Tampa Bay: August 9, 2000
South Pinellas County news
Officials reject firing of officer
||Trooper's patrols irk some officials
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
Jesus Lopez sees his patrols as a service to his hometown. The mayor wishes Lopez had more of a 'Treasure Island attitude.'
City labor officials recommend the return to work with full back pay of David Sugar, fired by police Chief Goliath Davis III for lying.
Job program treated like a slothful employee
After infighting and upheaval in the county training program, another overhaul will try to whip it into shape.
Mirabella partners face fine for roofs
If the townhome developer and builder don't begin repairs by Sept. 1, the city will fine them $250 a day.
Police chief receives warning in a memo
City Manager Jerry Mudd's memo to Chief David Milchan says it is important that employees not be intimidated.
Church: So long uninvited, tiny pests
An exterior renovation of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church's wood structures could keep the termites away for good.
Front Porch article was misleading
Re: Front Porch group spars with critics, Aug. 2.
Neighborhood services job cut
The $96,510-a-year St. Petersburg position is eliminated; the mayor will share some of the duties.
Refusing to fold
Despite more people using homemade invitations, stores that sell paper are not seeing a drop in business, owners say.
Shopping center plan advances
PINELLAS PARK -- Lowe's is one step closer to replacing the Mustang Flea Market with a home center. The Planning and Zoning Commission last week unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the do-it-yourself giant's plans to build a shopping center with grocery store at 7301 Park Blvd.
Council will decide future of wetlands
PINELLAS PARK -- Plans to put 34 lots on wooded wetlands bordering a city park hit a snag last week.
Pinellas Park sewer rates to leap in 2001
PINELLAS PARK -- Expect sewer rates to jump by 41 percent next year, garbage rates to rise a little, and the property tax rate to stay the same.
Board delays vote on phone tower
PINELLAS PARK -- Neighbors who don't want to look out their front doors and see a cell phone tower will have another chance to ask a city board to prevent the structure from being built. The Planning and Zoning Commission last week agreed to table a proposal to build the tower in the area bounded roughly by 84th and 85th avenues N and 65th Street. Commission members deadlocked over a recommendation allowing the tower to be built. Because some members were absent, it was decided to table the item until Sept. 7, when all would have a chance to vote.
Cultural exchange links east, west
Japanese students visit residents at an assisted living facility to see how some elderly Americans live and to test their English skills.
How Haslam built his bookstore
A deeply religious man, selling lots of books was not Charles Haslam's only mission in life. His work abroad led to his death.
Vinoy team serving notice with Jeffs
When Ed Jagger, captain of the men's 5.5 team, heads to the USA League Tennis state competition Friday and calls for Jeff to take the court for matchplay, Jagger will get three responses.
'Hollywood' glad to change role
It's no wonder Pinellas Park's Ron Davis has picked up the nickname "Hollywood" at Sunshine Speedway.
Manager responds to police bias allegations
PINELLAS PARK -- In an attempt to soothe a wife who alleged that police harassment and retaliation extend to officers' families, the city manager wants to assure her that neither exist in the department.