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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 22, 2004

Aug. 18, 1937: County backs bid for mid-county air field

CLEARWATER - A county airport north of Pinellas Park with passenger and air mail liners making regular stops there was envisioned by the County Commission yesterday afternoon when it offered its support to the project.

Commissioners named County Engineer W.A. McMullen Jr. their representative to confer with municipal and chamber of commerce committees on the airport.

They took action after hearing H.H. Baskin, member of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce committee, which is taking the initiative in leading the campaign for the airport.

"It would be a fine thing for this county," one commissioner said and the others agreed.

Baskin told the board that money to develop the site would have to come either from PWA or WPA as it would require a substantial sum to grade the land and build a hangar and administration building. He explained that he did not appear before the board to ask for money; he said he wanted the commissioners' support.

"I am not a flier," Baskin told commissioners. "I have no land around Pinellas Park which I am trying to sell. I'm just a citizen interested in the development of this county."

He pointed out that the Pinellas Park site would be the most logical as it would benefit St. Petersburg, Clearwater and other upcounty communities.

"In years to come, an airport will be as important as a railroad terminal," Baskin continued. "We must prepare for this."

The commissioners told Baskin they would cooperate in "any way possible" and that the project had their full support.

A meeting of chamber of commerce committees, airline representatives, municipal committees and McMullen will be held soon to work out some definite plan for the airport.

Aug. 14, 1925: Legion entertains Key West scouts

Boy Scouts of Key West spent a delightful afternoon Thursday as guests of the Turner-Brandon post, American Legion, at a picnic and swimming spree at Wall Springs in northern Pinellas County. The islanders, who have been used to high rolling surf and the tang of the salt sea, took great delight in the concrete-floored pool filled with spring water and were with difficulty induced to leave it.

Aug. 16, 1937: Dunedin police watch speeders

DUNEDIN - With the new police cruiser, local officers are finding it easier to catch speeders. A limit of 15 miles an hour has been set in the main part of town and 25 mph in other parts. Police Judge R.C. Conner says that while the limit is 25 mph, the officers will not arrest anyone going 35 mph if they are driving carefully.

Aug. 15, 1925: Advantages of old home town realized

CLEARWATER - While the Rev. Dr. A.T. Cornwell failed to take his vacation trip to Nassau, he at least got as far as Miami and brought back a world of information regarding doings in the Magic City of the east coast.

"What Clearwater has to offer and to advertise is that its property prices, except in spots, are uninflated," he said.

"People who are coming to Florida in tens of thousands, together with thousands of out-and-out speculators with no object in view but to get what they can and take it away, can still buy choice locations at reasonable charges and build homes and enjoy the delights of Florida, in reasonable peace.

"In Miami, there is no peace," he said. "The ordinary, unsophisticated, retired small-town businessman has no more chance in Miami than a rabbit in a dog kennel. They notice him at a glance. They pounce on him in an instant. After one or two hairbreadth escapes, he stays under cover."

Theresa Blackwell compiles the history column. She can be reached at 727 771-4305 or

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