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Vol. 25 No. 36 1 Section 8 pages September 7, 2007


City Council Candidates USGS Report Lane Use, Human

Activity Impact Aquifers and

Worry about Voter apathy Drinking Water Supplies


By: Melissa McCartney
Staff Writer
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"I go door to
door almost
every day and
so many people
have no idea
there is an elec-
tion going on."
says District 3
candidate Ed
Montanari.


St. Petersburg-What election? City council
primary elections are fast approaching but many
St. Petersburg residents are still unaware of the
impending vote.
Early Voting statistics show that only 88 voters
as of Wednesday have taken advantage of early
voting with only two days left before the primary
election. Less than half than the city election of
2005.
"If residents don't know about the election
then they probably do not know much about the
candidates or campaign.issues important to them."
commented Cathy Harrelson
The weather, friends and relatives convinced
Harrelson to move to the sunshine state over 30
years ago. After moving to St. Petersburg from
Sarasota Harrelson has been involved in the com-
munity. As co-chair of the Pinellas County
Environmental Science Forum and past chair of the
Suncoast Sierra Club, Harrelson notes a special-
ized kfiowledge on topics like coastal water quali-
ty, the dangers of storm water runoff, red tide and
other green issues pertaining to the city.
"It was one of those times when an opportuni-
ty arises to step in I just felt like I had to, it was
time." Harrelson on why she decided to run for
public office.
Harrelson is passionate about keeping a bal-
ance between the financial and environmental
issues of the city.
"People do care about the environment; it's
not just a small group anymore. The world is catch-
ing up and we need to get everyone on board and
figure out how to create new jobs in a green econ-
omy."
With her investment advising and financial
background Harrelson believes this is a winning
combination to help solve current budget and tax
issues.
"Most of the important city issues arise from
the budget and taxes." says Harrelson, "Tacking on
a few dollars at the community pool is not the
answer."
Harrelson is also a strong advocate for the arts
arguing that keeping libraries and theatres open are
the kinds of things that really do make a difference
in the community. She suggests capitalizing on
tourism situations where there may be a sporting
event going on but also an alternative event involv-


ing a theatre or museum for those who wanted to
do something else.
Cathy Harrelson is a mother and grandmother
of one living in Shore Acres. She currently works
as a trust consultant for people with disabilities.
As a father of two and long time resident, can-
didate Ed Montanari is passionate about keeping
St. Petersburg prosperous and beautiful for his
children and generations to come.
"A city council member thinks long term, not
short term, about what is best for residents and
future residents." said Montanari.
Montanari has been an airline pilot and leader
in his church for many years and believes that these
are some of the things that have prepared him for
public office. In addition to those positions he also
chaired the Albert Whitted Advisory Task Force in
2004.
Montanari lays claim to several passions when
it comes to issues in the district.
"St. Petersburg is -such a beautiful city but
some of the streets that lead into it are not very aes-
thetically pleasing. I'd like to see the streets
cleaned up because I think we can do a lot better"
Montanari agrees with Harrelson that two
main issues are taxes and the resulting budget.
Montanari points out that there are two types of
residents: Long time residents and newly moved
residents. Residents who have lived here for a long
time may have a greater interest in seeing the city
cleaned up or a road widened but new residents
may not have such a drive for change.
Candidate Montanari advocates the growth of
the arts and cultural opportunities of St.
Petersburg. He believes that these are some of the
things that bring people to the city, things like the
Dali Museum.
Ed Montanari currently flies for American
Airlines and resides in Shore Acres with his fami-
ly.
Candidates Bill "Coach" Dudley, Ed
Montanari, Cathy Harrelson and Cliff Gephart par-
ticipated in a community forum August 29 at Shore
Acres Community Center and will participate
again September 6 at Snell Isle.
The St. Petersburg Primary Election is on
September 11, 2007 for Districts 3 and 5. Voters
will b nominating two candidates to appear on the
general election ballot on November 6th. Some
polling locations have been changed and voters are
encouraged to check to updated list found on
http://votepinellas.com/ElectionPollingPlaces.aspx

On Election Day the polls will be open from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. Florida residents who were regis-
tered by August 13 are eligible to vote. The super-
visor of elections reminds votes to bring their
photo identification and signature identification to
avoid delays.
For more information contact the Elections
Office at (727) 464-6108.


ST PETERSBURG As populations increase
around areas with public water-supply wells in the
northern Tampa Bay region there are correspon-
ding increases in contamination. According to a
study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),
human activities are impacting ground-water
resources.
In the first phase of the study, 30 randomly-
selected public-supply wells were sampled prior to
treatment and analyzed for the presence of 258
compounds generated by humans such as pesti-
cides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The
northern Tampa Bay area was selected for study
because a large percentage of the population relies
on ground-water resources from the Upper
Floridan aquifer for drinking water supply.
"Fourteen studies were done across the nation
and Tampa Bay was one of them. To my knowl-
edge studies have been done in Florida before but
not in this area" said Patricia Metz, USGS hydrol-
ogist and lead author on the report.
Of the 258 sampled compounds, 31 were
detected in wells prior to treatment. Samples from
the wells generally contained a mixture of com-
pounds (average of 4 compounds) and 70 percent
of the samples had at least one compound detected.
Concentrations were low (less than 1 microgram
per liter), well below the potential for human
health concern, and were several orders of magni-
tude below the level of toxicity for drinking-water
standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. The relative levels of contamination were
closely linked to land-use type and to the amounts
and types of chemicals used in each setting. For
example urban areas showed widespread occur-
rence of pesticides commonly used around the
home and gardens, golf courses, and public road
right-of-ways. These common pesticides included
atrazine (including the breakdown products 2-
hydroxyatrazine and deethylatrazine), simazine,
and prometon.
In the second phase of the study, wells that had
the highest levels of contamination were resampled
before and after treatment. The pesticides most fre-
quently detected both prior to and after treatment
were atrazine and its breakdown products. All
detections were at very low concentrations (less
than 0.03 micrograms per liter).
"We are seeing the effect of human activity
and land-use practices on our ground-water sup-
plies," said Metz. "Although concentrations are
very low, their presence indicates the relatively
rapid mobility of these contaminants to the ground-
water system and the vulnerability of ground-water
supplies to contamination from human activities."
The study examined the relation between the
occurrence of the contaminants and land-use, pop-
ulation and local hydrogeologic conditions. In the
northern Tampa Bay area the Upper Floridan
aquifer ranges from being unconfined to semicon-
fined. In areas where the aquifer is unconfined, it is
more open to recharge from land surface and there-
fore more vulnerable to impact from human land-
use activities. In this study, half of the 30 water
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supply wells were located in areas where' the
aquifer was unconfined, the other half in areas
where the aquifer was semiconfined. Compounds
associated with human activity were found at
almost double the rate in water from wells where
the aquifer was unconfined as compared to semi-
confined conditions.
The study also found that a significant relation
exists between population and the number of con-
.taminants detected. Where population and human
development was limited, such as large well fields,
little to no anthropogenic compounds were detect-
ed.
"Concentrations of specific compounds in
ground water depend on a number of factors." said
Metz. "The hydrogeology plays an important role
in allowing these compounds to migrate from land
surface into the ground water system. Both the
unconfined nature of the aquifer and the higher
population are determining factors in the number
of anthropogenic compounds detected." Metz adds,
"For the past several decades we've seen land-use
changes that may affect the future of our potable
ground-water supplies." Studies like these can pro-
vide information to resource managers and deci-
sion makers.Other key findings include:
Chloroform (disinfection by-product) was the
most commonly detected VOC and compound
detected in the study (detection frequency 43 per-
cent); it was most frequently detected in residential
areas. Chloroform detected in residential areas
may be associated with lawn irrigation, leaking of
supply lines, pools, and spas.
Atrazine (herbicide used in lawn care) and it's
degradates (deethyatrazine; 2-hydroatrazine, and
deisopropylatrazine) were the niost commonly
detected pesticides (54 percent combined detection
frequency); most frequently detected in residential
areas. Atrazine's detection in residential areas is
commonly associated with application of lawn
maintenance chemicals.
DEET was detected in 5 source-water samples
(17 percent detection frequency); commonly found
when sampled wells were near septic systems.
Wells sampled in well fields such as Cross
Bar, Cypress Creek, Eldridge Wilde, and Cosme
where the population and the land-use develop-
ment is limited, little or no human-generated com-
pounds were detected in the ground water.
One-on-one comparison between source-
water and the associated finished water (non-
blended), found certain compounds were still
detected after the treatment process (for example,
atrazine and its breakdown products, bentazon,
imidacloprid, tebuthiuron, and caffeine were found
in the treated ground water); again these were
detected at very low levels.
Treated water generally had higher concenltra-
tions of human-generated compounds due to the
disinfection treatment process.
"Although such compounds have been found
in the source water and treated water the levels of
these are so low they are not a threat to humans."
added Metz.


Florida's housing market shows surprising resilience despite pessimism


By Cathy Keen, UF

GAINESVILLE Despite
the bleak real estate outlook
nationwide, Florida's new home
market appears for now to be sta-
bilizing as a result of persistent
demand for homes and lack of
overbuilding, according to a
University of Florida study
released today.
"There's a growing feeling
of apprehension or caution, but
the results from our survey
remind us that the underlying
markets for real estate in Florida
are still in good shape," said
Wayne Archer, director of UF's


Bergstrom Center for Real Estate
Studies. "Owner residential is
the only area of real estate mar-
kets where there are problems at
this time. Apartments, retail,
office, industrial and hospitality
all remain stable and healthy."
The findings are from the
center's quarterly survey of
Florida real estate trends that
was completed in July.
New single-family home
development is sluggish but con-
sidered stable by industry
experts, while the condominium
market continues to struggle,


Archer said. However, overall the state is in better condition than the
rest of the country, he said.
What sets Florida apart is its high growth rate, allowing quicker
recovery from setbacks in the real estate market, Archer said. "If
there is a problem with the housing market in Chicago, Indianapolis
or Kansas City, people there may have to live with it for a long time
because growth is relatively slow and it takes awhile for the problem
to work itself out," he said.
Another advantage Florida has is a rate of building that is mod-
erate enough with the exception of condos to prevent large imbal-
ances in supply and demand, he said.
The greatest fear right now is that subprime loans underlying
many real estate securities will result in increasingly high defaults,
foreclosures and losses for investors, Archer said. The crisis involv-
ing these unconventional loans has pervaded the entire financial sys-
tem, causing declines in the stock market and generating fears about
the kind of damage that might result in the future, he said.
"We have a liquidity crisis that is at the top of the news hour by


hour and it's very hard to conjecture how much impact this will have
on the real estate picture in Florida," he said.
The latest UF housing survey was conducted in July before the
crisis had escalated. "If we could poll our respondents now, they
might be quite a bit more apprehensive than they were two or three
weeks ago," he said.
Whatever happens to the single-family housing market in. the
future, the chances of homeowners defaulting on their mortgages are
small, he said.
Archer, who has spent most of his professional career studying
mortgages, said people underestimate the tenacity of homeowners to
remain in their homes. "Even if a homeowner gets in trouble, it takes
a severe disruption in their household or their life before they will
abandon their mortgage and their home," he said. "They will fight to
keep that house. They'll give up their car. They'll take on four jobs.
They'll do whatever it takes."
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TAMPA WOMAN

CHARGED WITH

SELLING FAKE

INSURANCE CARDS


TAMPA-Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is urging
consumers to contact the Department of Financial Services if they
purchased automobile insurance coverage from a Tampa woman who
allegedly sold fraudulent insurance cards.
Margaret Stillings, 49, who was doing business at 4170 E.
Hillsborough Ave., was arrested on August 16 following an investi-
gation by the department's Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) and the
National Insurance Crime Bureau. She was arrested on charges of
providing false/fraudulent proof of Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
motor vehicle insurance and transacting insurance without a license,
both third-degree felonies. She was booked into the Hillsborough
4County Jail, with bond set at $5,000, and if convicted on both charges
faces up to five years in prison on each count.
"Consumers should call the department's consumer helpline or
log on to MyFloridaCFO.com to verify licensure before doing busi-
ness with any insurance agent," said CFO Sink, who oversees the
department and DIE "We've made it easy and quick to get informa-
lion you need to protect yourself and your family."
Undercover agents entered Stillings' place of business and
allegedly purchased a fraudulent auto insurance card from her for
$100. Stillings has never been licensed to sell insurance in Florida,
and therefore any person in possession of an insurance card sold by
this individual or obtained from that address should verify that they
do in fact have proper insurance. For assistance in verifying cover-
age or verifying an agent's license, consumers should call the depart-
ment's consumer helpline at 1-800-342-2762.
Detective Michael Hennessy was DIF's lead investigator. The
charges will be prosecuted in Hillsborough County by the State
Attorney's Office, 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
The Division of Insurance Fraud is a statewide law enforcement
agency that investigates fraud in all types of insurance, including
.health, life, auto, property-and workers' compensation. To report
information about this case or any other possible insurance fraud
case, call the department's fraud hotline at 1-800-378-0445. A
reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an
arrest and conviction.

