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May 5, 2002

Tampa Bay: May 5, 2002
School of patience
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
The campaign to build a new St. Jude Cathedral School campus is hindered by a slow cash flow.
South Pinellas County news
Fight against billboards tougher under new law
Chuck Miller walks out the front door of his children's consignment shop and there is the billboard, towering, the first thing he sees. He would love it to be gone one day.

District to provide shelters for shade
Schools used to raise funds to build outdoor shelters for their phys-ed classes. Now the district plans to provide them.

Gibbs High regroups after land is refused
The state won't hand over a parcel, which puts a wrinkle in the athletic and parking plans for the new $49-million school.

Local officials find fault in bridge planning
Some local officials are finding the DOT is hard to follow in its plan, or plans, for a new John's Pass bridge.

'Mrs. Santa' sends warm regards
Re: "Mrs. Santa" fondly recalls St. Petersburg, by Mary Jane Park, March 24.

Some Belleair Shore natives overlooked
It turns out that other children have been born in the town, it's just that no one noticed them.

Car dealership ready to spruce up grounds
The EDC gives the green light to Dodge City's planting and landscaping plans.

Leaders lay ground rules for municipal summit
The American Assembly will bring together 150 county and civic representatives to discuss governance.

Planners okay development on horse farm
PINELLAS PARK -- Redevelopment of a large horse farm into apartments and estate-style homes got another green light Thursday, despite the pleas of neighbors who feared that existing drainage problems would get worse.

Master makeover
An ambitious master plan would enhance the look, the feel and the infrastructure of USF St. Petersburg.

Beaches notebook
County seeks comments on new Belleair bridge

Neighborhood notebook
Snell Isle group to offer residents welcome bags

New council member sworn in
The Kenneth City Town Council picks longtime resident Muriel Whitman, 75, to fill the term of a member who resigned.

Sickle cell group has spent 30 years helping
The lobby of the Hilton St. Petersburg was a study in contrasts last Sunday evening. Guests who had spent the weekend participating in the St. Anthony's Triathlon departed the hotel carrying athletic gear to their cars as festively dressed patrons headed toward the grand ballroom for an evening of jazz and dinner.

Prayer, roadside 'angel' help traveler in distress
The spokeswoman for the Diocese of St. Petersburg finds comfort after a frightening blowout on the interstate.

When driving, it's safer to avoid drippy eating
In our never-ending effort to bring you news you can use, we found an interesting item on the Internet last week that we felt compelled to share. We found this item about an hour after nearly being sideswiped by a big semitrailer rig that was swerving from one lane to another on southbound Interstate 275.

It's a new world when home has an anchor
Four years ago Daniel Stephens had never even sailed a big boat. In fact, he'd only had his 15-foot sailboat for five months. Then he read Blown Away by Herb Payson and was completely fascinated with the story of a down-and-out lounge musician who sells everything then moves his whole family onto a boat.

Officials try to green up the Bay Pines Cemetery
Managers have been stingy with irrigation because of the high price of potable water. Plans are under way to get a cheaper source.

Cityhood for Lealman could be real taxing
Early estimates suggest that if Lealman incorporated, its property tax rates might be the highest in Pinellas.

Signs will remind pupils that riding requires helmets
The police will post state helmet laws on signs at all eight middle schools in St. Petersburg.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

Swim programs gain experience, success
Suncoast WaterWorks synchronized swimmers produced top results in two competitions.

Some members welcome one governing body
Perhaps the St. Petersburg Men's Association could use the SMO.

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