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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

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Clearwater Beach condominium owners are facing off with their homeowner’s association over short-term rentals, with accusations against five owners of using deception to dodge a 14-day minimum-lease rule. Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president. A Massachusetts resident, Joseph and Nancy Joyce are listed as nonresident co-owners of a unit. Owners of five condos at the Club —…

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Models accuse Tampa strip club of using photos without permission, payment

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Six models are accusing Skin Tampa strip club of using photos in various online promotions without permission or payment. The women are Kimberly Cozzens of San Jose, California; Cielo Jean Gibson of Santa Monica, California; Irina Voronina of Los Angeles; Sara Underwood of Columbia County, Oregon; Kara Monaco of Orange County, California and Alison Waite Jordan of Los Angeles County, California. SKN Trading LLC, doing business as Skin Tampa, is at 1620 E. Adamo Drive, is owned by Maytham Zahedi.…

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Tampa health care tech firm starts cracking down on delinquent providers

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Tampa-based CareSync is cracking down on delinquent medical providers, asking a Hillsborough County court to help collect money owed from an orthopedic practice in default. CareSync is a fast-growing health care technology company headquartered at 14055 Riveredge Dr., Suite 600 in Tampa. According to the CareSync website, the company builds “easy-to-use technology, and combine it with exceptional services to help people better coordinate care.” Dr. Ricky Poole Lockett is medical director and owner of Orthopedic Injury Management in St. Petersburg.…

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Polk County civil rights activists sue USF over public records

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A Winter Garden civil-rights activist group is suing the University of South Florida over access to public records. Among the requests made by the Poor and Minority Justice Association Inc. (PMJA) to the USF board of trustees include University President Judy Genshaft‘s travel expenses, police use of derogatory words and others. According to its website, PMJA, is a nonprofit civil-rights group founded in 2012 to protect minority communities in Polk County from “profiling, harassment and abuse by police” and to…

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After Clearwater Beach arts patrons divorce, court asked for forced eviction

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After completing their divorce, a Clearwater couple — well-known as local art patrons — are waging a legal battle over eviction from the former marital home. Clearwater Beach resident Bruce Leo Dandrew, 76, is a former president of a company called Dedicated Transportation. In 2006, Dandrew married Ludmilla Ribakova, 58, a native of Latvia and also a current resident of Clearwater Beach. Each had a child from a prior marriage. Since 2009, the Dandrews donated thousands of photographs to the Museum…

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HART, trucking company face off over public records for evidence in 2015 crash

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A 2015 accident between a tractor-trailer and a Hillsborough County bus has set off a legal dispute over the right to access public records. As part of the disagreement, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Agency is claiming footage shot inside the bus during the crash, necessary to help exonerate the owner of the tractor-trailer, is confidential and cannot be released. ArcBest is an Arkansas-based publicly traded transportation logistics company, with revenues of $2.7-billion in fiscal year 2016. On Sept. 2,…

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Hillsborough sheriffs look to keep drugs, money siezed after tasing suicidal man

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After telling friends on Facebook he was suicidal, a Tampa man was tased by sheriff’s deputies, who found marijuana and money in the home. Now the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is going to court to keep the cash. Andres Eduardo Javage, 30, is a self-employed mechanic and the founder of Auto Nutrition in Tampa, which offers vehicle maintenance service at customer’s homes. On Feb. 15, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 11422 Wheeling Dr. in Tampa,…

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