Phoenix Mars Lander

:Status Report: Radar and

Other Gear Pass Checkouts


SArtist concept of Phoenix in space.
JPL Two crucial tools for a successful landing of America's lat-
est mission to Mars, the radar and UHF radio on NASA's Phoenix
Mars Lander, have passed in-flight checkouts.
The ultra-high-frequency radio won't be turned on again until
landing day, May 25, 2008, when it will relay communications from
Phoenix to arbiters already in service around Mars. Since launch on
Aug. 4, 2007, and until the day it reaches Mars, Phoenix is commu-
nicating directly with Earth via even higher frequency X-band radio,
mounted on a part of the spacecraft that will be jettisoned shortly
before Phoenix hits the top of the Martian atmosphere.
The radar will monitor the spacecraft's fast-shrinking distance to
the ground during the final three minutes before touchdown on Mars,
.triggering descent-engine firings and other necessary events during
the most challenging moments of the mission.
The Phoenix flight operations team tested the radar and UHF
radio on Aug. 24. Four days earlier, the team ran the first in-flight
checkout of a Phoenix science instrument. This test focused on the
Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, which will check for water, car-
bon-containing molecules and other chemicals of interest in the icy
soil of Mars. The checkout verified the health of an ion pump, which
will be used during the transit to Mars to remove most water vapor
carried from Earth with the instrument: Four additional science
instruments are scheduled for checkouts before the spacecraft's next
trajectory correction maneuver, planned for Oct. 16.
As of Sept. 1, Phoenix will have covered 81 million kilometers
(50 million miles) of its 679-million kilometer (422-million-mile)
flight to Mars. It is traveling at 34 kilometers per second (76,000
mph) in relation to the sun. Meanwhile, careful preparations contin-
ue for the white-knuckle minutes before landing and the potential sci-
entific discoveries at the landing site.
"Everything is going as planned. No surprises, but this is one of
those times when boring is good," said Barry Goldstein, Phoenix
project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
Calif.
Phoenix will fly to a site farther north than any previous Mars
landing. The solar-powered lander will robotically dig to under-
ground ice and will run laboratory tests assessing whether the site
could have ever been hospitable to microbial life. The instruments
will also look for clues about the history of the water in the ice. They
will monitor arctic weather as northern Mars' summer progresses
toward fall, until solar energy fades and the mission ends.
The Phoenix mission is led by Peter Smith of the University of
Arizona, Tucson, with project management at JPL and development
partnership at Lockheed Martin, Denver. International contributions
are provided by the Canadian Space Agency; the University of
Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus,
Denmark; the Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish
Meteorological Institute. JPL is a division of the California Institute
of Technology in Pasadena.
Additional information on Phoenix is available online at:
Shttp://www.nasa.gov/phoenix and at http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu.
Additional information on NASA's Mars program is available online
at: http://www.nasa.gov/mars.


Editorial


Revised elected Public Official survival Manuel
Rule One Never Resign
If it is September it must be insider dealings public official cor-
ruption and lascivious behavior month. It was just a year ago that
Rep. Mark Foley of West Palm Beach district resigned from the US
House from the fallout over the cybersex scandal. The South Florida
Republican resigned after the disclosure of inappropriate online com-
munications with teenage congressional pages.
Now the sheriff of Broward County, according to AP newswire
reports resigned Tuesday and will plead Guilty to tax evasion and
mail fraud.
The senior Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty to a reduced
charge of disorderly conduct and had announced his "intent" to
resign from the Senate, has now changed his mind and will fight the
charges of lewd behavior in the Minneapolis Airport men's room.
So while the County Commissioners and the County Tax
Appraiser have not been charged with any wrong doings, regarding
fast track swamp land purchased by the county for several times it's
appraised value, belonging to Pinellas County Tax appraiser Jim
Smith to the county conducted under the "close scrutiny" of now dis-
charged county attorney Susan Churuti and "fast tracked" by newly
reprimanded County Administrator Steve Spratt should it really sur-
prise us that none of the elected officials involved have offered their
resignation for doing exactly the opposite of what we elected them to
do-represent openly the interest of the voters not their fellow elected
county .officials.

CFO SINK: MORE THAN

100,000 HOMEOWNERS


HOME PROGRAM

TALLAHASSEE- Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
today announced that more than 103,000 Florida homeowners have
signed up for free wind inspections through the My Safe Florida
Home (MSFH) program, signifying the program has reached 25 per-
cent of its long-term goal of 400,000 free wind inspections in the next
two years.
"Thousands of Florida homeowners are learning how to harden
and protect their homes from hurricane damage," said CFO Sink,
who runs the.Department of Financial Services and oversees the
MSFH program. "We are able to help thousands more Floridiansin
the next two years. I encourage every eligible Florida homeowner to
sign up to receive a free wind inspection from the My Safe Florida
Home program."
Any Floridian who lives in a single-family, site-built home is eli-
gible for a free wind inspection through the MSFH program, which
helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes and
,reduces, the overall potential for hurricane damage in oqr state.
Floridians can,apply on-line at www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or by
calling the program toll-free at 1-866-513-6734. Homeowners who
receive free wind inspections through the MSFH program will
receive a detailed inspection report, complete with additional infor-
mation on estimated insurance premium discounts, if the homeowner
is eligible.
Additionally, some Florida homeowners receiving a free wind
inspection may be eligible for a matching grant reimbursement of up
to $5,000 to make recommended improvements. To be eligible, the
Legislature requires that homeowners: have received a completed
wind inspection after May 1, 2007; live in a single-family, site-built
home built before March 1, 2002; have a valid homestead exemption;
have an insured value of $300,000 or less; and be located in the wind-
borne debris region. Additionally, while the free wind inspections
will still cover seven potential wind-resistance improvements, match-
ing grants may only be applied to opening protections, including win-.
dows, exterior doors and garage doors, as well as the bracing of gable
ends.
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ended cheese is melted.
1/2 cup finely shredded 3. Place fondue pot
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3/4 cup sour cream warm. Serve dip
1/4 cup thinly sliced with assorted veg-
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Prep Time:15 min Asiago cheese is a
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Makes: 32 servings with a rich, nutty
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Recipe Courtesy of Betty
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NEW FERTILIZER RULE WILL
NEW FERTILIZER RULE WILL


Rule brings added benefits to Everglades restoration -

LAKE OKEECHOBEE The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services today adopted the final statewide
Urban Turf Fertilizer Rule. The rule limits the phosphorus and nitro-
gen content in fertilizers for urban turf and lawns, significantly reduc-
ing the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus applied in urban areas and
limiting the amount of those compounds reaching Florida's water
resources, including Florida's Liquid Heart, Lake Okeechobee.
"We are committed to protecting Florida's water resources,"
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson said. "By establishing responsible nitrogen and
phosphorus use rates statewide, Florida's citizens can continue to
care for their lawns and landscapes without sacrificing water quality."
DACS expects a 20 to 25 percent reduction in nitrogen and a 15
percent reduction in phosphorus in every bag of fertilizer sold to the
public. The new rule rcquiles that. all leitilizel pr-oduct~ liabeled for
use on urban turf, sports turf and lawns be llnm[ed i.i the aimonunt of
nitrogen and phosphorus needed to support healthy turf mainte-
nance. It was developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services with input from the University of Florida's
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, the state's five water management dis-
tricts, the Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties,
fertilizer manufacturers and concerned citizens.
"Implementation of the new fertilizer rule is vital to Florida's
continuous efforts to protect our water and will especially be benefi-
cial to Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries' water quality through
source control," said Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole. "The new rule will
enhance land management practices, improve water quality and pro-
tect the health of the Southeast's largest lake and America's
Everglades."
As a component of the $200 million Lake Okeechobee and
Estuary Recovery (LOER) Plan, the new rule is an essential compo-
nent to improve nutrient control through a statewide approach based
on sound science and the best-available technology. Water managers
will continue to research nutrient application rates to refine the limits
and ensure healthy turf while at the same time minimizing the impact
of urban land use on the environment. Launched in 2005, LOER is
expanding water storage areas, constructing treatment marshes and
expediting environmental management initiatives to enhance the eco-
logical health of the lake and downstream coastal estuaries.
"This rule compliments the numerous efforts that are currently'
underway to address excess nutrients in the Northern and Southern
Everglades," said South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) Executive Director Carol Wehle. "We look forward to
working with the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental
Protection as we expand our efforts, integrate new technology, and
achieve this important undertaking."
Since the 2000 Florida Legislature passed the Lake Okeechobee
Protection Act, DACS, DEP and SFWMD, working with local gov-
ernments, landowners and the federal partners, have reached notable
milestones to restore the lake and its tributaries:
Adopting a Lake Okeechobee Total Maximum Daily Load
(TMDL) to achieve phosphorus reductions
Constructing the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough Stormwater
Treatment Areas in partnership with the federal government
Completing conservation and nutrient management plans for
over 400,000 acres of agricultural lands in the watershed
Investing $7.5 million in individual projects to reduce phospho-
rus from dairy farms, restore isolated wetlands, treat urban stormwa-
ter and enhance water storage and habitat on ranchlands
Treating more than 32,000 acres of exotic and invasive vegeta-
tion
Restoring America's Everglades is reviving habitat for more than
60 threatened and endangered species, establishing a reliable supply
of water for millions of Floridians and providing flood control con-
sistent with the restoration. To date, Florida has invested more than
$2 billion to restore and preserve America's Everglades and $140
million to improve the health of Lake Okeechobee. For more infor-
mation visit www.dep.state.fl.us/evergladesforever.
Floridians can help protect water quality through proper applica-
tion of fertilizer. When fertilizer is over applied to landscapes, it
seeps past the root zone of the grass, shrubs or trees and into the
aquifer or runs off into water bodies which residents, plants and ani-
mals depend on for clean water. Floridians should fertilize plants only
to maintain health and should not exceed recommended amounts. For
more information visit www.floridayards.org


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NOTICE OF PROCEEDING
BEFORE THE CITY OF
PINELLAS PARK. FLORIDA

I. CASE NO.: 07-07-4224
FILING DATE: August 20, 2007
VIOLATION DATE: June 29, 2007
RE: VIOLATION OF PINELLAS PARK CITY CODE
SECTION(S): 18-1507.4
PARCEL NO: 20/30/16/91665/000/0660: Trade Winds
Estates Sub Lot 66;
10075 62ND STREET
TO: NAME OF RESPONDENTSS: Khanhtam Nguyen

2. CASE NO.: 06-07-3425
FILING DATE: August 20, 2007
VIOLATION DATE: May 31,2007
RE: VIOLATION OF PINELLAS PARK CITY CODE
SECTION(S): 18-912; 18-1507.10
PARCEL NO: 29/30/16/01908/023/0310; Avon Dale Blk
23, Lot 31 Less S 10 Ft for Alley;
6454 81ST Avenue
TO: NAME OF RESPONDENT(S): Christopher & Jennifer
Collins

3. CASE NO.: 06-07-3396
FILING DATE: August 20, 2007
VIOLATION DATE: June 1, 2007
RE: VIOLATION OF PINELLAS PARK CITY CODE.
SECTION(S): 12-104
PARCEL NO: 28/30/16/93438/000/0190; United Cottage
Corp Replat Lot 19; 5780 75TH Terrace
TO: NAME OF RESPONDENTSS: Rosemary Harrison &
Fred Selmo

