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1950: Florida Power plans plant near Oldsmar

By Theresa Blackwell, Times Staff Writer
Published February 26, 2008

Oct. 20, 2006: The boiler house of the old A.W. Higgins power plant on the north bank of Old Tampa Bay succumbs to explosives as it's imploded. The plant cost $20-million to build.
[Jim Damaske | Times (2006)]

Feb. 23, 1950

OLDSMAR - Florida Power Corporation officials announced yesterday that work was starting immediately on the new $7.5-million power plant to be built at Booth Point near Oldsmar in Pinellas County. It is understood that this first 40,000-kilowatt unit is one of three such units that will be built at this location within the next five years. The ultimate cost of the plant will be $20-million.

In making the announcement, President A.W. Higgins of the utility said, "Based on assurances that business expansion is welcome in Pinellas County, the stockholders of Florida Power are showing their faith in the progress of this area by investing $7.5-million in this first unit of what is designed as one of the most modern power plants in the world."

Higgins pointed out that the new power plant is necessary to meet the increasing demand for service from Pinellas County customers, which peaked last Friday with a load of 66,500 kilowatts.

Company officials estimated that the payroll during the construction of the new plant will total more than $2-million. It is estimated that several hundred men will be employed in rushing the job through to completion by the summer of 1951. And when the plant is done, the annual payroll of the operating personnel will be in excess of $150,000.

The high pressure boilers will burn Bunker C fuel oil brought to the plant from Port Tampa.

Feb. 13, 1945

Cattle Club pleased with Largo cattle sale

CLEARWATER - Officers of the Florida Guernsey Cattle Club have unanimously approved Largo as the site for the seventh annual cattle sale in October, reports county agent John Logan.

Pinellas County had the largest delegation to the meeting in the state, even exceeding those of Alachua and Duval counties.

Pinellas officials were complimented on the successful sale at Largo last year, held in spite of the hurricane. It was announced that Pinellas now ranks 14th in the state in the number of Guernsey cattle.

Feb. 7, 1940

Movers and packers meet at Biltmore

BELLEAIR - More than 200 furniture warehousemen, movers and packers gathered at the Belleview Biltmore for their annual meeting today to elect their new president.

Anthony D. Bullock of the Security Storage Co. in Cincinnati already has been nominated and is scheduled to take office. He will succeed William T. Bostwick of New York as president of the National Furniture Warehousemen's Association.

The board of directors, with William T. Bostwick presiding, met in closed session over the weekend and Monday and elected Reed Bekins of San Francisco as board member to succeed Milo W. Bekins of Los Angeles after his 12 years of service. The Bekinses represent the largest moving concern in the world.

Reed Bekins cited fair trade practices as the most important topic to come before the meeting during this session. He regretted all the legislation that has been created to bring about standard fair trade practices in the industry.

"But as always, such legislation offers another excuse for some unethical operators to chisel and cheat the public," he said.

Theresa Blackwell compiles the history column. She can be reached at or 727 445-4170.

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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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