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Published August 2, 2006

Battered, but still loved

After getting pounded by hurricanes the past two years, Pensacola-area beaches are getting some attention. Construction of 12 beach access parking lots and dune walkover boardwalks on Navarre Beach could begin in two months, the Pensacola News Journal reports. So banish any thoughts that hurricanes have dampened enthusiasm for tourism.

For missing Billie Cat, memories aren't enough

Billie Cat, as of this writing, is AWOL in St. Petersburg. No ordinary kitty, she has a $1,000 bounty on her head and a publicist trying to find her. The publicist says Billie Cat, a blue-point Himalayan, is "the only thing her mother, an Alzheimer's patient, is able to remember." The cat's mother is also mother to Tampa restaurateur Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place. "Billie is part of our family and is terribly missed," Ferenc said in a news release. "My mother is devastated, please help us find her." Billie Cat, light gray with a dark gray tail, weighs about 6 pounds. Last seen near 56th Avenue S and Seventh Street S in St. Petersburg. Call (813) 961-8388.


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