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October 28, 2001

Tampa Bay: October 28, 2001
Let the good times roll
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
GULFPORT -- A hurricane destroyed the first one. City officials declared the second one too dangerous to remain standing. And the third one has gone through a handful of additions and renovations.
South Pinellas County news
Council's new cast becomes chummy
ST. PETERSBURG -- The three friends gathered for lunch at the newly opened Atlanta Bread Company Bakery Cafe.

Bill aims to impede cities that annex land
Pinellas County commissioners want more power to restrict cities from annexing unincorporated land. And some city officials, including Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds, are miffed.

Holiday Girl Scout tradition in jeopardy
Seminole City Park, their usual gathering place, might not be available this year.

Lealman annexation persists
LEALMAN -- After a two-month break, Pinellas Park officials have resumed annexations in the Lealman area.

Monitors of schools assess group's role
The committee charged with monitoring Pinellas County schools' desegregation efforts is trying to regain focus after four members resigned and four left because their terms expired.

Bar owner loses civil suit, but is satisfied
INDIAN SHORES -- The score is now even between the town and John Susor, the Ernest Hemingway look-alike who advertises his restaurant as having "the worst food on the beech."

Pinellas Park balks on desal plant site
PINELLAS PARK -- Some City Council members are willing to allow a desalination plant on city land but . . .

Seniors deserve a night out at Pier
Re: Show won't go on at the Pier, Oct. 10.

30 years of festival free-form
ST. PETERSBURG -- The first time Kathy Patron came to Circus McGurkis, she sold her handicrafts while carrying a baby on her hip.

Beaches notebook
Dogs to retain free run of park

Neighborhood notebook
Do you know beans? Enter Downtown's chili cookoff

Voting rights workshop offered
ST. PETERSBURG -- A workshop on Nov. 10 will help ex-felons learn how to regain the right to vote.

Retired existence wasn't in the cards
Madelyn Thorsen, who operated Boyd's gift shop at the Princess Martha Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg for 15 years, has come out of retirement to open Thorsen's, a shop in Kenneth City specializing in greeting cards that are two for $1.

Renovator skirmishes with city over work
He says he's bringing the Crescent Lake neighborhood up in value. Critics say he's doing work outside the rules.

The Dissenter's Voice
ST. PETERSBURG -- Raising a dissonant counterpoint during the era of sit-ins, marches and Freedom Riders, Norman E. Jones was as politically incorrect as a black man of his time could be.

Panama Canal Museum grows
SEMINOLE -- Photographs of the old post office and stamps from the Panama Canal Zone line one wall.

Madeira Beach approves consultant for master plan
MADEIRA BEACH -- New City Attorney Tom Trask was greeted with applause when the mayor introduced him Tuesday night at his first City Commission meeting.

Red tide still lingers near Skyway
An outbreak of red tide that began in early August continues to plague the beaches and shores north of the Skyway Bridge.

Licensing child care has its advantages
It sounded like bureaucracy run amok: a county agency shuts down a well-liked child care provider for not having a license. This recent story about a home-based child care in Seminole left many parents frustrated. At a time when more and more moms are going back to work, this case makes it look like the government is getting in the way of good child care.

Street lights to go up in Seminole
SEMINOLE -- It's about to get brighter in some areas of Seminole.

Hospital ship to open doors during goodwill tour pause
ST. PETERSBURG -- The M/V Caribbean Mercy, one of a fleet of hospital ships that sails to poor port cities throughout the world, delivering food, medical supplies and services and the Christian gospel, docked at the Port of St. Petersburg last week so the public can see what it does.

Skateboarders, rejoice: A park is in the pipeline
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- Goodbye, extra shuffleboard courts. Hello, skate park.

Welcome Club good fit for local social scene
Given our concern about the world these days and our suspicions about other people and cultures that sometimes spills over into paranoia, the Welcome Club is a welcome addition to the local social scene.

Museum director to lead Florida association
LARGO -- Ken Rollins, executive director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, has assumed the presidency of the Florida Art Museum Directors' Association. It is his second stint as president, having also served the 41-year-old organization from 1990-92.

USF varsity sailors hitch spot in Top 20
The women's sailing team at USF St. Petersburg is its first varsity squad.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

Wilcox doesn't look back after 5K's close start
Steve Wilcox pulled away from Forerunners teammate Jim Burgasser and the Stetson Law Day 5K field just after the 1.5-mile point on the Gulfport course.

YouthAdult tourney ready to complete finals
It's easy for an adult to chose a partner in the 35th annual Greater Pinellas YABA YouthAdult Tournament.

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