By SUSAN THURSTON and RON MATUS
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 13, 2002
Repair shop moves "off-island"
NORTH HYDE PARK -- George's Island Amoco, a longtime gas station and repair shop on Davis Islands, has moved to 701 N Howard Ave. near Cass Street.
George DeLeary opened the shop last week after driving by it and seeing a for-rent sign.
It's 2.9 miles from his old place on E Davis Boulevard. He checked. He named it George's Off-Island Repair Shop.
"I had to keep island in there," he said.
The new place doesn't sell gas but offers oil changes, tune ups, brake jobs and muffler repairs.
DeLeary signed a one-year lease but hopes to extend it if business is good. Some of his customers from Davis Islands have already stopped by.
It's open Monday through Friday and closed on weekends.
City to purchase more land for park
DOWNTOWN -- The city is set to spend another $8.4-million to add 2.5 acres to Fort Brooke Park, which is now under construction.
The nonprofit Trust for Public Land will close with the landowner early next month, parks officials said last week. The trust will in turn sell the land to the city.
The 4-acre park is east of the Marriott Waterside Hotel and south of the St. Pete Times Forum. The new addition extends east to Harbour Island bridge.
Last month, the state gave $6.3-million for the purchase. The city is chipping in $2.1-million.
The new park will include a riverwalk, floating dock, canoe launch and observation platform.
School seeks books for new library
PORT TAMPA -- West Shore Elementary got its new library. Now it needs the books to fill it.
The school is asking for donations of books or money. A list of books it needs can be found on the Web site for the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, www.southtampachamber.org.
The new media center, which opened in September, is 5,000 square feet, more than three times as large as the old one. It has twice the shelf space.
Checks can be sent to West Shore Elementary, 7110 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa FL 33616. Make sure to write that the money is for "media donation."
For more information, call 272-3080.
Blake High to auction students' artwork
DOWNTOWN -- Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Then head to Blake High School's Visual Arts Department's fifth annual art auction at 6 p.m. tonight at the school, 1701 N Boulevard.
The event features student artwork, including ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture and stained glass. There will a live and silent auction.
Free food and refreshments will be served. All proceeds go to Blake's arts department.
Hotel developers to meet Monday with residents
SOHO -- Developers of a proposed Hilton Homewood Suites on S Howard Avenue are having a second meeting with neighbors to discuss the plan at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bayshore Presbyterian Church, 2515 Bayshore Blvd.
At the meeting, hotel representatives will provide a customer profile of its guests, traffic figures and drawings of the proposal, said Michael English, an urban planner representing Long & Cox Properties. They also will propose ways to lessen the impact on the neighborhood.
Several residents in the area have opposed turning the 1301 SoHo Apartments into an 80-room hotel, arguing it doesn't fit with the neighborhood.
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