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Monday, August 14, 2006
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Edged by swirling, ominous-looking skies over Clearwater recently, a sunbeam pushes past the rain-heavy storm clouds, creating a rainbow of color.
Boat slips are focus of city's new plan
The renovations that residents will vote on are scaled back from 2004.

Elections office not finished yet
Absentee ballots will not be available at the county courthouse until the remodeling is done.

Here's to another 10 years
The performing arts venue will host five hours of free music Saturday to celebrate a decade of surprising success.

Another Pappas market cafe? Opa!
The big Tarpon Springs restaurant gave way to a smaller concept, whose seventh location has opened near downtown St. Petersburg. More are planned.

Did city's idea for big art work?
Murals painted along 20th Street S 12 years ago endure a questionable existence.

Mobile home ruling in place for now
A decision delay means renters will keep a 90-day grace period in parks up for rezoning. The issue will be discussed again Sept. 14.

PARC tries new ideas for funds
The charity that helps retarded children is widening its strategies to include fancy gowns and travel.

Safety Harbor removes official
Reports allege that a budget advisory board member tried to intimidate firefighters into not writing a violation at his business. He denies it.

Their dream wedding could use your business
A young couple strapped for cash are asking businesses to give them free stuff for their wedding in return for ads at the bash.


Guest Column
Clearwater fire department steps up training, oversight
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tensions in the Clearwater fire department have been well-documented in news reports over the last several years as the city grappled with fallout from the fatal Dolphin Cove fire, union contract disputes, the departure of one chief and the arrival of another. Today we invite fire Chief Jamie Geer and fire union president John Lee to comment on the successes and challenges of the past two years.
Fire chief not taken to task
The Clearwater fire department's problem is fire Chief Jamie Geer's demonstrated lack of competent leadership. Competent leadership is critical for the effective operation of a paramilitary organization. Fire and rescue employees working in dangerous situations to protect the lives and property of others must have the trust and confidence to follow orders without question.

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