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Public can hear about blueprint for development

Four meetings this week will focus on redevelopment guidelines, attracting new businesses and expanding existing businesses.

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 30, 2005

Since Pinellas County has reached "buildout" - nearly 100 percent of county land has been developed - the county has drawn up a plan offering guidelines for the future redevelopment of buildings and land, as well as economic development that would include attracting new businesses and allowing existing businesses to expand.

Free, half-day meetings about the plan, now in its final draft form, are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in locations throughout the county.

Anyone interested in the future of Pinellas County - residents, neighborhood and community groups, businesses, developers and government officials - should attend the sessions, said Danielle Weitlauf, finance officer with the Pinellas County Economic Development agency.

While people can just show up at the locations, it's better to register in advance to be assured a seat, Weitlauf said. Deadline for online registration is today at the Web site The Redevelopment Draft Plan Summit meetings for the Pinellas community are: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at USF St. Petersburg campus activity center, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

8 a.m. to noon Thursday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church hall, 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The meetings are sponsored by the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners and the Pinellas Planning Council.

For information, call the development agency at 464-7332.

[Last modified January 30, 2005, 00:10:19]

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