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The week in review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 21, 2002

ANIMAL CONTROL: Hank Baggett, director of the county's animal control division, has been on paid leave since April 11. County officials say he shot and killed a stray feral cat that was living in a tree, then failed to note the shooting in the case file.

SCHOOL BOARD STUDYING: Still reeling from the latest problem in their $1.2-million purchase of property beside Crystal River High School, School Board members tried to wade through the complexities of land development rules. The big question: whether the school district will ever be able to build on the 150-acre tract. That has become an issue because only recently did they learn that after the sale, the property will still be included in the Betz Farm Development of Regional Impact.

Being in the DRI means they would be bound by strict restrictions that the Betz Farm developers worked out with the state. Changing that plan significantly, such as by erecting buildings on the property, could trigger a complicated and expensive state review.

On Friday, Citrus Hills director of development Avis Craig suggested a last-minute solution: If the School Board requests it, Craig will ask the County Commission on Tuesday to remove the 150 acres in question from the Betz Farm Development of Regional Impact, or DRI, a detailed agreement that dictates how the 520-acre residential community would develop.

DEAN IN RACE: Former Sheriff Charles Dean filed campaign paperwork in Tallahassee, kicking off his pursuit of the state House of Representatives seat that Nancy Argenziano is vacating. Dean is a Republican.

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