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Politics

Commission tries to move beyond Rancor

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 7, 2007


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LARGO

City leaders have decided to try to move beyond bitterness and suspicion surrounding former City Manager Steve Stanton. City commissioners Tuesday night opted not to pursue a local group's request to investigate which elected officials and staff members knew about Stanton's plan to become a woman before it became public. The commission's decision came days after Sheriff Jim Coats declined commissioners' request to look into the matter, saying it was a political issue. Commissioners also gave little attention to former Mayor Bob Jackson's complaint requesting an investigation of Commissioner Rodney Woods for approaching the Police Department about comments made to him by resident Curtis Holmes. Jackson had contended that approaching a staff member was a violation of the city's charter. "The sideshows we've been experiencing now need to stop, " Commissioner Gigi Arntzen said.

Officials are officially sorry

Largo officials have formally apologized to Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, who was arrested at the Feb. 27 meeting where commissioners moved to fire then-City Manager Steve Stanton. Prosecutors didn't file charges against her. In a public apology read at the end of Tuesday night's City Commission meeting, acting City Manager Norton Craig extended the city's regrets. "This unfortunate incident took place as the city was trying to maintain decorum and the peace during this highly emotional time when crowds overfilled City Hall and the surrounding area, " he said. "We wish it had not happened." Smith, 41, did not attend the meeting but planned to get a DVD of it. "I look forward to actually hearing it, " she said. "We live in a time when very rarely do apologies get issued and very rarely do people in leadership roles admit mistakes."

Grab your floatie and watch 'RV'

Looking for relaxation? How about watching a family movie on a giant-sized screen under the stars while floating in an Olympic-sized pool? See RV during the Flick N' Float movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13210 Vonn Road. Free hotdogs and other concessions will be available. Cost is $5 for the family with a Largo resident card and $6.25 for a family of five with a nonresident card. Movie viewing on the deck is free. A lifeguard will be on duty. Call 518-3126.

Learn about trees this storm season

Pinellas County Extension urban horticulturist Pam Brown will talk about storms and trees from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave SW. Learn how trees are affected by storms, proper pruning techniques and which trees best survive and which are more likely to fall during a hurricane. Call 588-4847.

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