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January 5, 2003

North of Tampa: January 5, 2003 Safe haven or double dip?
The city is using a conservation fund to buy nearly 68 acres from Ecopalms Inc. That land already is protected from development -- but not forever, city officials say.

Hunter made some mistakes, experts say
Investigators and gun safety instructors say a child's gunshot injury could have been avoided.

New Tampa: Images of home, traveling in time
A local artist uses technology and old-fashioned craft to place her neighbors in famous landscapes. A painting featuring a Town 'N Country girl recently won a $10,000 grand prize.

Lutz: New legislator likes committee assignments
LUTZ -- With the election long over, new House District 47 incumbent Kevin Ambler had his eyes set on other concerns, such as learning how the state Legislature operates and what his role in the upcoming session would be.

Citrus Park: Inventor hopes for a hit
A Citrus Park man says the climate is right for biowaste products. He's moving his company to a bigger place.

Church hopes to start building
Idlewild Baptist will be one of the state's largest worship centers, with a sanctuary that holds 5,100 people.

New Tampa: Driving will be a headache
The DOT will search for tens of millions in funding to widen Bruce B. Downs. But don't expect work to begin any time soon.

Carrollwood: Wal-Mart will work on traffic issues
The county wants turn lanes and a traffic signal for a planned supercenter at Gunn Highway and Henderson Road.

New Tampa: Tampa Palms shopping center in the works
TAMPA PALMS -- As subdivisions and big box stores went up throughout New Tampa in 2002, largely developed Tampa Palms escaped with a minimum of construction dust.

School choice surveys coming
Before undertaking the most sweeping change to hit the Hillsborough County School District in more than 30 years, Beleria Floyd will spend most of this year selling the concept to parents.

Countryway: School's traffic becomes neighbors' problem
The county considers its options after a study confirms speeding and other problems in the Greens at Countryway subdivision.

Tireless helper heeds a call: House of Hope
She could have been a lady of leisure, but chose to be a woman of activism. At 76, she's going one step further.

Some kids and nannies prefer this side of Ybor
Billies, too. As in goats. As in Gary, a neighborhood where hooved residents have roamed and nibbled for decades.

Open & Shut

Zoning: Variance sought for canine sports training center
CITRUS PARK -- It'll be an equestrian center for dogs.

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