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Fire destroys unoccupied mobile home

By RDANIELSONN
Published April 21, 2007


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CLEARWATER

An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home in Clearwater and its cause was under investigation, officials said Friday. The fire happened about 2:40 a.m. at the New Ranch Mobile Home Park at 2291 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. No one was home when the blaze ripped through unit 314, Clearwater Fire Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said. Fifteen firefighters spent about 25 minutes extinguishing the fire and preventing it from spreading to other homes. The mobile home park is on Gulf-to-Bay just east of S Belcher Road.

LARGO

Free football clinic today at YMCA

Hut, hut, hike. Take your game to the next level at the city of Largo Outreach Football Clinic from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N. Area coaches and former pro players will conduct drills and give motivational testimonials. The event is free and for children ages 7 and up. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m. Call 559-0500.

Children's author will sign books

Cyndi Sue , author of three Inky Winky Spider books, will be at a book signing from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at Book Bank USA at Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road. The event features games, dances and the spider theme song. Call 588-0474.

CLEARWATER

Time table set for boat slips project

Final design plans for Clearwater's voter-approved $11-million downtown boat slips project should be ready by December. At that time, the city will apply for its needed permits, which should be wrapped up by late 2008. Then in January 2009 - if still on schedule - construction crews will begin putting together the 129 floating concrete docks, just north and south of the Memorial Causeway Bridge. The overall project should be done by July 2009. Work on the promenade should be finished by September 2008. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Pinellas County Water and Navigation Control Authority and the city's Community Development Board still must sign off on the boat slips.

Meet and adopt a greyhound today

Meet your next best friend. Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will have a meet and greet for foster parents and prospective pets from noon to 3 p.m. today at PetSmart, 2625 Gulf-To-Bay Blvd. Call 813-971-4732.

DUNEDIN

Reading festival to feature author

Debbie Macomber , a New York Times bestselling author, will be at the "Dunedin Books A Party Reading Festival" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Avenue. Macomber will sign books at noon and 2 p.m. The event also features activities for children, including duct tape crafts, a story writing workshop and book reading. Call 298-3080, ext. 224.

SAFETY HARBOR

Skate park to be renamed today

Mayor Andy Steingold will dedicate and rename the Safety Harbor skate park after Ian Tilmann, a local skater who died in a skateboarding accident, in a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the park, 650 Ninth Ave. S. Call 724-1530.

[Last modified April 20, 2007, 21:17:42]


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