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March 12, 2003

Tampa Bay: March 12, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Mayor, council want pay raises
An internal study shows the city's elected body is underpaid compared to similar municipalities in Florida. But the request faces opposition.

Builder seeks deal on Lake Seminole land
A motel and mobile home park on the western shore will likely make way for $22-million worth of condos and townhouses.

Seminole wraps up successful Pow Wow
The magic number for the Seminole festival seems to be 10,000. That's the crowd it drew, and the amount it made.

City's cost for Mudd memorial: $100,000
Giving Pinellas Park city workers a paid day off to attend Mr. Mudd's funeral was the costliest item: $81,600.

Bloom time is near
Sunken Gardens, a tourist attraction for decades, is nearly ready for its rebirth along with an adjacent restaurant and museum.

Popular restaurant set to reopen Friday
Aficionados of Dockside Dave's food can satisfy their cravings again when it rebounds from a Feb. 22 blaze.

Church terminates Rev. Lyons' successor
At first suspended for volatility, the pastor has indicated that he will sue Bethel Metropolitan Baptist, a deacon says.

Winners: Smith, Redisch, Zemaitis
The incumbent mayor puts down a challenge from former Council member Ron Sneed. Two-term Council member Al Carrier is out.

As election smoke clears, incumbents still in charge
DeCesare, Koske, Parker keep their Commission seats and a referendum to switch to single-district voting is defeated.

C.T. Bowen: Column: World doesn't revolve around FCAT
Mary Russell is onto something.

Incumbents thrive in most races
Only three of the dozen in Tuesday's elections were turned out of office.

Tell us about your relatives in the military
Do you have a relative serving in the military in the Middle East? Or, do you have a relative who is a reservist or National Guard soldier who has been put on active duty during the past six months?

Public servant put his stamp on the county
Andy Anderson helped establish parks throughout Pinellas, opposed dredge and fill projects and was honored as a conservationist.

Fairness of media is focus at forum
Participants in a forum on ethnicity and race ask some tough questions involving balance and sensitivity.

Man faces fraud, ID theft charges
Police say house arrest did not tame the suspect's penchant for stealing people's information.

Discussions may lead to new vision for the city
Planners and residents debate how land-use rules should be revised to build a better St. Petersburg.

Archaeologist to oversee lake project
An archaeologist will make sure the dredging of Lake Maggiore will not damage any historical artifacts.

Fears of resegregation voiced
A community meeting focuses on school choice and selection of a new superintendent.

Young and old meet at Class of '44 reunion
What a day it was, a celebration of traditions and new ideas.

The troops left behind
As loved ones in the military are deployed, wives and mothers lean on God and each other.

Questions of faith
What distinguishes United Methodists from other Christians?

Moments of misspent youth are confessed
A bakery break-in, trolley folly and a cold shower on lovers' lane are among the "twists" of a wine tasting.

Statewide Kiwanians honor Seminole club
The Kiwanis Club, formed in 1960, has received many honors over the years, but this is the first time it has won the top award.

Santa Madeira likely to close
MADEIRA BEACH -- The Santa Madeira, a landmark restaurant in the shape of a Spanish sailing ship, is expected to close soon and be replaced with condominiums.

Olympic Laser Midwinter Regatta gets wet
St. Petersburg's Mark Mendelblatt likes a lot of wind.

Ex-area preps lead surprise charge by Bulls
Two East Lake graduates are turning a University of South Florida rebuilding year into a successful season.

Senior divisions are at a pivotal point
USA League Tennis competition in senior and super senior divisions is nearing conclusion.

Newcomers Kaplani, Reynolds join J.J.
REDINGTON SHORES -- Voters gave J.J. Beyrouti his third term as mayor by an overwhelming margin. They also selected two new faces on the Town Commission: Marshall Reynolds and Mel Kaplani.

Referendum and its supporters win big
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- Voters here followed a pattern.

Meet your new mayor: Bob Fountaine
REDINGTON BEACH -- Faced with a choice of a retired police chief, former mayor and a newcomer, Redington Beach residents chose the fresh face.

Letters: With pride, I choose to live in county
Re: Cities, county are defining selves, letter, Feb. 2.

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