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May 20, 2001
Tampa Bay: May 20, 2001
A tourist in her own town
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]
Just what was it like to see downtown for the first time in more than a decade? Full of many discoveries.
South Pinellas County news
Beach property values rise sharply
North Redington Beach's 19.2 percent increase is the largest among Pinellas cities as new construction and remodeling boost values.

Gulfport may enter the cable business
The plan, at least two years off, is a response to residents' complaints that they pay more than St. Petersburg customers.

Public housing's new style -- fancy
Colonial Revival and Craftsman-style duplexes and triplexes will replace the old Jordan Park public housing units.

Parking meters may return downtown
The City Council considers spending $78,000 for meters along Beach Drive in the BayWalk area.

County, city wrangle over road cost
Pinellas Park says the county agreed to help pay for Park Boulevard repairs. That's not so, says the county.

Hospital could hold offices, new pool
On Tuesday, the Pinellas Park council will discuss buying the old Metropolitan Hospital site for the two projects.

Our health depends on Earth's health
Re: Shell Key hangover, May 16.

Graduates asked to protect
ST. PETERSBURG -- Forty-eight proud, uniformed seniors gathered with family, friends, fellow students and faculty at the Admiral Farragut Academy's Garden Theater on Saturday to mark their high school graduation.

New-school names generate discussion
Some people would rather honor prominent African-Americans from St. Petersburg. Others like the choices just fine.

Don't wear a seat belt? Note: 'Click It or Ticket'
We're going to take a little time away from our normal hilarity and hijinks to talk about something really important.

Such sweet sorrow
The man who ran the funeral home at 850 22nd St. S for decades bids the building and a way of life a wistful goodbye.

Small firms work hard to earn big pat on back
Phil Graham & Co., Hennessey Construction, Capitol Marketing Concepts, SoHo South and EEI/Mod Tech Industries reap awards.

Business hopefuls can head to school
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 10-week Entrepreneurial Academy from 5:45 to 9 p.m. June 6. The cost is $195. The lessons include marketing, budgeting, creating business plans, handling legal aspects of running a business, and becoming bankable. For information, call Alvina Miller at 821-4069.

State lawmaker to discuss construction control line
ST. PETE BEACH -- The North Beach Civic Association will meet at 7:15 p.m. June 11 at Legion Hall inside City Hall, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

Safe boating class offered in Treasure Island
TREASURE ISLAND -- The Boca Ciega Sail & Power Squadron is offering a four-session evening course in safe boat handling for Treasure Island and surrounding communities.

Alzheimer's Association to hold dinner and auction
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host the third annual "Memories in the Making" dinner and auction from 6-10:30 p.m. June 2 at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater.

Two parks may get $150,000 each
ST. PETE BEACH -- Two city parks are poised to receive state grant funding for new playground equipment and other amenities.

Gathering praises those who patrol community
Police Chief Goliath Davis and several officers are saluted for their roles as unsung heroes.

Trucks, carports, Dumpsters on agenda
PINELLAS PARK -- The City Council is scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the truck, carport and garbage container ordinances during its 7:30 p.m. workshop Tuesday.

No grapes of wrath here; just good drink and grub
Culinistas came out in full force May 12 at Tropicana Field for the Abilities Wine Tasting and Auction. And even if you didn't consume an ounce of wine, you still got your money's worth ($50) with plenty of food.

Art show to feature French-Canadian painter
ST. PETE BEACH -- The St. Pete Beach Art Institute May Art Show will feature French-Canadian portrait and floral painter Marie Bonenfant.

Expensive palm trees pay a price
Four drivers have struck the $800 trees planted on Gulf Boulevard medians 10 months ago.

A day for female bonding and a lesson on gratitude
The five of us sat in a half-circle around a blanket loaded with magazines. The latest issue of Vanity Fair heralding Jennifer Lopez's mostly naked body still had the clear plastic wrapper around it. The March issue with Julianne Moore and her cleavage on the cover had just been opened the night before.

Heeding outcry, commission rejects no-wake ordinance
REDINGTON BEACH -- Moved by resident opposition, the Town Commission unanimously rejected a proposed ordinance that would have eliminated water skiing and other motorized water sports in more than half the town's waterways.

Breast, cervical cancer screenings available
The Pinellas County Health Department, 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and 6350 76th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, offers screening exams for breast and cervical cancer for women age 50 to 64 who are uninsured, or whose insurance doesn't fully cover such services. Pap smears, mammograms and clinical breast exams are included. For an appointment, call 824-6917.

City will enforce water restrictions
Pinellas Park intends to crack down on violators of water rules that are the same as in unincorporated Pinellas County.

Madeira Beach consultant: Create citywide master plan
A long-term vision was a "recurring issue" among residents and businesses, he says. A survey might be a first step.

Museum offers free admission for veterans
The Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. N, St. Petersburg, will offer free admission to active military personnel and veterans May 26-28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Good for you
Mary Lou Beasley, a math teacher at Southside Fundamental Middle School, is a state finalist for the Presidential Awards of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science. She is one of 12 Florida elementary and middle school math or science teachers named for the honor by the Florida Department of Education.

Government calendar

Many squads get a kick out of being in State Cup
The cream has risen to the top in soccer. Several local teams are among Florida's best.

For the record
BASEBALL: Eckerd camp

SPJC's milestone season ends in disappointment
St. Petersburg Junior College entered the Florida Junior College state tournament last weekend in Kissimmee as the top seed. It left with a third-place finish.

Curbside parking could help cathedral
ST. PETERSBURG -- Allowing parking along Fourth Street between First and Third avenues N after morning rush hour could help ease the parking crunch of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, which wants to tear down the former First Baptist Church to build a parking lot.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • A dad's graduation
  • Tampa Bay briefs
  • Suspect sought in fatal accident
  • Week in review

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Latest tool to put out blazes: computers
  • Dream lives on through family
  • YMCA fundraising has been slow going
  • Calm traffic here, frenzy there
  • Early grads zip through school, then stick around
  • Peevish politicians fret over snubs, flubs
  • What happened to free speech?
  • Headlines through the years

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Buddies program breaks boundaries

  • News of Florida
  • Heavy hitters line up for trustee posts
  • Scores foretell diploma trouble
  • Voters league gets satisfaction from reforms

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