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Published June 10, 2006

Reopening of bridge calls for a celebration

Getting to the beach will be a little easier today as the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge reopens after a 158-day closing. At least, it will be after the parade. An antique car parade and celebration are planned for 9 a.m. on the St. Petersburg side of the span. Afterward, one lane will be open in each direction on the northbound side as work begins on the southern lanes. No need to scrounge for change. The bridge will no longer charge a toll. The $50-million project should be done by the end of 2007.

Not everyone is happy about money for Dali

A national taxpayer watchdog group will stop in St. Petersburg Monday to rail against $1.2-million in federal funding directed for the building of a new Salvador Dali Museum. Americans for Prosperity is visiting 21 states on its "Ending Earmarks Express," hoping to raise opposition to funding local pet projects with federal tax dollars. The group plans to rally outside the museum starting at 2 p.m.


Hot dog icon marks 80th with cheap eats

A St. Petersburg icon, Coney Island Grill, 250 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, celebrates its 80th anniversary today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering hot dogs and soft drinks for 5 cents each, limit two per aficionado. Ten big eaters - already chosen - will go belly to belly in a hot dog-eating contest at 11. Proceeds go to the American Lung Association. Share your Coney Island stories at

Get your kids' FCAT scores, save postage

Hillsborough County parents: You have summer homework. Public school officials are asking you to call your child's school next week about picking up FCAT results. They want to avoid mailing expenses that could run from $60,000 to $80,000 after results came back late. Bring an ID to the school, or check online at In Pinellas, the scores already were mailed.

Foul play at rest stop? No, but a foul odor

Hardly a bomb. Well, maybe a stink bomb. A maintenance man at a southbound I-75 rest stop in Wesley Chapel saw something suspicious beside a trash can Wednesday. He alerted authorities. The rest stop nearly closed when officialdom came to this conclusion: The offending objects were two abandoned incubators filled with rotting reptile eggs. Official consensus? Throw 'em away.


The Cotton Club is at 2502 N Albany Ave., Tampa. A story Friday gave a wrong location.

[Last modified June 10, 2006, 07:14:07]

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