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT the City of Pinellas
Park, a Florida municipal corporation, shall on Wednesday,
September 26, 2007, at 6:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible,
hold a public hearing at City Hall, 5141 78th Avenue North,
Pinellas Park, Florida, concerning the alleged violations) of the
above-listed Section(s) by the above-named respondentss. If
found in violation of the above-listed Section(s) the Special
Hearing Master has the power by law to levy administrative fines
of up to $250 per day against you, or $500 per day for a repeat vio-
lation, for every day that any violation continues beyond the date
'set in the order of the Special Hearing Master for compliance. If
you desire further information about the hearing, you should
'immediately contact the Special Hearing Master Coordinator at
(727) 541-0700, extension 4216. Failure to appear at this hearing
may result in the Special Hearing Master proceeding in your
absence.
Please note that if a person decides to appeal any decision
made by the Special Hearing Master with respect to any matter
considered at the above-cited hearing, they will need a record of
the proceedings for such purpose may need to ensure that a verba-
tim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes tes-
timony and evidence which the appeal is to be based.
The City maintains a tape recording of all public hearings. In
the event that you wish to appeal a decision, the tape may or may
,not adequately insure a verbatim record of the proceedings; there-
fore, you may wish to provide a court reporter at your own
expense.
FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED. An interpreter for the
hearing impaired will be made available upon requests made at
least 72 hours in advance.
10001 AUG 24, 31, SEP 07, 14, 2007 082409
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of September,
2007, beginning at 6:30 P.M., a public hearing will be held by the
Board of County Commissioners in the County Commission
Assembly Room, Fifth Floor, Pinellas County Courthouse, 315
Court Street, Clearwater, Florida to consider the petition of Elli
Vidalis to vacate the following:

A portion of a drainage easement on Lot 12, Block E,
Replat of Alston Heights No. 3, Unit Two Subdivision, as
recorded in Plat Book 75, Page 4, of the Public Records of
Pinellas County, Florida.

The Resolution can be reviewed at Pinellas County Board
Records, 5th Floor, 315 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756,
(727) 464-3464.
Persons are advised that, if they decide to appeal any decision
made at this meeting/hearing, they will need to ensure that a ver-
batim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. ,
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICI-
PATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO
COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSIS-
TANCE.: WITHIN TWO (2) WORKING DAYS OF YOUR
RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE
OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, 400 SOUTH FORT HARRISON
AVENUE SUITE 500, CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 33756, (727)
464-4062 (V/TDD).
KEN BURKE, CLERK TO
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
By: Cynthia N. Haumann, Deputy Clerk
15004 SEP07, 14, 2007 090701


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
UCN:
522007CP00141 OXXES004
REF: 07-001410-ES04

IN RE: ESTATE OF
LYNDA CAVE, also known as
LYNDA B. CAVE,
Deceased.
The administration of the
Estate of LYNDA CAVE, also
known as LYNDA B.. CAVE,
deceased, whose date of death
was February 18, 2007, File
Number 07-001410, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Pinellas
,County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
-is Pinellas County Courthouse
315 Court Street, Clearwater,
.Florida, 33756. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
belqw.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent, or
'unliquidated claims, on whom a
.copy of this notice is served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER
OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent, or unliquidated claims
must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
.CLAIM FILED TWO YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Julian A. Cave
15815 Gulf Boulevard
Redington Beach, Florida
33708
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
John L. Green, Jr. of
THE LAW OFFICE OF
JOHN L. GREEN JR.
3637 Fourth Street North,
Suite 410
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 821-6550
Florida Bar No.0031195
SPN No. 00041568
18385 AUG31,SEP07,2007083103c


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
UCN:
522006CP005409XXESXX
File #: 06-5409-ES-003

IN RE: ESTATE OF
ROSE M. SANDERS a/k/a
ROSE BELFIORE SANDERS,
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of ROSE M. SANDERS
A/K/A ROSE BELFIORE
SANDERS, deceased, who
died March 19, 2006, and
whose Social Security Number
is 467-10-9714, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
is: 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, FL 33756. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of'the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
JOSEPH R. SANDERS
2550 Stag Run Blvd., #921
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
PILKA & ASSOCIATES
By: O. Reginald Osenton,
Esquire
Florida Bar No.: 693251
P.O. Box 3470
Brandon, Florida 33509-3470
(813) 653-3800 telephonee)
(813) 651-0710 (facsimile)
Attorney for Petitioner
13680-I AUG 31. S'7.2007081719C


QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF PINELLAS PARK. FLORIDA

The Board of Adjustment of the City o Pinellas Park will hold
a Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing in City Council Chambers. CItG
Hall, and 5141 78th Avenue North at 7:30 p.m. on September 25.
2007. The Board ol'Adjustment will entertain all public comment
regarding any item on their agenda at this meeting. All case files
are available for review at the Technical Services Building, 6051
78th Avenue North, in the Zoning Division.


1. CASE NO.: BOA 2007-59 (QUASI-JUDICIAL)

REQUEST: Consideration of a request for a variance
to reduce the south, front yard setback to
allow a utility structure to remain.

LOCATION: 6540 85th Avenue

2. CASE NO.: BOA 2007-60 (QUASI-JUDICIAL)

REQUEST: Consideration of a request for a variance
to reduce the secondary front yard set-
back for the construction of an in-ground
pool and to reduce the setback for the
pool deck from the east property line.

LOCATION: 7710 68th Street

3. CASE NO.: BOA 2007-61 (QUASI-JUDICIAL)

REQUEST: Consideration of a request for a variance
to reduce rear yard setback to allow the
construction of a screen room.

LOCATION: 3918 97th Avenue

NOTICE


You are invited to register your opinions either at the public
hearing or by a letter stating the reasons for your opinions. Letters
should be addressed to the Zoning Division, Post Office Box 1100,
Pinellas Park, Florida, 33781. For more information, please con-
tact the Zoning Division.
Any person who decides to appeal any'decision of the City
Council, City Board or City Commission, with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings
and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
The.applicant, proponents, and public should not communi-
cate either verbally or in writing with the members of the Board of
Adjustment regarding the matter under consideration except at the
quasi-judicial hearing, in that this could invalidate any action taken
at the quasi-judicial hearing. Please note that at the quasi-judicial
hearing anyone who has standing may address the issues at the
hearing. All parties will have an opportunity to question other
speakers and be questioned by any one who is affected by the case.
Should anyone wish to question City, who reviewed the proposed
request for compliance with City Code for building, engineering,
drainage, police or fire issues, please call the Zoning Division, at
least live days prior to the hearing, so that arrangements can be
made to have said staff attend the meeting.
Any written communication should be received 8 days prior to
the public hearing date in order to be made a part of the record and
letters should be addressed to the Zoning Division, Post Office
Box 1100, Pinellas Park, Florida, 33780. All oral communication
concerning this case is prohibited by Florida State law unless made
at the public hearing. For more information, please contact the
Zoning Division.
The City maintains a tape recording of all public hearings. In
the event that you wish to appeal a decision, the tape may or may
not adequately ensure a verbatim record.
FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED An interpreter for indi-
viduals with hearing impairment will be made available upon
requests made at least 72 hours in advance. Also, an Assistive
Hearing Device (magnifier) is available from the City Clerk for
use in Council Chambers and all meeting rooms throughout the
City. This document is available in the following accessible for-
mats: Braille, Large Print, Audio Tape, and Electronic File on
Computer Disks.
10005-2 SEP 07, 2007 090707
PUBLIC NOTICE

You will please take notice that the Board of County
Commissioners of Pinellas County at its regular meeting of August
21, 2007 in the County Commission Assembly Room, Pinellas
County Courthouse, Clearwater, Florida, adopted a resolution
vacating the following legally described property as petitioned by
Contemporary Housing Alternatives:

A portion of an alley, reserving a drainage and utility ease-
ment, lying between Lots 39 through 44 and Lots 62
through 67, of the Grove Park Vista Annex Replat
Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Book 14, Page 69, of the
public records of Pinellas County, Florida.


15004


KEN BURKE, CLERK TO THE
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
By: Cynthia N. Haumann, Deputy Clerk
SEP 07, 2007


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-5606-ES
Division 003
UCN:
522007CP005606XXESXX

IN RE: ESTATE OF
JEAN K. McNICHOLAS,
Deceased.

The administration of the
estate of JEAN K.
MeNICHOLAS, deceased,
whose date of death was May 8,
2007, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Pinellas County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, FL 33756:
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney arc set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR, 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE. ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Ronald McNicholas
21722 West Empress Lane
Plainfield, Illinois 60544
Attorney for .
Personal Representative:
ROBERT 1. KELLY, ESQ.
KELLY & KELLY, LLP
605 Palm Blvd.
PO Box 1056
Dunedin, FL 34697
Telephone: (727) 733-0468
Fax: (727) 733-0469
Florida Bar No. 238414
SPN 60372
10250 AUG 3. SEP7.2007083117


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-5174-ES3
Division 3

IN RE: ESTATE OF
PATRICIA ANN WESTFIELD
Deceased.

The administration of the
estate of Patricia Ann Westlield,


deceased, whose date of death
was July 5, 2007, is pending in 10:00 A
the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate for tl
Division, the address of which Bidders ir
is Pinellas County Courthouse, ect. Site
315 Court Street, Clearwater, after thep
Florida-34616. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
below. Plans
All creditors of the dece- 18314'
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE TO: /
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS Scale
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV- Commissi
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS oftheDir
NOTICE ON THEM. South Fom
All other creditors of the OCTOBI
decedent and other persons hav- opened an
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE OAK
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI- PARI
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL -CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE The e
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE THEIR
WILL BE FOREVER FERENC
BARRED. AT PINE
NOTWITHSTANDING ROOM, I
THE TIME PERIODS SET TER,FL(
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM All b
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR in excess
MORE AFTER THE DECE- who have
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS or exceed
BARRED. limit mus
The date of first publication Spec
of this notice is SEPTEMBER Utilities I
07, 2007. the special
Personal Representative: "PER
Cynthia A. Westfield ABLE Al
120 SW Monroe Cir N CEDING
St. Petersburg, Florida 33703 (VOICET
Attorney for DAYS PI
Personal Representative: Furth
Benjamin G. Morris, Esq. Purchasir
Alien Dell, P.A. 727/464-
Attorney for Pinellas
Cynthia A. Westfield www.co.
202 S. Rome Avenue Suite 100 the special
Tampa, FL 33606
Telephone: (813) 223-5351 RONNIE
Fax: (813) 229-6682 Chairman
Florida Bar No. 152122 Board of
090709 Sep07.14. 2007 090709 15000


QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF PINELLAS PARK. FLORIDA

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of
Pinellas Park w ill hold a Quasi-Judicial Public Hearin in City
Council Workshop Room. City Hall. and 5141 78th Avenue North
at 7:00 p.m. on September 25. 2007. The Community
Redevelopment Agency will entertain all public comment regard-
ing any item on their agenda at this meeting. All case files are
available for review at the Technical Services Building. 6051 78th
Avenue North, in the Zoning Division.


1. CASE NO: CU 2007-25/MS 2007-46 (QUASI-
JUDICIAL)

REQUEST: Consideration of a request for a
Conditional Use to allow a "Shopping
Center" to be established in the "B-'"
General Commercial Zoning District,
with a waiver to the Conditional Use
requirement for 50% of the front yard
setback area to be landscaped and a land-
scape waiver to reduce the interior green.


