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John Houde, left, whose Orlando copany was the high  bidder June 8 at the foreclosure auction of a Redington Beach condo, looks in the direction of Clearwater lawyer and real estate investor Roy C. Skelton, foreground,  during a hearing Monday before Pinellas County Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]

Judge throws out $458,000 condo sale, says Clearwater attorney tricked bidders

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold on Monday threw out the $458,100 sale of a gulf-front condo because of what he called an "unscrupulous" and "conniving" scheme to trick bidders at a foreclosure auction. His ruling means that the owners of Orlando Realty Group will get back the money they b …


Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune to replace Edmund Kirby Smith?

Representing Florida since 1922 in the U.S. Capitol has been the likeness of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Why him?...


Mayor Rick Kriseman has secured another police union endorsement

Kriseman gets 2nd police union endorsement

Mayor Rick Kriseman is already backed by the city's largest police union, the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association....


School board members could face term limits under a bill recently filed in the Florida Senate.

Two bills take aim at Florida school board operations

Two lawmakers have filed bills that could alter the way Florida's school boards operate in the future....