By Times staff writers
Proposed shopping center wins preliminary approval
SEMINOLE -- Developers are one step closer to building a shopping center on the site of the old Columbia University General Hospital. A Kash n' Karry would be the anchor tenant on the property at the northwest corner of 102nd Avenue N and Seminole Boulevard.
The City Council unanimously approved Tuesday on first reading an ordinance to change the property's zoning designation from public/semipublic to commercial general and the land use from institutional to commercial general.
In addition to the 45,000-square-foot grocery store, the $8-million project would have 15,000 square feet for eight to 10 shops, say the developers, Suncare Properties and Commercial Net Lease Realty of Orlando.
The land use change must get approval from Pinellas County commissioners because Seminole is changing its comprehensive plan. Then the project once again must go before the Seminole council.
City votes to revise health insurance for its workers
SEMINOLE -- The City Council voted Tuesday to revise the health insurance policy for city employees. Under the new plan, the city will switch to an HMO-style plan with Aetna and contribute up to 59 percent of the cost for an employee's spouse and dependent medical coverage.
The city paid no spouse and dependent coverage for employees hired after May 30, 1999. Employees hired before that date had a sliding scale package. The city paid 50 percent of spouse and dependent coverage for employees who had worked for the city at least five years. At 10 years, the percentage rose to 75 percent.
The city will continue to provide medical, dental and vision coverage for all full-time employees at no cost.
Seminole rec center offers adult luncheons, bus trips
SEMINOLE -- It's a new season for adult luncheons and adult bus trips and excursions at the Seminole Recreation Center.
Monthly luncheons, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, are in the center at 9100 113th St. The first one is a "Howdy Hoedown" on Sept. 17. The price of $6 per person includes a hot catered lunch and entertainment. The menu and theme vary from month to month. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The bus trips range in price and types of activities. They are available to those with a recreation card (free for city residents and $70 for nonresidents).
Here are the activities planned between September and December:
Sept. 26, Ca' d'Zan, in Sarasota, the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art and lunch at the Banyan Cafe; Oct. 9, boat ride and guided nature walk on Caladesi Island; Oct. 30, My Fair Lady at the Show Palace dinner theater in Hudson.
Also, on Nov. 14, the Webster Flea Market and lunch at the Cracker Barrel and Nov. 30, Cypress Gardens Festival of Lights, plus Glen Campbell concert and holiday buffet.
For details on the luncheons or excursions, call 391-8345.
Senior judge captures swimming championships
ST. PETERSBURG -- Senior Circuit Judge Robert Beach has compiled a string of open-water swimming successes during the past month.
Beach, 72, won the U.S. Masters Swimming national 1-mile championship in the 70-74 age group on Aug. 11, swimming 28 minutes, 29 seconds at Dorena Lake, Ore.
A week earlier he won a 5-mile swim in La Jolla, Calif., in 2:27:13. In July, he won a 2-mile race in Cleveland in 57 minutes, and placed second in a 2-mile cable swim in Charlottesville, Va., in 55:29. All were championship events.
In cable swims, competitors swim around a cable placed in the water to measure the distance precisely.
Beach retired from the bench in 1993, but as a senior circuit judge stills presides over cases six months every year.
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