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No. 2239 January 5 January 11, 2012 No More Outside Storage in Gulfport Residents with leather couches in their front yards can soon face code violations. Tuesday night city council, as part of their ongoing This is a direct result of interior furniture being placed outdoors, City manager Jim OReilly said of an ordinance that would not allow indoor furniture outdoors in Gulfport. If its not visible from the public street, I dont think that should be a code violation, councilwoman Jennifer Salmon said, adding that it shouldnt be a violation because its built to be an indoor piece of furniture unless the furniture posed a health and safety issue, such as rats burrowing in the upholstery. I understand the whole thing with the couches, councilman Sam Henderson said, but expressed concern that the proposed changes left too much up to discretion that would allow people to report a neighbor for what another might consider art. It depends on what you want, city attorney Andy Salzman told council. You can create an ordinance that creates community standards but you all need to be comfortable with what comm standards youre setting. These are looks really great... Im not in favor of someone putting a couch in the backyard, period, Vice mayor David Hastings said to councilwoman Salmons suggestion that the city had no business, barring public health and safety concerns, with what people couldnt see from the street. In the end, council voted to pass an ordinance that says See Storage, page 7Police Standards Raise the Bar By Cathy Salustri Gulfport Detective Hahn Pham clears the wall on his rst try at last Fridays dry run of the Physical Abilities Test.See Story, page 4 The Case For (and Against) The Coconut InnThe Pass-a-Grille Inn is at the center of one hoteliers beef with the city.By Cathy Salustri Joe Caruso wants to build a gazebo. Three gazebos, to be precise. The city of St. Pete Beach told him yes, then they told him no. Then they told him he needed to change his zoning before they would tell him yes again. Then they told him he couldnt change his zoning. It has nothing to do with the law. Its a popularity contest, Joe Caruso says. All he wanted, he says, is a gazebo, but he claims See Coconut, page 50
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Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 3 Correction Last week an article in the Gabber indicated that both arrests for sex crimes took place on Upham Beach. Police investigation has determined that while both crimes occurred within the city of St. Pete Beach, only one occurred actually on Upham Beach. The Gabber regrets the error. Support the Prostate Cancer 5k Run The 2nd Annual J.West Prostate Cancer 5k Run & Walk for Awareness kicks off on Friday, January 6 with a Mini Health, Nutrition & Fitness Expo at the Casino from noon to 6:30 p.m. The Race & Walk will be held on Saturday, January 7th starting at 8 a.m. at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard S. in Gulfport. awards, drawings, fruit, bagels, water and more. Visit www.active. com to register or call Race Director Late registrations are accepted a.m. Cant make it Saturday? Visit www.jswestprostatefoundation.org to donate. Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Annual Dinner This years Annual Dinner and Installation of the 2012 Board is the Chambers largest event of the year. They will also be announcing their Business of the Year Award Winners! The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Dinner and Installation of the 2012 Board of Directors on Thursday, Beach, located at 400 Mandalay Avenue in Clearwater. This years France, he is the youngest son of the The event begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. The cost is $60 which includes a drink ticket and full dinner. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda tampabaybeaches.com.
4 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Police Standards Raise the Barfrom front page Friday morning Gulfport Detectives Hahn Pham and Jimmy Embry Test (PAT) now required of all Gulfport police adopted the same obstacle course used by state law enforcement agencies. The course includes clearing a 40 wall, jumping hurdles, crawling under low hurdles, dragging a 150 pound dummy 100 including police chief Rob Vincent, must run the course in less than six minutes and four seconds. to remain on the force. If they do not pass the test in June, they have three additional chances before facing disciplinary action. Chief Robert Vincent started gearing the department towards a policy this past fall. He says he has A long time ago, I thought, when Im standards. I never understood why we didnt have them, he said. Detectives Hahn Pham and Jimmy Embry will serve as instructors to help anyone who cannot complete the course in the allotted time. The two detectives passed the test on the Pham completed the course in 4:31; Detective Embry beat that time by Chief Vincent believes his entire department will be able to meet the chances to complete the course successfully; anyone who does not receive special training, courtesy of the two instructors. I think that we wont have anybody not pass, Chief Vincent said. We have two instructors, so if somebody doesnt pass we will develop a remedial training plan just for them, to focus on what they need.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 5 Annual Wine & Cheese Party The South Pasadena Civic Association will hold its Annual Wine & Cheese Party on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. Come see "Elvis Presley" for an entertaining afternoon. Cost is $8 for members Gulfport City Clerk Draws Names for March Ballot At Tuesday nights council meeting city clerk Lesley DeMuth drew names to determine the order in which candidates names would appear on the ballot. Here is the ballot order for the March election: Incumbent Dave Hastings name will appear before his challenger Dan Liedtkes. Challenger James Perrys name will appear before incumbent Jennifer Salmons. Voters will can also vote on six charter referendum questions.
6 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Thanks from Operation Santa The Gulfport Police on behalf of Operation Santa would like to thank all those who made Operation Santa 2011 a success by making donations. This year Every donation, whether large or small, makes a difference to the children in Gulfport who might not have had much under the tree at Christmas. This was only possible through the generous outpouring donations of toys and money from organizations, businesses and individuals. Santa and his elves would like to thank all who contributed. We would like to thank everyone individually, but due to the overwhelming response this year, we have too many donors to list. We would like to recognize and thank Francine Whitten for her years of dedication and service to Operation Santa. Francine has been an integral part in making it a successful program that has helped many families. And a special thanks to the Gulfport Gabber. New Parking Fees at Two County Parks Visitors driving to Fort De Soto or Fred Howard parks seeking to reach the beach will see new parking fees. Daily parking passes can be purchased at each of the parks for $5 and are valid all day. The fees will be used for enhancements to the countys parks and maintenance of the grounds and facilities. Annual parking passes will be available and can be purchased for $75. The price is reduced to $55 for senior citizens 65 and over. Annual parking passes are available at the Soto and Parks and Conservation 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The annual parking passes can be used at Fred Howard, Fort De Soto and Sand Key parks. In addition, owned boat ramps are valid in the three parks. The boat ramp annual permits are $110 per year. Visitors who walk or bike to the beach parks will not be charged a parking fee, and those who choose to stay on the mainland section of Fred Howard Park will not be charged for parking. At Fort De Soto Park, daily parking passes can be purchased at the entrance to the park. At Fred Howard Park, they are available at automated pay stations. For more information on the individual parks, go to www.pinellascounty.org/
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 7 Storage, from front pagethat residents may not store interior furniture outside. They removed the language that would not allow automobile parts and tires, building materials, and equipment to be stored outdoors. Council will hear public comment, time, at the February 7 meeting in the Hickman theatre. See Tampa Bay in a Whole New Way popular Senior Excursions at the St. Pete Beach Community Center are starting back this January and running through April. Guests travel to popular attractions and shopping destinations all over Tampa Bay without the hassles of driving, tolls and parking. The trips run almost with a few special trips occurring on other days of the week. Travel to places such as the Hard Rock Casino, the Strawberry Festival, IKEA, Mixon Groves, a Rays Spring Training game, and much more. Trips are just $12 for St. Pete Beach additional entry fees may apply. All of these exciting trips are limited be sure to reserve your spot. Call list of trips online at www.spbrec. com.
8 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 The Curious Savage Opens Tonight The Gulfport Community Players by John Patrick entitled, The Curious Savage, on January 5th at the Hickman Theater of Gulfport. The play tells the story of Ethel Savage, who has been committed to a sanitarium by her children. It is their hope that this act will bring her to her senses, allowing them to get their hands on the $10 million her husband left her upon his passing. The play is set for guests struggling to cope with various mental problems. The play is being directed by Eileen Navarro, who won a Cathy Award for Best Director for last seasons Noises Off! She has a great cast of 12 people to work with, including a few people you might know from their past plays. The cast includes: Linda Hamrell, Jessica Barthle, Guadalupe Gagnon, Linda Rosenfeld, Ross Johnson, Mitchell Le Vine, David Mathias, Maureen Kilroy, Corey Kramer, Janell Kramer, and Ellie LeVine Join them and your friends for another great evening or afternoon of live theater at the Hickman Theater. This play will run for three weeks, with curtain times of 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are only $15 each and are available at Eileens Resale Boutique, the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, the Gulfport Casino, the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, at the door, or by calling sales. For more information about this play or the Players, please visit their website at: http://www.Take a Safe Boating Course an ABS Course (one day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Saturday, January 14 at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, 3120 Miriam Street S. in Gulfport. Cost is $40. and more information.Garden Club of St. Petersburg Events On January 10th the Garden Club of St. Petersburg will have an All Members Meeting at 1 p.m. at the Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. in St. Petersburg. The program at home, by designers from Flower Arranging Circle. Visitors are welcomed. Orchids presented by Michael Polen of Art Stone Orchids with coffee at at 10 a.m. at the Garden Club.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 9 Gulfport Lions Club Spaghetti Supper The Gulfport Lions Club will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper on January 7th and the event is open to the public. The menu will consist of spaghetti & meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee or tea. This is an all you can eat supper, so bring your appetite, your family and friends. Cost is $7 per ticket. Children under 10, $4. It is also a BYOB event, so bring your wine if you like. All of their Gulfport Lions Club members have tickets, so if you want to prepurchase them, ask any local Lion. Otherwise, they will have an adequate supply of them at the door. The Gulfport Lions Club is located at 4630 Tifton Drive S., right behind the Gulfport Marina. Directions are as follows: go south water; turn left and follow the road around to the Lions Club. All their events support community outreach programs in sight conservation; four Pancake Breakfasts (Nov., Dec., Feb., April), a Shrimp Boil in March, along with their Fish Fry (September), and our Spaghetti Suppers (October and January). Some of the entities that they sponsor are The Watson Center (Lighthouse) for the Visually Impaired, the Conklin Blind, the Central Florida Eye Bank, Southeast Guide Dogs, WUSF Radio Reading Service, the Florida Lions Foundation, local eyeglasses and examination program, local Scouting and Little League programs, and many more. So please come out and support your local Lions. Their next event will be on Saturday, February 4th with their Pancake Breakfast. Cleaning Closets? Is your new year resolution to clean out your closets and free up space you desperately need? Well, Sophies Attic Thrift Store would be thankful for all your clean, gently used household, clothing, small furniture and miscellaneous items. Sophies is always accepting donations which may be dropped off noon at 2728 53rd Street S. or the Thrift Store Friday and Saturday your convenience. They are also in need of some free standing shelving for the store. If you have any not being used and 3620. Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist Church of Gulfport.
