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March 28, 2001
Tampa Bay: March 28, 2001
Pinellas grew, in diversity too
It added 69,823 more folks, or 8 percent. But its African-American, Asian and Hispanic populations soared during the 1990s.
South Pinellas County news
Baker easily elected St. Petersburg mayor
In a race that focused on leadership skills, Rick Baker defeats council member Kathleen Ford.
  • Mayor's role now Baker's to define
    ST. PETERSBURG -- It seems only natural that Rick Baker will be the city's next mayor.
  • Winners promise new watchword: civility
    An end of discord in City Hall is a prominent idea among the five newly elected City Council members.
  • Voters hold City Council to eight members
    In all, two referendum questions and 10 city charter amendments went to the voters. At least one issue may require a recount.
  • Election results
    All vote counts are unofficial.
  • Hey Mayor!
    For your early consideration, here is an eyeful of concerns some of your constituents have advanced. These folks are among St. Petersburg's grass-roots opinion leaders, so you can bet their ideas won't go away. Here's to your busy next four years!

Publix may be Lowe's neighbor
The grocery is negotiating a lease for the property next to the new Lowe's on Park Boulevard.

ParkSide gets cineplex at last
After a five-year wait, the project that once promised 24, then 20 and finally 16 screens opens its doors this week.

Sand, and tax money, ebb at beach
Re: Upham's losing battle, March 11.

Hardy L. Payor, retired executive, dies at 73
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hardy L. Payor, a retired insurance executive and former chairman of the board of trustees of Bayfront Medical Center, has died at 73.

Police to auction off seized goods
Thirty vehicles, sound equipment and electronics are among the items that will be for sale Saturday.

Retailers steer way to BayWalk garage
Six shops will begin opening this summer on the ground floor, offering coffee, bread, eyewear, real estate, decor and frozen treats.

Albertsons decides against a Starbucks
ST. PETERSBURG -- Starbucks may be on track for the BayWalk garage, but it has been canceled in the $9-million renovation of Albertsons on 54th Avenue S.

Rooms with a queue
A Beach Drive hotel lines up European sojourners with a combination of 1920s charm and modern conveniences.

Natural health clinic opens
Optimum Health Naturally has opened at 6387 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Services include chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, yoga and nutritional counseling. Staffers include Kimberly Porter, chiropractic physician, Christine and Thomas Bauer, both acupuncture physicians and massage therapists, and Janis Sommers, massage therapist.

Student's artwork displayed in capital
Nikki Wolfson, daughter of Cheryl and Dr. Bernard Wolfson of Treasure Island, is one of five young artists with disabilities whose work appeared in an exhibit at the Capitol rotunda March 19 through 23. Nikki, a seventh-grader in the exceptional student education program at John Hopkins Middle School, was recognized at a congressional reception Tuesday in Washington, D.C., as part of arts and education month festivities.

She understands
Sandra Westall tells her learning-disabled students that they can succeed. Her own life supports that claim.

At Vinoy showhouse, chaos precedes beauty
The Florida Orchestra Guild Designer Showhouse was down to the wire, literally and figuratively. Less than an hour away from Friday's opening party, Phil Burgess of Ethan Allen conceded that the wiring for the Italian sconces was not going to work and instead hung pictures to cover the holes in the wall.

To pinch water use, city will dole out shower heads
Pinellas Park will give out the water-conserving devices starting April 16.

County Fair arrives today with rides, magic and more
The Pinellas County Fair runs through this weekend with a variety of activities and shows.

Rotary's scholarships to SPJC go unsought
Midtown Rotary Club blames school counselors for not alerting high school seniors that its full scholarships are available.

Golf tournament to benefit firefighter's family
SEMINOLE -- The third annual Paul F. Bernard Charity Golf Classic will help the family of a former Pinellas Park firefighter.

City voices

Nursery school grads recall enchanting days of learning
GULFPORT -- The alumni of Shaffers' Nursery and Kindergarten are grown up now, but on Saturday they still could be enchanted by memories of alphabet songs and Golden Books.

City squashes proposal to narrow Pasadena Ave.

Students get back on the learning track
With the latest round of the FCAT behind them, teachers -- as well as students -- are breathing more easily.

Military news
Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert D. Patt, son of Lynn and Walter Patt of Pinellas Park, was named noncommissioned officer in charge of the 56th Air Communications Squadron at Hickman Air Force Base, Honolulu. The unit is charged with providing communications between all units in the Pacific.

Focus on volunteers
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist in Saturday's 2001 Walk to Cure Diabetes. For information, call Carole Carson at 344-2873.

Neighborhood briefs
Museum seeks women artists for exhibit

Once-retired Sarmiento can't stay away from game
Since his first tournament in 1975, Al Sarmiento couldn't calculate how many events he's directed, but he knows there have been many.

Davis and Railey qualify for U.S. team
Representing the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Brett Davis and Zach Railey have qualified for the U.S. Sailing team in the full rig Laser Class based on the results of three recent national regattas.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Abilities of Florida holds job fair
  • Is boxing night on ropes?
  • 12 shaded acres may give way to homes
  • Face to face with a rabies threat
  • Some Oldsmar areas to get reclaimed water
  • Club won't throw in towel
  • Millennium Park will take stage a tad late
  • Kiwanis in Seminole named Florida's best
  • Clearwater should preserve threatened Bayview parcel
  • Man charged with bilking pool owners
  • Family seafood store swimming in success

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Turnarounds earn students moment in the spotlight
  • Slight rise reverses trend in crime rate
  • Arsenic level is deemed harmless
  • Talk show host gives parenting advice
  • Hudson doctor gets probation
  • Business briefs
  • Bulletin board
  • Military news

  • News of Florida
  • Lawmakers: We'll pay for vow to teach
  • Senate advances bill to help homeless
  • Georgia opposes aquifer storage
  • Ban sought on arsenic-treated wood in state's playgrounds
  • The Legislature in brief

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