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March 11, 2001

Tampa Bay: March 11, 2001 South Pinellas County news
Voters to decide 3 issues on ballot
Three ballot questions will face Redington Shores voters Tuesday.

Some -- not all -- issues aired at beach forum
District 4 candidates discuss reclaimed water and the city's ambience, but make no mention of city hall.

Upham's losing battle
The sand, and residents' optimism, keeps eroding. The federal "renourishers" offer no hope of a solution any time soon.

Lunch price may climb in school cafeterias
The School Board also will consider letting fundamental school students take buses and wear shorts.

So long, Watson's
It's the end of an era as the earthy Watson's Foodtown closes its doors. "I could write a book," says the night manager. Of course she could.

Here's the scoop on fun
Country in the Park, Pinellas Park's largest celebration, will feature seedlings and yearlings grown by special-needs kids.

New rule would benefit truckers
PINELLAS PARK -- Saying Pinellas Park is a community of blue collar workers whose only transportation may be their trucks, City Council members are poised to loosen the rules against parking commercial vehicles in residential areas.

Mercy Hospital deserves better
It's hard to quantify what constitutes blight. And when a neighborhood's residents perceive decay setting in, they often look first to the city for help.

Old Coach house may become steakhouse
The group that bought the Fourth Street N property says it is talking with Outback.

Snell Isle bank restores full service
ST. PETERSBURG -- SunTrust Bank restored full service to its branch office on Snell Isle after numerous requests from the 3,000 customers who used that branch.

Dally in alley if you love antique shops
For those who can find it, Antique Alley offers an eclectic sampling of items from times gone by.

Fla. Power, Treasure Island seals short deal
The city opts for a contract of 10 years instead of 30 because of a changing market.

Council not eager to adopt mandate for its attendance
PINELLAS PARK -- Ed Taylor's idea of docking City Council members' pay for missed meetings fell flat last week when no colleague stepped up to support his proposal.

He has 'chewed rag' by ham radio since 1921
Candid on the airwaves and private in person, a 96-year-old is honored with an 80th Anniversary Award.

For tree-planting mayor, an appropriate honor
A buttonwood tree, cloned from a giant specimen in Palm Beach County, commemorate's Mayor David Fischer's tree-growing projects.

Sunken Gardens seeking ways to cater to children
Start looking for Sunken Gardens to be more kid friendly.

Driving southern stretch of I-275? Good news, bad
Don't you just love starting the day with good news?

Seriously suited crowd, (1 floral) attend symposium
It is an impressive sight: a sea of business suits -- more than 500 -- and most of them inhabited by women.

Students learn values to conquer obstacles
ST. PETERSBURG -- The daughter of Jackie Robinson, one of sport's most enduring legends, spoke Wednesday with fourth-graders at Perkins Elementary School about the courage to overcome obstacles.

They want big-ticket items to go to a vote
A group in St. Pete Beach wants all city expenditures of $1-million or more, except emergency ones, voted on.

St. Pete Beach joins trend of cities with skate parks
The City Commission agrees to build a $72,000 park next to City Hall. South Pinellas' second, it may be done by mid-July.

Opinions vary on closing street near Sunken Gardens
Part of 18th Avenue N might be closed from Fourth Street access. Some on 20th Avenue N want the same.

DOT recommends light at Wal-Mart entrance
PINELLAS PARK -- The state Department of Transportation on Wednesday recommended that an additional light be installed on U.S. 19 to help control traffic at the Wal-Mart Supercenter that's being built.

Question the candidates
As the March 27 general election approaches, the Times will ask questions designed to help voters learn where the mayoral candidates stand on important issues facing the city. Candidates are asked to keep their responses to fewer than 300 words. Answers are edited only if they exceed that length.

Get ready for a long weekend of wheels
Motorcycles and race cars will be displayed at separate events next weekend and Pinellas Park plans Country in the Park.

Chili cooks stew over upcoming contest
Husbands pitted against wives; wrestlers pitted against both. Green chili, red chili and who knows what else. A festival heats up.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

Neighborhood briefs
Senior Hall of Fame nominations are open

Romano's approved for Tyrone Square
The EDC okays the restaurant for the parking lot near Sears, despite objections from local homeowners associations.

Treasure Island City Hall will show off new look
TREASURE ISLAND -- Residents, guests and tourists are invited to attend an open house at City Hall from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Record earns Eckerd men a second chance
When Eckerd College lost to Barry in the second round of the Sunshine State Conference men's basketball tournament last week, coach Tom Ryan thought the season was over.

Kroeger strikes again at Dunedin
Clearwater's Jodi Kroeger rolled a 300 game and 753 series last October and followed less than a month later with a 290-822 -- all at Dunedin Lanes.

Causeway Bridge repairs scheduled
TREASURE ISLAND -- The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday. The closing will not affect boat traffic.


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