10 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Students can get a Look at County Government Have you ever seen a medic respond to a heart attack? Do you know how like to be behind bars? Teens Behind the Scenes is a new program that takes an exclusive look at the inner workings of Pinellas County government. Once a month from January to April, teens will go behind the scenes to experience the county running. Presented by the countys Youth Advisory Committee, Teens Behind the Scenes was created by students for students and is modeled after the popular Pinellas Citizens University. The sessions will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the site of the featured department. Survivor Public Works on January 25. Take a trip to the public control, engineering and more. Law & Order on February 22. Investigate the roles of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and the judge. Most Wanted! on March 21. Take a tour of the Pinellas County Jail. Learn about intake, maximum security, and direct supervision. (Parental release required to participate.) EMS system and get the chance to demonstration. Awards Night (6 p.m.) on April 24. Commissioners and receive your This free program is open to high school students who are at least 14 years old. The registration deadline for each session is two weeks before the program date. Dont delay, class size is limited! To register, go to www. pinellascounty.org/yac. For more The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County.Republican Club to Meet Pinellas County Commissioner members and friends of the St. Petersburg Republican Club on Wednesday, January 11 7 p.m.at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located at presentation, he will answer questions from the audience. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in the Question and Answer session. There is no charge for this event. For more information on this event and the clubs activities, call Gus
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 11 Gulfport Public Library Welcomes Pinellas County Extension Through its Pinellas Energy Extension is promoting a new gadget that aims to get citizens more Gulfport is one of the eight Pinellas County libraries hosting the class. The presentation there is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th from located at 5501 28th Ave. S. (enter on 27th Ave. S. side). Monitor is a simple tool used to see how much energy the devices in a home are actually using, whether they are on or off. Users simply plug the monitor into an outlet, plug an appliance into the instructions and watch it work. The monitor measures various aspects of electrical consumption, from voltage of an outlet to watts out exactly how much energy and money is being consumed by most of their household electronics. Pinellas County Extension and the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative have come together to make these make the assessment of personal energy consumption even easier. Extension specialists will also be holding upcoming classes at select libraries to further explain how the monitors work and to give easy tips to make a home more decrease electric bills and increase environmental friendliness.Massachusetts Society to Meet The next meeting of the Massachusetts Society will be on Wednesday, January 11th at 1 p.m at the Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Drive S. in Gulfport. This month is their auction. Bring items but no small appliances please. All Bay State neighbors are cordially invited. Refreshments and coffee available.
12 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Democratic Club to Meet On Thursday evening, January 12, the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will welcome Pinellas County Commissioner and long time friend of the Club, Ken Welch and Reverend Manuel Sykes, President of the Pinellas NAACP and leader of Bethel Community Baptist Church. These two outstanding speakers will take questions and encourage discussion. The meeting, to be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, will start with cocktails (cash bar) and social time at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 ($15, reservations please). Everyone is welcome. Call Betty Morganstein Register now for Gulfports Get Rescued Gulfports Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its eighth annual event to take place on Saturday, February 25th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This popular street festival has evolved from one block and a handful of year to a popular and festive event representing as many as 60 animal rescue groups from throughout the region. Gulfports Get Rescued is one of the largest such events in the state, with organizations, many appearing with adoptable pets, take over Beach Blvd. to raise money and awareness for related vendors, artists and crafters Pet related activities will include a pet parade (bring your rescues and showcase them in the parade!), pet care education, pet services, a pet food and supplies drive, adoptable pets, free samples, training demos, food, music and games. Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own canine companions, make their way to Gulfport to support what has become a beloved tradition. Visit http://www.suzieking.com/ rescued for information and to rescue groups can participate for Deadline for applications is January 24, 2012. Seniors Chat Room Join others as they experience table topics with the Gulfport Senior Centers Chat Room every Friday at 2 p.m. The Center is located at 5501 27 Avenue S. in Gulfport.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 13 USCG Safe Boating Program U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Boating program every Tuesday, 7 p.m., Warren Webster Community St. Pete Beach (1 mile south of Don CeSar) Start at your convenience. First day, come at 6:30 p.m. to register. Begin any Tuesday and Januarys program includes: Boating Safety January 10, Piloting Your Boat Part A January 17, and Piloting Your Boat Part B January 24. Cost is $40 for 13 weeks and includes Heritage Village brings Centennial Celebrations county was created as the Pinellas Independence Bill went into effect, establishing Pinellas County as a separate entity from Hillsborough County. As the 100th anniversary of this historic event approaches, Heritage Village welcomes the New Year with two centennial celebrations sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society: Pinellas by the Decades and the Pinellas Folk Festival. lecture series entitled, Pinellas by the Decades: A Centennial Celebration will continue on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. This lecture, Tough Times but Citrus is at its Prime illustrates how the land boom stalled and stopped in Florida and the Great Depression had strangled the nation Admission to the lecture is free, but donations support Heritage Village operations. Previous lectures can be viewed on the Pinellas County YouTube channel at www.youtube. com/pcctv1 and Heritage Villages website www.pinellascounty.org/ heritage. The celebrating goes on at Heritage Village throughout the month, as the Pinellas Folk Festival takes place on January 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of the Tampa Bay areas premier folk musicians will spread the sounds of traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music on stages throughout the village. As the music plays, guests can take craft demonstrations, a traditional activities. Historical demonstrations and antique cars will also be featured. The event will also have a food court. A $5 donation is suggested for adults and children older than 12. Admission is free for children younger than 12. 125th Street N. in Largo. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www. pinellascounty.org, Lithuanian-American Lunch this Thursday serving lunch on Thursdays from St. Petersburg. The cost is $7 for entree, side, dessert and coffee. Todays lunch is Cepelinai (potato meat dumplings). Also available to buy is Lithuanian beer. Call Vida at Everyone is welcome.
14 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Half-Off Pool Memberships Beach Aquatic Complex, located at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, is offering an unbeatable deal to help keep you year long. For the month of January only, all Family, Adult, Senior and Child yearly pool passes can be purchased for 50% off, a savings of over $250 on some memberships. Yearly pool passes include unlimited and always kept at 82 degrees. This holiday season give yourself and your and fun. Stop by the pool any day in January to purchase your discounted membership before this cool winter information. South Pinellas Youth Baseball League Baseball, has open registration for its spring season of youth baseball. Registration will run through February with play beginning at the end of the month. Tierra Verde Dizzy Dean is an instructional league with both recreational and competitive teams is located at 1420 Pinellas Bayway, The league welcomes players from throughout South Pinellas. Registration may be accomplished online at http://www.eteamz.com/ tarpons. Contact Lou Wycoff, information. Stretch and Tone Returns in January Stretch and Tone is back at the Gulfport Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from class full of great people lead by Jean. The fee is $3 for each class. Bring a mat and light weights. Please call
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 15 By Scott LafeeLive Today, Diet Tomorrow The biggest problem with dieting is day in and day out. But a new study presented at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium suggests cutting calories sometimes, in this case carbohydrates, may result in better weight loss than counting calories all of the time. British researchers said that women foods such as bread, pasta and potatoes from their diet for two days each week lost an average of nine pounds in four months, compared same period of time.) The researchers goal was to develop a diet that people could stick with, particularly women with a high risk of breast cancer. Obesity is a known risk factor for the disease. Besides helping take pounds off, the intermittent diet also boosted other markers of health, including levels of insulin and leptin. The latter is a hormone that helps regulate appetite and is associated with tumor development. BODY OF KNOWLEDGE An adult typically breathes in seven quarts of air each minute. GET ME THAT. STAT! with the greatest percentage of people who said their life was boring were Turkey, Mexico, United States, South Korea and Greece, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. COUNTS spending devoted to Medicaid in 2011. Source: National Association of STORIES FOR THE WAITING ROOM Its an old saw that marriage lived people. If so, were in trouble. A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows just 51 percent of American adults are married today, compared to 72 percent 50 years ago. Folks are also putting off marriage longer. The average age for getting married now is 26.5 years for females, 28.7 for males. DOC TALK PHOBIA OF THE WEEK HYPOCHONDRIACS GUIDE Cold urticaria is an allergic reaction to cold, resulting in hives or large, itchy red welts on skin exposed to a cold stimulus, such as an ice cube. The condition is usually temporary, but can become chronic. It can be inherited or acquired, most often occurring between the ages of 18 and 25. Some antihistamines help treat the condition, but the usual therapy is simply to stay warm. OBSERVATION Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook EPITAPHS Lector, si monumentum requiris circumspice or Reader, if you seek his monument, look around. epitaph was written by his son, noting his fathers burial in St. Pauls Cathedral, London, which the senior Wren designed.
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Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 17 Our Champions! The Sons of Italy, John Paul Lodge located at 2500 34th Street S. Bocce team entered two teams in the Florida statewide Bocce tournament. One team was eliminated due to an injury but the seond team, against great odds, came in second place out of 46 statewide lodges. The was played in Key Largo. Team captain Al Perilli, players Carmen Perilli, Joseph Talora and Alfredo Spitaleri (not pictured) made up the winning team. Congratulations! Industrial Arts Center News The Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport announces that the Kids Art Club continues on Saturday, January 7th and 14th at 10 a.m. Glass Blowing Ladies Night is scheduled for Friday, January 20th from for Sculptural Welding, Intro to Glass Blowing and Fun with Torches lampwork series. For more information or to register, IndustrialArtsCenter.org. Walking Club Returns It is almost that time of year for the Gulfport Walking Club to begin. The walking club meets every Thursday different parks to do their walking. will be on Thursday, January 5th interested. Temple Beth-El Game Day Avenue is having a Game Day on Thursday, January 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please RSVP by many there will be in your group and what game you will be playing. The cost is $15 per person. Lunch will be at noon and there will be door prizes. You do not have to be a member of Temple to attend.
18 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 This Weeks Solution Gu lfpo rt G ar den & B ird Club The bus will be leaving the Senior 12th trip to the Morse Museum in Winter Park to view the Tiffany glass collection. Please park in the library parking lot; return time is about 5 p.m. There are still two seats left on the bus; if you want to go, get your money in right away. You do not have to be a member of the garden club. The cost is $20 (this includes bus, entrance fee, taxes and tip for the driver); lunch will be on your own. Contact Joyce information or send checks payable to the Gulfport Garden and Bird Club to Barbara Dye, 2613 Beach Boulevard S., Gulfport, FL 33707. The program at Allison's Orchids Instead the club is going to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count. Further details will be forthcoming.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 19 The Gabs We went to Mason Eye Clinic and asked them "What's the best thing about working with the public?Cyndi Giles, St. Petersburg: I like to meet people and learn of their experiences and travels. Jennifer Youngs, St. Petersburg: You have the opportunity to help people, which in turn gives you the chance to change the world a little bit at a time. Michael Casciato, St. Petersburg: Meeting people with unique needs and helping them with their problems. Jen Grace, St. Petersburg: I dont become a hermit.
