Developers to squeeze homes amid greens

Published January 24, 2007


Overriding objections from one of north Hillsborough's most prestigious neighborhoods, Hillsborough County commissioners on Tuesday authorized two young developers to sandwich 82 townhouses next to Cheval's golf course.

At Cheval Golf & Country Club, the 13th fairway will shorten to accommodate an estate home beyond the green. The fairway of the 18th hole will be filled with 45 townhouses, leaving golfers to shoot across a lake onto an island green.

"This will provide a dramatic finishing hole," said Joel Tew, attorney for developers Alex Sullivan and Adam Schoenbaum, who bought pieces of the country club property in the summer for $9.95-million. Sullivan is the son of Outback Steakhouse founder Chris Sullivan. Schoenbaum is a grandson of Shoney's founder Alex Schoenbaum.

Top-ranked woman sues Highway Patrol

The Florida Highway Patrol's highest-ranking female officer has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the agency for firing her last year.

Rebecca Tharpe joined the patrol in 1980 and rose to the rank of major. She was most recently based in Bradenton, where she oversaw a 10-county area including Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Tharpe was a finalist for the Florida Women's Hall of Fame this year.

Her lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tampa, alleges that she was fired in June 2006 in retaliation for filing a gender discrimination suit in 2003 that was later settled.


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