LOCATION:


6661 49th Street


NOTICE
You are invited to register your opinions either at the public
hearing or by a letter stating the reasons for your opinions. Letters
should be addressed to the Zoning Division, Post Office Box 1100,
Pinellas Park, Florida, 33781. For more information, please con-
tact the Zoning Division.
Any person who decides to appeal any decision of the City
Council, City Board or City Commission, with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings
and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
The applicant, proponents, and public should not communi-
cate either verbally or in writing with the members of the
Community Development Agency regarding the matter under con-
sideration except at the quasi-judicial hearing, in that this could
invalidate any action taken at the quasi-judicial hearing. Please
note that at the quasi-judicial hearing anyone who has standing
may address the issues at the hearing. All parties will have an
opportunity to question other speakers and be questioned by any
one who is affected by the case. Should anyone wish to question
City, who reviewed the proposed request for compliance with City
Code for building, engineering, drainage, police or fire issues,
please call the Zoning Division, at least five days prior to the hear-
ing, so that arrangements can be made to have said staff attend the
meeting.
Any written communication should be received 8 days prior to
the public heating date in order to be made a part of the record and
letters should be addressed to the Zoning Division, Post Office
Box 1100, Pinellas Park, Florida, 33780. All oral communication
concerning this case is prohibited by Florida State law unless made
at the public hearing. For more information, please contact the
Zoning Division.
The City maintains a tape recording of all public hearings. In
the event that you wish to appeal a decision, the tape may or may
not adequately ensure a verbatim record.
FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED An interpreter for indi-
viduals with hearing impairment will be made available upon
requests made at least 72 hours in advance. Also, an Assistive
Hearing Device (magnifier) is available from the City Clerk for
use in Council Chambers and all meeting rooms throughout the
City. This document is available in the following accessible for-
mats: Braille, Large Print, Audio Tape, and Electronic File on
Computer Disks.
10005-2 SEP 07. 2007 090708
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
2004 Traffic Safety Program: Sidewalks
St. Petersburg, Florida
Project No. 04004-810

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED "SHEL-
TERED MARKET" AND AS SUCH ONLY CERTIFIED
SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (SBE) COMPANIES
ARE ELIGIBLE TO BID.
Sealed Proposals will be received by the City of St.
Petersburg, Florida, at the office of the City Engineering Director,
seventh floor, Municipal Services Center, One Fourth Street North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, until:

2:15 P.M. Thursday, October 4, 2007

At this lime and place, said Proposals will be publicly opened
and read aloud. All Proposals (including mailed proposals) must
be in the office of the City Engineering Director by said bid open-
ing time and date. Any Proposals received after said bid opening
time and date will Be rejected. The City.of St.;Petersburg ill not
be responsible for the failure of the United States mail or for pri-
vate couriers or messengers to deliver proposals to the office of the
City Engineering Director by said bid opening time and date.
The Work consists of furnishing all labor, material and equip-
ment necessary to construct approximately 5,250 liner feet of new
sidewalk, and approximately 30 ADA compliant concrete pedes-
trian ramps.
Plans, Specifications, Contract Documents, and necessary
forms for submittal of Proposals are open to public inspection at
the office of the City Engineering Director (telephone: 727-893
7827) and may be obtained from the Engineering Department
Records Section between the hours of 8:30 A.M. to noon and 1:00
to 4:30 P.M. for a Forty Five Dollar ($45.00) non-refundable
charge. Upon request, Plans and Specifications may be sent by
delivery, at the requestor's expense, provided a valid FedEx
account number is provided at the time of the order.
All Proposals shall be submitted on standard forms provided
in the Specifications and shall be sealed and plainly marked,
"Proposal for Project No. 04004-810". Bids must be accompanied
by a certified check, cashier's check or Bid Bond in the amount ol
not less than five percent (5%) of the Bidder's estimated Contract
total. The City of St. Petersburg reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all Bids, in whole or in part, and to waive informali-
ties and irregularities.
A pre-bid conference will be held in the meeting room of the
: Engineering Department, Municipal Services Center, One 4th St
N., St. Petersburg, seventh floor, beginning at:


.M. Wednesday, September 19, 2007

he purpose of discussing any questions prospective
tay have regarding the Work to be done under said proj-
visit, inspection and walk-through may be conducted
ire-bid conference.
CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Thomas B. Gibson, P.E.
Engineering Director


and/or Specifications available after:9/3/07
SEP 07, 2007


090711


INVITATION TO BID
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
PURCHASING DEPARTMENT
400 SOUTH FORT HARRISON AVENUE
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 33756

ALL BUILDING CONTRACTORS

d bids will be received by the Board of County
loners, Pinellas County, Clearwater, Florida in the office
sector of Purchasing, County Annex Office Building, 400
rt Harrison Avenue, 6th Floor, Clearwater, Florida, until
ER 09, 2007 @ 3:00 P.M. and will then and there be
id read aloud for the following:

Services, Labor, Materials and Equipment
required fot Construction of:
HURST PUMP STATION NEIGHBORHOOD
K-REBID PROJECT No. 1730

067-0768-C (DM)
PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA

engineeringg estimate for this project is $719,560.00
RE WILL BE A NON MANDATORY PRE-BID CON-
E HELD ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2007 AT 10 :00 A.M.,
ILLAS COUNTY UTILITIES, 5TH CONFERENCE
14 SOUTH FORT HARRISON AVENUE, CLEARWA-
ORIDA.
ids for construction services with an engineering estimate
of $100,000.00 will be considered only from bidders
Spre-qualilied BUILDING type construction that equals
Is their bid amount, Such prequalification category and
t be approved prior to the bid opening date.
ilications and plans are available by contacting the
Department, at (727) 464-5316. Any bids received after
filed time and date will not be considered,
SONS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING REASON-
CCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PRO-
3/EVENT. SHOULD CALL 797/464-406'
TDD) FAX 727/464-4157 NOT LATER THAN SEVEN
RIOR TO THE PROCEEDING."
icr information may be obtained by contacting the
ig Department, at the above address or telephone number
3311 Bid information may be obtained by visiting the
County Purchasing Department web site
pinellascountv.orq/purchase. Any bids received after
led time and date will not be considered.

DUNCAN, JOE LAURO,
n CPPO/CPPB
County Commissioners Director of Purchasing
SEP7, 2007 090710


NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE
AIM TOWING AND RECOVERY
7658 Ulmerton Road
Largo. FL 33771
Office (727) 725-3544
Fax (727) 725-2589

AIM Towing and Recovery gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien
and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/19/2007, 09:00 a.m. at
7658 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771, pursuant to subection
713.78 of the Florida Statutes. AIM Towing and Recovery
reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids.


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AIM Towing and Recovery gives Notice of Force
and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/20/2007, 0
7658 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771, pursuant
713.78 of the Florida Statutes. AIM Towing and
reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or a


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1982
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AIM Towing and Recovery gives Notice of Force
and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/21/2007, 0
7658 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771,-pursuant
713.78 of the Florida Statutes. AIM Towing and
reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or


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AIM Towing and Recovery gives Notice of Fore
and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/25/2007, 0
7658 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771, pursuant
713.78 of the Florida Statutes. AIM Towing and
reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or

WBABJ6327SJD39650 1995

18185 SEP 7. 2007


NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR TEMPORARY
CUSTODY
OF A MINOR CHILD
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
REF NO.: 07-9129-FD-U06
Deborah J. Paige,
Petitioner,
and
Tammy Marie Leacock,
Respondent,
and
John Edgar Frush,
Respondent.

TO: John Edgar Frush,
ADDRESS UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed for tem-
porary custody of a minor
children) against you and you
are required to serve a copy of
your written objections, if any,
to it, on Deborah J. Paige,
whose address is 4618 40th St.
N., St. Petersburg, Florida
33714 on or before September
14, 2007, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court at
315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida 33756, before service
on the Petitioner or immediately
thereafter If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this ,case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request. You must keep the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office notified of your current
address. (You may file a Notice
of Current Address, Florida
Supreme Court Approved.
Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this matter
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
Dated: August 8, 2007.
Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
NA081702AUG17,2431,Sep.7.207
081701

NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 07-9949 FD

IONAH M. RIVERA,
Petitioner,
and

SAUL RIVERA,
Respondent.

To: SAUL RIVERA
ADDRESS: UNKNOWN

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on IONAH
M. RIVERA, whose address is
3665 EAST BAY DR. 204 #
434 LARGO FL 33771, on or
before September 28, 2007 and
tile the original with the Clerk
of this Court at 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, FL 33756,
before service on the Petitioner
or shortly thereafter. If you fail
to do so, default may be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
mnents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address,' Florida Supreme
SCourt Approved Family Law
SForm 12.915.) Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
c office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
c striking of pleadings.
r Dated: August 27, 2007

Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: I/s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
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NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 07009205FD-022
Manuel Figueroa Calzada,
Petitioner
and
Flor Maria Aldana Paredes,
Respondent
To: Flor Maria Aldana Paredes
Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on Manuel
Figueroa Calzada, whose
address is 1575 Belleair Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33756 on or
before Aeptember 14, 2007 and
file the original with the clerk of
this Court at 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, FL 33756 before
service on the Petitioner or
shortly thereafter. If you fail to
do so,. default may be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12:915.) Future papers'in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules- of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
*to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Date: August 9, 2007
Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
DM081701Augl724_31.Sep.72007
081701

NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
SOF THE SIXTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 07-9482 FD
Division 014

AVIS E. WALCOTT,
Petitioner,
and

KEVIN L. FORD,
Respondent.

To: KEVIN L. FORD
UNKNOWN ADDRESS

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to AVIS E.
WALCOTT, whose address is
11549 69th Avenue North,
Seminole, Florida 33772, on or
before September 21, 2007, and
file the original with the Clerk
of this Court at 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, FL 33756,
before service on Petitioner or
immediately thereafter. If you
fail to do so, a default may be
entered against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
mepts in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: August 17, 2007
Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
DM082403 AUG 24.31.SEP 7.14 .2007
0S24m4


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.07-006090-ES
Division 004
UCN:
522007CP006090XXESXX

IN RE: ESTATE OF
FRANCIS W. GIBBONS, JR.
Deceased.


The administration of the
:state of Francis W. Gibbons,
r., deceased, whose date of
death was July 23, 2007, and
whose social security number is
)64-44-4035, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
s 315 Court Street, Clearwater,
FL 33752. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
:opy of this notice is requiredto
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or. demands against
decedent's estate must file their
Claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.,
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is September 07,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Mary Alice Gibbons
4626 Catalonia Way South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Personal Representative:
Kevin T. Gibbons
4626 Catalonia Way South,
St. Petersburg, F133712

Attorney for Personal
Representative:
R. MICHAEL ROBINSON,
ESQ.
Attorney for Personal
Representative
300-31st Street North,
Suite 215
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Telephone: 727-230-1767
FBN: 348971 SPN: 00238274
11995 Sep 07. 14. 2007 090706


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NUMBER 07-5615-ES4

IN RE: ESTATE OF
JULIA VALERIA HOLLAND,
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of JULIA VALERIA
HOLLAND, deceased, whose
date of death was June 24,
2007, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Pinellas County,
Florida, Probate Division, File
Number 07-5615-ES4, the
address of which is 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, Florida,
33756. The names and address-
es of the personal representative
and the personal represenla-
tive's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decer
dent and other persons who
have claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent, or
unliquidated claims, and who
have been served a copy of this
notice, must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR
THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF
A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of ihe
decedent and other persons
who have claims or demands
against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent, or unliquidated claims
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THREE
MONTHS (3) AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS, NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING .
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is August 31.
2007.
Personal Representative:
Hazel Pryor
Petitioner
1847 Shore Drive South
Apt # 306
South Pasadena, FI, 33707

Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Alan M. Gross
POWELL, CARNEY, GROSS.
SMALLER & RAMSAY P.A.
One Progress Plaza, Suite 1210
St. Petersburg, Fl, 33701
Telephone: (727) 898-9011
Facsimile: (727) 898-9014
Fla. Bar N i. 510602
SPN: 5601
1334C \UG31.SEP7.2007083102


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07005597ES
Division (X)3
UCN-
522007CP005597XXESXX
IN RE: ESTATE OF
RALPH H. GREENWOOD
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Ralph H. Greenwood,
deceased, whose date of death
was June 28,2007, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division. the address of which
is 315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida 33756. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is SEPTEMBER
07, 2007
Personal Representative:
Paul J. Albert
2520 Rocky Point Rd.
Malibar, Florida 32950
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
d. Michael Mackenzie
Attorney for Paul J. Albert
1027 Broadway
Dunedin, Florida 34698
Florida Bar No. 151881
telephone : (727) 733-1722
Fax: (727) 733-1717
14670 SEP07. 14.2007 090713


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY.
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
NO. 07-0005420-ES-04

IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARIAN L. GAUL.
Deceased.
The administration of the
Estate of MARIAN L. GAUL.
Deceased, whose date of death
was July 17. 2007; File Number
07-0005420-ES-04 is pending
in the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
is 315 Court Street. Clea-water,
Florida, 33756. The names and
address of the Personal
Representative and the Personal
Representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the
Decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against Decedent's estate.
including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims on
whom a copy of this notice is
served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR
30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
Decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims
must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS, NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH. ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is: August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Janice M. Kersey
5232 15th Avenue North
St. Petersburg FL 33710

Attorney for
Personal Representative:
JOAN LoBIANCO WALKER
JOAN LoBIANCO WALKER,
PA.
5536 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Telephone: (727) 381-0070
SPN No. 00002950
FBN 132845
17805 AUG31. SEP7.2007 083101


NOTICE OF ACTION
BEFORE THE BOARD OF NURSING

IN RE: The license to practice nursing of

Yveme Jerome, C.N.A.
715 E. Lime Street Apt. 207
Tarpon Spring, Florida 34689

CASE NO.:2006-37103

LICENSE.:93469

The Department of Health has filed an Administrative
Complaint against you, a copy of which may be obtained by con-
tacting, Megan M. Blanche, Assistant General Counsel,
Prosectition Services Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C65,
Tallahassee Florida 32399-3265, (850) 245-4640.
If no contact has been made by you concerning the above by
October 12, 2007, the matter of the Administrative Complaint will
be presented at an ensuing meeting of the Board of Nursing in for-
mal proceeding.
In accordance with the Americans with Ditabilities Act, per-
sons needing a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice
not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address
given on the notice.
Telephone: (850) 245-4640, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-
955-8770(V), via Florida Relay Service. .
16788 SEP 7,14,21,28,2007 090704


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA,
SIXTH CIRCUIT,
PROBATE DIVISION
REF#:07-5851-ES3
UCN:
522007CP00585 XXESXX

IN RE: ESTATE OF
Jimmie M. James,
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Jimmie M. James,
deceased, whose date of death
was August 20, 2007; UCN:
522007CP005851XXESXX /
REF#:07-5851-ES3 is pending
in the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division; the address of which
is 315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida, 33756. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
ctopy of this notice has been
served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM..
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
'CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this Notice is Sept. 7, 2007.
Personal Representative
Deborah A. Bushnell
204 Scotland Street
Dunedin, FL 34698
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
DEBORAH A. BUSHNELL
204 Scotland Street
Dunedin, Florida 34698
Telephone: (727) 733-9064
FBN 304441
SPN 117974
10455 SEP07. 14.2007 090703


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 07-5966-ES4

IN RE: ESTATE OF
KERMIT W. McCRAY,
Deceased. I

The administration of the
estate of Kermit W. McCray
deceased, whose date of death
was August 26, 2007 and whose
Social Security Number is 203-
09-5830 is pending in the
Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
is 315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida 33756-5165.
The names and addresses of
the personal representative and
the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED,
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is August 31, 2007
Personal Representative:
JOHN E.M. ELLIS
3637 Fourth Street North,
Suite 412
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
JOHN E. M. ELLIS
Ellis & Bradley
P.O. Box 356
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731-
0356
Telephone:727/822-3929
Florida Bar No. 0022486
SPN: 00041319
12050 AUG 31, SEP 07. 2007083112


NOTICE O(F ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 06-015237-FD-022

ORTIZ, FLOR ELBA
PLAINTIFF
VS.
SANTANA. JULIO JR.
DEFENDANT.

TO: DEFENDANT;
JULIO SANTANA, JR.
113 AUGUSTA STREET
EASELY,
PICKENS COUNTY.
SOUTH CAROLINA 29640

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on Flor
Elba Ortiz whose address is
7019 40th Avenue, North, St.
Petersburg, Pinellas County,
Florida 33709 or upon her attor-
ney of record, Bruce G.
Kaufmann, J.D., whose address
is 1564 Oakadia Lane,
Clearwater, Pinellas County,
Florida 33764-2541 on or
before October 5, 2007 and file
the original with the Clerk of
this Court at 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, Pinellas County,
Florida 33756 before service on
Plaintiff or immediately there-
after. If you fail to do so a
default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available the Clerk
of Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Future papers in.
this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at !he Clerk's
offices.
Warning: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: August 30, 2007.

KEN BURKE
CLERK CIRCUIT COURT
315 Court Street
Clearwater, Pinellas County,
FL 33756-5165
/s/ LINDA PREIATO
Deputy Clerk
16846 SEP 7, 14, 21, 28. 20077002

NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH.
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 07-9566 FDI2

YNES'C. SIMON,
Petitioner,
and

RAMON ALVAREZ ACOSTA,
Respondent.

To: RAMON ALVAREZ
ACOSTA
UNKNOWN ADDRESS

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on YNES
C. SIMON, whose address is
2243 AUBURN STREET
SOUTH, ST. PETERSBURG,
FL 33712, on or before
September 21, 2007 and file the
original with the Clerk of this
Court at 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, FL 33756, before
service on the Petitioner or
shortly thereafter. If you fail to
do so, default may be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
,orders, are available at the Clerk.
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fled of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Future papers in
this lawsuit will he mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
lions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: August 17, 2007

Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
IDM082403 AUG24.31,SEP7,14,2007
2'40~3


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY.
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 07-5032-ES
Division 004

IN RE: ESTATE OF
KERRY JAY WILLIAMS
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of KERRY JAY
WILLIAMS, deceased, whose
date of death was April 9. 2007.
is pending in the Circuit Court
for Pinellas County, Florida.
Probate Division, the address of
which is 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, Florida 33756. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of the notice is required to
be served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOT WITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS -SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Marcella Woods
14514 Embassy Lane
Tampa FL, 33613

Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Karen S. Keaton, Esquire
Attorney for Marcella Woods
Karen S. Keaton, P.A.
P.O. Box 1139
St. Petersburg, FL, 33731-1139
Telephone: (727) 822-2200
Facsimile: (727) 822-1985
Florida Bar No. 394165
SPN 303471
10240 AUG 31. SEP 7.2007 083105


NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 07004629FD-012,

CECILIA ROCHA,
Petitioner,
and

ABRAHAM L. ORELLANA,
Respondent.

To: ABRAHAM L.
ORELLANA
ADDRESS: Unknown

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on C.
ROCHA. c/o Wayne D. Knight.
Esq. whose address is 1277
Cedar Center Dr., Tallahassee,
Fl 32301 on or before June 1,
2007 and file the original with
the Clerk of this Court at 315
Court Street, Clearwater, FL
33756, before service on the
Petitioner or immediately there-
after. If you fail to do so,
default may be'entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: April 27, 2007

Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
pMitniMu AUt m i sil'7 4 '1711(17 lit1i


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
PINELLAS COUNTY.
FLORIDA
PROBATE DEPARTMENT
REF: #06-8894-ES-003
UCN:
#522006CP008894XXESXX

IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALVERA D. WILLIAMS a/k/a
ALVERA D. MAZZU
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Alvera D. Williams,
deceased. whose date of death
was July 12. 2006. File Number
06-8894-ES003. is pending in
the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County. Florida, Probate
Division. the address of which
is 315 Court Street. Clearwater,
Florida, 33756. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons who
have claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent, or
unliquidated claims, on whom a
copy of this notice is served,
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE (3) MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent, or unliquidated claims
must lile their claims with this
court WITHIN THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS, NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is August 31,
2007.
Personal Representative:
Pamela Ann Gardner
4954 Cardinal Trail
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Attorney for Personal
Representative:
James L. Beers,
29605 U.S. 19 North Ste 340
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 796-1923
Fla. Bar No. 0178790
13060 AUG 3. SEP7. 2007 083111



NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
..FLORIDA .. .
CASE NO.: 07-009541-FD-24

MONICA ALVAREZ
Petitioner,
and

MICHAEL O'DONNELL,
Respondent.

To: MICHAEL O'DONNELL
William R. Sharp Jr. Hospital
936 Sharp Hospital Rd.
Weston, VA 26452

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on MONI-
CA ALVAREZ, whose address
is 1903 Sheffield Ct. Oldsmar,
Florida 34677 on or before
9/30/07 and file the original
with the Clerk of this Court at
315 Court Street, Clearwater,
FL 33756, before service on the
Petitioner or shortly thereafter.
If you fail to do so, default may
be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address.
(You may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Future papers in
this lawsuit will he mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: August 28, 2007

Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756-5165
By: /s/ LINDA PREIATO
As Deputy Clerk
MiMSi OAUtitl S547 14 'I mi7 isv II


Pinellas News Friday, September 07, 2007 Page 5


UF New mosquito-borne




illness may be headed to




United States



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phriolo y I homas Wrigrn Universury Cl -Florida, II-A
Entomologists Walter Tabachnick, left, and Roxanne Connelly consult computer images of
chikungunya ("chicken-GUN-ya") virus at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero
Beach. Since early 2005, the mosquito-borne virus has sickened 1.6 million people in the Indian
Ocean region, affecting countries shown in red on the map. Experts caution that the virus could


become established in the United States,


By Tom Nordlie, UF

GAINESVILLE The next mosquito-
borne illness in the United States may be
chikungunya ("chicken-GUN-ya") .and
despite its odd name the viral disease is no
laughing matter, University of Florida
experts say.
Though generally not fatal, chikungunya
has sickened 1.6 million people in the Indian
Ocean region since early 2005 and could be
transmitted by two mosquitoes found in the
southern United States, said Walter
Tabachnick of UF's Institute, of Food and
Agricultural Sciences.
"We are at risk," he said. "Based on the
outbreak in the Indian Ocean, I think that
pushes chikungunya right to the front as far
as mosquito-borne diseases we need to watch
out for."
It's not possible to predict when a U.S.
chikungunya outbreak might occur but
experts agree on the likely scenario, said
Tabachnick, director of the Florida Medical
Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach.
All it takes is an infected person being
bitten by an Asian tiger mosquito or a yellow
fever mosquito, he said. From there, the virus
could be passed to more people, then other
mosquitoes.
The name chikungunya comes from a
Makonde word meaning "to become contort-
ed," Tabachnick said. The name refers to a
disease symptom, painful joint inflammation
resulting in stooped posture. Others, includ-
ing fever, headache, vomiting and a rash,
usually subside in three to five days, but joint
pain can last months or years.
The disease can be fatal to the elderly,
young children and people with weak
immune systems, he said. An outbreak.near
Madagascar struck a quarter million and
killed nearly 1 percent of those infected.
"Medical professionals should be aware
(of the disease)," Tabachnick said. "One of
the first things they should be asking people
who come in with those symptoms is, have
they traveled?"
Chikungunya could be difficult to track
because the virus doesn't infect animals com-
monly found in the United States, he said.
This prevents the use of sentinel animals
such as chickens, kept outdoors and tested
regularly to monitor for mosquito-borne dis-
eases.


"Since no one is going to routinely test
bloods in a surveillance program for the
virus, the only way you see it is, first a sick
person has to report, then someone's got to
diagnose it," Tabachnick said.
More than two dozen people in the
United States have been diagnosed with
chikungunya, but none have passed the dis-
ease on to mosquitoes, said Roxanne
Connelly, a UF associate professor of ento-
mology.
: Researchers are pjlticularl. concerned
about Florida outbreaksbecause the'stie h'a
many international visitors, elderly residents
and warm weather conducive to mosquito,
breeding.
Perhaps the best way to reduce chikun-
gunya risk is to reduce Asian tiger mosquito
and yellow fever mosquito populations,
Connelly said. Homeowners must play a role
because both species can breed in tiny bodies
of water, even those the size of a bottle cap.
"Trying to get all the little containers -
and there can be hundreds in one yard is not
where a mosquito control agency is going to
be very effective," she said. "So you're talk-
ing about individual homeowner responsibil-
ity there."
To help educate the public, Connelly and
Tabachnick helped write a fact sheet about
the disease, published this week on the
UF/IFAS Extension Digital Information
Source system, found at
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN696.
Chris Mores, an assistant professor of
entomology at the Vero Beach lab, is trying
to determine how effectively Florida's mos-
quito populations could transmit chikungun-
ya.
Few U.S. universities study chikungun-
ya, partly because funding is scarce, said
Stephen Higgs, a pathology professor at the
University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston.
Higgs, who's studied the disease for sev-
eral years, said the United States should have
been better prepared for the West Nile dis-
ease outbreak in 1999.
"There was a tremendous influx of fund-
ing for research of vector-borne diseases
after the West Nile virus was introduced, but
that has diminished," he said. "We need to
maintain expertise in this country."