20 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Religious Services, Classes & Events Call 321-6965 for more information on placing your ad in this special sectionPlaces of Worship
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 21 Religious Services, Classes & Events Call 321-6965 for more information on placing your ad in this special sectionPlaces of Worship GriefShare to Meet The GriefShare support group will meet from January 6 through March 30. A professional DVD is shown each week with discussion on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon at Cornerstone Community Church at 6745 38th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. For facilitator is Vivian Killion, Parish Pastor. Care Givers Support Groups the health concerns of another? If so, consider coming to one of Pasadena Community Churchs Care Giver Support Groups in the Life Enrichment Center at 227 70 Street S. One group meets on Tuesday the other meets on Wednesdays from Both groups are open to the public for those attending to share with others who are in like situations their experiences, joys and concerns of care giving. The person may be a relative or just a good friend. It is not necessary that the individual reside in the same house with you or even the same state.
22 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Town Shores Red Hatters On Friday, January 13th they will year. Bring your $2 down to the clubhouse lounge at 12:45 and be ready to play at 1 p.m. If you are new to Town Shores and would like to know what Bunko is come down and watch. On Monday, January 16th they have a short Continental breakfast meeting scheduled to collect $5 annual dues and share some ideas. New members are always welcomed. Come to the clubhouse lounge at They will be attending the St. Petersburg Little Theater to see Hairspray on Sunday, January your own after the 2 p.m. matinee performance. Money must be in by tomorrow, January 6th. Call Gloria Just a reminder, they leave on Saturday, January 28th for their Red Hat cruise. Pickups will be starting MARSP The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 10th. Dr. William Parsons, a Professor at Eckerd College and an expert authority about the two St. Petersburgs (Russia and Florida) will be the guest speaker. Guthrie will return with another music program. Guests are welcome at either meeting. For information, Visit Annual Health and Beauty FairThe Gulfport Senior Center will hold their Annual Health & Beauty a.m. to noon. Event features health screenings, haircuts, manicures, massages, and information about avoiding the Donut Hole. You need to purchase a $3 ticket if you want to eat lunch from the Gas Grill. The Center is located at 5501 27th Avenue S. in Gulfport.
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24 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 would like nothing more than to be in your arms rather than in front of a camera. Once she warms up to you, Sophias sweet, playful personality can lighten up any room or human heart. Sophia would do best in a home without small children. To meet Sophia or her adoptable pet pals, visit Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd Street Pet Pal Animal Shelter If you are looking for a lot of love, attention and sandpaper This handsome cat is quite laid back and gets along great for information on seeing our cats, including Cagan, at Petsmart locations. Save Our Strays No More Door Hangers in Gulfport windows hanging from their front door, they can call the police to report the crime. Leaving any pamphlets, door hangers, or any literature without the owner or residents permission is now a crime in Gulfport. resident Ann Marie Anderson asked but Attorney Andy Salzman said it would not stop it if the car was on public property councilman Sam Hendersons Gulfport is taking to cut down on litter and to change the citys curb appeal. When Councilman Henderson asked the council to consider banning such obvious vacant homes. leave handbills of any sort without getting permission from the property owner or the person living there. According to police chief Rob Vincent, the city has one registered solicitor. A number of people have asked about the yellow phone books, resident Margarete Tober asked council. Where do they fall? City attorney Andy Salzman said that only if the phone books came from a phone company to which the resident subscribed, the company could leave the books at the home. Some residents expressed concern that seniors around town may feel they had Councilwoman Jennifer Salmon stressed that people did not have to do that. something, she said, saying that people dont have to open the door and tell the people not to leave pamphlets: the new law makes it illegal whether or not the resident says no. The only way a company can leave information at a home is at the resident or homeowners request. issue. violation. First Art Show of the New YearBy Fred Wilder to be creative by painting a picture then enter it in the Art Guild's January show. The entry date for the show is Thursday, January the Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Avenue. Members may enter up to two paintings. If you are not a member we invite you to become one and enter the show. On Saturday, January 14 at 1 p.m. a reception for the winners of the show will be held. There will be an art demonstration by a professional artists. Refreshments will be served. For more information go to www. treasureislandartguild.org or call
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 25 Eat at the Gulfport Senior CenterSenior Center Snack BarCome see our new menu for Breakfast and Lunch Items. Room also available for small luncheon meetings (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) 5501 27 Avenue S. in GulfportSPCA Pet of the Week Skyy is an 11 month pit bull terrier and an absolute sweetheart. She has lots of energy so ample toys and play time outdoors will make her very happy. Skyy is both smart classes SPCA Tampa Bay has to offer. Meet Skyy at SPCA Wanted: One Otter, Possibly Caffeinated Over the past few weeks the Gabber has heard reports of an otter... in the Art Village Courtyard, by T and Me Tea. According to our sources, this otter makes his or her way through the courtyard around 7 in the morning. So far, though, no one has caught him on camera. We want your photos of this otter! While its not uncommon to see otters instance of an otter on Beach Boulevard. Locals speculate that the otter may move between Clam Bayou and Wood Ibis parks, just over a mile apart, although only the otter knows for sure. If you see the otter, snap a photo (we appreciate photos 1M in size) and you could see it in an upcoming Gabber. Send your photos to NewstheGabber.com. Volunteers Needed for Friends of Strays Friends of Strays needs you if you animal shelter is presently seeking volunteers for positions at the Shelter 47 Avenue N. in St. Petersburg.
26 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 By Holiday Mathis person sitting beside you without craning your neck or bearing the awkwardness of an encounter thats too close for comfort. But the person sitting across from you is easily read. from this positioning. Its the same with the moon, fully illuminated in opposition to the sun. The full Cancer moon will allow unforced understanding of deep and complex emotions. CAPRICORN Too much planning and predicting could rob you of some fun now. Give yourself a break from thinking about the future. It may seem as though thats where youre going to spend the rest of your life. But the reality is that the future never comes. The only moment that can really be lived is this one. AQUARIUS week brings opportunities for you to grow wiser. Try not to let those same experiences cause you to be jaded. Your sign mate the comedian George Burns, who lived to be 100 and worked until very shortly before his death, said, You cant help getting older, but you dont have to get old. PISCES issue, and in all likelihood, the hours passed in maintaining and/or be among the most pleasant of the week. Consider relieving yourself animals who own nothing and seem ARIES and deliberate action will take you far. Avoid doing too much at too quick a pace. Take a moment to decide which of the options available to you are likely to be the most powerful choices. Acting on one or two stellar opportunities will bring you more success than if you were to pursue every good lead. TAURUS niche instead of adapting to the circumstances that others have laid out for you. After all, what do they really know about you? Those circumstances were designed to serve their interests, not yours. By the end compromise. GEMINI be meeting with people who would like to join your cause but dont what youve already got going. Keep asking questions. Find out what they need and want. Theres a way this can work, but it will take creative how. CANCER be a kind of poet. You wont actually write poetry, per se, but youll present things that people already know in a way that they have never heard before, helping them form new neural pathways and emotional connections. Though you wont be conscious of having an agenda, youll be most persuasive. LEO you value loyalty and are impressed by unbridled enthusiasm, you usually behave more like a cat than a dog. You are independent, discerning and graceful in your approach. Others will get the impression that they must prove themselves before youll let them into your world. VIRGO the chance to follow one of your more unusual interests. Not everyone will understand why this pleases you so. In fact, most everyone wont. Its not important that they understand or even that you do. Whats important is that you give yourself opportunities to joyfully express your unique spirit. LIBRA craftily manage your impulses and appetites. To avoid disempowering feelings of being deprived or overwhelmed, give yourself a little of what you want. If you have trouble stopping after just a little, then try to divert your attention to other things you enjoy. SCORPIO have been so focused on tending to the maintenance of relationships and possessions that youve hardly had a minute to think about what you want. Your needs are changing daily. Youll have the opportunity to step into a new role, take stock of what you have, assess whats missing and make requests. SAGITTARIUS 21). Theres no shame in desiring more than you can accomplish. Its one reason you attain such lofty achievements. Sometimes the striving makes you frustrated. Focus yourself on something other than the underlying current of defeat inherent in impossible goals. Think of all youve done and all you will do. This Week's Birthdays: You have been known to plan your life far in advance, though this year a key part of your plan is not to plan. Your big ambition will be matched by the huge amount of faith you have in the magic of the universe. Youll be tuned in to whispers of fate, and youll seize opportunities that you couldnt have possibly plotted out for yourself. Someone will invest in you in February. Youll travel in March. April will bring a creative with excitement in June. Music at Gulfport Beach PavilionMonday, 1-3:30 p.m. Karaoke by The Toonsters, J & Lolita Tuesday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment by Mark Blackwell & his harmonica Wednesday, 1-3:30 p.m. Melody TunesThursday, 1-3:00 p.m. Karaoke by Cookie and Dave Friday, 2-4:00 p.m. Entertainment by Geno Saturday, 1-3:00 p.m. Music for listening & dancing by Chicago Rich or by Overdue Bill Sunday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment for dancing by Woody & his accordian Weather permitting
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 27 Email your r equest to News@theGabber .com Ha ve you got a question f or your city gove rnment? By Cathy SalustriCity of St. Pete Beach: Christmas Trees Q: : How should I get rid of my Christmas tree? Should I put it by the curb Monday? A: According to St. Pete Beach Public Works Director Steve Hallock, St. Pete Beach residents can put their Christmas trees on the curb on any regularly scheduled trash collection day. Our solid waste provider, Waste Services of Florida, will pick it up, Hallock says. Energy facility. Once at the facility, the county will incinerate the trees and sell the energy generated back to Progress Energy. St. Pete Beach Classic Returns Beach, Florida announce the details to the 2012 St. Pete Beach Classic/ Wendy Johnson Memorial Run. The event includes a race for every level of participant. The 5k, 10k and Kids races will be held on Saturday, January 14. Making its debut in 2012 is the half marathon scheduled for Sunday, January 15. The races will take place on the streets of beautiful St. Pete The event venue is the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center located at 5300 Gulf Blvd. All activities, for all races, are located at the Sirata. Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 and will feature many local and national vendors. Registration is now open at www. stpetebeachclassic. For more information on the schedule of events Community Center. The St. Pete Beach Classic/Wendy Johnson Memorial Run is a partner event for Childrens Research Hospital.
