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Aaron Darr used campaign funds for frequent travel

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Former Largo City Commission candidate Aaron Darr has been using campaign funds to travel all over the state as well as New York City and Washington D.C. Most recently Darr spent more than $400 in the Big Apple during the month of December. During that same period, Darr raised just $534. Only $35 of that came from donors in New York. Expenses listed on Darr’s latest campaign finance report suggest that he was in New York City for most of…

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Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson resigns

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Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson is resigning effective February 29. The first-term commissioner, in a letter, explained that a new position he has accepted will require him to travel frequently leaving him unable to fulfill his duties as commissioner. “This is not a decision I take lightly, but after discussions with my family, we have decided that this is the best route for us at this time,” Robinson wrote. Robinson was elected to a four-year term in 2012. This would…

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Pinellas County Schools to hold jobs fair Tuesday in Largo

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Pinellas County Schools will hold its first winter job fair on Tuesday for prospective employees looking to get a leg up on finding a job in public education. The public school system for the state’s seventh-largest student population said in a release Monday they are specifically targeting current and recent college interns who studied education and have performed in-class training, though all interested members of the public are welcome. The district is looking to fill positions in the following areas: elementary…

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Largo City Commission incumbent decides to seek re-election amid Robert Avery extortion scandal

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Adding to the drama that plagued a Largo City Commission race this week is a new twist. Incumbent Commissioner Curtis Holmes now says he’s planning to run for re-election. Up until his announcement Wednesday, two candidates were vying for the seat he had planned to vacate and one of them was charged with extortion. Robert Avery was charged Monday with felony extortion after a threatening email sent to his opponent, 24-year old activist Aaron Darr, was traced back to Avery’s…

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Largo City Commission candidate charged with felony extortion

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A Largo City Commission candidate is in hot water after a threatening email sent to his opponent was traced back to him. Robert Avery allegedly sent an email to Aaron Darr threatening to release digitally acquired negative information about Darr unless he drops out of the race. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Avery is being charged with felony extortion. Largo police were able to trace the anonymous email’s IP address to Avery. The two candidates are running for Seat…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.12.15 — Hot fun in the summertime?

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Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the legendary Live-Aid concerts that took place in Philadelphia and London. One of the breakout stars of that historic occasion, Boy George, will apparently be in the Tampa Bay area this weekend. That’s right: Culture Club is headlining a group of ’80s and ’90s bands that will be playing all day this Saturday at R.O.C. Park, a new facility filled with softball parks located in Madeira Beach. I first heard of this show when listening to…

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Catching fireworks in North Pinellas? Here are the details

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The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is wishing patriotic celebrants safe travels this Fourth of July. The group tweeted a reminder to followers that the Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed due to fireworks Saturday. The estimated closure is from 9:25 until 9:55, but that time is subject to change depending on whether and timing of the fireworks show. The e-flier suggests alternative routes by using the Belleair Causeway or taking the Clearwater Ferry. The ferry leaves from downtown Clearwater…

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