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Treasure Island residents ask judge to declare development ordinances null

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Two Treasure Island residents have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare two city development ordinances to be void. If the judge agrees, the effect would be to prevent developments of certain heights and densities from being built in the beach city’s downtown special area. That would include developments that have already been approved under the rules. At issue are two ordinances that were passed in 2012. Both involved the Treasure Island downtown special area plan, which allows mixed-uses…

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Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise

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Everyone knows Pinellas County is home to incredible beaches, world-class entertainment, and unmatched quality of life. Because of this, Pinellas has emerged one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. This tourism boom is driving new business to local shops, restaurants and museums, and providing crucial revenue to city and regional government. But as more people discover everything Pinellas has to offer, traffic congestion — and the pollution that comes with it — will only continue to grow. That’s especially true…

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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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Website lists Florida dead last in … everything

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A new ranking on thrilllist.com puts Florida dead last of all 50 states based on, well, everything. Oh, Florida! The ranking is apparently part of America Week at the entertainment blog’s operations. They’ve already ranked states based on food and drink and beer. Florida did considerably better in the food and drink department, coming in at number 24 on that list. But even though that list touted the Sunshine State for its super yummy oranges and key limes and year-round…

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Dave Aronberg: Florida must ban near-shore drilling, provide disaster relief

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Dave Aronberg offers this op-ed: As our state reels from the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is simply not enough to amend our Constitution to prohibit near-shore drilling. With all the understandable anger surrounding this disaster, which will surely have long-term economic and environmental effects on Florida, some are seeking a special session of the Legislature to ensure we will never see oil rigs near our coast. While I support that measure – and have consistently opposed…

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Florida skips offshore oil binge but still pays

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When rigs first started drilling for oil off Louisiana’s coast in the 1940s, Floridians scanned their shoreline, with its resorts and talcum-white beaches, and said, No thanks. Go ahead and drill, they told other Gulf Coast states; we’ll stick with tourism. Now that invisible wall separating Florida from its neighbors has been breached. The spreading BP oil spill has already reached the Panhandle, and if it rides currents to the renowned reefs and fishing holes on both Florida coasts, the Sunshine State could become a…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up to…

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