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Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 29 Excerpts heard at the January 3, 2012Gulfport City Council MeetingPublic Comment & Council Quotes The mayor is a little under the weather tonight and believe me it is almost impossible to get him not to attend a meeting, so you can imagine how under the weather (he) is. Vice Mayor David Hastings, about Mayor Mike Yakes absence from Tuesday evenings meeting It was good that the meeting was started with the smallness of the lots. Resident Patricia Millward, about the November town hall meeting about proposed changes to the citys code You can assume that the writer is ignorant or theres a political agenda... Resident Al Davis, about the misprint in the Gabber last month indicating that only Ward One and Ward Three residents would elect councilmembers in March. Please see todays article for more information about the candidates. Every registered voter in Gulfport can vote in the March election. Thankfully, it was close to 80 degrees that day. Resident and Santa Speedo runner Emmett Walsh, about the Santa Speedo Run, which children. The Run raised $30,000 for children living with AIDS/HIV. There was at least 30 minutes of consistent gunshots... It doesnt matter where youre shooting it if youre dead because of it. Resident Cindy Davis, about and Gulfport on New Years. Police chief Rob Vincent said the police department took four reports from people reporting damage, including one man who had a bullet strike the bill of his hat and land in his drink. guns in celebration; councilman Sam Henderson said he pulled two bullets out of his roof while putting up Christmas decorations. If you do not feel comfortable with the people at your door, please do not open the door. Councilwoman Barbara Banno, about concerns from people about solicitors. I picked up eight signs this weekend... is that not litter?... I think it looks like hell, and I dont like it here. Resident Ann Marie Anderson, about snipe signs she picked up over the weekend. She also city department held responsibility for dealing with the enforcement and I am never going to tell the priority, because our job our main job is public safety. Chief Robert Vincent, when city manager Jim OReilly asked him to respond to Ms. Andersons question. The could pick up the signs, they should. had to see the violation taking place someone installing the sign to issue a ticket. He told councilwoman Barbara Banno the signs violated the city sign ordinance rather than a litter ordinance. Why would you need a sign to tell you not to litter? I mean, come on... get a brain. Resident Stan Kreuter, about citizen concerns that the city should post signs about I thought it was from you guys. I thought you were saying this is our priority. I didnt think it was a matter of choice or debate... someone has to convey that through the proper channels so we see to it...(that it happens) some other person in the government cant stand up there and say maybe well do it, maybe we dont... I would be insulted... Resident and Executive Director of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Bob Newcomb, who told council he thought it needed to make clear the direction of where the citys policy comes from. Mr. Newcomb spoke priority was not removing illegal snipe signs and citing people for littering. Im amazed at the amount of time and effort thats spent by you... creating an ordinance... and then having city staff or city employee saying its really their discretion whether they enforce really hard to believe and I think its unacceptable. Resident and Committee Head Doug Hudson, about the police chiefs comments I would ask for a set period of time that it is a focus. Councilmember Barbara Banno, asking that the police make litter a priority for a time. Mr Davis is right, this is pro forma. Councilmember Jennifer Salmon, about the city signing and mandated pollution control issues. Theres a lot of talk in the media and its been going on for months... but as a council this to collaborate, but we need to be able to ask questions and talk as a council, Banno said, asking the audience for patience as council worked through issues surrounding outdoor furniture and storage.
30 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Throwing a soda can, cigarette butt or sandwich wrapper on the ground can Gulfport. Tuesday night Gulfport city council voted Although council ultimately passed the law, it was only after residents voiced concerns about the practicality of the law and the citys intent to enforce it. Concerns ran the gamut, from needing more trash cans to displeasure with the police chiefs prioritization of litter crimes. Others felt that far enough, while some said the city needed to enforce rate before increasing them. Others asked for more signs to let people know littering would result in a higher I cant think of any place Ive ever been where littering was legal... I guess I dont feel the need trying to inform people of something everyone should know, councilman Sam Henderson said. We really didnt test the said, but fellow Gulfportian Stan Kreuter disagreed. Thats chicken feed, he said later in the meeting. Whats wrong with $500, $1,000? violations where the alleged litterer does not contest the violation. For alleged litterers who contest the violation in court and are found guilty of littering, the to $188. The increased littering councilman Sam Henderson. violation and results in a chief of police Rob Vincent, costs the litterer $116. If litter comes from a vehicle, the chief said, the litterer can that can affect someones license. He told the council ahead of citing people for littering. In addition, he said enforce the state littering laws, which carry a different set of consequences, or the city law. He told council their another tool in the toolbox to aid them in enforcing the law. I thought you were saying this is our priority, Resident Bob Newcomb, who also serves as the executive director for the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, told council about the chiefs comments (Please see Overheard at Gulfport Council for more detail on Mr. Newcombs comments). He also told the council he would be insulted to have councils direction responded to with maybe well do it, maybe we dont. While some council members took a gentle approach to the chiefs comments councilmember Jennifer Salmon said she saw councils job as one of providing clarity to the staff and she didnt want to fault the chief or police others on the dais took issue with the chiefs explanation of littering laws. Chief Vincent said if council wanted to specify that something is more deserving of attention than something else where it may not ordinarily get that, he would the desired attention. When the council takes the times to ask the city staff to come back with an ordinance... that to me, should be clear, that council wanted the police to give it that level of attention, Vice Mayor (who was acting as mayor in Mayor Mike Yakes absence) David Hastings said. City manager Jim OReilly assured the council we take your direction seriously, but added that when were out there doing the actual implementing, the staff had to balance all the issues. This is one other item that were looking at, he explained. The vice mayor expressed reinforced his displeasure at the chiefs comments. What really caught my attention is when the chief whatever he wanted, Vice Mayor Hastings said. I thought the whole idea of the city council was to make the laws and send direction down to the employees of the city. When the vice mayor said the council needed to know if it could expect the city to enforce the laws, the chief said he understood. Later in the meeting resident Margarete Tober, who approached council to speak on another issue, thanked councilman Sam Henderson for his initiative. I did want to thank you very much for bringing those ordinances forward, she said, indicating Councilman Henderson, then added I think we all agree that public Trash Cans Cant Stay in Front Yard, Council Says reading; council will discuss it again at the next meeting Gulfport city council struggled Tuesday night to balance citizen requests for tighter community standards with some resistance to change. Council discussed changing the code so that people would have to move their garbage cans out of their front yard after trash pickup. This is one that has been brought forward in the about their neighbor leaving a garbage can in their front yard, City manager Jim OReilly said of the proposed rules about where residents should store their trash cans and when the trash cans should have to be removed from the curbside. Whatever the council decided, resident Margarete Tober said, we need to make sure... that residents are aware of whats required. She suggested that perhaps the city could make them aware when residents set up water accounts. Only councilman Sam Henderson said he would not vote for an ordinance about garbage can placement, saying that his impressions at the town hall meeting last year was that residents were more concerned with litter around trash cans and piles of trash. I dont really feel like I want to tell people where to put their garbage cans, he told council.. I understand that its very important... but its not a deed restricted community, councilwoman Jennifer Salmon said. You just want it not to look messy... but I do think you need to keep in mind that its not as easy to say just put it past the front of your house. She suggested council change the wording to allow It should be that they designate a spot on their yard and it should be, as much as possible, out of view, she said. Saying the side of the house, thats not going to be the answer. Continued on next pageLitter Fines Increase, Bring Criticism of Police the vice mayors ire with police litter enforcement
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 31 She suggested saying cans had to be a certain amount of feet off the curb, which attorney Andy Salzman was the best solution for the wording. Vice Mayor David Hastings (who served as acting mayor in Mayor Mike Yakes absence) favored the ordinance. What were saying here is if we dont pass an ordinance like this, then the can can be anywhere in everybodys yard, he said. I dont think that thats what I envision Gulfport wants to look like. As the evening stretched later, he suggested the council take the ordinance to workshop. Councilwoman Barbara Banno said she preferred not to take it back to workshop. Councilman Sam Henderson cast the lone dissenting vote against the ordinance. Council will have a second reading at the February 7 council meeting at the Hickman theatre, at which they will again the ordinance before voting it into law.
