Police chief promotes two veteran officers

Published April 3, 2007

TAMPA - Tampa police Chief Steve Hogue announced two promotions Monday following the retirement Friday of Assistant Chief Gilbertina "Tina" Wright.

To replace Wright, Hogue selected Mike George, the major in charge of the department's Patrol District 1. George has served with the department for almost 28 years.

As assistant chief, he will oversee criminal investigations, special operations and administration for the department.

George graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in criminal justice.

Maj. Gerald Honeywell will replace George as head of District 1. The 25-year TPD veteran attended Jefferson High School and Tampa College. He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the department.


$100 tickets issued to water violators

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Code Enforcement's eight inspectors have been driving the streets in the wee hours, looking for violators of watering restrictions.

Since March 9, the department has issued 84 warnings and 118 $100 tickets. Four property owners got hit with a second offense: a $500 ticket. A third offense can cost up to $15,000.

The fines, approximately $13,800 in March, go into the county's general fund.

Hernando County is facing possible fines for violating pumping limits set by Swiftmud.


GOP's Giuliani to visit; poll shows him leading

ST. PETERSBURG - As Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani prepares to campaign in the Tampa Bay area, he got some good Florida campaign news.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed the former New York mayor leading all Republicans by at least 20 points and beating all potential Democratic nominees by at least 10 percentage points.

Giuliani makes his first public campaign stop in the area Wednesday at St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave N. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the free event.