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What a lark: Tour downtown by 'Duck'


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 4, 2001

Jill and Louis Betz of Tampa have announced the opening of Duck Tours of Tampa Bay Inc. The venture gives visitors to The Pier a chance to tour both the streets and waters of downtown St. Petersburg in a "Duck," an amphibious vehicle used in World War II to transport personnel and supplies from ships to shores. Mr. and Mrs. Betz purchased four of the vintage car-boats after touring Boston in 1998.

Last week, the City Council approved a license for the business to sell tickets from a booth near The Pier. Friday was the first day of operation. Duck Tours will be open seven days a week. Tickets are $18.50 for adults and $9.95 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. There is a military and senior citizen discount, and children under 3 are free. For information, call 432-DUCK.

New vice president to assume Goodwill helm

Deborah A. Passerini has been promoted to vice president of operations for Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast Inc. of St. Petersburg. Before the promotion, Passerini was vice president of human services. In her new position, Passerini will oversee the human services operations as well as retail and donations services.

Along with Passerini's promotion, Goodwill Industries announces the March 31 retirement of Thomas E. Kruger, vice president of industrial operations. Kruger has been with the organization for 22 years, and he was influential in the expansion of the organization's retail and market share.

Established insurance agency acquires another

Wallace Welch and Willingham Inc. of St. Petersburg has acquired Wiseley Marine Insurance. The five employees from Wiseley Marine have relocated from its former Tyrone-area office to Wallace Welch and Willingham's main office on 16th Street N.

Group announces two new media employees

The Iam Group of St. Petersburg has named Karrie Gable graphic designer. Before the appointment, Gable was an associate director for McBride & Associates in St. Petersburg. Iam Group has also announced the appointment of Jason Kerr to digital media specialist. Before joining the company, Kerr was a graphic artist for Dibbz of Tampa.

Ice cream shop opens on Dr. King (Ninth) Street N

Stephanie Wynn and Darryl Watkins have opened Chunky Sundae Ice Cream Inc. at 2400 Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N. The ice cream shop is open every day except Tuesday.

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