32 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Post 305 Donates to Support Our Troops Program On Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 305 donated $1,000 to the St. Pete Beach "Support Our Troops", Inc. Program. of Appreciation was given to Teri Finnerty for her outstanding contribution to this program. Teri is the wife of Mike Finnerty, the former Mayor of St. Pete Beach. Retired Ofcers Wives Club to Meet St. Petersburg will meet for luncheon on January 10th at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd, in Pinellas Park. Social hour will be 11:30 with lunch at 12:15 p.m. The program will be dances by the Florida Beach Girls. Catch a Jazz Concert The Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society will sponsor the following concerts: Tess and the Dixie Chaps will play Resort in Treasure Island. Admission Allreds Classic Jazz Band will play 8100 Park Boulevrd in Pinellas Park. Admission is $10 members, $15 Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Epsilon Thetas executive board will meet on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Donna Smith. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. and Donna will present the program. Members are looking forward to the Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction sponsored by Sunshine City Council on Saturday, January 28 at the Five Towns Magnolia Club members enter the spaghetti sauce contest and also provide desserts for the dessert table and auction as well. It is a fun evening and the food is fantastic. Val Rankin is the chairman of this committee. For more information, please contact Displa y Ad ve r tising? Call Gina at321-6965Deadline T ues 5pmtheG a b b e r
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 33 Sign the Kids up for Archery sign the kids up for archery classes with Coach Dan McKaeg. Archery classes are for kids ages 8 to 15 and students will learn the proper techniques of archery and have fun doing it. The winter program runs classes held every Monday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $30 register. Chamber Seeks Volunteer Mentors Lawrence Burke of Gulfport, a long time electrical engineer and builder of commercial and residential properties, has been appointed as Chairperson of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerces new Mentor Program. He will lead a group of active and retired business and professional people whose mission businesses by imparting years of upon them as they start up and grow. According to Mr. Burke, the Chamber Mentors is an aggregation of successful and experienced business and professional people who individually and jointly offer their advice and services to Gulfport Area Chamber members wishing to locate here or expand their businesses here. The group meets on a regular basis, sometimes with a speaker on current affairs and sometimes to work on the solution of issues impeding growth and development of businesses in the area. Mr. Burke adds that given the number of retired business owners, executives and professional people residing in Gulfport and South Pasadena, the Chamber Mentors will provide a great social outlet as well as being an important service organization. He says, my business philosophy has always been, if it isnt fun, dont do it. The blend of active business people and retirees meeting together will provide important information and stimulation for both the Mentors and area businesses or Member business seeking assistance submit a brief outline of their problem that will be presented anonymously to the group. Those who feel they have the expertise to help will raise their hands and, as a group, will be assigned to assisting the requesting Right now, Mr. Burke is seeking business people to serve on his Chamber Mentors. Anyone with entrepreneurial, management, accounting experience is welcome to join. Chamber members can register com. Retirees can join the Mentor Program at a special low rate by at the Chamber number, on his cell
34 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Ward OneIncumbent David C. HastingsContact him at hastings4citycounci l gmail.comPresident of David C. Hastings, CPA, PA BS in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University He has lived in Gulfport and Ward One for 12 yearsDan Liedtke DanGulfportSpirit.com President of DRL Consulting Attended University of South Dakota, Brookhaven College, Richland College and Texas State University He has lived in Gulfport and Ward One for almost nine years.Ward ThreeIncumbent Jennifer Salmon 7746 or Elect_Jennifer tampaba y.rr.com Research Consultant for Aging Research Group and teacher at Eckerds PEL program BA in American Literature from Middlebury College, Masters of Librarianship from University of Washington and Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida She has lived in Gulfport and Ward Three for 11 years.James PerryContact him at Job: Specialty Contractor Degree: Boca Ciega High School and PTEC, Contractor Continuing Education He has lived in Gulfport for 55 years and his ward for 28. We asked each of the candidates for these two seats to answer the following questions. These are their answers; we have not edited them for grammar or clarity.What makes you the best choice for city council? Ward OneHastings: I have been invested in the city of Gulfport for many years now. I have served on the Master Board at Pasadena Yacht and Country Club for the past 12 years and as its president for the last eight years. I have served the city on two different volunteer boards for nine years and on the city council for the past two with the last year as vice mayor. I volunteer with many organizations within the city of Gulfport all for the betterment of our community and the city at Senior Patient Advocate for the Oral Cancer Foundation and spend hours everyday helping patients deal with oral cancer. Not only do I have a vested interest as the current vice mayor, but between my wife and I, we have a beautiful home and two businesses (my CPA located in the city that keep us grounded here. sustaining city and city government. As a CPA I understand the bottom line and how to run a business and the city is no different. Although nothing is ever black and white when it involves people, my role as a council person is to work with the city manager and all other components of the city to make sure that the we can continue moving forward in the most positive and Liedtke: I believe that I have something to learn from everyone I meet and have always treated the opinions and ideas of others with respect and consideration. I also recognize that those in government must be transparent in the entire decision making process. When you are empowered with the whole truth we will ground when working towards solutions on controversial matters. These basic beliefs will be the foundation I will use to help ensure Gulfport remains a happy place to live, laugh, love and play. I also have extensive public sector experience. For over 10 years I have had the privilege of working with multiple federal, state and county government organizations, some with budgets in the billions. Serving as a business and information Meet the Gulfport Candidates: Four Candidates, Two SeatsOn March 13, Gulfport voters will head to the polls to elect commissioners in two of the citys four wards. All voters may vote for a candidate in each ward, regardless of the voters home ward.l Here are your candidates:
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 35 technology consultant while working in the nerve centers for major government organizations is the real world experience I will bring to the table. This is the experience I will draw from if elected to represent the people of Gulfport.Ward ThreeSalmon: I listen to every solutions that are best for the city and fair to the residents. Perry: Third generation resident of Gulfport. Both parents were previous business owners and former council members in Gulfport (Joseph Perry and Colleen Camp). Knowledge of the city, community involvement and connection with the residents.How do you view the role of a councilperson?Ward ThreePerry: To be the voice for my ward and advocate for their concerns. Salmon: Our job is to ensure that our core level of service is maintained and then respond to new concerns of residents or staff that would make the city even capacity.Ward OneLiedtke: The role of a councilperson involves being a team member along with the city manager and other council members on the legislative and policy body for the city. The job of a councilperson is also about providing overall leadership for the city by enacting ordinances and allocating city resources for programs, services, and activities that are in the best interest of the community. An effective councilperson oversight, possess the trust of the people, treats others with kindness and respect and most importantly helps to ensure personal liberties are not infringed upon. Effective council members and improve city government using methods that work for the people under the powers granted by the city charter, Florida and the U.S. Constitution. Hastings: I view the role of councilperson as a voice for many. That does not mean that I will always be everyones voice, but the voice for the greater good. I do my homework for each and everything item that comes before me. If it comes before the council it means that it was important enough for someone or some group to foresee a need for change or adjustment and we need to acknowledge that effort. I also believe that we need to support our city over and above just the council meetings and workshops. I believe that by getting out in the community and working with the different volunteer groups for the betterment of all, may help encourage neighborhoods and our city.Whats the most important issue facing Gulfport?Ward ThreeSalmon: Making sure that we are always on solid can thrive as a city. Perry: Public safety.Ward OneHastings: The single most important issue this city is facing is our unstable worldwide economy and its trickle down impact on our city. For at least the last two budgets we have faced likely will see that continue for our next budget process. We continue to make tough budgeting decisions that impact not only our residents but all of our loyal staff. In this down economy, I believe that it is not just keeping the city status quo, forward without disrupting services. It is supporting new residents in helping to make this their home. It is increasing revenue through encouraging and supporting small business (making it easier to open) and the development of South in conjunction with the chamber of commerce to bring in businesses with the city. Liedtke: One of the more important issues that I will address is shifting the focus of the city council onto matters that will help lead sustainability. Instead of focusing on issues that are striping individual liberties we need to be Gulfports revenues without putting the burden on the taxpayer or eliminating positions within the city. New ideas for utilizing the existing assets while creating an environment that is more conducive to business than any other city in Florida will help lead us on a path to Please, visit www. GulfportSpirit.com to learn more about where I stand on all the issues confronting Gulfport.How can Gulfport best marry its old Gulfport community feel with its desire for enhanced community standards?Ward OneLiedtke: Phrases like Old Gulfport and enhanced community standards are vague terms that will have different meanings to different people. When I hear Old Gulfport I see a place with a small town look and feel that has traditions, community spirit and where neighbors are helping neighbors. A town where you are safe and where Liberty reigns would also be inherent traits of an Old Gulfport. When I hear Enhanced Community Standards I think of the city councils recent efforts to implement increased code enforcement, more stringent codes and a Special Magistrate for disputes. I also think about the possibility of gradually more aggressive code enforcement and more new stringent ordinances that will likely follow the implementation of the Special Magistrate. Marrying Old Gulfport with Enhanced Community Standards using these sizable compromise and would likely result in an unnecessary loss of liberties for someone. I would like to see minimal intervention by the city because what one generation tolerates the next will embrace. Hastings: This has been a touchy subject in recent Continurd on next page
36 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Candidates, from previous pagetimes. Some want to see the City remain unchanged and others want it to move forward. I truly respect both positions but believe we can seek a middle ground.Ward ThreePerry: I feel that Gulfport has done an excellent job in preserving the old Gulfport community feel and will do my best to continue to preserve this feel while encouraging new business and development. Salmon: At the recent town hall on code enforcement I was impressed with how new and old residents suggested middle ground solutions. They understood that we need to protect our property values but also our property rights. For example, from that discussion, I suggested a solution that allows property owners to get permits for existing vehicles and vessels that can not be stored in the back or side yards as long as they are operational and the owner lives at the current property. I also asked council to plan a town hall forum before each budget season begins so addressed early in the process. It was healthy for council to be seated on the same level as residents and on the sideline with no opportunity to talk. All we could do is listen. More people participated and I think we will be able to make changes to our existing codes to meet those two needsprotecting property values and property rights. The Gabber will be running a series of about the candidates running for Wards One and Three seats on the city council. Our next article will candidates. Contact Cathy Salustri at
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 37 Gulfport Signs Pollution Agreement This establishes that were all responsible for our own pollutants, Public Works Director Don Sopak explained of the citys agreement to take part in a City council voted to participate in the program that requires all cities and counties to participate in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which is part of the permit system for any city or county with a storm sewer system. As a condition of the agreement, the city reports the amount of contaminants it estimates it collects and also discharges. Local Scooter Shop Comes Into Code Compliance, Council Issues Outdoor Permit scooters for sale outside the building at the corner of 51st Street South and Gulfport Boulevard. Resident Stan Kreuter asked council if the permit they were considering issue, the shop wanted to display vehicles like a car lot. I wouldnt go as far as a car lot; they would be scooters for sale and they would be removed by six o clock each evening, city manager Jim OReilly said. What has happened was, he (the scooter business) was in violation and we told him he had to get into compliance before he could get his outside sales display, OReilly said. Compliance involved bringing outside storage issues, which business owner Jim Quinn corrected. Were trying to make that whole corner be something in the city can be proud of, Quinn said. SPCREA to Meet The South Pinellas Retired Teachers Association (SPCREA) meets at 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month from October through May at the Picccadilly Cafeteria, are open to all who have worked in in Florida or elsewhere, including teachers, support personnel and administrators. The meeting begins at 12 noon with an activity planned by the hospitality committee. At the January 12th meeting AARP speaker Anne Marie Flannery will them as members of this organization. The meeting adjourns by 1 p.m. of interest to the group. Email Joyce more information.
