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 Tampa Bay: December 13, 2000 South Pinellas County news

Way cool!
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Second-graders take part in a drill on the fine art of keeping cool in a fire. They even teach their parents a thing or two.
City Hall contract encounters opposition

An advisory committee aligns itself against St. Pete Beach's contract, and the state attorney's office investigates it.

Gulfport christens theater with glee
Sure, there were first-night glitches, but a $970,000 theater for a city of 10,000? That's entertainment.

Ho-ho jobs
Always wanted to help Santa? Dozens of volunteer elves call children from a North Pole substation.

Only two in fledgling fire panel show up
Three applicants for a vacant seat on the Lealman commission attend a meeting that becomes a non-meeting.

Just say no to curbside mail delivery
Re: Post office to wait on curbside delivery, Dec. 6.

City sprawl reaches far into wallets
A recent study shows Tampa Bay residents spend more on transportation than on any other expense.

Weedon Island manager rehired
Keith Thompson, the Weedon Island Preserve supervisor who was forced to resign in October, is back at work in the 1,046-acre nature park.

Sewer rate poised to increase
PINELLAS PARK -- The City Council is poised to approve a 41 percent jump in sewer rates at Thursday's meeting. The proposed increase reflects a price hike from Pinellas County, which supplies service to Pinellas Park. None of the increased cost would go to the city. The rate would increase from $3.49 per 1,000 gallons to $4.93 per 1,000 gallons and would take effect on the February 2001 bills. The council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public.

Pi is sweet, victory is sweeter at math contest
High school students put their problem-solving skills to the test in the battle for accuracy -- and speed.

Gulfport seeks artists proposals
GULFPORT -- The City of Gulfport Public Arts Advisory Committee is seeking proposals from artists for a permanent public art display at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.

Neighborhood notebook
Pier Aquarium wants to teach water wisdom

Vinoy Place will host oohs and ahs in March
You read it first here: The site of the Florida Orchestra Guild Designer Showhouse, March 3-25, will be Vinoy Place, the residential development being completed downtown. President Mary Shuh made the announcement at the group's annual Kringle Mingle, a just-for-fun coffee originated years ago by Nancye Barrett as a respite from the guild's constant fundraising and organized this year by Beth McDonald.

Military news
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gerald L. Fuller Jr., son of Gerald L. Fuller Sr. of St. Petersburg, returned from a six-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan, while assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.

Paint day brushes up 22nd Street S
About a dozen people join a cleanup organized by Weed and Seed, one of the groups trying to refurbish the area.

Vendors are under delicate scrutiny
ST. PETERSBURG -- On any weekend, you can follow the aromas. They drift around 18th Avenue S, up and down 16th Street S, maybe all the way over to U.S. 19.

Luxury gulf-front condos set for Redington Beach
The La Playa apartments are to make way for the 55 units, priced from $550,000 to $700,000.

Sensual swivels for all shapes and sizes
A belly dance instructor says it is one dance that fits all and is good exercise for women.

City says survey will help with planning
PINELLAS PARK -- Officials say a questionnaire sent to residents is so accurate they're using the responses to help develop the city's budget, but they're ignoring suggestions that the city manager be fired.

Remodeled club is excited about open house
An old club with a new name and a new look invites tennis players to its open house Saturday.

Belleair team receives lift from Slattery, 1st win
Belleair Country Club's Jim Slattery fired a 2-under 70 in the December match of the Pinellas Men's Interclub Association, helping his 10-member team to its first win of the 2000-2001 season.

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