Tracey McManus, Times Staff

Tracey McManus

Times Staff

I cover Pinellas County with a focus on the workings and impacts of government, environmental issues, the City of Clearwater, the Church of Scientology, animal welfare and other topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. That's never changed. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

Pasco joins regional climate change coalition after initial reluctance

Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano had a change of heart after initially declining to share the coalition resolution with his colleagues because he disagrees with the words ‘climate change’
County Commissioner Jack Mariano had a change of heart after initially declining to share the coalition resolution with his colleagues because he disagreed with the words 'climate change'

Former Clearwater vice mayor withheld public record text messages

Clearwater City Council member Doreen Caudell announced her campaign for Pinellas County Commission last year. The overlap caused tension in the city recently when Mayor George Cretekos questioned the logic of her taking on more roles before the Nov. 6 election. [Photo courtesy of Doreen Caudell for Pinellas County Commission Facebook page]
Doreen Caudell said her personal phone automatically deleted texts after 30 days. State law required her as an elected official to retain all text messages about government business.

No funding yet for Phillies stadium renovation but Clearwater is already spending

Clearwater still doesn’t know for sure if the county or state will commit money for renovations to Spectrum Field and the Carpenter Complex, but the city is already committing millions to the project.
The city will be required to reimburse the Phillies for about $4 million in design work if the $79.7 million renovation project falls through.

Imagine Clearwater slows to a crawl as band shell redesign stalls entire project

Aerial of Clearwater's downtown waterfront. The roughly $50 million redesign is stalled while consultants go back to the drawing board for the performance bandshell elelment.
Consultants cannot complete design work for the $50 million waterfront overhaul until specifics of the band shell are determined.

Clearwater mayor rips all-male council for adding another male
The City Council appoints Jay Polglaze to fill a seat vacated by the only female member. Then Mayor George Cretekos let them have it.