38 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 5501 27th Ave. So. 893-1070Gulfport Community Players present "THE CURIOUS SAVAGE" a comedy by John Patrick Jan. 5-22 Thurs.-Sat., 8pm Sun. Matinee 2pm Tickets $15, available at Gulfport Casino, Eileen's Resale Boutique, Beach Bazaar & the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce or call 727-322-0316 Recreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. So 893-1068Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave. So. 893-1074 or fax 893-1072 GULFPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND MEETINGS JANUARY 2012 Search for/request books and other items on our online catalog: http://pals.polarislibrary.com Pinellas County Food Council: Thursday, January 5, 3:00 5:00 pm. Discussion leading to strategy and ac tion regarding sustainable food issues. Suncoast Hospice: Tuesday, January 10, 10 am 2 pm. Recruiting new volun Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, over coffee & light refreshments. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a discussion guide and a copy of the poem. Call Winter Crafts Program: Saturday, January 21, 1:30 pm in Youth Services area. Enjoy making seasonal creations with Pat. All ages welcome. Kill-a-Watt Energy Saving Program: Saturday, January 28, 10 11 am. James Stevenson of Pinellas County Extension Service will instruct on use of the devices, which will also be available for loan from the Library. One-on-One Computer Instruction: Free Thinkers Open AA (Twelve Step) Meeting: Gulfport Creative Short Story Writers: Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Game on! Teen Board Game Afternoons Stop by after school to challenge your opponents! PROGRAMS AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE or visit www.mygulfport.us/gpl RECREATION WEBSITE -www.mygulf port.us and follow the links: City Depart ments, Leisure services, Rec. Center. ACTIVITIES Open Gym 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Annual reg. $2 res./$22 Open Gym/Game RoomMon.Fri., 10 a.m. p.m. Annual reg. $2 res/$22 PROGRAMS 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR CHILD CARE PROGRAM Child Care Program is for children enter ing Kindergarten thru age 14. It is also a quality program which provides a nur turing atmosphere where each child has the opportunity to experience many recre ational, social, creative and enriching ac tivities at a cost affordable to families. The program is licensed by the Pinellas Coun registration fee is $17 for residents and are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Hours of registration are MondayFriday 2011-2012 TEEN NIGHT PROGRAM The Teen Night Program is a great hang out for teens in middle school to age 18 (if still in high school). It provides recreation and social activities. It also offers monthly and service projects. The teens utilize the gymnasium, gameroom and outdoor area. 2011-2012 TOT TIME & VPK PROGRAMS who live in Florida and who have turned 4 years of age by September 1st. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and help prepare them for Kin dergarten. The Tot Time Program cost is ly options available. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. The VPK Program is FREE but parents must ap ply at Coordinated Child Care to receive are limited to 10 children each. Program information. NEW CLASSESInterested in teaching a class? Call John at 727-893-1079 for more info CLASSES Call instructor for more information. termediate Thurs., 6:30 p.m. Call Patsi TOMLINSON SKATE PARK Effective October 1st, all skaters/bicyclists MUST purchase a new City of Gulfport Skate Park sticker to use the City of Gulf ports Tomlinson Lake Skate Park. Stick ers MUST be visibly placed on the helmet. Annual fee for stickers is $5 for residents ers/bicyclists 17 years of age or younger MUST have a signed parental consent ter which is located at 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Availability to register: Monday Friday, 1, 2011 September 30, 2012. Bicycles permitted on SUNDAYS only.Neighborhood Center 1617 49th St. So./893-1070Faith Cathedral International Church: 9:30am, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays; 4th Sunday Bible Study Overeaters Anonymous: Sun. 6:15-8:15pm SPECIAL EVENTSClosed for Holidays: The Senior Center & GEMS will be closed on Mon. Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 2012 Gulfport Historical Calendars are available at the Senior Center for $5. Chair Yoga: No Chair Yoga on Jan. 16 and 23. Classes will resume on Jan. 30. Coupon Club: Come join our Coupon Club every Fri. at 11am. Bring unwanted coupons for an exchange and learn ways to save money at the grocery store. January: Pain Management Presentations: A series of presentations on Pain Management will be held at the Senior Center every Thurs. in January at 1pm sponsored by Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Free & open to the general public. Topics include: Different levels of pain; remedies for pain medication addiction; the role of nutrition; adaptive equipment/energy conservation and joint protection, etc. Watch for more health presentations in February! Memory Workshop: Sign up now for a fun Memory Workshop with Peg Stella on Mon. Stetson Students Provide Tech Assistance digital camera, laptop, etc. and are having Stetson College of Law students will be on hand to show you how to use it. Great Backyard Bird Count Presentation: Be a part of this national event by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count! A presentation will be offered by Jane Ogilvie on Tues. Jan. 17 at 1pm. Educational and fun! Annual Health & Beauty Fair: Our annual Health & Beauty Fair will be held on Mon. of Pasadena Hospital. Includes health screenings and lots of good info; free haircuts, lunch on the grill will follow. Must purchase meal ticket in advance: $3.00. (No NCN lunch served). Clothing Boutique: All small sizes of like new clothing will be available for sale on Wed. Senior Talent Show: Dont miss the Senior Talent Show on Wed. Jan. 25 at 1pm in the Hickman Theater. Tickets: $5.00. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the theater concession during intermission. Senior Trips: Start your new year off with some great day trips: Dale, Dali & Delightful Dining, Jan. 15 and 26; Glenn Miller Orchestra, $54 at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tues. Jan. 17 (includes box Senior Dance: Our next Senior Dance will be held on Tues. Jan. 31 at 2pm with live music by Chuck and Friends. Admission: $2.00. Line Dancing at Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S.). Great exercise and fun! Support Group for Unemployed: If you are unemployed and would appreciate a support group, please contact the Senior Center. If there is enough interest, the group will meet on Mon., Jan. 23 at 6:30pm. SPECIAL SERVICES Transportation Service: transportation service for Gulfport seniors 55 and over is available Mon. thru Fri. 8:15am to 4pm. Annual registration fee is $55 and each one way AARP Driving Class two Tuesdays of every month at 12:45pm. Must registration info. Elder Law Clinic: Volunteer attorneys will assist clients 60 and over with wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and health care surrogates on Call for more info. Phones for Hearing Impaired: Come to our & Hearing Connection will be on hand to share info about their services. Free phone distribution for hearing impaired Floridians will be available at noon but not during the fair. (Also, no phone distribution on Jan. 17). Support Groups Diabetic Support meetings Jan. 16 & 23) Hearing Support 1st & 3rd Mon. at 2pm Visually Impaired Support, 2nd & 4th Mon. at 2pm. Caregivers: Every Wed. at 2pm More Activities: To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto HYPERLINK http://www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org.Senior Center5500 Shore Blvd. So. 893-1070 ELLIS HALE'S BAND & DANCE Social & Ballroom Dancing Sun., Jan. 8, 6-10pm, $7 WEEKLY DANCES Every Tuesday Ballroom Lessons 12-3pm, $7 12-1 Intermediate 1-2 Beginner 2-3 Dancing Argentine Tango 6:30-10:30pm, $7 6:30-8pm Lesson, 8-10:30pm Dance Every Wednesday Swing Dance 6-7pm Bonus Lesson 7-8pm East Coast Swing Lesson 8-11pm Swing Dance, $7 Every Thursday Salsa Dance 6:30-8pm Beg. & Inter. Lessons 8-10pm Dance, $7 MINI HEALTH, NUTRITION & FITNESS EXPO Fri., Jan. 6, Noon-6:30pm Open to public 893-2237 5501 27th Ave. S.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 39 5501 27th Ave. So. 893-1070Gulfport Community Players present "THE CURIOUS SAVAGE" a comedy by John Patrick Jan. 5-22 Thurs.-Sat., 8pm Sun. Matinee 2pm Tickets $15, available at Gulfport Casino, Eileen's Resale Boutique, Beach Bazaar & the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce or call 727-322-0316 Recreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. So 893-1068Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave. So. 893-1074 or fax 893-1072 GULFPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND MEETINGS JANUARY 2012 Search for/request books and other items on our online catalog: http://pals.polarislibrary.com Pinellas County Food Council: Thursday, January 5, 3:00 5:00 pm. Discussion leading to strategy and ac tion regarding sustainable food issues. Suncoast Hospice: Tuesday, January 10, 10 am 2 pm. Recruiting new volun Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, over coffee & light refreshments. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a discussion guide and a copy of the poem. Call Winter Crafts Program: Saturday, January 21, 1:30 pm in Youth Services area. Enjoy making seasonal creations with Pat. All ages welcome. Kill-a-Watt Energy Saving Program: Saturday, January 28, 10 11 am. James Stevenson of Pinellas County Extension Service will instruct on use of the devices, which will also be available for loan from the Library. One-on-One Computer Instruction: Free Thinkers Open AA (Twelve Step) Meeting: Gulfport Creative Short Story Writers: Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Game on! Teen Board Game Afternoons Stop by after school to challenge your opponents! PROGRAMS AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE or visit www.mygulfport.us/gpl RECREATION WEBSITE -www.mygulf port.us and follow the links: City Depart ments, Leisure services, Rec. Center. ACTIVITIES Open Gym 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Annual reg. $2 res./$22 Open Gym/Game RoomMon.Fri., 10 a.m. p.m. Annual reg. $2 res/$22 PROGRAMS 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR CHILD CARE PROGRAM Child Care Program is for children enter ing Kindergarten thru age 14. It is also a quality program which provides a nur turing atmosphere where each child has the opportunity to experience many recre ational, social, creative and enriching ac tivities at a cost affordable to families. The program is licensed by the Pinellas Coun registration fee is $17 for residents and are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Hours of registration are MondayFriday 2011-2012 TEEN NIGHT PROGRAM The Teen Night Program is a great hang out for teens in middle school to age 18 (if still in high school). It provides recreation and social activities. It also offers monthly and service projects. The teens utilize the gymnasium, gameroom and outdoor area. 2011-2012 TOT TIME & VPK PROGRAMS who live in Florida and who have turned 4 years of age by September 1st. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and help prepare them for Kin dergarten. The Tot Time Program cost is ly options available. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. The VPK Program is FREE but parents must ap ply at Coordinated Child Care to receive are limited to 10 children each. Program information. NEW CLASSESInterested in teaching a class? Call John at 727-893-1079 for more info CLASSES Call instructor for more information. termediate Thurs., 6:30 p.m. Call Patsi TOMLINSON SKATE PARK Effective October 1st, all skaters/bicyclists MUST purchase a new City of Gulfport Skate Park sticker to use the City of Gulf ports Tomlinson Lake Skate Park. Stick ers MUST be visibly placed on the helmet. Annual fee for stickers is $5 for residents ers/bicyclists 17 years of age or younger MUST have a signed parental consent ter which is located at 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Availability to register: Monday Friday, 1, 2011 September 30, 2012. Bicycles permitted on SUNDAYS only.Neighborhood Center 1617 49th St. So./893-1070Faith Cathedral International Church: 9:30am, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays; 4th Sunday Bible Study Overeaters Anonymous: Sun. 6:15-8:15pm SPECIAL EVENTSClosed for Holidays: The Senior Center & GEMS will be closed on Mon. Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 2012 Gulfport Historical Calendars are available at the Senior Center for $5. Chair Yoga: No Chair Yoga on Jan. 16 and 23. Classes will resume on Jan. 30. Coupon Club: Come join our Coupon Club every Fri. at 11am. Bring unwanted coupons for an exchange and learn ways to save money at the grocery store. January: Pain Management Presentations: A series of presentations on Pain Management will be held at the Senior Center every Thurs. in January at 1pm sponsored by Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Free & open to the general public. Topics include: Different levels of pain; remedies for pain medication addiction; the role of nutrition; adaptive equipment/energy conservation and joint protection, etc. Watch for more health presentations in February! Memory Workshop: Sign up now for a fun Memory Workshop with Peg Stella on Mon. Stetson Students Provide Tech Assistance digital camera, laptop, etc. and are having Stetson College of Law students will be on hand to show you how to use it. Great Backyard Bird Count Presentation: Be a part of this national event by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count! A presentation will be offered by Jane Ogilvie on Tues. Jan. 17 at 1pm. Educational and fun! Annual Health & Beauty Fair: Our annual Health & Beauty Fair will be held on Mon. of Pasadena Hospital. Includes health screenings and lots of good info; free haircuts, lunch on the grill will follow. Must purchase meal ticket in advance: $3.00. (No NCN lunch served). Clothing Boutique: All small sizes of like new clothing will be available for sale on Wed. Senior Talent Show: Dont miss the Senior Talent Show on Wed. Jan. 25 at 1pm in the Hickman Theater. Tickets: $5.00. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the theater concession during intermission. Senior Trips: Start your new year off with some great day trips: Dale, Dali & Delightful Dining, Jan. 15 and 26; Glenn Miller Orchestra, $54 at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tues. Jan. 17 (includes box Senior Dance: Our next Senior Dance will be held on Tues. Jan. 31 at 2pm with live music by Chuck and Friends. Admission: $2.00. Line Dancing at Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S.). Great exercise and fun! Support Group for Unemployed: If you are unemployed and would appreciate a support group, please contact the Senior Center. If there is enough interest, the group will meet on Mon., Jan. 23 at 6:30pm. SPECIAL SERVICES Transportation Service: transportation service for Gulfport seniors 55 and over is available Mon. thru Fri. 8:15am to 4pm. Annual registration fee is $55 and each one way AARP Driving Class two Tuesdays of every month at 12:45pm. Must registration info. Elder Law Clinic: Volunteer attorneys will assist clients 60 and over with wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and health care surrogates on Call for more info. Phones for Hearing Impaired: Come to our & Hearing Connection will be on hand to share info about their services. Free phone distribution for hearing impaired Floridians will be available at noon but not during the fair. (Also, no phone distribution on Jan. 17). Support Groups Diabetic Support meetings Jan. 16 & 23) Hearing Support 1st & 3rd Mon. at 2pm Visually Impaired Support, 2nd & 4th Mon. at 2pm. Caregivers: Every Wed. at 2pm More Activities: To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto HYPERLINK http://www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org.Senior Center5500 Shore Blvd. So. 893-1070 ELLIS HALE'S BAND & DANCE Social & Ballroom Dancing Sun., Jan. 8, 6-10pm, $7 WEEKLY DANCES Every Tuesday Ballroom Lessons 12-3pm, $7 12-1 Intermediate 1-2 Beginner 2-3 Dancing Argentine Tango 6:30-10:30pm, $7 6:30-8pm Lesson, 8-10:30pm Dance Every Wednesday Swing Dance 6-7pm Bonus Lesson 7-8pm East Coast Swing Lesson 8-11pm Swing Dance, $7 Every Thursday Salsa Dance 6:30-8pm Beg. & Inter. Lessons 8-10pm Dance, $7 MINI HEALTH, NUTRITION & FITNESS EXPO Fri., Jan. 6, Noon-6:30pm Open to public 893-2237 5501 27th Ave. S.
40 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Jewish Genealogical Society to Meet The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd. in Clearwater on Sunday January 8, at 2 p.m. for a genealogy problem solving session what to do when you bump into a brick wall. include Debbe Hagner and Emil Isaacson, their resident experts. In this working session a panel of experienced resident genealogists will assist those who have come up against a dead end in their family research and dont know what to do next. The solutions presented should be of value to anyone doing family research. Those who present a brick tampabay.rr.com prior to the meeting will be given priority by the panel. Time permitting; problems addressed. refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m., and the featured program starts at 2 p.m. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Take a Basic Drawing Class The Gulfport Arts Center, a City of Imagination Project, will offer a Basic Drawing Workshop on Saturdays starting January 14 and running through February 18 from 2726 54th Street S. in Gulfport. For contact the instructor, Joseph Junior Sungoddess Scholarship is Open The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Annual Junior Sungoddess Scholarship Program. The Junior Sungoddess recognizes high school Junior and Senior girls in Pinellas County who display community awareness and involvement, academic achievement, and embody the values and poise to represent the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg as goodwill ambassadors. Keonna Welch, a freshman at Florida A&M is the current Junior Sungoddess. Keonna was selected last spring while a senior at Gibbs High School. Over $7,000 in scholarships and awards were provided to the winner Applications are available in the County high schools or by calling the All applications must be completed by January 13, 2012. Applicants must be the daughter of a family residing in Pinellas County with plans to further her education after high school and must be 16 years of age by March 1, 2012.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 41 Learn How to Play Bridge from the Best Leslie Shafer, a nationally renowned bridge teacher, will be spending the months of January and February at St. Petersburg Bridge Club to teach several classes. Leslie is a past president of the American Bridge Teachers Teacher and a national columnist with the American Contract Bridge League. She conducts an excellent and extensive bridge teaching program in earned her a reputation as one of the most entertaining bridge teachers in the United States. Her enthusiasm, humor and passion for bridge are contagious. Leslie, who involves her husband in many of her classes said, We believe that the more hands you play, the faster youll learn. We are not lecturers! Rather, we give you a short minutes) and then get you playing hands as soon as possible. Playing as many hands as possible in class (and on your own) will give you the succeed. And besides, playing bridge is a lot more fun that hearing a long, dull lecture. Our best known teaching method is humor, sometimes very risque. Come to class prepared to laugh, smile and simply have a marvelous time. Leslie will be teaching a beginners lesson will be free. She is also teaching classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings for those who have some bridge experience. The classes will be held at the St. Petersburg Bridge in Pinellas Park starting the week of An open house will be held at the p.m. Visit www.stpetebridge.org or Learn How to Use a Mariners Compass Mariners Compass, a two hour class presented in one evening by the St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron, is available to anyone 12 or older. This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate and use a boat compass. You will learn which features are most important for you, how to deal with variation between true and magnetic north, and how to adjust your compass to remove most of the deviation caused by essential seminar for all boaters. Course will be held on Wednesday, St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Avenue SE, Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. Instruction is free, materials cost $25 per family. There registration is required. Register
42 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Following are some of the calls that Gulfport Police responded to during the past week. Friday 12/23 Drunk Driver2200 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Drunk Person5300 Blk 29th Ave. S. Criminal Mischief900 Blk 53rd St. S. Theft700 Blk 58th St. S. Narcotics/Drugs2000 Blk 49th St. S. Suspicious Circumstances5200 Blk 10th Ave. S. Soliciting2000 Blk 53rd St. S. Suspicious Circumstances5200 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Abandoned Vehicle4900 Blk 27th Ave. S. Suspicious Circumstances2500 Blk 53rd St. S. Call for Ofcer2700 Blk 47th St. S. Saturday 12/24 Call for Ofcer5100 Blk 11th Ave. S. Threatening Bodily Harm6200 Blk Fairway Bay Blvd. S. Suspicious Vehicle1900 Blk 49th At. S. Suspicious Person2700 Blk 44th St. S. Trouble with Individual900 Blk 49th St. S. Trouble with Individual5000 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Domestic Verbal2700 Blk 57th St. S. Suspicious Circumstances5200 Blk Jersey Ave. S. Call for Ofcer6100 Blk 7th Ave. S. Sunday 12/25 Noise Complaint3000 Blk 49th St. S. Civil Matter2100 Blk 52nd St. S. Animal Complaint5300 Blk 18th Ave. S. Call for Ofcer2600 Blk 45th St. S. Theft6000 Blk Shore Blvd. S. Battery1400 Blk 55th St. S. Drunk Person2800 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Noise Complaint5100 Blk 16th Ave. S. Noise Complaint3000 Blk 58th St. S. Trouble with Individual3000 Blk 49th St. S. Call for Ofcer2700 Blk Kipps Colony Monday 12/26 Trouble with Individual5400 Blk 18th Ave. S. Call for Ofcer3000 Blk 49th St. S. Animal Complaint3000 Blk 58th St. S. Call for Ofcer2200 Blk 53rd St. S. City County Code Violation2600 Blk Quincy St. S. Theft3200 Blk 58th St. S. Tuesday 12/27 Narcotics/Drugs1000 Blk 49th St. S. Suspicious Vehicle5000 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Animal Complaint3000 Blk 58th St. S. Call for Ofcer5800 Blk 20th Ave. S. Call for Ofcer5000 Blk 29th Ave. S. Trouble with Individual3000 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Trouble with Individual2400 Blk 53rd St. S. City County Code Violation3200 Blk 58th St. S. Wednesday 12/28 Suspicious Vehicle5000 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Suspicious Circumstances3000 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Trouble with Individual5100 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Trouble with Individual2000 Blk 49th St. S. Disabled Vehicle2100 Blk 49th St. S. Suspicious Circumstances600 Blk 54th St. S. Burglary5100 Blk 15th Ave. S. Theft3000 Blk 49th St. S. Trouble with Individual2600 Blk Miriam St. S. Trouble with Individual5700 Blk Shore Blvd S. Theft3000 Blk 49th St. S. Noise Complaint5400 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Thursday 12/29 Noise Complaint5400 Blk Shore Blvd. S. Domestic Verbal5900 Blk Bayview Cir. S. Animal Complaint4900 Blk 14th Ave. S. Suspicious Vehicle1100 Blk 62nd St. S. Call for Ofcer1700 Blk 54th St. S. Call for Ofcer5600 Blk 15th Ave. S. Burglary2900 Blk Beach Blvd S. Animal Complaint2600 Blk Upton St. S. Call for Ofcer2900 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Crime Awareness Meeting The next City Wide Gulfport Crime Awareness & Prevention Meeting will be
