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Gathering praises those who patrol community

Police Chief Goliath Davis and several officers are saluted for their roles as unsung heroes.

By ANDREW MEACHAM

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001


ST. PETERSBURG -- Early bargain hunters were out canvassing used merchandise at the Euclid/St. Paul garage sale when neighbors observed a partially clothed man staggering in the street.

This guy needed help, neighborhood association president Raul Simon told a recent MLK Business District gathering to honor community police officers. Police arrived quickly and got the man to a hospital.

"You don't often get the praise you deserve for the job you do," Simon said.

Mayor Rick Baker, City Council member Rene Flowers, and neighborhood leaders all testified to community police officers as unsung heroes Wednesday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Support services director Chuck Figaro of St. Anthony's Hospital praised police for handling every thing from hurricane drills to a recent attempted murder.

"The officers will tell you they are only doing their jobs," said former Uptown president Ingrid Comberg. "But their presence shows that they care about making us feel safe."

The honored police included: Chief Goliath Davis; Major Tim Story; Sgt. Tim Montanari; and officers Mike Roberts, Lanier Quinn, Joe Truong, Spirodin "Lefty" Lefkimiotis, Jacques LaMonde, Doug Allen, Anthony McCoy and Rick Kenyon.

Neighbors fight hotel owner's rezoning

The Planning Commission on Tuesday handed a mixed verdict to an absentee owner of a Fourth Street motel. Dynasty 1 Hospitality had applied for rezoning on two lots behind the current Entowne Motel, from multifamily residential to commercial general.

Philip Carr, a Cincinnati obstetrician who owns the company, bought the lots at 419 and 425 31st Ave. N without checking zoning regulations, according to attorney Scott Brainard. Carr wants to raze the Entowne and build a 23-unit Knight's Inn on the property.

A May 2 letter to Carr signed by 24 "Residents of the Five Points Neighborhood" alleged criminal activity at the Entowne on 3100 Fourth St. N, and demanded "some act of good faith (change in management, or stopping the criminals from using the motel)" before they would back any zoning change.

The commission granted the change only for the lot at 419 31st Ave. N, but not the adjacent lot at 425 31st. Brainard has said Carr would need both lots for the redevelopment project to go forward.

Northeast residents to address future

A special meeting Monday will focus on zoning, density and neighborhood redevelopment during the next 20 years. Though sponsored by the North Shore Neighborhood Association, the meeting is open to anyone who lives between Fifth and 30th avenues N, and between Fourth Street and Tampa Bay.

Speakers include two officials with the city's Development Services department -- assistant director Julie Weston and urban design manager Bob Jeffrey.

Leaders will seek input from residents with the overall goal of revising North Shore's neighborhood plan.

The association will present a $780 check to Sunken Gardens from money raised through North Shore's recent Spring Gardens Stroll. The money will fund about a dozen scholarships to a summer youth program.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. social) at the Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N.

Meetings

COQUINA KEY: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Clubhouse, 3850 Pompano Drive SE. Dog park, city dredging proposal, Saturday's anti-theft car rally.

EUCLID HEIGHTS: 7 p.m. Tuesday. First Alliance Church, 5000 10th St. N. Officer elections, CONA vice president Skip Brooks.

GATEWAY: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. St. James United Methodist Church library, 845 87th Ave. N.

GREATER WOODLAWN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 2612 12th St. N. Officer elections, proposed car wash at 2300 Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N.

JUNGLE TERRACE: 7 p.m. Monday. Traffic calming, variance granted by EDC to Romano's Macaroni Grill.

LAKEWOOD CIVIC: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S. "Bug Man" Rick McChesney.

PERKINS: 7 p.m. Monday. Perkins Elementary School, 2400 Queensboro Ave. S.

SHORE ACRES: 7:30 p.m. Monday. Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. Engineering, Stormwater and Transportation director Michael Connors; City Council member Bill Foster. Quarterly meeting, open to all residents.

UPTOWN: 7 p.m. Thursday. the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

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