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 Tampa Bay: December 18, 2000 North Pinellas County news
Skaters dig launch of park
DUNEDIN -- North Pinellas County's first public skate park opened in Dunedin Monday with dozens of young skaters zig-zagging through and over obstacles, twisting lanky bodies with every trick.

Mystery deepens as birthday passes
The missing boy is 9 today, but investigators can give no solace to his family. Is he alive or dead?

Resume quells hiring concerns
But the Oldsmar chamber president could have been more tactful in hiring his father-in-law to head a program partly paid for by the city, the mayor says.

'She's being their angel' at 11th hour
A hospice volunteer is honored for the comfort and compassion she gives to patients.

Owners add twist to new restaurant
Las Ramblas in downtown Clearwater will feature the fancy footwork of its owners and Spanish

Recreation fees spur discussion
Many residents of unincorporated areas use cities' recreation facilities. But they do so at a cost.

Clearwater Beach should resist 'progress'
Re: From pie in sky to castles on the sand, Dec. 10 story.

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

All signs point to go for walkers
A new system allows people to push a button and stop traffic in all directions at a busy Dunedin intersection.

Hobbyist is building his model business
The small vestibule in Porter's Model Engineering shop gives just a hint of the treasures in the rooms beyond.

At meeting, ballot chads prove to be the mother of invention
Members of the county's canvassing board seemingly had their work cut out for them Dec. 9. They thought that they would have to examine more than 4,200 "undervoted" ballots to see whether votes had in fact been cast for Al Gore or George W. Bush.

North Pinellas briefs
Dolphin adorns Christmas ornaments

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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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