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September 29, 2002

North of Tampa: September 29, 2002 Green thumb moving to greener pastures
Plant lover Vince Mortellaro has cultivated his property into a lush paradise filled with tropical foliage. Now he plans to sell the 10 acres and move out west with his family.

Landowner wants 1 house per acre
KEYSTONE: The owner of 286 acres off Lutz-Lake Fern Road wants permission to build more homes than the county currently allows.

House candidate laments negative polling
Democrat Michael Steinberg criticizes "push polling" -- unidentified callers' use of leading, derogatory questions.

Swimmer brings dedication to South Tampa high school
Kelley Hug attends Academy of Holy Names, a 45-minute drive from her home in Hunter's Green, but she says the commute is worth it.

Prep notebook
Freedom celebrates blowout this time

Week in review
COUNTY SAYS NO TO BUCS: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a battle Tuesday before the Hillsborough County Commission. The board rejected the Bucs' request to rezone 70 acres off Morris Bridge Road for a new training facility. The board decided the project would be incompatible with the surrounding area, 16,000 acres of public park land north of the Hillsborough River.

Schools have one constant: change
With another opening set for next year, New Tampa will redraw its school boundaries again.

Lakeside homeowners haggle over fence
Despite deed restrictions banning fences, two residents of Lynn Lake built them, irking neighbors.

Plantation woman loses her home
A 46-year-old mother of three stopped paying the monthly maintenance fee and ignored repeated warnings.

Tampa spawns a starlet
A Gaither High student goes Hollywood, heading a new TV show and schmoozing with the likes of Leno.

More homes planned along State Road 54
Townhomes are expected to replace a banquet pavilion on 18 acres at Woody Woods.

New plaza expected to open in February
Nine shops and restaurants will settle near Bruce B. Downs and Tampa Palms blvds.

Neighborhood Notebook
New Tampa council gets new directors

Storyteller charms kids with tales of family
Patricia Polacco, responsible for 54 books, also chides bullies, bemoans school budgets and attacks television during her visit.

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