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May 3, 2002

Short on slips
[Times photo: Thomas M. Goethe]
Tampa's painful lack of marina space is finally being addressed, but the need will be far from completely satisfied.
10 years -- and still no decision on Gandy
The so-called Gandy Connector proposal has never been popular. A workshop Thursday will present alternatives.

Grand Central
Brussels sprouts? Bummer
IT IS ENTIRELY possible, if I budget wisely, to drink four Mia's sour apple martinis in a single day and still not exceed my Weight Watchers point allotment. I have not tried this. But hunger breeds wild ideas.

Amy Scherzer's Diary
Oh, the humanitarianism
CELEBRATING DOTTIE: There was no wiggle room for Dottie Berger MacKinnon last week. First, the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic honored the former county commissioner at its 30th testimonial dinner April 25. The next day, she welcomed 550 to the Joshua House child abuse prevention luncheon.

City People
Larry Heisel: Tending to life
He's a bartender at night, single father of two by day. He'll listen to your hard luck tales, and sadly he has a few of his own.

Daniel Lubrano: He pulled his family from poverty -- his way
Daniel Lubrano, the first in his family to go to college, was known for his big heart and blunt tongue.

What's In A Name?
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Mayor led a Tampa caught up in change

Among the issues confronting him from 1959 to 1963 were labor strikes and the collapse of Jim Crow laws.

Everybody's Business
NK Cafe has new home, old favorites
The 30-year-old restaurant moves to a new location. The menu is nearly identical, with a few interesting additions.

The Find
Keepsakes for Mom
She changed countless diapers, drove endless car pools, washed mountains of laundry.

RSVP Tampa
Goings on
Festival hails the Ruskin tomato

When ketchup was bumped off the dinner table by the more popular salsa, the tomato was there. When the list of cancer-fighting foods was written, the tomato was there. When Ruskin was in the depths of the Depression, the tomato was there.

Neighborhood Report
News from around the block
HYDE PARK: Perusing other people's ponds

This year's Pondscapes Pond and Water Garden Tour takes you to 22 ponds in the bay area.

SOUTH TAMPA: Caring for the world, one deed at a time
All ages of Congregation Schaarai Zedek got into the spirit of its fifth annual Mitzvah Day with projects and volunteering.

GOLFVIEW: Dueling cuisines bring more to the table
A new restaurant on Henderson Avenue adds more spice to a block dominated by Vietnamese businesses.

HYDE PARK: Renovators get a pat on the back from group
Even buildings that don't qualify as historic renovations get a Silk Purse award for their efforts.

SOUTH TAMPA: Burglars target cars in search of quick cash
Authorities say car break-ins are on the rise, in particular cars parked at stores, restaurants and office buildings.

Et cetera
10-year-old gymnast helps team win title
The fourth-grader, who started in gymnastics when he was 2, trains three hours a day, four days a week.

A whole lot of building going on
TOP OF THE HEAP: So far this year, 1,660 building permits for single-family homes have been approved for Hillsborough County, reports the Florida Home Builders Association. That's more than in any other county in Florida. The next closest is Orange County, with 1,425 building permits, followed by Broward County with 1,291 permits.

Paying the price
Homeowners might pay thousands of dollars per home in common fees, but they also reap the benefits.

It's a renter's market in South Tampa
Houses must compete with fancy new apartments to attract residents. Some people are lowering rents.
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