Monday, May 13, 2013
The accident happened late Saturday night on a U.S. 19 North frontage road, investigators said.
A Clearwater man has died after he struck a utility pole and flipped his car late Saturday night in Largo, police said. John J. Taborda, 31, was headed northbound "at a high rate of speed" on a U.S. 19 North frontage road just north of Roosevelt Boulevard when he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Impala, according to Largo Police. Officers responded just after 11:30 p.m. to the scene, where the car had struck a utility pole as it flipped upside down. Taborda died at the scene, officials said. He was the car's only occupant. Sign up for the Clearwater Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The intersection was scheduled to close Tuesday and Wednesday nights to allow for road construction, as part of the U.S. 19 expansion project.
The intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at U.S. 19 was scheduled to close Tuesday and Wednesday nights to allow workers to erect steel girders, according to the Department of Transportation. The road is being closed from 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. as crews install girders that will be part of a widened U.S. 19 bridge deck span over State Road 60. The construction is part of the U.S. 19 expansion project from north of Whitney Road to north of State Road 60. This major construction project consists of: The detour for the closure is: 1.) westbound traffic turning north at the northbound Frontage Road to Drew Street, west to Belcher, south to Gulf-to-Bay, east/west at that point depending upon destination to either westbound on Gulf-to-Bay or …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Water is shut off to homes and businesses in the area near McMullen Booth and Northeast Coachman roads after a leaking water main worsened this afternoon, according to county officials. The water is expected to be turned on at 11 p.m.
Water is shut off to homes and businesses near McMullen Booth and Northeast Coachman roads after a leaking water main worsened this afternoon, according to county officials. The water is expected to be back on at 11 p.m. Homes and businesses in the area south of Sunset Point Road, east of U.S. 19, north of State Road 590 and west of McMullen Booth Road will be impacted. Crews are working to repair a water main that started leaking late this afternoon just north of the railroad tracks near Northeast Coachman and McMullen roads. Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
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 …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies made one arrest and issued a citation during a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at a Kmart on U.S. 19, according to officials.
Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies stopped nearly 200 vehicles — making one arrest and issuing a citation — during a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at the Kmart parking lot near U.S. 19 and State Road 580 in Clearwater. Deputies arrested and charged one person with no valid driver license, two counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Deputies also issued one citation. At the checkpoint, community policing, K-9 and narcotics deputies diverted 194 vehicles looking for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. There were 790 vehicles that passed by the area, according to officials. Along with impaired drivers, deputies were looking for driver license, registration, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Longtime Clearwater resident Ken Dewese showed his support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan during rush hour this week on U.S. 19.
Many passing drivers honked in support, while others gestured crudely. Ken Dewese seemed unfazed. Just days before the Nov. 6 General Election, Dewese held a homemade campaign sign, an American flag attached, in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as drivers stuck in Tuesday's U.S. 19 rush hour traffic slowly passed. The wind was so fierce at one demonstration that his other American flag broke off, he said, pointing to the splintered end of a wooden rod still taped to the back of his Romney-Ryan sign. Dewese, a more than 30-year Clearwater resident, waved for two hours alongside a dozen or so fellow demonstrators. He said he is inspired to demonstrate on the corner. "You make your donations, but you can't just sit around," Dewese said…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Plans are in place to close the Publix Supermarket at Sunset 19 Shopping Center on Dec. 29, according to officials with the grocery chain.
Supermarket shoppers near U.S. 19 and Sunset Point Road will have to find a new grocery store soon. Plans are in place to close the Publix Super Market at Sunset 19 Shopping Center on Dec. 29, according to officials with the grocery chain. The store is closing because another is close by and there is not enough business in the area to sustain both locations, according to Shannon Patten, a spokeswoman with Publix. There is a Publix at the Beckett Lake Plaza about a half mile away. Employees will be offered the chance to work at other nearby stores, Patten said. “I can assure you that ensuring job security of our associates is a top priority,” Patten said. “When an existing store closes, all of the associates are given the opportunity to …
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.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Bonnie Jo Blessing, 45, was seriously injured and taken to Bayfront Medical Center.
A woman was hit by an SUV and seriously injured when she tried to cross U.S. 19 on Sunday night in Clearwater, authorities said. Bonnie Jo Blessing, 45, was attempting to cross U.S. 19 from the west to the east, about 800 feet south of Enterprise Road, at around 11:40 p.m., Clearwater public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said. Blessing, who is homeless, stepped off the median into the northbound lanes of traffic and was hit by a 2006 Suzuki. She was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Watts said. No charges were immediately announced against the SUV's driver, Marjorie Blackman, 60, of Spring Hill.
Monday, August 13, 2012
The preliminary plan for the future use of development along US 19 will be presented Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater is planning to make the US 19 corridor more attractive, successful and sustainable. A market analysis, land use assessment study and focus group sessions were conducted to identify challenges faced along the corridor. A preliminary framework plan and strategies will be presented at a US 19 workshop, Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd. The presentation will take place at 5 p.m. Conditions along the corridor have changed dramatically over the past several years, and along the Clearwater stretch, especially. The roadway’s redesign, changes in access and circulation patterns, and the economic downturn have impacted property owners, businesses, and local residents. The study area …