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August 18, 2002

Tampa Bay: August 18, 2002 South Pinellas County news
Pair seeks rezoning to build homes
If two developers have their way, the former site of Jesse's Seafood House will be transformed into a $25-million community.

Grateful Seminole to reward city manager
For Frank Edmunds' many accomplishments, it wants to boost his pay to $97,890 and give him a fifth week of vacation.

Weight lifted from teenage caregiver
Only 17, Michelle Haigh nursed her mother for years while attending school. She now has a bittersweet chance for another life.

County, beaches spar over tourism money
The tourism council wants to borrow beach renourishment money. Hands off, says the beaches chamber.

St. Pete Beach seeks fix for budget crunch
The city considers a tax increase, job cuts and using the reserves to combat a shortfall of up to $645,487 next fiscal year.

Clash on Kenneth City lines nears end
An offer by County Administrator Steve Spratt would let Kenneth City annex property in the Lealman Fire District.

Two-way traffic is delayed for road
Eighteen blocks of Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street are one-way -- a situation the city wants to change. But not right away.

Hankies made with pride and love
As I reached for a Kleenex while watching the nine Pennsylvania coal miners being interviewed on Dateline, I remembered the cigar box of handkerchiefs tucked away somewhere in my closet.

Waiting in Midtown
In one St. Petersburg neighborhood, a trip to the grocery store, the doctor's or the bank can be an arduous process.

Donald Beggs Sr. of Don's Dock dies
The 90-year-old Madeira Beach resident built a favorite stockup locale for boaters and fishermen and Ardon Apartments, his home.

Artist's visit benefits kids and their hospital
Indiana jewelry designer Ronaldo was in St. Petersburg recently to visit All Children's Hospital, which will benefit from money raised through sales of his designs.

Helpful advice from rookies and veterans
Sprinkle baby powder on sandy legs and the sand brushes right off.

Florida Power discovers 1 more use for duct tape
We have a friend who insists that the greatest invention in the history of humankind is duct tape.

Beaches notebook
Fired firefighter awaiting word

Seminole briefs
Proposed shopping center wins preliminary approval

Tax pitch is hard sell in Tierra Verde
The county administrator acknowledges the community already pays a lot of taxes and doesn'treceive as many services.

Good works sprout with community garden
ST. PETERSBURG -- It's planting time again for Palmetto Park neighbors. Backed by a $3,000 grant from Front Porch Florida, neighbors cultivated lettuce, turnips, collard greens and other vegetables this year on a city-owned lot, then gave the produce to the neighborhood's elderly shut-ins.

Treasure Island voters push for land-use say
A petition wants the city charter revised to require an election when a change in regulations for height or densities is proposed.

Budget plan drafted for South Pasadena
SOUTH PASADENA -- This year, the city plans to hire three new employees while paying down some of its debt.

It's enough to make a librarian cringe
Seminole Community Library has tossed about 5,000 of its 60,000 books, a necessary task.

Former dropouts say, 'I can,' and do
The fresh crop of high school graduates includes 2,400 people who quit and later -- sometimes much later -- refused to. They range from age 17 to 63.

Lower the kaboom on the sale of fireworks
Re: Question about fireworks lights a few fuses, Aug. 14.

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