Housing Market continued from page 1


The same cannot be said, though, about
people buying second homes or houses as
speculative investments, he said.
Unlike second homes or condominiums,
owner-occupied single family homes contin-
ue to be a good investment, Archer said.
Although there has been a flattening in sin-
gle-family housing prices, with prices in
some markets likely to drop over the next
year to adjust to a correction in the market,
Archer said he does not foresee widespread
declines.
"I think homeowners have not yet come
to terms with the fact that the price increases
we've seen in the last two or three years are
not going to continue," he said.


Condos, especially in certain cities, are
in much bigger trouble, Archer said. By some
estimates, there are as many as 40,000 condo
units for sale in Miami and not even a frac-
tion of those are needed, he said.
Unless there is some movement by for-
eign investors to buy these condos, the mar-
ket is likely to be hurting for a long time, he
said.
On a positive note, the survey shows
remarkable stability in capitalization rates,
the measure of how fast an investment pays
off in net cash, Archer said. If there is grow-
ing apprehension about the real estate mar-
ket, capitalization rates should increase in
response to lenders' rising fears about per-
ceived risk, he said.


Tiny Prices for Legal Advertising








Page 6 Pinellas News Iriaay, september u/, LVUI


PANAMA CITY PHYSICIAN

SENTENCED ON DRUG AND

FRAUD CHARGES FROM

IMPROPER DISPENSING OF

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

TALLAHASSEE, FL Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum, Gregory R. Miller, United States Attorney for the
Northern District of Florida and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent-in-
Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Miami Field
Division announced that a former Panama City "pain management"
physician, John Q. Durfey, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on six
counts of distribution of controlled substances and six counts of
health care fraud.
"Doctors are supposed to be healers, not enablers for drug
addicts," said Attorney General McCollum. "This 'doctor' was no
better than a drug dealer hiding behind his practitioner's license."
United States Attorney Miller commended the tireless efforts of
-investigators of the agencies involved in this complex investigation,
and praised the cooperation of citizens and pharmacists who alerted
investigators to excessive prescribing of highly addictive controlled
substances by Durfey. United States Attorney Miller stated that, "the
protection of citizens in the community from licensed doctors who
dispense highly addictive controlled substances such as OxyContin
outside the usual course of professional practice is a primary concern
of health care fraud investigations. The North Florida Health Care
Task Ford will vigorously investigate and identify those medical
practitioners who use their licenses to peddle controlled substances to
abusers and addicts outside the course of standard medical practice.
This conduct, along with the theft of public funds and fraud commit-
ted against the taxpayers and health care benefit programs, remains a
priority with the Department of Justice."
"A doctor who illegally prescribes narcotics from the confines of
his office is no different than a petty drug dealer selling from any
street corer in America," said Special Agent-in-Charge Trouville.
"DEA will continue to aggressively pursue those who deal in death
and destruction in our communities."
From August 2001 through August 2006, Durfey operated.,the
Emerald Coast Pain Center in Panama City. During the course of a
criminal investigation into his practices, a medical expert in the field
of pain management and addiction determined that Durfey failed to
meet the usual standards of care when prescribing controlled sub-
stances and often lacked the proper documentation to support his pre-
scriptions. A Federal grand jury found that Durfey prescribed exces-
sive quantities of controlled substances, failed to monitor patients'
use and/or abuse of the prescribed controlled substances, and pre-
scribed controlled substances to patients knowing they were addicted
to or misusing the controlled substances and wanted additional quan-
tities to support their drug habits. Dispensing these prescriptions
under such circumstances, even as a physician, is a violation of the
Federal Controlled Substances Act.
In most instances, the illegally dispensed prescriptions were paid
for by health care benefit programs including the Florida Medicaid
program. The investigation further revealed that innumerous
instances, Durfey billed benefit programs for personally seeing
patients at Emerald Coast Pain Center on dates when'he was out of
town, sometimes even out of the country. Durfey and his office man-
ager, Rhonda Fenwick, were indicted in December 2006 on conspir-
acy, unlawful dispensing of controlled substances, mail fraud, and
health care fraud charges. Fenwick pled guilty to three counts of
health care fraud in July and is scheduled to be sentenced on October
11,2007.
On May 30, 2007, Durfey appeared before Judge Rodgers and
pled guilty to six counts of health care fraud and six counts of dis-
pensing controlled substances outside the normal course of profes-
sional practice. At the time of his guilty plea, Durfey admitted to the
following:
-prescribing controlled substances to patients despite the
patientshaving toxicological tests positive for cocaine, marijuana, or
amphetamines, or negative for the prescribed controlled substances;
-prescribing excessive quantities of controlled substances to
patients and the prescribing was outside the usual practice of medi-
cine and not for legitimate medical purposes;
-prescribing controlled substances to patients knowing that the
patients were addicted to the controlled substances, were misus-
ing the controlled substances, and were requesting additional quanti-
ties of controlled substances to support the patients' drug habits;
-continuing to prescribe addictive controlled substances notwith-
standing prior overdoses by the patients on the prescribed drugs and
the receipt of information;
-preparing prescriptions for controlled substances for patients to
obtain when the defendant would be out of his medical office, and
-submitting or causing the submission of fraudulent claims to'
health care benefit programs for office visits for patients whom the
defendant had not seen because he was out of town, and for office vis-
its for patients who had failed to appear for appointments with the
defendant.
At today's hearing, United States District Judge M. Casey
Rodgers sentenced Durfey, 76, to 20 years imprisonment on each of
six counts of distribution of controlled substances in which Durfey
prescribed quantities of oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl (duragesic),
methadone, hydrocodone, and hydfomorphone (dilaudid) to patients
without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescrip-
tion of controlled substances and in quantities and dosages that would
cause patients to abuse and misuse the controlled substances. At the
sentencing hearing, it was revealed that two of the drug counts
involved patients who died of drug overdoses resulting from the
defendant's improper prescribing of controlled substances.
Additionally, the defendant was sentenced to six concurrent 120-
month terms of imprisonment on six counts of health care fraud
which involved the defendant submitting false claims to health care
benefit programs for payment for medical services, namely, office
visits that were never provided. United States District Judge M.


Casey Rodgers also ordered Durfey to pay a special assessment of
$1,200 to the United States, and to pay restitution in the amount of
$466,723.03 to Medicare, Tricare, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida,
and the State of Florida's Medicaid program.
The prosecution was the result of a joint Federal/State North
Florida Health Care Fraud Task Force investigation that involved the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement
Administration, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the
National Drug Intelligence Center, the Florida Department of Law
-Enforcement, the Florida Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud
SControl Unit, the Florida Department of Financial Services Fraud
Division, and the Florida Department of Health.


UF Research Girls who Carl Crawford named


begin dieting twice as

likely to start smoking


By April Frawley Birdwell
UF Newsdesk
GAINESVILLE Starting to diet seems to double the odds a
teenage girl will begin smoking, a University of Florida study has
found.
UF researchers, who analyzed the dieting and smoking practices
of 8,000 adolescents, did not find the same link in boys, who were
also less likely than girls to diet, according to findings to be released
Friday in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
"Dieting was a significant predictor of initiation of regular smok-
ing among females," said Mildred Maldonado-Molina, a UF assistant
professor of epidemiology and health policy research and lead author
of the study. "We were expecting that this relationship was going to
be stronger among females. That has been well-documented, espe-
cially because (nicotine) can suppress your appetite.
"In boys we found something we don't understand yet," she said.
"We found that those who were inactive dieters, those who first start-
ed dieting and then stopped, were more likely to engage in smoking.
behaviors."
The researchers derived their findings from the answers of 7,795
adolescents who were surveyed during the first two waves of the
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, completed in
1994 and 1996. The teens were in seventh, eighth and ninth grade
when surveyed.
UF researchers included the answers of adolescents who said
they were trying to lose weight and divided the group into four units:
non-dieters, new dieters, former dieters and consistent dieters, who
said they were dieting both times they were surveyed. They excluded
teens who were already smokers and those who admitted to taking
diet pills, vomiting and using other unhealthy weight-loss tactics.
"That group (of teens who were beginning to diet) was the one
we were most interested in, seeing how the start of one behavior relat-
ed to initiation of smoking," Maldonado-Molina said.
Researchers also found that girls who consistently dieted were
more likely to smoke.
Still, the number of children smoking in the United States has
dropped in the 10 years since the first two waves of the survey were
completed. In 1995, about 35 percent of high school students smoked
regularly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Now about 23 percent of high-school age children report-
edly smoke and 8 percent of middle school students do. The percent-
age of girls who smoke is slightly higher in both age groups, accord-
ing to a 2006 CDC report on tobacco use among youth.
"In the last decade there has been a decrease in smoking among
adolescents, in part because of all the campaigns and policies against
smoking," Maldonado-Molina said. "On the other hand, the practices
of dieting are going up in both females and males. We don't know if
we did this study right now if that relationship between smoking and
dieting is going to be stronger (among females) or different among
males."
Smoking to suppress the appetite may be one reason why some
dieting teens pick up the habit, Maldonado-Molina said. ,But, niio-
tine's ability to suppress the appetite may not be the only reason'
teenagers are more likely to smoke after they start dieting, said S.
Bryn Austin, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of
adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard
Medical School.
"It's also possible that dieting itself is making people more vul-
nerable to smoking," Austin said, noting that animal studies have
shown a link between food deprivation using substances such as
tobacco. "If (animals) are extremely food-deprived, they will use
more drugs."
Despite the link, Maldonado-Molina said parents shouldn't go
on red alert if their child starts a diet. Some dieting practices, such as
eating balanced meals, can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, she said.
"This doesn't mean if your child starts dieting they are going to
start smoking," she said. "I think (parents should) be vigilant and talk
about it. It's looking for those changes in behavior."



MIGRAINE: NOT JUST A

"WOMAN'S DISEASE"
Men With Headaches Most Often
Diagnosed With Migraine
Chicago-Despite the long-held belief that migraine headache is
only a "woman's disease," a recent online survey conducted by the
National Headache Foundation (NHF) revealed that men who were
diagnosed with headache were most often diagnosed with migraine
headaches (36%).
An estimated 7.5 million men in the United States suffer from
migraine. Migraine can be a debilitating condition for which treat-
ments are available.
"Unfortunately, many men who are suffering from migraine are
not discussing their condition with their healthcare providers," stated
Suzanne Simons, Executive Director of the NHF. "It is important that
men take the time to talk about their headaches so they receive the
appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan."
According to the NHF survey, nearly a third of men who suffer
from headaches have not had their headaches diagnosed by a physi-
cian. Twenty-four percent reported that they did not visit a doctor
about their headaches because they felt they should be able to "tough
it out," and an equal number felt that it was not a serious enough con-
dition to warrant a doctor visit. The survey also found that most men
with headache obtain their health-related information from their
healthcare provider (79%) or the Internet (67%). Of particular inter-
est, fifty-five percent of men with headache had a family history of
headache, and of those, fifty-two percent had a mother who had
headache.
"It is important for people who suffer from headaches-both
men and women-to visit their healthcare providers and discuss their


headaches," said Dr. Roger Cady, Vice President and Board member
of the NHF. "Headaches can be treated and managed, so there is no
need for men to "tough them out."
ABOUT MIGRAINES
Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from migraine, which is
most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55. Seventy
to eighty percent of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Less
than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of
migraine from their healthcare provider. Migraine is often misdiag-
nosed as sinus or tension-type headache.


