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Citrus Slices

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 24, 2002

Mayor, ever consider selling that bus on eBay?

Not much changed in the nine days Inverness Mayor Joyce Rogers was visiting towns in England and Scotland, including Inverness' sister city. The deteriorating double-decker bus is still here, and city officials are still trying to get rid of it.

City Council members had jokingly asked Rogers to take the 1910 B-type London bus replica with her and leave it on the other side of the Atlantic. When the mayor returned from her trip and arrived at last Tuesday's City Council meeting, she told a disappointed council she had no such luck.

"I did try to sell ours," Rogers shrugged. "But it was the shipping and handling."

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VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Inverness City Council member Dick Kaufman found himself on the lonely end of a 3-1 vote Tuesday evening when the city denied an attorney's request to erect an internally lit sign outside his office, ahistoric home on Main Street.

Although the other council members said the modern sign would be out of keeping with the 1907 house, Kaufman said the sign's attractiveness is a matter of opinion.

After Rogers chimed in with examples of other historic home-offices with internally lit signs, Kaufman chided his unlikely ally.

"I seem to have made a serious mistake," Kaufman deadpanned. "Joyce and I agree."

-- Times staff writer Bridget Hall Grumet contributed to this report.

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