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February 15, 2002

Battle of the Bilge
[Times photo: Skip O'Rourke]
Boat owners in the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin vow to fight a city order evicting them over safety and health fears.
Projects forge unlikely friendships
Two planned housing developments in Port Tampa make allies out of neighbors and builders.

Grand Central
Ill wind blows us all down
COUGH, COUGH: Ray Williams, 48, has the look. He stares numbly into our wall of hope, searching its packages for a cure. We stand together in the drug aisle of the Neptune Avenue Publix, strangers united in germ warfare

Amy Scherzer's Diary
A juiced-up day of tribute
Orange you glad the phosphate industry didn't sponsor the Florida State Fair's recent opening day luncheon? Instead, cups of fresh orange juice materialized at the door and an orange brightened every place setting.

  • Datebook
    March 9: Stepping Out Gala "Hollywood & Vine" benefits Tampa Children's Hospital; 6:30 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Downtown; $175; black-tie or themed attire; 872-0979.

City People
A large-scale job
Walter Hudson has flown planes, built planes and fixed planes for nearly six decades. Now he weighs them.

'Guardian angel' lost in passing of minister
The first half of his life was spent serving his country in the military. The Rev. Solon Ducker's second career as a minister was spent serving others.

What's In a Name
Swann Avenue: Tennessean loved his visits
For a tourist, Alfred Reuben Swann was a busy man. Residents and tourists alike who travel Swann Avenue might consider his accomplishments.

RSVP Tampa
Goings On
Rowdy Knight Parade set to roll
A glittery and not-PG-rated version of the Gasparilla day parade will fill Ybor City with partiers Saturday.

Everybody's Business
In search of the right mix for Town Square Plaza
Things have looked a little lopsided for a while at Town Square retail plaza at the southeast corner of West Shore and Kennedy boulevards. Plenty of parked cars and customers at the north and middle section, but empty at the south end.

The Find
Moroccan lanterns
Want to bring a bit of the Casbah into your casa? Serendipity on Davis Islands sells Moroccan-style lanterns for $17.50 to $66 each.

Neighborhood Report
News from around the block

PORT TAMPA: Water view, curb appeal -- and it's all rent free
Tampa Electric Co. hopes a nesting platform for ospreys in Port Tampa will keep the birds off its power lines.

TAMPA HEIGHTS: Exhibit A: Math is fun!
Lee Elementary students show fairgoers how geometric shapes abound in everyday life, including the midway.

DOWNTOWN: Art students display labor of love
Teenagers have a lot to say about broken hearts, and a high school art show reveals some of their interesting and even odd takes on the subject.

WESTSHORE: School may answer space crunch
Turn the Manhattan choice school into a new school or office space? Both are needed badly.
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