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Jeter has two homes; guess where he lives

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 17, 2007


TAMPA

New York officials are trying to collect back taxes from Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, saying he claimed Florida as his primary residence when he really lived in New York.

Florida has no personal income tax. New York and New York City do.

Do public records shed any light on where Jeter's home sweet home really is?

Jeter has owned an apartment in Manhattan since 2001. He bought a house in Tampa's tony Avila neighborhood in 1997. It's worth $1-million, according to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's Web site.

Jeter registered to vote in Hillsborough County in 1996 with no party affiliation. He never voted, according to the Supervisor of Elections Office. In April 2003, he requested a voter ID card. A year later, during a routine check of voter addresses, the elections office discovered Jeter had changed his address to New York City.

When he failed to respond to an address confirmation notice, they dropped him from the voter rolls, officials said.

APOLLO BEACH

Tampa Electric plant leaks a bit of ammonia

About 100 pounds of ammonia leaked from a pipeline crossing Tampa Electric's Big Bend power station early Thursday.

The company reported the incident to the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission three hours after the 5 a.m. leak, said Alain Watson, an air toxic specialist for the EPC. For perspective, the amount of anhydrous ammonia released in Riverview this week after a teenager punctured the pipeline is expected to be in the tons, Watson said.

TAMPA

Orkin settles termite lawsuit for $2-million

The Bug Lawyer beat the Orkin Man.

Lawyer Pete Cardillo secured a $2-million settlement from Orkin this week, five years after accusing the pest control company of allowing the Park Place apartments in Tampa to become infested by termites.

Cardillo, whose practice focuses exclusively on termite cases, said in the lawsuit that a salesman forged reports for years to cover the fact that he wasn't performing annual inspections on the property at 3132 W Lambright Ave.

"They didn't do proper treatment," he said Friday. The complex "was devoured by termites."

Orkin did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement, court records show. The company did not respond to a request Friday for comment.

Cardillo accused the company of criminal racketeering and fraud, saying it was negligent toward Park Place from the start.

He has won "significant settlements" from Orkin in the past, he said, but the amounts were confidential.