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July 28, 2002

Tampa Bay: July 28, 2002 South Pinellas County news
The Deuces
  In the decades of segregation in St. Petersburg, black residents made their own world on 22nd Street S -- The Deuces. The street was famous, then forlorn and finally, just forgotten. Where has it been and where might it be going? A special multimedia report.

[Times photo: Jamie Francis]

After 11 years, a conviction brings closure
While courts debated whether an accused killer was competent to stand trial, time marched on for her family.

Connector opens a new gateway across county
County Road 296 is expected to open in September and give Pinellas another cross-county route.

Motel owner challenges beach condo project
It's a classic battle between new and old: A mom-and-pop motel fights to preserve its place in the sun. Next door, a new condominium is ready to rise.

No, coin-takers on the Bayway aren't just bored
Curious sight on the Pinellas Bayway recently where human toll-takers were seen standing in the "exact change" lanes taking coins from motorists and putting the coins into the toll baskets.

It's a jungle out there, and kids are glad
Seed money of $30,000 brought a garden to life at Seminole Middle School. It continues to thrive and expand.

Agencies oversee building complaints
A state Web site and a local agency work together to monitor contractor complaints.

Fire commissioner draws no opponent
One Lealman fire board member keeps her seat with no campaigning, but another attracts a vocal opponent.

City visions match up, to a point
TREASURE ISLAND -- Both sides on the development debate got together Friday to compare their visions for the future of Treasure Island. Turns out, they agree on more than they thought.

Center dodges budget cutback
Mayor Rick Baker says saving $48,000 isn't worth the community's loss of recreational programs at the Roberts Adult Center.

Towns to share donated beach-cleaning machines
Several beach communities plan to share beach-cleaning equipment declared surplus by the Pinellas County Commission.

Youthful 'Law and Order' caps summer for group
Participants in the Lakewood Estates Teen Council's summer program get a chance to stage a mock jury trial.

Water will cost 5.5 percent more in Pinellas Park
The increase -- effective Oct. 1 -- is only the first of several planned through 2007.

Center serves and served by teenagers
At the Pinellas Park center, teens run the show. It just received a $660,000 grant to open more sites in the area.

80-year-old's wish: to fly plane
Doris Stebbins, who was one of the country's first female aviation machinists, got her 80th-birthday wish. She had wanted to take the controls of an SNJ, the same type of plane she had worked on nearly 60 years ago.

Fire complex needs air-quality repairs
The cost could hit $150,000 to eliminate problems that caused Madeira Beach employees to cough and itch.

Vaccine here for companies fighting 'business death'
Pinellas Park joins in an assistance program to help businesses before they get overwhelmed.

Construction in final stages on 2 new library buildings
ST. PETERSBURG -- Construction work is down to the final touches on the James Weldon Johnson and South Branch libraries.

Major League event will benefit YMCA
Representatives from the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association held a reception at the Isla Del Sol Golf and Country Club on Wednesday evening to promote Swing With the Legends, a celebrity golf tournament scheduled Oct. 25.

'Windfall' prompts talk of rolling back tax rate
With about $7.9-million in new property added to Indian Rocks Beach's rolls, a panel recommends reducing the tax rate.

Beach agenda leaves out green space
Re: Treasure Island land development regulations.

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