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 Tampa Bay: September 17, 2000 South Pinellas County news

An activist on wheels
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
If you hear Marshall Cook tell it, things are bad for disabled people in Pinellas Park. Are his complaints legitimate?
Local road closures open fierce arguments

Those who favor the closings accuse opponents of underhanded tactics. They counter that the city had its mind made up.

Interim chief won't discipline captain
The captain in a memo lambasted the Pinellas Park city manager and other officers. The city is hiring an investigator.

Found: Pet chicken; friendly -- no cooks
Her Highness the Hen sleeps like dog, meows like a cat, eats off a plate and keeps quiet at sunrise. What more could you ask?

Bay Vista program needs more students
Teachers say the fundamental school's special education students make rapid gains, but not enough kids are applying.

Council approves pay raises for itself
The $3,000 increases for the council and the mayor infuriated one resident. Two members also opposed the raises.

Blind Pass plan protects families
The proposal to close streets along Blind Pass Road protects our property values and provides safety to our residents and children. When the Department of Transportation announced the expansion of Blind Pass Road, the street closures plan was formed. This plan is the perfect solution to forming a buffer between our homes and a five-lane road. Most residents applauded and signed a petition agreeing with the concept.

Violence intervention effort working
The city of Largo is to be commended for finding money in its budget to continue its domestic violence intervention program. Given the program's proven track record of success, it's a wonder the city ever considered discarding the project in the first place.

Regional campus expands boundaries
The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus is growing. In buildings. In students. In faculty. And there is more in the works.

Cafe brings flavor of West Coast
The mother-daughter team of Judy Gammon and Nicole Golden have opened West Coast Juice and Java at 7253 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The Seattle-style coffeehouse includes an expanded menu of organic coffee drinks, vegetable and fruit juices, and smoothies, as well as sandwiches and salads.

Real estate agent takes the lead in renovations
The building owner hopes others in the Fourth Street N area are inspired by the Spanish-style work he is having done.

Public to hear about floodplain plan
TREASURE ISLAND -- The city's Hazard Mitigation Committee is scheduled to conduct a public hearing about the Floodplain Management Plan at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 120 108th Ave.

Grotto members adjust to smaller building
The members, who are affiliated with the Masons, hold their program for adults with cerebral palsy at the new location.

Gulfport police stick with union
GULFPORT -- Police officers on Friday turned aside an attempt by some of the department's members to switch unions.

Beach art center offers classes
ST. PETE BEACH -- The St. Pete Beach Art Institute will offer new classes designed to include people with busy daytime schedules. The art classes are beginner-friendly.

YMCA cheering section braces heat
Lee Roy Selmon does not visibly perspire.

Man seeks two girls he saved from stings
He swiped away at yellow jackets attacking the girls. After they left, he set out to find the girls and the insect nest.

Decision delayed on 1901 Club
The nuisance board postpones a hearing after questions arise about who is responsible for activity at the Central Avenue club.

News is good, bad for Pinellas Park
PINELLAS PARK -- The good news is the property tax rate will remain the same under the $52-million operating budget that the City Council passed Thursday.

City to sponsor giant greeting card contest
St. Petersburg's Recreation Department is hosting a giant greeting card contest, with the winning designs adorning the city's downtown waterfront area for a month during the winter holidays.

Kenneth City attorney to get a raise
KENNETH CITY -- The council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to give town attorney Paul Marino a raise.

Class has a good beat, and you can dance to it
There's a new dance and music program in St. Petersburg for parents looking for something fun to do with their infants and toddlers. Musik Garten, an early childhood class, has started at Right Step Studio on Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street N.

Merchants attempt to combat prostitution
Saying police and neighbors offer little help, a Fourth Street business association decides to address the crime.

Group to discuss Super Bowl, BayWalk
ST. PETERSBURG -- The downtown's new entertainment complex and the Super Bowl are the subjects of Tuesday's Downtown Core Group meeting.

Family center still short of funds
ST. PETERSBURG -- Though a meeting organized to raise money for repairs at the James B. Sanderlin Center brought in more than $25,000 in donations and pledges, the effort remains $12,000 short of its goal.

YouthBuild offers training program for youths 16-24
YouthBuild St. Petersburg offers an eight-month program for youths age 16 to 24 who reside in St. Petersburg that includes GED training, leadership development and training in the career field of construction, among other support services. To be considered for admission, call 893-1573.

Pinellas Park's approval inches Lealman district closer to merger
PINELLAS PARK -- The Pinellas Park City Council gave a cautious go-ahead to a proposal for taking over service for half the Lealman fire district. Seminole likely would take over the other half.

Seminar to focus on issues facing caregivers
A one-day seminar, "Shifting Gears in a Changing Society," for individuals interested in the medical and legal aspects of caring for the elderly and the handicapped, will be held Sept. 29 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Discussion topics will include estate planning, guardianship and mental health issues.

Manager instilling his love for game
Rick Shaw has loved baseball since he was a young boy.

New management revamping Skyway
Skyway Lanes' new owner, Jerry Gross, issued an ultimatum to general manager Judy Allen: "Do what you've got to do to get the job done."

Wet gear doesn't stop Warhoop 5K winner
SEMINOLE -- Racing in wet shoes, Tony Teats of Oldsmar broke away at Saturday's Warhoop Sprint 5-kilometer race to win in 15 minutes, 28 seconds.

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