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Girl's photo of baby brother wins contest

ROB BRANNON and GRACE AGOSTIN
Published October 3, 2003

DAVIS ISLANDS - Priscilla Green, 8, of Davis Islands won first place in the first Davis Islands Photography Contest.

Green's top-ranked entry, which features her baby brother Patrick, beat out almost 500 pictures from contestants ages 7 to 18. All were required to use a disposable camera to avoid unfair advantages.

For her efforts, Green takes home a Canon A300 digital camera. The photograph, along with those of the other winners, can be seen throughout October at the Java & Cream on Davis Islands.

HARTline's Bike the Bay offers free bicycle events

DOWNTOWN - Maybe there's no such thing as a free lunch, but HARTline offers a free ride: Bike the Bay kicks off Commuter Choices Week at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants can have their bikes inspected, enjoy refreshments and receive T-shirts at the HART Marion Transit Center, 1211 N Marion St., in downtown Tampa.

Bikers are invited to ride a 10-mile route through downtown, Davis Islands, Harbour Island and the Channel District. There is no age limit, and the ride is a noncompetitive event. Bikes on Buses permits will also be available. A lifetime permit costs $2.

Registration is available online at www.hartline.org or at any HARTline facility, including the day of the race starting at 8 a.m.

For more information about the event, contact HARTline at 223-6831.

Worn Picnic Island Pier closed for renovations

PICNIC ISLAND - The Picnic Island Pier is undergoing $100,000 in renovations that will close it for the next four months. Constant exposure to saltwater and weather caused the concrete decking to crack on the nearly 30-year-old pier.

Construction workers will renovate the deck, which has deteriorated, and replace rebar that has rusted.

"We had a structural engineer check it out, and the foundation is structurally sound, but the concrete structure has cracked and the rebar is rusted," said Linda Carlo, a spokeswoman for the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. "We do regular maintenance checks, and it had gotten to the point where we just couldn't leave it open. I think the cracks were getting too big."

Carlo said the pier closed Sept. 22 before it became a safety hazard for visitors.

The boat ramp will remain open during the renovations, which the city's Parks and Recreation Department is aiming to complete by the end of the year.

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