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July 4, 2001

Tampa Bay: July 4, 2001
A good spot for citrus ...and the rest is history
orange blossom groves
[Times photo: Boyzell Hosey]
A rural community of family-owned groves and citrus packing houses was uprooted as housing developers moved in. Some of those families' descendants helped found Seminole in response to the encroachment of other cities.
South Pinellas County news
2 police captains may face penalties
The city manager calls for suspensions and evaluations to find whether they can keep their positions.

Cities debate height of new bridge
Whether the new span is a high fixed bridge or a mid-level drawbridge, one thing's for certain: The old John's Pass Bridge has to be replaced.

Sister city event to swing for team
A sampler of Japan's culture and food entices visitors to Sunken Gardens, where a fundraiser will help send a boys team to Takamatsu.

Patriotism also means caring about others
The Fourth of July holiday impels us to honor the principled patriots who brought forth a free and proud nation. Indeed, the freedoms that we take for granted are a veritable byproduct of our patriots' sacrifices. They must be remembered and revered.

A girl sails to a hard new life in 1910
Between 1892 and 1954, 12-million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island.

How's business in Seminole? Survey will tell the tale
The city has joined a county group that boosts economic health and growth.

Drainage finally due for 3 miles of Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach have long complained about the stretch, which has no curbs or sidewalks.

Belleair Beach tax rate may jump 32%
Some city officials say the big increase can't be avoided. "It's time to bite the bullet," one says. The final vote is Sept. 5.

Kenneth City police, fire costs may rise
KENNETH CITY -- The coming year's budget is far from complete, but it appears town residents may be paying more for police and fire protection.

Work starts on faulty windows at Cloisters
It will cost at least $500,000 to replace all 500 leaky windows in the upscale condo complex.

Organization looking for host families
Academic Year in America, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation, is looking for host families for international students coming to study in St. Petersburg.

Northeast students win medals in German exam

Empowering youth
Teens volunteer their time for children at a community center to fulfillservice requirements, or just for fun.

Heritage Village visionary retires
The man who helped assemble 23 structures from Pinellas County history calls it quits after 24 years at the museum.

One door closes, another opens for diner
The Pelican will live on after all. It will add barbecue and try to keep breakfast on the menu.

Largo searches for its own 'brand identity'
LARGO -- To the casual observer, this city is a bit of a paradox.

See Spot run: Derby Lane diners wrap up a season
Went to the dogs Saturday night and it was fun. The greyhounds ran their last race of the season at Derby Lane, moving to Tampa for six months, and I went to the farewell dinner at the Derby Club with friends Louise Weaver and Tom Stovall.

Largo's property values boost budget
The city manager says a tax increase can be avoided because of budget cutbacks and the rise in collections.

Group: We can set beach growth
Beach communities say the Coastal Construction Control Line should be replaced, but keep shore control at local level.

Beaches notebook
South Pasadena decides on tentative millage rate

St. Petersburg police plan auction Saturday
Cars, boats and more are on the block beginning at 11 a.m. The twice-a-year auction may become a quarterly event.

Neighborhood briefs
Aircraft association offers pilot ground school

Ditch to be rebuilt for cleaner bayou water
The severely eroded ditch is muddying up Long Bayou, but a monthlong reconstruction project is expected to remedy the problem.

100-year birthdays
Audrey Eugenia Adams Wright, born July 3, 1901, celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday. She has been a seasonal resident in St. Petersburg since 1998 and maintains a residence in Winchester, Mass.

Military news
Marine Pvt. Jamie L. Macona, son of Cathleen and Erwin Steele of St. Petersburg, has completed basic training at Parris Island, S.C.

Focus on volunteers
A Brighter Day, an organization providing support to the homeless, needs mentors to help families develop skills and achieve goals. Through the help of A Brighter Day, families become self-sufficient, find housing and learn how to maintain a household. For information, call Cathy Sue Kurant at 381-5103.

Government calendar

Fans are hoping Capriati wins Wimbledon
As the competition narrows to a talented few this week in the Lawn Tennis Championships of Wimbledon, area enthusiasts offer their predictions for the singles winners.

All-Americans add to success of area programs
The waters of Tampa Bay have long been a classroom for youth sailors, teaching them the fundamentals of racing and whetting the appetite for accomplishments at higher levels.

Many drivers addicted to life in the fast lane
Speed is addictive for most race car drivers.

Walsingham Park dogs must wait to roam
An off-leash dog run is 11/2 years away. It must wait for major improvements to the western end of the park.

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