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April 17, 2003

Tampa Bay: April 17, 2003
Help from humans can harm turtles
[Times photo: Douglas R. Clifford]
Scientists warn that the endangered sea creatures should be left alone during their nesting and hatching.
North Pinellas County news
Airport tightens security after breach
St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport officials and the Transportation Security Administration react after a man sneaked onto an empty plane.

Food pantry's building plans crumble
Neighborhood opposition and parking are two concerns. A city board denies an application to put a two-story building on a vacant lot downtown.

Developers of resort to revise proposal
Having to work around a condo motel means a whole new set of plans for the Clearwater site.

Council decisions met with applause
Residents cheered when the City Council approved codes that require projects to have the look of Old Florida and 100 acres in the commercial redevelopment district were rezoned.

Boat ramp in the works for Stansell Park
A concrete launching area is part of a $1.9-million expansion proposal that includes restrooms, a boardwalk and parking. A public hearing is planned.

50 years of parties
It was a big deal for a sleepy city; bait for the Northerners. The Fun 'n Sun Festival has grown along with Clearwater, and now offers almost every entertaining thing imaginable except fleeting bathtubs. This year, music takes center stage.

Competition heats up for area players
This month brings state mixed doubles team competitions and national individual championships.

Pinellas digest: Parks board likes smoking ban
OLDSMAR -- A proposed smoking ban at Bicentennial Park is one step closer to reality. The city's Board of Parks and Recreation voted 6-1 Monday to recommend that the City Council ban smoking at the park -- home to a new 4,000-square-foot skate park, tennis and basketball courts, a playground and a fitness trail.

Editorial: Neighborhood change good sign for Dunedin
Finally, a long-neglected area of Dunedin is getting significant attention.

Letters: Soldier appreciates the support
Re: For troops, only love, April 6 story about the Rally for America in Coachman Park.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Employee shot during robbery at Bardmoor
  • Two home fires claim lives of woman, man
  • Spoonbill mystery
  • 2 hospitals may realign care
  • United Way cuts funding deeply
  • Big Tobacco's absolute nemesis
  • Pinellas' overall crime rate drops -- a little
  • I-275 airport exit closing for 5 nights
  • Workshop set on how to get news coverage
  • Mary Jo Melone: The arts begin slow soak into city's soul

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • 2 hospitals may realign care

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Panel calls for limits on homework
  • Violent crimes down in Tampa; state rate drops
  • Defense: Prosecutors should be disqualified
  • Administrator chided for handling of bias claims
  • County votes to settle public access dispute
  • Man held in attacks on two women
  • County commission in brief: Panel on women urged to avoid abortion issue

  • News of Florida
  • Counties grapple with rapid growth
  • Legislature: With time short, Legislature has miles to go
  • SARS now suspected in 14 cases statewide
  • Legislature: Senate nearing okay of more tribal autonomy
  • Around the state: Jacksonville facing scarcity of surgeons
  • Alleged misdeeds blamed on ignorance
  • Fired worker's suit claims religious harassment
  • Legislature: Firms pushing phone rate hikes enriched parties' coffers
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