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 Tampa Bay: May 3, 2000
[Times photo: Pam Royal]
Picture of rhythm
Wynton Marsalis, musical director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, watches swing dance champions Paola Lanna and Janice Wilson practice during a sound check Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

South Pinellas County news

Projects come with veto shields
Last year the governor took a sword to pet projects. This year Pinellas lawmakers employ new tactics to defend against it.

Steady for years, city rates head up
Treasure Island officials are poised to raise rates for sewer service, trash collection and bridge passes.

Partners at odds over liability in Mirabella lawsuit
The original litigation, brought by five condominium owners, allege that poor construction left them with leaky roofs, poorly installed stucco and some electrical hazards.

Swiftmud sues gun club; claims lead contamination
The water agency says lead pellets from a skeet shooting club are tainting soil and water, and it wants the group to cover cleanup costs.

PSTA seeks property to build bus station
New shelters, restrooms and an information booth would be built just a few dozen yards from Central Plaza station's current site.

Bethel clears its land for church
Neighbors defeated Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart plans for the site, which will be used for Bethel Community Baptist's school building, sanctuary and outdoor facilities.

Map's lines show how town may expand
A proposal suggests that Kenneth City could grow by more than 75 percent in land area and by 48 percent in population.

Stop signs won't solve this problem
This is truly ironic. A few years ago my wife, Janet, and I moved to Isle of Palms in Treasure Island from Northern Virginia.

Judge removes police chief from lawsuit
ST. PETERSBURG -- A judge has ruled that a former St. Petersburg policewoman has no grounds to sue the city's police chief. But the woman will continue her suit against the city, saying the Police Department discriminated against her.

Developer has big plans for Detroit Hotel complex
A self-described specialist in difficult renovations plans to pour about $3-million into the landmark downtown property.

Pasta Bella closes to the public but still caters
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pasta Bella, a popular Central Avenue lunch spot, has closed to diners but its catering business continues. The restaurant is for sale or lease.

Chicago Deli closes over lease dispute
The downtown restaurant anticipates re-opening in a new location within two months.

Family fest promises food, fun, screenings
Folks who attend the event on Saturday can register to vote, get medical checks, be entertained and fed.

Thou shalt not -- yet someone did
Patio furniture is stolen from a church's new playground.

Class A Rays night is for littler leagues
Saturday is youth night at Florida Power Park. That means baseball -- and stuff!

Gifted Math Meet lures 272 calculating students
Young math whizzes show their knowledge -- and learn to be gracious losers.

Pinellas Park plays role in fight against cancer
The city is preparing to help the Cancer Society raise money in its annual Relay for Life on Friday night.

Flood solution sought on Kenneth City road
As residents complain about flooding, officials plan to clean out dirty pipes in trouble spots.

Trio of Dali fetes offer fabulous food, company
The weekend was a Dali trifecta -- three great parties to benefit the Salvador Dali Museum. The original Order of Salvador annual black-tie dinner and dance has morphed, now including an intimate Patrons' Party on Thursday, the Friday evening dinner and a late-night Party After the Party hosted by the Zodiac Group.

Risk-taker avoids her fear: being normal
At 52, she has broken a skydiving record and had a brush with death as a police officer. She's looking for her next big challenge.

The pain -- and city gains -- of a triathlon
St. Anthony's Triathlon injected at least $706,000 into the city's economy, according to estimates.

Bumpers bang but no fists fly as Crisp wins
"Keep your eye on the Nos. 2 and 1," race director George Henry barked to track officials over Sunshine Speedway's in-house radio system Saturday night after completion of the Street Stock feature.

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