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September 9, 2001

Tampa Bay: September 9, 2001
Wild about the waterfront
[Times photo: Bill Serne]
We asked for it. We got it. Your unbridled feelings about downtown St. Petersburg's bayfront pour in.
South Pinellas County news
Speak up if you want to slow down speeders
There is a lot to find frustrating about traffic in southern Pinellas County. Once in a while, we write about a traffic problem and succeed in getting some action. But there are some problems we can't resolve.

RV park deal going to court
A developer sued to get deeds to 55 acres he is buying from Holiday Campground's owner. A hearing is Tuesday.

Public's worker of 2 decades to retire
Mel Rackett was hired into a Public Works Department that fixed things and leaves one that handles contracts.

Bridge's 6-foot shift reopens old dispute
Design of a multiuse trail puts the Bayway bridge 6 feet closer to St. Pete Beach and reopens a seven-year dispute.

Declaration toward independence
In Lealman, a crowd of 90 is mostly enthusiastic about moving toward cityhood, so much so that they plunk down bills toward a "city kitty."

SWAT video: off-duty, off-color
Five Pinellas Park police officers are disciplined for conduct including racial slurs during a SWAT team trip to Orlando.

State's action will destroy Toy Shop
Re: State pulls Toy Shop out of yule giveaway, Aug. 29.

Vandals strike Little League concession stand a 3rd time
Expensive locks fail to deter the culprits, who break through wood and drywall to get in.

Plans for geology building get bigger
ST. PETERSBURG -- The U.S. Geological Survey's plans to expand have expanded.

Hospitals add safeguard against baby snatchers
When Michelle Neader had her first three babies at St. Anthony's Hospital, she never worried that someone might try to abduct one of them. There were so few babies born there and so many nurses watching over them. But hospital security is more on her mind as she nears her due date for baby No. 4, who will be delivered at Bayfront Medical Center.

College Landings is finally taking off
High-rise units, single-family homes and a commercial complex could sprout on the 78-acre tract now that a key city panel has approved its site plan.

Specialty breadmaker rises to the occasion
A Pinellas Park shopkeeper melds Italian tradition with new technology to produce fresh, crusty loaves.

If you fit the mold, skilled jobs available
Plastics manufacturers and Pinellas Tech team up on an apprentice program to attract and train workers.

Building momentum
With EDC approval, plans take one step forward for a Publix, shops and apartments downtown.

Center upgrade nears completion
A multipurpose room with large restrooms is the first of three planned improvements to the Treasure Island Community Center.

Friends, family honor Betty Sembler at 70
Hard to believe that Betty Sembler turned 70 recently. The indefatigable wife, mother, activist and philanthropist soon will add another title to her string of accomplishments: chatelaine of the American Embassy in Rome, once the Senate confirmation comes through for husband Mel Sembler's appointment as ambassador to Italy.

The week ahead

Beaches notebook
VFW cruise, dinner to benefit POW/MIA fund

Music in the Park series adds concerts
The crowded lineup for the series, which begins Friday with the Barracudas, means there is no room for rain dates.

Board approves church's site plan
ST. PETERSBURG -- At Wednesday's Environmental Development Commission meeting, Lakewood residents stood one after one to protest what might happen on vacant land owned by Bethel Community Baptist Church after all currently planned construction is finished.

If at first you don't succeed, vote again
Belleair Beach's Wednesday night budget vote was not recorded, so council members try again. One even votes by phone.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

Oceanfront home awaits decision
St. Pete Beach will try to clarify how seaward a new home can be. The city boundary is fuzzy.

Veteran takes roll down memory lane
Paper cuts, blurred vision and aching arms once were an occupational hazard for Maddie Dalrymple, the longtime secretary-treasurer of the St. Petersburg Women's Association.

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