Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

Tracey McManus

Tampa Bay Times

Clearwater, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Tracey:

Pinellas beaches will be open for July 4 holiday, but officials expect self policing

County officials feared closing 35 miles of beaches would congest indoor spaces, riskier for spreading coronavirus. → Read More

Clearwater COVID grants a lifeline to some but haven’t reached as many as intended

In its first month, only about one-fourth of the $4 million allocated for grants has been approved for businesses. → Read More

Clearwater woman drops lawsuit against Scientology alleging child sexual abuse

Originally filed last year in Miami-Dade circuit court, the case was transferred to Pinellas County in May and dropped June 5 → Read More

Pinellas ministers, local law enforcement discuss reform, improved relationships

Local ministers said they received a pledge of more transparency and scrutiny on policies and practices. → Read More

In Clearwater, pain after the death of George Floyd is playing out differently

So far, protesters have not publicly clashed with Clearwater’s mayor and police. → Read More

Countryside mall closes Wednesday amid protests, police to monitor shopping areas

The Clearwater Police chief not direct the mall to close but is aware of unsubstantiated threats of looting at malls in the area. → Read More

A Clearwater law firm and a Pinellas retiree spar again over public records

First in Madeira Beach and now in Dunedin, a retired consultant says he’s working to keep local governments transparent. → Read More

Pinellas lifts virus restrictions on beaches, pools and playgrounds

The county will no longer mandate social distancing on beaches. Playgrounds and pools are reopening to full capcities too. → Read More

Bar owners, workers protest in Clearwater against orders that keep them closed

A Mastry’s bartender said she’s getting social calls at home from regulars and lonely older customers who miss their afternoon cocktail. → Read More

Clearwater will offer grants to businesses suffering amid coronavirus

The help can total up to $6,000. Starting Monday, businesses can register for a lottery. → Read More

Clearwater civil rights icon Tal Rutledge: 'He wasn’t afraid to speak out.’

Mr. Rutledge died earlier this month at 91. City residents recall a leader who readily, and repeatedly, stood up to racial injustice. → Read More

Garbage doesn’t stop in a shutdown. How sanitation workers are dealing.

Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are the norm now for sanitation teams. And with cleanliness a priority, “you’re kind of like a first responder.” → Read More

Can new Clearwater council member, Scientologists keep their distance?

Mark Bunker wants to serve on the Downtown Development Board. Legally, he must stay 10 feet away from Scientologists on the panel. It’s got nothing to do with a virus. → Read More

Dade City motorcyclist dies in morning crash on U.S. 98

The man was ejected from his motorcycle after veering into the grass shoulder and then struck by another vehicle. → Read More

Nine coronavirus deaths reported in Tampa Bay region in last 24 hours

As of Saturday morning, there are more than 1,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the seven-county Tampa Bay area. → Read More

Coronavirus in Florida latest: virus now statewide, hospitals make cuts, DeSantis’ false claim

Here’s what you need to know for Saturday, April 11. → Read More

Carole and Howard Baskin say ‘Tiger King’ makers betrayed their trust

In their first interview since the Netflix series aired, the Big Cat Rescue founders say the series skimmed over animal suffering to glamorize animal abusers. → Read More

Scientology stays open, but says its virus prevention is the best ‘on Earth’

Church cites intensive cleaning and social distancing at its Clearwater hub while continuing to pack its buses and bring followers together. → Read More

Florida medical supplies diverted to NYC. Pinellas has a 2-week stock left for first responders.

Officials confirm that gowns, gloves, masks and other supplies originally destined for Florida have been sent to help New York hospitals. → Read More

Coronavirus: Pinellas commissioners to discuss open beaches in emergency meeting

The meeting follows Clearwater’s decision Wednesday to close Clearwater Beach. → Read More