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City again suspends 2 feuding officials

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 14, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

Police Chief Ed Tincher and human resources director Ron Baker were suspended with pay Tuesday morning, just hours after the City Council approved $15,000 to pay an outside investigator to look into the feud between them.

Baker was arrested in August on a charge of giving Xanax to a co-worker who was having an anxiety attack. He says the arrest was engineered as retribution for reporting on an alleged affair between Tincher and a City Hall secretary.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Clearwater filmmaker seeks a set for zombies

New Port Richey officials will hear Thursday from a Clearwater independent filmmaker who wants to block off a section of downtown for the final scene of his proposed $500,000 movie called Oh, the Horror.

"For the last scene of our movie, we need use of a small urban area that can appear to be populated with appropriate living conditions as if it were to survive a post-apocalyptic America," wrote Donnie Allen of 14K Productions in documents filed with the committee.

"The last scene will contain a zombie outbreak and the protagonists will defeat the zombie threat and re-establish safety in the town."

No word on how long that would take, or why New Port Richey seems so appealing for a post-apocalyptic zombie-fest. Allen did not return a call Tuesday for comment.

BeachWalk project to displace parking

BeachWalk construction will begin chiseling away at public parking on Clearwater Beach next month, but city officials think they have a stopgap to help visitors during the busy tourist season.

The City Council on Thursday will discuss a plan to lease at least 67 spaces just south of the roundabout. If approved, the spaces will be available for $8 per day.

The first phase, which starts in early March, will eliminate roughly 280 spaces over the next year.

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