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In Pinellas County, registered Republicans have the most decisions to make during the Aug. 26 primary election, but Democrats and independents also have choices at the state and local level.

Republicans and Democrats will pick their candidates to continue on to the November general election for governor and lieutenant governor and state representative. Republicans also will choose a candidate for state senator. Democrats will pick a candidate for attorney general.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Donna Valery knew something was amiss when she felt a pinprick on her toe while walking on the beach recently. Valery, who walks the beach practically every morning, looked down and discovered, covered in seaweed, a fisherman’s 9-inch lure with six barbed hooks. She was upset and concerned enough to bring the matter up at a recent meeting of the Indian Rocks Beach Commission.

“That lure had six barbed hooks. Why would you need something that big; it is scary,” she said.

Valery said barbed hooks are outlawed in Washington State and in Ontario, Canada.

“Those barbs go into people and when you pull them out it is pulling skin with it, just like a sting ray,” she said. “The barbs are only there to keep the live bait on; it has nothing to do with keeping a fish on the line.”

Overall, Valery said she is concerned about the safety of the beach, particularly of the many children who play and swim at the beach.

“Those hooks are hidden half the time, in seaweed,” she said. “When you find them it can be too late.”

Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson is no stranger to the hazards of walking the beach. He’s another daily walker and has been doing it for years.
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CLEARWATER - He may not have applied for the job, but Clearwater’s Police Chief Tony Holloway has been selected to head the St. Petersburg Police Department. Holloway is expected to publicly accept the position at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

“I’m excited for Chief Holloway and disappointed for the city of Clearwater,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said upon learning the news Monday morning. “Chief Holloway is one of the finest police chiefs in the state of Florida, and we regret losing him very much.”
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ST. PETE BEACH - City commissioners voted unanimously July 8 to grant a variance to the Plaza Beach Resort, 4506 Gulf Blvd., which begins the process for the 63-year-old facility to be redeveloped as a condo hotel.

After a discussion that lasted more than 90 minutes, St. Pete Beach commissioners agreed to a request by Plaza Beach General Manager Robert Czyszczon to allow the permitted 750 square feet per temporary lodging unit to be expanded to 900 square feet.
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TALLAHASSEE - The latest figures from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show Pinellas County’s unemployment numbers unchanged for June.

Preliminary not seasonally adjusted unemployment for the county was 6 percent - unchanged from the revised numbers for May. The preliminary report for May showed the county’s unemployment at 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate in June 2013 was 7.5 percent.
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CLEARWATER - Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Cynthia Newton fulfilled a dream when she braved choppy waters and gusty winds to complete her very first Ironman competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho July 1.

It took 15 hours and 52 minutes, but Newton swam 2.4 miles in Lake Coeur d’Alene - in waters that were both rough and cold - before she bicycled 112 miles and then ran 26.2 miles through a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Northwest.
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SEMINOLE - Tampa Bay Newspapers won 17 awards in the Florida Press Association’s 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, including six first-place awards, in categories for design, writing, editing, photography, special sections and online coverage.
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Another sign that hurricane season is ongoing - the second tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season formed Monday evening about 1,205 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Maximum sustained winds were 35 mph. The depression is not expected to increase in strength before dissipating and becoming a remnant low by Thursday. Maximum sustained winds must reach 39 mph for a depression to be upgraded to a tropical storm.
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