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SOLV backers gather as a deadline draws near

The City Council has until Sunday to act on ballot initiatives.

By Michael Maharrey, Times Staff Writer
Published February 13, 2008


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ST. PETE BEACH - A supportive standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Sandpiper Hotel here Monday night to hear a presentation by the Save Our Little Village political action committee outlining its proposal to establish a new comprehensive plan for the city.

Lorraine Huhn moderated the presentation, which included a video and eight residents outlining various points in their plan.

SOLV gathered enough signatures on petitions to place six initiatives on the ballot that would serve to update the city's comprehensive plan. SOLV says the plan has not been updated in 20 years.

"The city has aged, not unlike some of us. It's showing its wrinkles and warts," Huhn said. "That's a long time to sit by and do nothing."

Circuit Judge David A Demers gave the City Council until Sunday to act on the petitions. SOLV hopes the council will place the initiatives before the voters.

The commission was scheduled to hear about the petitions from attorney Thomas W. Reese and discuss what action to take at the meeting Tuesday.

SOLV says its redevelopment plan will boost tourism by allowing hotels to update and expand while also establishing green initiatives, limiting condo growth and promoting community improvements like underground utilities and new landscaping.

SOLV receives strong support from St. Pete Beach hoteliers and businesses.

Michael Maharrey can be reached at mmaharrey@sptimes.com or 893-8779.

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