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Sewerage survivor will have a new home

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 11, 2007


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TAMPA

Scrappy, the 2-month-old lab-chow mix saved Saturday from the stormwater drain beneath E Lake Avenue in Tampa, is on the verge of having a new home.

A resident who read about the pup's predicament in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times came to the rescue, animal services spokeswoman Marti Ryan said.

Scrappy will be adopted after being neutered. Two other pups seized from Scrappy's owners are still available.

LAND O'LAKES

Businessman pitches idea for ice pavilion

First, it was a tennis stadium that got Pasco's official and financial blessing. Now, it may be hockey's turn.

Dave Beaudin, a 42-year-old Oldsmar businessman, is bringing a pitch for a "Pasco Ice Pavilion" in northern Land O'Lakes to the county's tourism officials.

He's hoping to get county officials to help with an estimated $10-million price tag to build the rink.

His selling point is a facility that could draw hockey players and figure skaters, young and old, from Pasco, Hernando and northern Hillsborough counties.

Beaudin is scheduled to make a formal pitch April 18 to the Tourism Development Council.

CLEARWATER

City wins federal grant to help build boat slips

Clearwater has won a $1.2-million federal grant that will save the city more than $2-million as it builds the downtown boat slips voters recently approved.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the grant - one of nine totaling $9.4-million awarded for boating infrastructure. Clearwater was the only Florida city to receive a grant.

"It's a huge shot in the arm," Mayor Frank Hibbard said, "and it says a lot about the quality of the project."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pasco voters choose leaders, decide issues

Voters Tuesday sent two political newcomers to the City Council and returned one incumbent. Former parks and recreation director Bob Consalvo and downtown business owner Rob Marlowe were elected, along with incumbent Marilynn deChant.

In Zephyrhills, 20-year-oldDanny Burgess won his second term on the City Council.

Port Richey voters defeated a nonbinding referendum on whether to dissolve the city at a cost of $250,000.

CLEARWATER

Many of seized cats are too wild or too ill

The fates of the 120 cats and two dogs seized in a condemned home on Union Street moved a step closer to resolution Monday when the owner of the animals signed them over to Pinellas County Animal Services.

Starting today, the county anticipates needing to euthanize most of the remaining cats that went to its facilities, because of poor health or because they are considered too feral to be adopted, said Kenny Mitchell, a veterinarian and director of Pinellas County Animal Services.

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 02:03:14]


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