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Mayor's election set for Sept. 15

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000

PORT RICHEY -- The next mayor of Port Richey will be elected Sept. 5, the day of the Florida primary election, the city council decided Tuesday night.

Rubber stamping former Mayor Eileen Ferdinand's suggestion for an election, the council voted 4-0 to hold the election on the primary date to save money on election costs. Qualifying for the election also will be the same as the state's: July 17 to July 21.

Ferdinand resigned June 20 to run for county commission. Bob Leggiere stepped up from his vice mayor role to be acting mayor.

Leggiere has said he will run for the mayor's job in September. He will have to resign by July 7 to run. He has said hewould make the resignation effective in September. His replacement after the election will be appointed by the council.

In other council news Tuesday, council members gave final approval to annexing the Custom Commerce Center, where the temporary city hall has resided since April. Council members also approved two ordinances tightening city codes dealing with small signs on the city's rights of way and garbage storage.

Truck rack shop will move to State Road 52

SAN ANTONIO -- A manufacturer of truck racks plans to occupy a building being abandoned by Ralard Printers Inc. on State Road 52 in San Antonio.

Rack-It Truck Racks Inc., has contracted to buy the 7,500-square-foot building on the south side of the highway, about a mile east of Interstate 75.

Rack-It, which plans to move its six employees up from Clearwater, makes tool racks seen on pickup truck beds.

Officials with the Pasco Economic Development Council said Rack-It already has ties to Pasco. President David Graham lives in New Port Richey.

Challenged Kids camp kicks off July 24

The Pasco Association for Challenged Kids will be holding its fourth annual summer camp program for children ages 3 to 19 from July 24 to August 9 at the Center for Independence in Holiday. The camp serves children who cannot attend regular summer camp programs due to their disabilities. Registration is $25. Space is limited. Those who are interested should register as soon as possible.

Staff members also are needed. Paraprofessionals from within the school system are always welcome to apply, as well as those who have experience working with special needs children. For information or to register, call Paula Cohen at (727) 372-9516.

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