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    Headlines through the years

    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.

    By JULIE CHURCH

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 4, 2001


    CLEARWATER -- (March 11, 1924) A special bond election is being held to determine whether or not Clearwater will have a municipal gas plant. If approved, bonds in the amount of $150,000 will be used for that purpose.

    It appears to be the consensus of public opinion is that without gas, Clearwater cannot continue to forge ahead.

    "Apartment homes are not practicable without gas for fuel and they will not be built when the owners have to take the fire risk from oil stoves," a prominent citizen said. "Large hotels must have gas while people who wish modern homes demand it."

    Although the polls close at 6:30 p.m., it was freely predicted that a municipal gas plant for Clearwater was assured.

    Clearwater Seaboard station opens

    CLEARWATER -- (March 10, 1924) The new passenger station of the Seaboard Railway was opened to the public yesterday and the 11:20 train from St. Petersburg was the first to make a stop there.

    The new depot is one block south of the old station on Court Street, directly east of the court house between the Seaboard tracks and the Atlantic Coast Line railroad.

    The modern building has been under construction since last fall. The station is to be used exclusively for passengers and it presents many comforts that were lacking in the old building on Franklin Street, which was built when the railroad first came to Clearwater.

    One of the noticeable features of the new depot, and one which will especially please the ladies, is a large rest room with extremely comfortable wicker chairs and other furniture.

    Young plans to build apartment house

    CLEARWATER -- (March 7, 1924) A. Young of Ohio, who came to Clearwater last year, purchased property on Engman Street and opened a grocery store, has found conditions so satisfactory in the capital of Pinellas that he announced yesterday that he would invest $8,000 or more in an apartment house in the northern part of the city.

    Construction of a two-story brick building on the northwest corner of Engman Street and Garden avenue will shortly commence.

    The ground floor of the building will be used as a grocery store, dry goods store, meat market and hardware store. Upstairs will be apartments with modern conveniences.

    The opening of North Garden Avenue at the city limits is said to have had much to do with development in that section.

    WFLA to be moved to auditorium

    CLEARWATER -- (March 4, 1923) The studios of radio station WFLA will be moved from the city park to the municipal auditorium on the Clearwater harborfront today and tomorrow.

    Remodeling of the south wing of the auditorium for studio purposes has been practically completed and moving in of equipment is under way.

    - Julie Church compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or

    church@sptimes.com.

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