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Council to vote on proposed Walgreens

By RON MATUS
Published June 6, 2003

GANDY - A City Council zoning decision that could pave the way for a new Walgreens - and the demise of nine businesses - is set for June 12.

Hupp Realty wants to turn Gandy Square, 3010 W Gandy Blvd., into the latest site for the pharmacy giant. A new bank is also part of the plan.

Hupp's request has drawn fire from residents, who have objected to everything from the height of the proposed building to the landscaping and loss of trees. The square now includes Gumby's Pizza, Rodney's Rib House, Coin Laundry and other businesses.

The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 315 E Kennedy Blvd.

Civic group to mark 10th anniversary

PORT TAMPA - The Port Tampa Civic Association will mark its 10th anniversary with an invitation-only, Caribbean-themed celebration June 14.

About 150 people are expected for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Port Tampa Recreation Center.

The association will honor members and others who have helped the group become an active force in South Tampa.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt is the event's honorary chair.

Beach Park may lose extra security

BEACH PARK - Residents are in danger of losing their extra security patrol unless 340 more people pony up $225 each.

The Beach Park Homeowners Association needs 540 people to chip in to continue having two off-duty Tampa police officers on night patrol, said association president Emmy Purcell Reynolds. So far, about 200 have contributed.

Beach Park began hiring its own off-duty officers two years ago. Last year, enough people contributed, but this year association officers "haven't killed ourselves going door to door," Reynolds said.

The current patrol is covered through the end of the month, she said.

To contribute, send checks to Beach Park Homeowners Association, P.O. Box 320472, Tampa FL 33679, or call Reynolds at 289-3137.

[Last modified June 5, 2003, 10:58:01]

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