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Beaches notebook

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 18, 2002

Fired firefighter awaiting word

ST. PETE BEACH -- The city and its former firefighter are still awaiting a judgment in the case of whether former Lt. Crist Fellman should be fired for using city computers to access pornography while on duty.

Fellman was fired in October and is appealing the decision. An independent arbitrator concluded Aug. 8 that Fellman violated some rules that warranted his dismissal, but he did decide whether Fellman should keep his job.

Lawyers for both the city and Fellman filed legal briefs with the arbitrator on Friday, detailing why Fellman thinks the city's punishment was too severe and why the city thinks he should be fired. Arbitrator Walter Aye assured the lawyers he would make a final decision soon, Fellman's lawyer, Bob McKee, said last week.

Treasure Island

The Boca Ciega Sail & Power Squadron will present its Boat Smart course on two consecutive Saturday mornings in September.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 at the sail and power squadron headquarters, 130 126th Ave. E.

Students must register before the course begins. Registration is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Sept. 3 and 9-10 a.m. Sept. 7. A course manual and reading assignments will be provided at registration. The course is limited to the first 50 who sign up.

Students are not required to own a boat to attend the course. Classroom lecture and self-study lessons cover the techniques of safe handling of sail and power craft, anchoring, tying basic knots, chart reading, course plotting, radio use, emergency procedures and general safety. Navigational aids such as buoys and range markers are also explained.

Students pay $30, due at registration, to cover the course manual and materials. Additional students in the same family pay $5 for an extra homework packet but are not required to purchase additional course manuals.

Graduates of the program may be eligible for discounts on marine insurance.

The Boca Ciega Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons. For information contact Don Rife at 397-0572.

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Trade Show and Mini-Auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Treasure Island Community Center at 1 Park Place, near 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.

More than 40 vendors will take part in the event, which will include sample dishes from favorite local restaurants. The event is open to the public, and two tickets for the Nov. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers game will be awarded as prizes.

Madeira Beach

A "half-marathon" on Dec. 15 is a prelude to the larger Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon in February. Other towns and cities along the route must give their permission. The City Commission here gave its approval Tuesday. The proposed course will begin at Madeira Way, continue up Gulf Boulevard to the Park Boulevard Bridge, and then east and north along Old Oakhurst Road and the Pinellas Trail to Taylor Park in Largo. Event organizer Chris Lauber hopes up to 2,000 runners will participate.

Indian Rocks Beach

Applications are available for artists and craftmakers who would like to participate in the Beach Art Center's 24th annual Fall Festival. The deadline is Nov. 1.

The festival combines visual arts with holiday crafts, a pancake breakfast, a bake sale, children's activities, live music, food and drink, a classic car show and Chalk Walk 2002.

The festival is Nov. 18 at Kolb Park in Indian Rocks Beach. The Beach Art Center is next to Indian Rocks Beach City Hall.

To receive an application, call 596-4331.

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