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June 23, 2002
Tampa Bay: June 23, 2002 South Pinellas County news
Let thinning begin, forestry expert says
Chain saws will soon crank up in a 100-acre section of Lake Seminole Park, even though some say the county is making a big mistake.

City to study traffic reducers
Seminole officials rule out speed humps but study other ways to stem traffic. They also hope to purchase green space.

Neighbors want DOT to clean up its mess
They say when workers repaired a bridge, they left huge deposits of sand that have rendered docks useless except at high tide.

New school site is magnet for thieves
Burglars have taken TVs, radios and VCRs worth $4,000 from Jamerson Elementary School before its construction is finished.

Lealman is ready to tackle homeless issue
A grass-roots effort begins to help those who are down and out. A first meeting reaches out to change hearts and minds.

Tiny tony town no longer rates a zero
The 2000 Census didn't recognize Belleair Shore. Now the feds have, though not quite accurately.

Unincorporated areas forge alliance
The goal of the 13 charter members is to represent the interests of residents who don't live within any particular city limits.

The plucky underdogs
Some entrepreneurs see Central Avenue as fertile ground. Even veterans are optimistic, though it's a slow evolution.

New debutantes gather to meet, greet at coffee
The St. Petersburg Debutante Club introduced the young women who will make their debuts this year at a coffee held June 8. Marion Ballard was hostess for the event, which is a time for mingling among several generations of debutantes.

Groundbreaking for memorial set
The Suncoast Chapter #14 of the Korean War Veterans Association wants to honor soldiers of the "Forgotten War."

Beaches notebook
St. Pete Beach

With exits and potholes, expect the unexpected
We have been laboring forever under the assumption that when there is a big yellow "Exit Only" sign over an interstate lane, it is a warning to motorists to haul their carcasses into some other lane if they want to stay on the highway.

Woman gets one year of probation in ticket scam
The Seminole resident will have to pay about $2,750 for making copies of courtesy passes to the Seminole Mall theater.

If children are prepared, flying alone is no big deal
If your children are flying alone this summer, you're probably in for two surprises. One, they probably will do much better than you would have believed possible. Two, most airlines charge $40 extra each way for children to fly alone on a direct flight, $75 extra each way when the trip includes a connecting flight.

Official gets up close look at annexation
County Administrator Steve Spratt says this will be the first of many visits with people in Lealman.

Neighbors riled about bar rising on old town hall site
The buyer tries to reassure residents that the lounge will be an asset and that he's not going to build a rock 'n' roll bar.

Chains move in, charm moves out
Kudos to St. Petersburg for encouraging development of Outback, Starbucks, Carrabba's, etc., on Fourth Street. It would be a shame to retain any character, charm and individuality exhibited in the past and to encourage locally owned businesses when they can be replaced with national chains. Now we can rest easy because our thoroughfares are turning into clones of any street in Any Town U.S.A.

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  • Editorial
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  • Letters
  • In fighting crime, police and residents work side by side

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  • Carjacking is quickly foiled by tracking device

  • North of Tampa
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  • Price tag on bike path: $25-million
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