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By AMY WIMMER, SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA and ANDREW MEACHAM

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 29, 2001


Hurled eggs splatter on Redington Beach hall

REDINGTON BEACH -- Town Clerk Jill Pearson arrived at work Monday morning to find Town Hall's glass doors splattered with eggs.

"It was nasty," Pearson said. "It took us 45 minutes to clean off and it still smells."

Sheriff's deputies believe the vandalism occurred late Sunday or early Monday. The doors, surrounding walls, windows, entrance carpet, and even the town's public bulletin board dripped with egg yolks, Pearson said.

No arrests have been made.

Indian Shores

The Town Council approved research money for University of South Florida architects to design Town Square, two blocks of Gulf Boulevard that city leaders hope to turn into a community focal point.

"We're looking to create a sense of place in Indian Shores," said USF architecture professor Trent Green. The Florida Center for Community Design and Research will develop guidelines for mixed-use development along the boulevard between 191st and 193rd streets.

Part of the $18,000 needed for the study could come from the state Department of Community Affairs. The rest likely will come out of funding set aside for road paving, which was completed under budget.

Outgoing building official Mike Nadeau applied for the $10,000 community planning grant, which has not been reviewed.

While city property sandwiches the area, with City Hall to the north and Town Square Nature Refuge Park to the south, most of the area is now privately owned.

"It's not entirely clear what posture the city will take," Green said, "whether they will allow it to develop entirely within the private sector or whether they will take a more active role."

The council also named engineer George Fink as its interim building official, replacing Nadeau, who resigned Friday.

Gulfport

The Women Musicians' Alliance will present "A Songwriters' Round Robin" Sept. 22 at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport. People are invited to hear the songs, hear the stories behind the songs and question the songwriters.

The lobby will open at 7 p.m., seating will begin at 7:30 and the curtains will open at 8.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 865-2316.

Madeira Beach

Firefighter and emergency medical technician Dan Miller, a 17-year veteran of the Madeira Beach Fire Department, completed the grueling Western States Endurance Run on June 23 and 24.

The annual event covers 100 miles of challenging terrain, starting in Squaw Valley west of Reno, Nev., climbing 4,000 feet the first 30 miles, and ending in Auburn, Calif.

The event descends and ascends through three major canyons, and crosses several streams and the American River. Miller has enjoyed long-distance running for over 20 years and competing in ultra distances, which are courses of more than 26 miles, for the last six years and almost exclusively on trails.

More than 400 participants began the race; 267 completed the course. Miller finished the run in 29 hours, 54 minutes.

- Times staff writer Amy Wimmer and correspondents Sheila Mullane Estrada and Andrew Meacham contributed to this report.

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