Saturday, December 8, 2012
Clearwater city leaders unanimously approved a plan Thursday that could change future development and other codes along parts of U.S. 19.
The area was considered rural when Allan Stowell started buying up land along Gulf to Bay Boulevard in the early 1960s. Over the years, the road expanded, and businesses developed along the corridor. Similarly, U.S. 19, once called the Gulf Coast Highway, has changed through the years. “That used to be the place to have property, and now it’s not the place to have property,” Stowell said about the road, which is undergoing growing pains as it is expands to a limit-access highway. In an effort to spur development along the changing U.S. 19 corridor, city leaders unanimously approved plans to guide growth along the area at the city council meeting Thursday. The plan is based on resident and business input from meetings over the last year …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Clearwater city leaders are expected to approve a plan that could change future development and other codes along parts of U.S. 19, including some stretches near Dunedin, at the its council meeting Thursday.
Clearwater leaders are expected to approve plans that could change future development and other codes along parts of U.S. 19 at its public meeting Thursday. While it is still undergoing some growing pains as crews work on changing a 2.7-mile section from a stoplight-filled, median-separated road into a limit-access highway, for months Clearwater officials asked for opinions in this survery that would shape future land use changes along the commercial corridor. In an effort to entice development around the revamped corridor, Clearwater leaders are looking to approve a resolution that could usher in code and other changes to the area. “This is a plan. It’s going to change because a lot of it is not within our control. But more importantly it…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Investigators say Adrian David Rodriguez's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he ran a red light and struck a car driven by Christopher Holly at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive last month.
A Clearwater man accused of running a red light and killing another driver last month in Dunedin has been charged with DUI manslaughter, the Tampa Bay Times reports, citing the Florida Highway Patrol. Adrian David Rodriguez, 33, turned himself in Friday and was booked in Pinellas County Jail, according to the report. FHP investigators said Rodriguez ran a red light with his 1999 Nissan Altima at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive in Dunedin in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. Christopher Holly, 28, was making a U-turn at the intersection when his Nissan Xterra was struck by Rodriguez's. The impact caused Holly's car to roll over, and he died at the scene. Rodriguez suffered minor injuries in the crash. Blood test results later showed his blood …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Whether or not you agree with the message, have you ever passed a roadside rally and wondered what motivates the people? One week before the Nov. 6 General Election, Dunedin Patch went to the corner of Curlew Road and U.S. 19 to meet the mystery rallyers.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Katie Dolac
Friday, November 2, 2012
Many passing drivers honked in support, others gestured crudely. A dozen or so North Pinellas 9/12 Project demonstrators seemed unfazed. Along with the supportive honks, "we get our fair share of people flipping us off, 'F yous,' and all that," rally organizer Joe Sekula said while holding a "Fire Obama" sign. Just days before the Nov. 6 General Election, Sekula led a roadside rally largely in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as drivers stuck in Tuesday's rush-hour traffic on U.S. 19 slowly passed. Some demonstrators held signs in support of Democrat Carl Zimmerman. Pam Bollenbacher of Safety Harbor was among them. She waved at drivers with her free hand for two hours, with a smile on her face. Although a registered Republican, she …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Christopher Holly, 28, of Clearwater was trying to make a u-turn on U.S. 19 when his suv was hit by a car that ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Clearwater man was killed while making a u-turn on U.S. 19 early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Investigators say Christopher Holly, 28, was driving northbound on U.S 19 and was attempting to make a u-turn at Republic Drive around 3:03 a.m. when his 2005 Nissan Xterra was hit by a 1999 Nissan Altima traveling southbound that ran a red light. The impact of the crash caused the Xterra to roll over. Holly died at the scene. Investigators say that Adrian David Rodriguez, 33, of Clearwater, was driving the Altima. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The accident remains under investigation.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Regardless of plans to lure development to the commercial corridor, business owners worry continued changes to the road will drive them out of business.
Kathleen Bromley is torn. She creates stained glass at The Stained Glass Studio of Clearwater along U.S. 19, and has for about 30 years. Bromley remembers the last time expansion came to one of the area's most dangerous roads, when the overpasses at Countryside Boulevard and State Road 580 were added. It nearly broke her. “I’m a very visual business,” Bromley said. As a Clearwater resident, she wants the faster-flowing road to connect to other parts of the Tampa Bay area. As a business owner, though, she wonders: “How long will I be able to do this?” Project Manager Sees U.S. 19 as a Regional Hot Spot Bromley and about 30 other residents and business owners went to an open house last week to hear what consultants have put together based on…
An online survey seeks ideas for future development and land use along U.S. 19. Preliminary results will be shared with city leaders Monday.
The U.S. 19 Innovative Places website was developed for residents and business owners to share their ideas for how to use and develop along U.S. 19 from Belleair to Curlew roads. The study area is defined by Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Drew Street and North McMullen Booth Road and is divided into five segments including the Countryside Activity Center, the Gulf to Bay Activity Center, the Sunset Point and Coachman District, the Belleair District and the “in between areas.” Some of the ideas include: Countryside Activity Area Gulf to Bay Activity Center Sunset Point and Coachman District Planners shared ideas taken from a survey, open from March 5 to May 12, at a Clearwater City Council meeting this week. Another survey was created May 14 …