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Votes to decide annexing issues


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 13, 2000

SEMINOLE -- Today could be a historic day for the city as it asks three large groups of voters whether they want to be annexed into Seminole.

If all three approve, the land area of the city would nearly double and the taxable value of city property would increase by about 60 percent.

All three areas petitioned the city to set up the vote.

"We've done all we can do," City Manager Frank Edmunds said. "We've responded to neighborhood inquiries. We've tried to provide them with good, factual information. We really take the position that the decision is theirs."

Only people who live within the boundaries of each area can vote.

The largest area includes Seminole Lake Country Club Estates, Otter Key condominiums and commercial property west of Park Street. The 1,193 registered voters in that area can vote at the Links clubhouse, 9050 Park Blvd.

The 1,068 voters in the Gardens condominiums and neighborhoods north of Park Boulevard and west of Starkey Road can vote at Osceola Middle School, 9301 98th St. N.

The 720 voters who live in Woodbridge, Quail Ridge and neighborhoods along 102nd Avenue west of 113th Street can vote at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave N.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is possible that one, two or all three may pass or fail. Any area that approves the annexation will be in the city officially in 10 days.

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