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By LOGAN MABE, BILL COATS and JACKIE RIPLEY

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 14, 2001


Vote fills four vacancies on Westchase board

WESTCHASE -- The Westchase Community Association welcomed two new members and two incumbents to the board of directors after an election Tuesday night.

Board members Kathy Thomas and Harriet Meier retained their seats. The new members are Harold Hackney and Jonathan Stein.

The members were elected by a vote of representatives from 13 of Westchase's 16 villages to fill four vacancies.

"The residents of Westchase sent a strong message that they are very satisfied with the performance of the board of directors that has been in place since December 2000," said board spokeswoman Kris DiGiovanni.

Other candidates receiving votes were Linda Centofante (6), Peter Schoemann (6), Anthony Sanchez (5), Rick O'Keefe (3), and Nathan Lafer (1).

St. Joseph's rezoning delayed

Pat Frank, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Commission, recessed Tuesday's commission meeting about 30 minutes after it had begun

"There has been some conjecture that this could be a terrorism move that is sweeping the country," she said. Twenty-five minutes later, the commissioners returned to report that federal authorities had been contacted. Frank said, "There is no evidence that Tampa is a target for anything." But, she added, "It's fair to say all our minds have been diverted."

Road realignment on agenda

WESTCHASE -- Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss the proposed realignment of Twin Branch Acres Road at the Race Track Road intersection in northwest Hillsborough County. The $690,000 project will include realigning Twin Branch Acres Road to match the existing alignment of Douglas Road on the Pinellas side of Race Track.

County staff and engineers will attend the meeting in the cafeteria at Lowry Elementary School, 11505 Country Hollow Drive.

Roadwork is scheduled to begin in late 2001 and be completed by early 2002.

Survey focuses on master plan

CITRUS PARK -- The Citrus Park Area Civic Association is surveying residents about the Citrus Park Village Master Plan. Residents are being asked if they agree with items in the plan such as making sure the community's trees are preserved, traffic is calmed and density is kept down.

The group is also circulating a second, more detailed survey, asking for opinions on areas such as whether the county should replace its current rezoning method with the plan's suggested zoning process that would encourage faster reviews and offer incentives; requiring accountability from developers, consultants and county staff; and requiring developers to post a bond and make restitution for any damages to the community. The results of those surveys will be presented during the next Citrus Park Village Master Plan public meeting.

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