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January 7, 2003

Tampa Bay: January 7, 2003
On fourth dive, the cross is his
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Nioti Koulianos plunges to the bottom, cutting his hands on rocks but seizing the prize. "It's the greatest feeling," he says.

Future divers wait for their chance
Years from diving for the cross, a group of altar boys huddled together outside the church Monday morning with their own jitters.

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North Pinellas County news
All eyes can watch transit decisions
The PSTA, keeper of $36-million a year, plans to televise meetings so bus riders and others can stay informed.

No consensus on boat ban behind resort
After complaints about rowdiness behind Shephard's, commissioners take up the proposal but disagree. They will discuss it again Thursday evening.

City's manager aims for diversity
Steven Stanton offers a plan to commissioners Friday. It calls for improving and exploring diversity around the city.

Today last day to qualify for Dunedin race
The deadline is noon for those candidates seeking a seat on the city commission.

Commissioners delay decision on Harborside project
SAFETY HARBOR -- Two hours and a lot of viewpoints later, city commissioners put off for two weeks any decision on a proposed project of offices, a restaurant and condominiums in the heart of downtown.

Editorial: Vessel exclusion zone might endanger partiers
Clearwater city commissioners are considering creating a "vessel exclusion zone" along a portion of south Clearwater Beach in an attempt to control crowds of young people who anchor their boats in the shallows there and drink, use drugs, take off their clothes and even engage in intimate acts in full view of waterfront hotel guests.

Letters: Save our Sandbar members are sincere, not to blame
Re: Communication should ease sandbar planning, editorial, Jan. 3.

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