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 Tampa Bay: May 24, 2000 South Pinellas County news
DOT: Bridge safety gates not to blame in accident
Investigators await the results of a blood test on a fired bridge tender and another employee's action is under review after a tourist drove over the open span on Friday.

Developer plans 274 downtown apartments
Located near the USF campus, the luxury units would cater to higher-income renters.

Town offers lower taxes as its lure
Kenneth City has joined the annexation shuffle, promoting its low tax base as incentive to unincorporated property owners.

Wal-Mart wants link to mobile home parks
Pinellas Park council members will consider a connecting sidewalk with a parking area for golf carts and bikes, as well as other proposals.

Kudos for mall's wheelchair access
All too often, all one hears are complaints when things aren't right, so I want to let you know how impressed I was with the handicapped parking in front of Tyrone Square Mall at the main entrance by the food court.

Fumes sicken at least 50 students
PINELLAS PARK -- At least 50 students at Cross Bayou Elementary School complained of upset stomachs Tuesday after asphalt fumes from a nearby driveway resurfacing project drifted into the school.

Two generations stay in tune with TV shop
ST. PETE BEACH -- The tiny TV & Music Center on 75th Avenue here is a shrine to all things Sony, from 9-inch televisions to $10,000 home theater systems that include satellite dishes, 61-inch screens and multiple speakers.

School Board holds off on revised charter plan
Board members don't want the plan to place tight restrictions on conversion schools.

Canker rears head again in Manatee
An orange tree infected with citrus canker has been found in a rural area north of Palmetto, disappointing but not shocking news to those who have been fighting the citrus disease.

Spectacular sailing specimen to visit
The tall ship Californian will offer tours, a chance to help sail it, and a message of coastal conservation.

Eckerd graduates 235 'experienced learners'
ST. PETERSBURG -- Completing an odyssey that began 18 years ago, Mary Keller received her bachelor's degree Saturday. Now she has another dream to chase: becoming a lawyer specializing in American Indian affairs.

Variety market to fill void at plaza
However to replace the gaping space left by MoKart at Maximo Plaza? A larger version of Miami Fashion District, also on 34th Street S.

Principal's departure marks era of change
After 20 years, the principal of St. Paul Catholic School is calling it quits. She will be replaced by a lay administrator.

Plastics booster honored at convention
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas County's unofficial "Mr. Plastics" has received another award for service to the industry.

Parking solution is sought
Police are cracking down at Northwest Elementary School. The city hopes for a solution after the summer break.

Belleair pro Ziats on a roll with two wins in two weeks
May has been a good month for pro golfer R.J. Ziats of Belleair.

SPTC team wins state Super Seniors title
The 3.5 men's squad of players at least 60 years old defeats three teams in the doubles competition.

Youth, 11, eyes world title
Optimist sailor Mitch Hall will compete this summer in Spain.

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