Tampa Bay Devil Rays

recipient of the 2007

Roberto Clemente Award

ST PETERSBURG -- Carl Crawford today was named the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays recipient of the 2007 Roberto Clemente
Award presented by Chevrolet. He is now one of 30 Major League
Club nominees for the national 2007 Roberto Clemente Award,
which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who
combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work
in the community. Today also marks the sixth annual Roberto
Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball in'
2002 to honor the memory of Roberto Clemente and to officially rec-
ognize local Club recipients of the Roberto Clemente Award.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, is part of
the company's official sponsorship of Major League Baseball, and
recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball
through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contri-
butions to their teams. The award is named for Clemente, a 12-time
All-Star and Hall of Famer who was killed on New Year's Eve 1972
while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in
Nicaragua. This award perpetuates Clemente's memory and character
by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of
helping others.
Crawford 'has directed his community efforts toward assisting
youth baseball leagues. Working through the Rays Youth Field
Renovation Program, Carl has provided financial support to rebuild
the historic fields of West Tampa Little League where a number of
major league players got their start. The project will be completed
later this month with a field dedication on September 25. Carl will
also conduct a clinic for the league's players next spring.. The
Houston, Texas native also sponsors two 9-and 10- year old teams in
his hometown. That program will soon grow to four or five teams and
includes plans to build a baseball complex for the youngsters.
For the first time, fans can participate in the selection process of
the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by
Chevrolet. From September 5 through October 5, 2007, fans can log
on to mlb.com/chevy21 and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.
The fan vote winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by
the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late
Hall of Famer, and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Participating fans will automatically be registered for a chance to win
a trip to Game Three of the 2007 World Series, where the national
winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet will
be announced.

FSU's 'buckypaper'

research recognized with

nanotechnology award
By Barry Ray, FSU
A remarkable new material that has shown promise in a variety
of applications, ranging from lightning strike protection and electro-
magnetic-interference shielding to the design of next-geieration air-
craft and computer displays, is bringing iniernii.onl iaternlnon to its
Florida State University developers.
Researchers with FSU's High-Performance Materials Institute
recently were recognized for their work with engineered carbon nan-
otube and nanofiber buckypapers, which were named one of the most
innovative nanotechnologies of 2007 by the editors of R&D
Magazine and the Micro/Nano Newsletter.
"We present the 25 best micro- and nanotechnologies of the
year," the publications stated in introducing the award recipients.
"These products, processes and innovations are groundbreaking tech-
nologies that are likely to have a large impact on their specific-indus-
tries and society."
Already, the technology is being evaluated for existing and new
Products. Leading companies such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing
are considering using buckypapers in aircraft structures.


FWC Recovers Stolen

Parrots Worth $18,000,

Suspect Arrested

SLauderhill pet shop owner Carlos Lariano became so unnerved
and suspicious of a visitor at his business, he decided to photograph
*the man's vehicle and license plate -just in case. Good thing he ajd.
Latiano's actions helped lead to the quick arrest of a Hudson resident
and the recovery of a stolen cache of 35 exotic birds, worth an esti-
mated $18,000.

When Lariano came to work Wed., Aug. 29, he discovered-gis
shop at 1675 U.S. Highway 441, Lauderhill, had been broken into:'A
significant number of exotic birds and cages were missing, including
a variety of conures, cockatoos and parrots, along with an African
spur-thighed tortoise. Lariano immediately called the Broward
County Sheriff's Office with his suspicions.

Broward County Sheriff's Investigator Roger Peterson identified
the suspect's vehicle from Lariano's photos, and in turn, contacted Lt.
Steve DeLacure of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission in Tampa. DeLacure contacted the Pasco County
Sheriff's Office to assist him after locating the suspect. The multi-
agency cooperative effort.culminated late Friday afternoon, Aug. .31,
with the arrest of Robert Walter Howard, D.O.B. 6/15/76, of 7513
Cypress Knee Drive.

Under questioning, Howard admitted to having possession of the
stolen birds and told investigators he planned to sell them in Sarasota
that weekend. The birds, the tortoise and a stolen air conditioner copn-


pressor were found at Howard's residence. A map marked with loca-
tions of other businesses Howard planned to target was in his vehicle.

Howard was charged by the FWC and the Pasco County Sheriff's
office with two counts of grand theft, one count of felony driving with
a suspended license, three counts of violation of probation, thiee
counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, three counts of
failure to appear on various charges and one count of providing a
false name.

Further investigation may result in additional charges against
Howard.










Florida's housing market


of the Year Award

Recipients

LARGO The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has
announced that business and civic leader Joe Falanga has been named
the organization's Citizen of the Year and Derri Davisson, partner of
the Largo real estate firm VIP Market Watch, is its Mac Norcross
Small Business Leader of the Year. Both will be officially recognized
at the chamber's 55th Annual Banquet on Monday, Sept. 17 at the
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater.Mr.
Falanga, owner of Pak Mail at Largo Mall, is known throughout the
business community for the time and energy he devotes to the cham-
ber and City of Largo. He was 2005 chairman of the chamber's board
of directors, currently chairs its economic development committee
and the Largo Business Development Review Panel, is a member of
the Largo Planning Board, was a member of the Largo Charter
Review Committee, and he serves on the board of the Largo Library
'Foundation. This year, he was elected to the Pak Mail Franchise
System Advisory Council (FSAC) representing the national fran-
chise's South East Region. Mr. Falanga opened his Pak Mail fran-
chise in 2001.
Ms. Davisson has been an active member of the chamber board
of directors and executive committee for three years and will be its
2008 chairman-elect. She is presently chairman of the organization's
Chamber Cup Golf Tournament annual fundraiser, is a member of the
Largo Business Development Review Panel as well as the chamber's
Economic Development Committee. She volunteers for a number of
civic and church organizations including the Sun Coast Hospital
Foundation and the Kiwanis Club.
The chamber banquet will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. fol-
lowed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 a person or tables
of eight for $480. To place reservations, please call 727-584-2321.


Snakebite Season Still


shows surprising resilience Cause for Concern This Fall


despite pessimism

By:Cathy Keen
UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Despite the bleak real estate outlook
nationwide, Florida's new home market appears for now to be stabi-
lizing as a result of persistent demand for homes and lack of over-
building, according to a University of Florida study released today.
"There's a growing feeling of apprehension or caution, but the
results from our survey remind us that the underlying markets for real
estate in Florida are still in good shape," said Wayne Archer, director
of UF's Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. "Owner residen-
tial is the only area of real estate markets where there are problems at
this time. Apartments, retail, office, industrial and hospitality all
remain stable and healthy."
The findings are from the center's quarterly survey of Florida
real estate trends that was completed in July.
New single-family home development is sluggish but considered
stable by industry experts, while the condominium market continues
to struggle, Archer said. However, overall the state is in better condi-
tion than the rest of the country, he said.
What sets Florida apart is its high growth rate, allowing quicker
recovery from setbacks in the real estate market, Archer said. "If
there is a problem with the housing market in Chicago, Indianapolis
or Kansas City, people there may have to live with it for a long time
because growth is relatively slow and it takes awhile for the problem
to work itself out," he said.
Another advantage Florida has is a rate of building that is mod-
erate enough with the exception of condos to prevent large imbal-
ances in supply and demand, he said.
The greatest fear right now is that subprime loans underlying
many real estate securities will result in increasingly high defaults,
foreclosures and losses for investors, Archer said. The crisis involv-
ing these unconventional loans has pervaded the entire financial sys-
tem, causing declines in the stock market and generating fears about
-tie kind of damage that might result in the future, he said.
"We have a liquidity crisis that is at the top of the news hour by
hour and it's very hard to conjecture how much impact this will have
on the real estate picture in Florida," he said.
The latest UF housing survey was conducted in July before the
,crisis had escalated. "If we could poll our respondents now, they
mplight be quite a bit more apprehensive than they were two or three
weeks ago," he said.
Whatever happens to the single-family housing market in the
future, the chances of homeowners defaulting on their mortgages are
small, he said.
Archer, who has spent most of his professional career studying
mortgages, said people underestimate the tenacity of homeowners to
remain in their homes. "Even if a homeowner gets in trouble, it takes
a severe disruption in their household or their life before they will
abandon their mortgage and-their home," he said. "They will fight to
keep that house. They'll give up their car. They'll take on four jobs.
They'll do whatever it takes."
The same cannot be said, though, about people buying second
homes or houses as speculative investments, he said.
Unlike second homes or condominiums, owner-occupied single
family homes continue to be a good investment, Archer said.
Although there has been a flattening in single-family housing prices,
with prices in some markets likely to drop over the next year to adjust
'to a correction in the market, Archer said he does not foresee wide-
spread declines.
"I think homeowners have not yet come to terms with the fact
that the price increases we've seen in the last two or three years are
not going to continue," he said.
Condos, especially in certain cities, are in much bigger trouble,
Archer said. By some estimates, there are as many as 40,000 condo
units for sale in Miami and not even a fraction of those are needed,
he said.
Unless there is some movement by foreign investors to buy these
condos, the market is likely to be hurting for a long time, he said.
On a positive note, the survey shows remarkable stability in cap-
italization rates, the measure of how fast an investment pays off in net
cash, Archer said. If there is growing apprehension about the real
estate market, capitalization rates should increase in response to
lenders' rising fears about perceived risk, he said.

Largo Chamber names

Citizen of the Year &


Melville, NY Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of sum-
mer, but snakebite season is still going strong. In fact, approximate-
ly 20 percent of reported venomous bites take place during the
months of September and October.
Although the majority of snakebite incidents occur in the south-
ern half of the U.S., every state had at least one reported bite last year.
Thanks in part to the availability of antivenom, widespread edu-
cational efforts and heightened media attention, only about a dozen
North American crotalid bites result in death each year. An estimat-
ed 8,000 people are bitten annually, and the number of bites in any
given season depends on a variety of factors including geography,
rainfall and temperature.
"Some areas of the country have experienced higher than aver-
age rain fall this year, while others are experiencing drought. Both
situations can persuade snakes to move into populated areas in search
of food or water," said Erica L. Liebelt M.D. FACMT, Associate
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine Director, Medical
Toxicology Services UAB School of Medicine.
"Unfortunately, we see numerous cases of a snake biting some-
one twice or biting two people because of a botched effort to catch or
kill it after the first bite. People often want to capture the snake for
identification purposes, but we don't need to see the snake to treat the
patient. And, we don't want people bringing a snake into an ambu-
lance or a hospital, even a dead one, especially since snakes still have
a bite reflex for a short time after death," stated Dr. Liebelt. "The
important thing is to get the victim to a hospital as quickly and calm-
ly as possible. Infants, children and adults should all be treated with
antivenom if they have a mild to moderate envenomation."
CroFabR Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine) is the only
widely available antivenom for the management of patients with min-
imal or moderate North American crotalid snakebite envenomations
in the United States (this includes pit vipers such as rattlesnakes, cop-
perheads and cottonmouths/water moccasins). "We are working in
partnership with the poison control centers to encourage every hospi-
tal to stock adequate supplies of antivenom, even if they expect to see
just one snakebite patient a year," said Jackie Beltrani, Director of
Institutional Sales and Specialty Marketing for Fougera, the marketer
of CroFab. "Our goal is to ensure that no patient has to lose valuable
treatment time being transferred to another hospital because the ini-
tial hospital didn't stock antivenom."
About CroFabR
SCroFabR is indicated for the management of patients with mini-
mal or moderate North American crotalid envenomation. Early use
of CroFabR (within 6 hours of snakebite) is advised to prevent clini-
cal deterioration and the occurrence of systemic coagulation abnor-
malities. The term crotalid is used to describe the Crotalinae sub-
family (formerly know as Crotalidae) of venomous snakes that
includes rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths/water moc-
casins. With the exception of coral snakes, CroFabR can treat mild
to moderate envenomations from any venomous snake indigenous to
the United States.
CroFabR works to stop venom from destroying tissue. It does
not reverse the damage already done by the snake venom. The more
time that elapses between the time of bite and the time of treatment
the greater the chance of complications. The phrase "Time is Tissue"
is often used to articulate the need to treat bites quickly to prevent tis-
sue da :iinige.
In October 2002, Fougera assumed responsibility for the distri-
bution of CroFabR from Savage Laboratories. Both companies are
divisions ofAltana Inc. CroFabR was developed and is manufactured
by Protherics PLC.
Important Safety Information
The most common adverse events reported in clinical studies
were mild or moderate reactions involving the skin and appendages
(primarily urticaria, rash or pruritus), which occurred in 14 out of 42
patients. Two patients experienced severe allergic reactions (severe
hives and a severe rash and pruritus) following treatment. One
patient experienced recurrent coagulopathy due to envenomation,
which required re-hospitalization' and additional antivenin adminis-
tration. In clinical trials, recurrent coagulopathy (the return of a
coagulation abnormality after it has been successfully treated with
antivenin), characterized by decreased fibrinogen, decreased platelets
and elevated prothrombin time, occurred in approximately half of the
patients studied. Recurrent coagulopathy may persist for 1 to 2
weeks or more.
One patient discontinued CroFabR therapy due to an allergic
reaction. Patients with allergies to papain, chymopapain, other
papaya extracts or the pineapple enzyme bromelain may also be at
risk for an allergic reaction to CroFab. For additional information on
adverse events, please refer to the full prescribing information for
CroFab available at www.snakebitenews.com.


