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Zoning request for sand key postponed

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 15, 2007


CLEARWATER

Whatever is going to happen to the Shoppes on Sand Key is going to take a little while longer. A request to change the zoning on the 3-acre strip on Gulf Boulevard has been put off until Jan. 22 because some residents were not informed about the initial meeting set for this Tuesday, said Clearwater attorney Ed Armstrong, who is representing Ohio-based Cedarwood Development, which owns the nearby Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites and would like the property zoned "tourist." Such a zoning would allow for hotel, condo and retail development. Sand Key residents are upset about the proposal because the strip mall is the only retail area on the island and they don't want to lose it. Cedarwood officials have not said what they plan to do with the area if they buy it.

Italian groups offer scholarships

Two Italian-American associations are offering $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates and returning students. The applicants must be Florida residents and of Italian descent. The scholarships are available through the Daughters of Italy lodge 2825 and the Clearwater chapter of Order of the Sons of Italy in America. For information, call Clara Shaw, Daughters of Italy scholarship chairwoman, at (727) 785-6428 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Applications are available on the Web at www.daughtersofitaly.com. Deadline is March 27.

Learn how to avoid knee replacement

Treatment options of osteoarthritis of the knee and how to avoid total knee replacement will be discussed at a free lunch and seminar from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Golda Meir Kent Jewish Community Center, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. Dr. Francisco Torres will be the guest speaker. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at 1-800-850-9455. For information about arthritis, visit www.arthritis.org.

Kids can audition for 'Tom Sawyer'

Children's auditions for a Francis Wilson Playhouse production of Tom Sawyer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 302 Seminole St. Needed are boys and girls ages 5 to 16. No experience necessary. Rehearsals begin in January. Production dates will be during spring break in March/April. For information, call (727) 446-1360.