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Tourism is up for the first half of 2014, according to a report from Research Data Services, presented by President and CEO Walter Klages to the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council Aug. 20.

The report shows that 589,300 visitors stayed overnight during the month of June - up from 562,800 in 2013. The economic impact was more than $720.5 million, an 8 percent increase.

Occupancy at the county’s lodging accommodations was 80.4 percent in June compared to 76.6 percent in 2013. The average daily rate was $123.15 up from $114.87 last year. Revenue per room was $99.01 compared to $87.99 in 2013.
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BELLEAIR - A private investigator’s report into the alleged wrongdoings by Belleair Police Chief Tom Edwards is expected to be completed shortly after Labor Day. Town Manager Micah Maxwell said he had hoped the report would have been in by now but understood why it is taking longer than expected.

“It is not necessarily not on time,” he said. “As with most inquiries there are people to talk to you didn’t realize were there. The more you investigate the more you discover.”

Belleair Police Detective James Howard, the Department’s union representative wrote a letter to Maxwell in July accusing the chief of “actions which I had witnessed and felt were unprofessional, unethical and borderline illegal.”

The letter followed a meeting between Howard and Maxwell over a year ago on July 25, 2013 where Howard outlined his concerns about Edwards’ behavior. In the letter Howard said he wasn’t satisfied with Maxwell’s actions since that time.

“It’s been a year since the initial complaints were made against the Chief of Police and nothing has been done,” he wrote. “The Chief of Police is now empowered to continue with his own agenda knowing there are no consequences.”
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SEMINOLE - Tampa Bay Newspapers will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday. Deadline for retail advertising is Thursday, Aug. 28, 5 p.m. for the Seminole Beacon, Beach Beacon, Largo Leader, Belleair Bee and Clearwater Beacon.

Deadline for retail advertising for the Pinellas Park Beacon is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

Deadline for classified display ads is 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Deadline for classified line ads is noon, Friday, Aug. 29.

Deadline for editorial press releases is noon Thursday, Aug. 28.
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For many, Labor Day marks the last holiday of the summer season. It is the last three-day weekend for most until Memorial Day next year.

Almost 35 million Americans are planning to take a final road trip taking them more than 50 miles away from home over the Labor Day holiday, according to AAA - The Auto Club Group. AAA defines the Labor Day travel period as Thursday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 1.
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DUNEDIN - After talking about it for several years, the Dunedin City Commission Aug. 21 unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance to rewrite the solid waste component of the Dunedin city code, which also changes trash pickup to once a week, effective Jan. 5.

It is estimated that going to one day a week for residential trash pickup will save the city $700,000 in the first year alone, according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito.
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Getting rid of the garbage is a challenge, especially in Florida’s most densely populated county.

Pinellas County residents and visitors generate about 1.3 million tons of municipal solid waste - garbage - every year. That’s a lot for a county with only one landfill.

But, effective management of the waste stream coupled with continuing advances in technology, a dose of creativity and assistance from the public may extend the life of that landfill a little bit longer.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - A sense of purpose and determination is what a young Indian Rocks Beach inventor says is necessary to successfully invent something.

Marissa Streng, 12, is the inventor of the Puff-N-Fluff, a device to help dry off dogs after their bath. Streng said it was born out of necessity.

“Our dog didn’t like being wet after his bath, and we didn’t like that wet dog smell all over the house,” she said.
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Beach Beacon News
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TREASURE ISLAND - When the phone calls started coming in from places like California and New Hampshire, Diane and Monty Null, owners of the Super Scoop ice cream shop in Treasure Island, were caught off guard.

Much to their amazement, their shop, located at 11025 Gulf Blvd., had been selected as the No. 3 ice cream shop in the country, according to a poll of customers on the travel website TripAdvisor.
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