Tampa Bay: February 25, 2001
North Pinellas County news
||Sick turtles swamp aquarium
[Times photo: Boyzell Hosey]
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium makes room to handle more turtles brought in for reasons ranging from injury to illness.
The unlikely tale of a teenage lama
Buddhist believers indentified a Clearwater kid as a holy man at an early age.
Hopefuls first city vote may be for self
Commission candidate Sal Gattuso has not voted in any of the Largo elections for which he was eligible.
Brevity not on commissions final agenda
The last meeting before several new city commissioners are elected is loaded with votes on major issues.
Sand Key moving to faster 911 times
The addition of a firetruck has reduced response times by minutes. And residents are thankful a fire station is being planned.
In Ozona, trail creates dividing line
Should the public have access to a preserve or should it be off-limits? That question stirred intense differences.
County leader: Education key to future of business
To attract good companies, education in Pinellas must become top priority, says the county's assistant administrator.
Plans for Safety Harbor property remain unfulfilled
The owner won't sell the downtown site unless the real estate developer sells six planned condos. So far, four have been sold.
Election signs provoke fairness debate
TARPON SPRINGS -- In a town blanketed with brightly colored campaign signs, a mayoral candidate is arguing that two red placards cause a conflict for two city commissioners.
Tenants may pull up stakes
The close-knit residents of Holiday Campground would have to clear out if requested zoning changes are approved and the property developed.
For Largo commission, Crozier is better choice
This year's Largo election won't tax city voters: The ballot contains only one race. Incumbent City Commissioner Harriet Crozier is being challenged by newcomer Sal Gattuso for a three-year term.
Pinellas deputy faces charges in theft at jail
LARGO -- A Pinellas Sheriff's booking deputy has been charged with stealing $500 from an inmate -- who happened to be a Pinellas Sheriff's bailiff, authorities said Saturday.
Headlines through the years
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.
Frenzy starts for Sunshine
The NCAA has "March Madness." The Sunshine State Conference has "February Frenzy."
Mayor wants to debate opponent
TARPON SPRINGS -- Mayor Frank DiDonato has challenged his opponent, Costa Vatikiotis, to a debate to discuss city finances and other issues.
Learning savings, grace in club
For almost four decades, a St. Petersburg woman has gathered children into a club that stresses building character and building savings. She will take them to Washington on money she saved.
North Pinellas briefs
Volunteers needed for mentoring programs
Greek restaurant opens new location
The 50-seat restaurant in New Tampa, the Louis Pappas Market and Cafe, will have some of the same dishes as its namesake.
5-year deal lets festival stay put
LARGO -- The Bay Area Renaissance Festival will call Largo Central Park home for the next five years.
Cheerleaders head for nationals
The flyweight division of the East Lake Eagles Cheerleaders is jumping for joy. The squad recently won the Florida state championship at the Florida State Fair in Hillsborough County.
Rink trying to lure more families
Although Tampa Bay Skating Academy is home to some world-class coaches and figure skaters, the management wants to shed the academy's image as a place where only the serious train.
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