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Lawmakers learn Pinellas is responsible for half of Florida’s wastewater overflow this year

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Lack of capacity, deteriorating sewer lines, broken equipment, and an immense amount of rain are to blame for overwhelmed sewer systems that have dumped more than 248 million gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waterways so far this year. Those explanations, provided to the county’s legislative delegation during a fact-finding session Tuesday, did not sit well with at least one delegation member. “I get frustrated when I hear excuses and I hear climate change,”…

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Tampa region leads state in demand for STEM jobs

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Looking for a STEM job? Tampa Bay might just be the place to be. The region added more than 39,000 private sector jobs over the year, and leads the state when it comes to high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs. According to the governor’s office, there were 15,727 openings in STEM fields in August. “I am proud to announce today that the Tampa area added 39,500 new jobs over the year and also led the entire state in job demand with nearly…

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Clearwater’s Melanie Margalis helps U.S. reach relay final

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Clearwater native Melanie Margalis joined with three teammates to win their heat in the 4×200 freestyle relay on Wednesday afternoon. Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge joined with Margalis to earn the top seed for the U.S. Schmitt swam a 1:55 first leg, while Franklin and Margalis each turned in times of 1:57. Runge swam the anchor leg and brought the U.S. one and eight-tenths seconds ahead of the Chinese at 7:47.77. The Australians, swimming in the first heat,…

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Pinellas property values jump nearly 8 percent

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Property values across Pinellas County went up by about 7.7 percent, according to Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. The figures are estimates; final numbers are due July 1. The estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. Estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. While the County saw a 7.7 percent increase overall in the taxable…

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Pinellas cops carry torch for Special Olympics Florida

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Law enforcement officers from across Pinellas spent much of Wednesday morning carrying a torch across the county as part of the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida. They began in St. Petersburg with about 40 officers, said Sgt. Spencer Gross, spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. By the end of the 23-mile journey at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Education Center in Clearwater, there were more than 140 officers who ran or bicycled as part of the relay. As they…

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Clearwater Sugar Sand Festival to honor Prince with sand sculpture

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Clearwater’s Pier 60 will honor musical icon Prince with a sand sculpture during this week’s Sugar Sand Festival. Prince, 57, died Thursday at his home in Minneapolis. “The city of Clearwater and the organizers of the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival are shocked and saddened by the passing of musical icon Prince,” Festival organizers said in a statement first reported in the Tampa Bay Reporter. “To honor this musical genius, starting today, sculptors at the Sugar Sand Festival will begin…

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Jay Polgaze to take on Robert Cundiff during Clearwater candidate forum tonight

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Jay Polgaze and Robert Cundiff will square off in a candidate forum Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Clearwater. Cundiff is challenging Polgaze for his seat on City Council. The forum will be held in Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall located at 112 South Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater. A live stream of the event will be broadcast on the City of Clearwater’s website under the “live meeting” tab. The event will also be archived for…

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