raianga Ctizen & omaii

Business Leader of the Year

LARGO The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has
announced that business and civic leader Joe Falanga has been named
the organization's Citizen of the Year and Derri Davisson, partner of
the Largo real estate firm VIP Market Watch, is its Mac Norcross
Small Business Leader of the Year. Both will be officially recognized
at the chamber's 55th Annual Banquet on Monday, Sept. 17 at the
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater.
Mr. Falanga, owner of Pak Mail at Largo Mall, is known
throughout the business community for the time and energy he
devotes to the chamber and City of Largo. He was 2005 chairman of
the chamber's board of directors, currently chairs its economic devel-
opment committee and the Largo Business Development Review
Panel, is a member of the Largo Planning Board, was a member of
the Largo Charter Review Committee, and he serves on the board of
the Largo Library Foundation. This year, he was elected to the Pak
Mail Franchise System Advisory Council (FSAC) representing the
national franchise's South East Region. Mr. Falanga opened his Pak
Mail franchise in 2001.
Ms. Davisson has been an active member of the chamber board
of directors and executive committee for three years and will be its
2008 chairman-elect. She is presently chairman of the organization's
Chamber Cup Golf Tournament annual fundraiser, is a member of the
Largo Business Development Review Panel as well as the chamber's
Economic Development Committee. She volunteers for a number of
civic and church organizations including the Sun Coast Hospital
Foundation and the Kiwanis Club.
The chamber banquet will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.
followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 a per-
son or tables of eight for $480. To place reservations, please
call 727-584-2321.


Pinellas News Friday, September 07, 2007 Page 7

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT

OF HEALTH


RECOGNIZES


SEPTEMBER AS


CHILDHOOD CANCER MONTH


TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Health (DOH)
recognizes September as Childhood Cancer Month. Childhood can-
cer is the second leading cause of death in children.
Cancers in children are often more difficult to recognize than
adult cancers because early symptoms are usually nonspecific. While
most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors, the causes of most
childhood cancers are unknown. Cancers in children include
leukemias, brain, bone, lymph, and tumors of the muscles, kidneys
and nervous system.
"The diagnosis of cancer is difficult for anyone to accept, espe-
cially when the cancer involves the life of a child," Dr. Joseph J.
Chiaro, Deputy Secretary of Health for Children's Medical Services
said. "However, as a result of extensive research, most childhood can-
cers are now effectively treated and many are cured."
Parents should ensure that their children have regular check-ups
and be alert of any unusual, persisting symptoms including:
*Unusual mass or swelling
*Unexplained paleness and/or loss of energy
*Sudden tendency to bruise
*Persistent, localized pain or limping
*Prolonged fever or illness
*Frequent headaches often with vomiting
*Sudden eye or vision changes
*Excessive, rapid weight loss
Childhood cancers can be treated by a combination of therapies
based on the type and stage of cancer. For optimal care, children,
including adolescents, should be diagnosed and treated by a multi-
disciplinary team at a facility that specializes in childhood cancers.
Florida has Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Centers located
throughout the state to provide care for children with cancer. The
Centers are members of the Children's Oncology Group, a clinical
trial cooperative group devoted exclusively to childhood and adoles-
cent cancer research. The Children's Oncology Group is supported by
the National Cancer Institute.
DOH promotes and protects the health and safety of all people in
Florida through the delivery of quality public health services and the
promotion of health care standards. For more information about DOH
programs, please visit the Department of Health's Web site at
www.doh.state.fl.us. For additional information on childhood cancer,
visit Children's Medical Services at www.cms-kids.com, the
National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov, or the Florida
Association of Pediatric Tumor Centers, Inc., at www.faptp.org.

Moffitt Focuses on

Ovarian Cancer during,

Gynecologic Cancer

Awareness Month
Tampa- Doctors and researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center are
harnessing the power of genomic technology to personalize cancer
care for women with gynecologic malignancies by matching the right
patient with the right drug.
"Although there are many drugs available to treat ovarian can-
cer, only a small proportion of patients benefit from each drug," said
Dr. Johnathan Lancaster, Ph.D., chief of the division of Gynecologic
Oncology and medical director for Lifetime Cancer Screening &
Prevention Center (LCS). "Unfortunately, at present we do not have
the ability to predict which patients fall into that small proportion'so
we have to treat all patients with all drugs. We are developing tools
that will enable us to predict which patients will respond to which
drug so treatments can be personalized."
Lancaster and others are examining genetic signatures in ovari-
an cancers to understand why some tumors respond to treatment and
some do not.
"The more samples we have to study, then the better chance we
have to develop gene profiles that will enable us to look at a patient's
tumor and determine whether they will respond to a certain treatment
because of recognizable patterns," said Lancaster.
Gynecologic cancers include ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar,
vaginal and tubal. While endometrial cancer, the most common type
of uterine cancer, is the most common gynecologic cancer (about 6
percent of all cancers in women), ovarian cancer remains the dead-
liest. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 22,430 cases of
ovarian cancer in the United States this year and an estimated 15,280
deaths, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death
among women in the United States.
Ovarian cancer kills more women because it is usually not
detected until it is too late. Developing a blood and urine test to detect
earlier-stage, more curable ovarian cancer in women is the goal of Dr.
Rebecca Sutphen, director of Clinical Genetics at Moffitt and direc-
tor of the Family Cancer Genetics Network (FCGN).
Sutphen is currently the principal investigator of the only NCI-
funded, population-based, 5-year study using state-of-the-art pro-
teomic technology. This $3.9 million research effort involves collect-
ing blood samples before surgery from 1,000 women with suspected
ovarian cancer.
"Only one in four of these women will actually have ovarian can-
cer," said Sutphen. "This is one of the reasons it is so important to
develop an accurate test so women do not have to undergo unneces-
sary surgery." The samples will then be analyzed to find proteins that
differ from those found in healthy women. If certain proteins show up


in cancerous samples, a blood test could be developed to test for those
proteins that make women susceptible to ovarian cancer.
Sutphen is also researching the link between ovarian and breast
cancer.
"There are certain genes that can put you at risk for ovarian can-
cer," said Sutphen. "People want to know why they get ovarian can-
cer, and we have found that two genes, BRCA-1 and BRCA-2, put
you at high risk, about 30 times the risk as most women."
When a woman finds out she has invasive ovarian cancer, there
is a 15 percent chance she will have one of these mutant genes.
"There is a 50/50 chance you can pass these genes to all of your chil-
dren, both males and females," said Sutphen. "Our program does
genetic testing for these genes that give these women a very high risk
for breast cancer as well."


Small Business Leader Largo Chamber names Joe
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Page 8 Pinellas News 'riday,

UF to House Pancreas

Research Repository for

the Study of Diabetes
GAINESVILLE The University of Florida will house a
newly organized international research center for the study of the
human pancreas that will bank organs from thousands of patients
with or at risk for type 1 diabetes in an effort to learn more about the
disease.
Known as nPOD, the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors
with Diabetes is supported by nearly $3 million per year in grant
funding from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, monies
that also fuel research efforts at major medical centers worldwide.
Type 1 or "insulin-dependent" diabetes occurs when white
blood cells vital to the body's defenses against infectious diseases
launch a self-directed or "autoimmune" attack on cells in the pan-
creas that produce insulin, which helps regulate how the body uses
and stores sugar and other nutrients for energy.
But much remains to be learned about how type 1 diabetes
develops, and the organ repository will help support a massive
research effort to answer key questions, said Mark Atkinson, the
American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for diabetes
research at UF's College of Medicine and nPOD's director.
"Essentially, we need to learn a lot more about the human pan-
creas," said Atkinson, a pathologist. "Eight thousand organ donors a
year donate their pancreas. A large number go to pancreatic or islet
cell transplantation. Some go to research. But sad to say, many go
unutilized. With nPOD, we hope to change that.
"Some of our theories on how diabetes develops date back to
autopsy-based research studies that occurred during the 1960s. It is
time to address old concepts with more modem tools," he added.
The effort is partly in response to new federal funding mandates
that organ procurement organizations no longer focus solely on
organ transplantation they also must dedicate time and resources to
support research.
The bank will receive donated organs in three ways. First,
researchers will aim to screen at least 2,000 pancreas donors per year
after their death with the assistance of national organ procurement
agencies that will in cooperation with local academic institutions -
look for risk factors associated with disease development, including
the presence of autoantibodies that signal the immune system is on
the attack, Atkinson said.
"If we find organ donors who have autoantibodies, it tells us
those individuals, if they had lived, were going to be at high risk for
developing type 1 diabetes," he said.
The organs will arrive at UF within eight to 12 hours of removal
from the donors. Researchers also will study spleen, lymph nodes
and blood, which play a role in supporting the immune system's
destruction of insulin-producirig cells. After processing, organs and
tissue samples also will be shipped to various labs around the world,
from Harvard to King's College London and beyond.
The second way nPOD will receive pancreases will be through
a collaborative agreement with the National Disease Research
Interchange, the nation's largest placement unit for donated organs
slated for research. For that effort, organs will be obtained from any
donor with type 1 diabetes regardless of autoantibody status to
confirm whether individuals with longstanding diabetes truly harbor
large numbers of insulin-producing cells.
Since the 1970s UF researchers have been striving to identify at-
risk individuals via markers present in the blood. The autoimmune
attack, thought to occur in individuals who are genetically predis-
posed to the disease, can continue for months to years before enough
cells are destroyed to cause diabetes.
'"The dogma of type 1 diabetes has always been that you devel-
pp the symptoms of diabetes only after a long process of months to
years to decades of that autoimmune process," Atkinson said. "Once
you hit a certain point ... all those insulin-producing cells are gone."
But within the past couple years, new study findings emerged,
,after scientists elsewhere evaluated the pancreases of nearly 50
patients with type 1 diabetes, up to 60 years after onset.
"When they looked at the pancreases, they found to their sur-
prise that people who had type 1 diabetes even for decades still had
insulin-positive cells in their pancreas," Atkinson said. "That went
'totally against everything we were taught. If that's true, that some
insulin-positive cells remain, it opens up a whole new avenue of try-
'ing to cure this disease and brings new hope to. 1 million people in
the U.S. who have type 1 diabetes. The idea would then be to devel-
op new treatments to boost these cells, helping to control or even
reverse the disease."
The third way nPOD will eventually obtain organs will be in
cooperation with Dr. George King, from Harvard's Joslin Diabetes.
'Center. Under a proposal not yet finalized, pancreases obtained from
'deceased patients who have had type 1 diabetes for more than 50
years will be sent to UF
Collaborators within nPOD include scientists at medical schools
at Harvard University, the University of California-San Diego, the
University of California-San Francisco, the University of
Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of
Michigan, and sites in England, Finland, Canada and Australia. UF
is coordinating organ recovery efforts through facilities in six U.S.
cities and, locally, through LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services and
Shands HealthCare.
"Basically, we have almost no information on what's happening
in the pancreas while children and adults are developing type 1 dia-
betes," said Dr. George Eisenbarth, executive director of the Barbara
Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and a professor of pediatrics
.and cellular and structural biology at the University of Colorado who
has been running a small pilot program similar to nPOD. "(Yet)
about 1 in 300 individuals in the U.S. population at the time of
untimely death have the hallmarks that they are developing type 1
diabetes. So now the program will be expanded and there will be
close to 10 times as many individuals screened as was possible for
qne center to do. It's a very rare pancreas that we think will hold the
key to what causes diabetes. It's unexplored, unknown territory.
Without this large cooperative effort there's no way we can find this
*out."


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