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Young asks for funds for Sand Key land

By THERESA BLACKWELL
Published September 10, 2006


Sept. 8, 1975

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., said Friday he had requested the Interior Department to release $623,150 from its contingency reserve fund to permit Pinellas County to purchase two remaining parcels of land on Sand Key for recreational purposes.

The St. Petersburg congressman wrote Acting Secretary Kent Frizell that the Florida Department of Natural Resources has notified the Atlanta regional office of the U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, an Interior Department agency, of its willingness to match the $623,150. This would make a total of $1,246,300 available for purchase of the land.

"This is a substantial commitment on the part of Florida to enable these very important pieces of land to be acquired for public recreational use," Young told Frizell. He said the funds pledged by the state agency represent approximately one-fifth of the total funds available to the state from the Land and Water Conservation Fund during the 1976 fiscal year.

Approximately 46 acres of Sand Key have been acquired for public use. The remaining acquisitions will bring the total area to about 65 acres.

Sept. 3, 1937

Gladiolus men are preparing to plant

CLEARWATER - Planting of gladiolus bulbs, from which come the blooms becoming one of the county's major industries, will begin about the middle of September. First blooms will be shipped north in December, with shipping continuing until June.

Two Clearwater companies devote large tracts to bulb growing. The bulbs, kept in cold storage during the summer, send out growth when placed in the soil during the late fall or early winter.

Sept. 11, 1971

Errant alligator gets ride in paddy wagon

CLEARWATER - A 5½ foot alligator that decided to take a stroll down Betty Lane Wednesday night was lassoed by police and given a ride to Safety Harbor in a paddy wagon.

Leland McCown, 38, of 1575 Betty Lane, said he noticed the large gator about 11:50 p.m. heading south down Betty Lane at Belleview Boulevard, police said.

Patrolman Thomas W. De Robertis was sent to the scene, where he found the animal in a yard in the 1400 block of Betty Lane.

Due to the confusion in the area caused by its presence, the alligator then sought refuge in a nearby garage.

De Robertis threw a rope around the gator's neck and two other officials tied its mouth shut and tied a line around its tail.

An official with the State Department of Conservation requested that the reptile be taken to Alligator Lake in Safety Harbor. It was taken there and released.

Sept. 3, 1937

Growers may start fruit shipments soon

CLEARWATER - A small amount of citrus may be shipped from Pinellas County next week, Major A.D. Tomasello of the state citrus inspection service said yesterday. Shippers had previously forecast that shipments would not begin before Sept. 15.

Tomasello said some fruit on Pinellas trees has already matured sufficiently to pass state tests. The state requires that the citrus-acid ratio in fruit for shipment must be six parts of sugar to one of acid.

 

Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. You can reach her at tblackwell@sptimes.com or 727 445-4170.

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