…

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Tarpon Springs elementary school parents face off with bizarre mix of stalking, road rage accusations

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Parents of students in Tarpon Springs are going head to head in a battle that has produced an even dozen various stalking claims. In the latest clash, Stephen Alexander is taking on Lisa McMenamin, John McMenamin, and two lawyers. Both Alexander and the McMenamin’s have children attending Brooker Creek Elementary at 3130 Forelock Road in Tarpon Springs. A suit, filed Oct. 24, claims that April 11, 2016, the McMenamins negligently operated a vehicle and committed road rage. Alexander says he…

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