Posted: 4:07 am Friday, April 21st, 2017

Clearwater City Council Buys Aquarium Property 

By Ann Kelly

Clearwater City Council voted unanimously not to sell a tract of land in downtown Clearwater that the Church of Scientology wanted to buy, currently owned by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The city will buy the property at Pierce Street and Osceola Avenue. It’s slated to be a part of the 10-year, $55 million overhaul project along the waterfront and Coachman Park

We officially have our first named tropical system. Tropical Storm Arlene is way out in the Atlantic and not a threat to Florida. Forecasters expect it to dissipate later today. Keep an eye on the weather this weekend here.

The Bucs season schedule was released yesterday. It includes a couple of big games – with the defending champion Patriots in town for a Thursday game in Week 5, and then the Bucs hosting the Falcons for a Monday night game the week before Christmas. We have the full schedule here.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is putting a hold on black bear hunts until at least 2019 by a 4-3 vote. They’ll take another look their bear management plan in two years but for now their studies say the majority of Floridians do not want a hunt this year.

Now where is the nation’s deadliest highway? It’s not I-4 according to Geotab, it’s a stretch of US 1 that has had the most fatal crashes over the last ten years in three categories. Distracted driving was cited as one of the big reasons for the wrecks.

The Florida Blueberry Festival returns to Brooksville this weekend. Some 60,000 people are expected between Saturday and Sunday. Along with plenty of pie and shortcake will be the return of the 1,000 food slide.

Say what? Tampa has turned up in the #7 spot of the nation’s least attractive cities. Travel + Leisure magazine is looking at the superficial, noting the great restaurants but not great looking people. The #1 spot goes to Baltimore; we’re nestled between Cleveland at #6 and Atlanta at #8.