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 43 Try your hand at Sudoku Natural History Speaker Series Don and Lorraine Margeson, Naturalists, will speak at the Natural Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. in St. Petersburg. The topic is Robins as Far as the Eye can See: Roost Rings in St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg roost ring is the largest recorded roost ring in the nation three years running according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The area has had over a million birds winter here in the past. What attracts them to come here? Where are the best places to observe them? Come and learn more about them as the speakers discuss their diet, habitat requirements, potential survival threats and conservation status. The Speaker Series are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., September through April. Programs are free of charge and boyd. Take Americas Boating Course Are you ready to expand your boating knowledge and skills? Americas Boating Course will be presented beginning Monday, continue for an additional six weeks on Monday nights. This program, presented over seven evenings by the St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron, is available to anyone 12 or older. It covers Required Safety Equipment, Boat Handling, Rules of the Road, Navigation Aids, Anchoring, Adverse Conditions, Communications, Trailering, PWC Operation, Knots and Lines, Introduction to Charts and more. This is an essential course for all boaters. Graduates qualify for a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and may qualify for insurance discounts. Course will be offered at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Avenue SE, Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. Instruction is free, materials cost $35 per family. There registration is required. Register
44 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Local ObituariesDOSTERT, EDWARD South Pasadena, died Dec. 31, 2011. Survived by wife June; children, www.sylvanabbey.com. FASSLER, WILLIAM J., passed away on December 21, 2011 in PA where he lived part of the time and also at Town Shores. He was born in Nyack, NY. He was a veteran of the US Navy during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was a scientist for Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, Montrose, PA and a truck driver. He was an intelligent, hardworking family man. He was always eager to give advice on politics, laws and welfare. He placed a high value on hard work and helping yourself. Bill's saying was "live your life day to day, because you don't know what January 2011 was his sister "Willie" Gammon who also lived at Town Shores for many years. Surviving are his children Deborah Marino, Billy Fassler, Butch Fassler, Robert Fassler, Tim Fassler, Shirley Soho and Paula Ariano, his soul mate and companion, Wendy Bibalo of Carbondale, PA and numerous grandchildren. FOLSOM, LILY M., 87, of South Pasadena, died Dec. 30, 2011, at her home. She is survived by her loving family. Beach Memorial Chapel, HONEY, RICHARD 52, died on Dec. 23, 2011. Born in Aruba, grew up in Thonotassa. Moved to South Pasadena. Graduated St. Petersburg Catholic HS. Graduated USF and UF with 2 degrees. He had been employed by the St. Petersburg Times in IT. Preceded by parents, Hale and Katherine Honey. Survived by his wife Brenda; son John; step son Justin Fawcett; sister Margo Keesler and brother Robert Honey. There will be visitation at the Brett Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, from 2 until 4 p.m. with a prayer service at 3 p.m. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 4810 Central Avenue, KALPAKIS, BETTY J., 86, of South Pasadena, passed away on Dec. 23, 2011. A visitation will be held at Memorial Park Funeral For further information, please visit memorialparkfuneralhome.com. KUTZLI, SHARON L., 74, of St. Pete Beach, passed Dec. 30, 2011. Survived by daughter, Cally R. Thompson; grandson, Shawn R. Thompson. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo, RASMUSSEN, DOLORES C. "DEE", 77, of South Pasadena, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park. Dee was born in Omaha, NE Print, Ink. in St. Petersburg and Elgin, IL and St. Petersburg. She was a member of the Cathedral Of St. Jude The Apostle where she was a Eucharistic minister and member of St. Vincent De Paul Society. She is survived by 2 sons, Michael E. (Lynn) Rasmussen of St. Petersburg, Thomas E. (Connie) Rasmussen of Hilliard, OH; 3 daughters, Tricia M. (Ted) Strand of Clearwater, Deanne M. (Jonathan) Driver of RAF Alconbury, UK, Annette M. Roath of St. Petersburg; 1 brother, Daryl Greger of Omaha, NE; 4 sisters, Sr. Eileen Greger, Maureen Bourne, Marilyn Synowicki all of Omaha, Rosemary Feldhacker of Scottsdale, predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Robert E. "Bob" and a sister, Lucille Clavin. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at The Cathedral Of St. Jude The Apostle Our Lady's Chapel where the Funeral Mass will Jan. 4, 2012. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Vincent De Paul Society or Suncoast Hospice. Online memorial and guest book at www.gunterfuneralhome. com. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home RUSSELL, ROBERT PAUL, 68, of Gulfport, left his body Dec. 28, 2011. Navy veteran. Survived by loving wife, Sheilah and family. geeandsorensen.com.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 45 Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show/Sale The members of the Pinellas Geological Society and other local Gem and Mineral Clubs will be showing their cut gems, silver and gold jewelry, wire wrap, beading, cabachons, ornamental mineral eggs and collections of rocks and minerals at their 36th Annual Show and Sale on January 13th, 14th and 15th in the Parkside Room at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park in Largo one block east of Seminole Blvd., south off East Bay Drive. The hours of the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission Town Shores Bocce News They started the New Year right off with games on Tuesday, January 3rd. This year the game standings and schedule for each week are on is playing each day. Its not too late to join a team. All residents, owners and renters are invited to join in the fun. They also need referees, please Huge Yard Sale in St. Pete Beach Pete Beach is hosting its next huge yard sale on Saturday, January 21st Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. All are welcome to sell their items or come seeking great bargains. There are both 10 x 10 indoor and outdoor spaces for SPB residents and $17.50 for shoppers. Registration is going on information. Bark for Life Come join the American Cancer Bark for Life Event. On January 21st, dogs and their owners can come out help raise funds and awareness for begins at 2 p.m. with registration and a walk honoring survivors and concludes at 6 p.m. with a doggy parade down Shore Blvd. (so bring your pups dressed to impress!). This noncompetitive walk is a fundraising opportunity that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions. It is $10 to register and all proceeds go to the American the world celebrate more birthdays. There will be music, doggy giveaways and plenty of fun. Canine participants must be kept on a leash at all times (max. 6 feet), have proof of current canine vaccinations and be six months old or older. Only canines and their humans may participate and should respect each others space at the event. Gulfport Recreation Center is located at 5730 Shore Boulevard
46 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Email your r equest to News@theGabber .com Ha ve you got a question f or your city gove rnment? By Cathy SalustriCity of Gulfport: Boards and Committees Q: How can I get appointed to a city board or committee? Where can I A: The city has several different boards and committees: Planning committee, general employee pension board, police pension board, So to speak, I dont think theres any requirements. You just submit the application and (the charter) really doesnt have any requirements, Deputy city clerk Kathy Tatay told us. The city uses one application for all its boards and committees, Tatay said. us or by reading this article online at TheGabber.com) and return it to the clerk. Have a question about the way your city works or why it does what it does? Send it to News@theGabber.com. Gulfport Celebrates Arbor Day On Friday, January 20th at 10 a.m., the City of Gulfport celebrates the life of trees and their importance through honoring Arbor Day. This event will be held this year at Tomlinson Park S.). The Gulfport Recreation Division have included the children from the School Year Child Care Program to read excerpts, the Gulfport Teen Council will provide refreshments and a new tree will be planted in Tomlinson Park. Free Pecan and Myrtle Leaf Holly seedlings will be available to the guests who attend. The Mayor and Council will also be there during the celebration. All are welcome. Classic Car Show to Benet Charities, Teens A Classic Car Show is coming on February 4th on the Tangerine The show fee is $30 per vehicle and there will be trophies awarded for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Mayors Choice. Event features food and crafts, live music all day, moon walks, bungee jump and rock wall for the kids and 50/50 drawings and aol.com for vendor information and competition entry forms. Call Phil sponsorship opportunities. Enforcement Charities, Gulfport Teen Council and the Gulfport Police Explorers.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 47 Winter RoseBy Kayla Becker A winter rose so sweet and true, One i grew thats solemnly for you. One that can survive the snowy rain, And take away all the pain A winter rose so beautiful and pure A symbol of love, I want you to procure The petals so soft and delicate, One so vulnerable it needs an advocate. A winter rose made to stride One that needs to overcome its pride To realize that theres so much more, All the way down, deep to the core. A winter rose that will never burn But for our hearts, it will yearn. The only one that truly knows how Im weak And knows my hearts open for you to seek.Fade to BlackThe days turn black And our love starts to lack I wonder if well ever be Together as one you and me Slowly as the days go by I realize its just one big lie Never have i thought this way I love you forever you used to say Living it all as one big dream All perfect and happy it would seem Till it came time to waking up All we wanted to do was back up Together we walk hand in hand But knowing we are just like sand We used to be the beautiful shell Now all crushed up i can tell Lately theres no focus between you and me You by my side is what i want to see Its just everything we lack And sadly...we fade to black Welcome to the First Gabbers Kids Page!WE NEED A NAME! While we can call it the Kids Page, we think our youngest readers can come up with something better. If you have any suggestions as to what we should If youre under 18 and want a place to express your creative side, heres where you can do it. Send us your very best poetry and artwork, and once a month well publish as much of it as we can! For grader Alexia Intravichit and a poem from Gulfport teen Kayla Becker. Scanned artwork should be roughly 1M in size. Alexia Intravichits watercolor, My Ancestors. Lexi entered the Word and Image student art competition at the Morean Art center in St. Petersburg and received an Honorable Mention.
48 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Stetson Selects College of Law dean Pietruszkiewicz has been named the new dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla. Pietruszkiewicz joins Stetson from the LSU Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he serves as vice affairs and as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law. Pietruszkiewicz will start at Stetson this summer. I am delighted to join the College of Law with a fantastic faculty that is committed to creating an educational environment where students learn both inside and outside of the classroom, said Pietruszkiewicz. I look forward to working with a dedicated staff to advance Stetsons educational mission and with a student body that will become lawyers and society. I am enthusiastic to work with President Wendy Libby, Provost Beth Paul, and Stetsons vibrant alumni community to advance the College of Laws national prominence in legal education. Pietruszkiewicz was selected following a national search led by a committee of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, overseers and trustees, chaired by Stetson Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Beth Paul and Professor of Law Michael Allen. Chris Pietruszkiewicz is recognized and respected nationally as a leader that with his dynamic leadership, the Stetson University College of Law will law school and earn distinction as an exemplar of 21st century legal education, said Provost Paul. Club to Hold Annual Card/Game Party On Wednesday, January 26th the Gulfport Womens Club will be holding its Annual Card/Game Party at The First United Methodist Church on the corner of 28th Ave. S. and 53rd St. S. in Gulfport. The Card/ Game Party is the Clubs largest fundraising event with proceeds to be awarded to help the schools and Gulfports senior residents. Most tables are sold for games of four, six or eight. It is open to the public. Typical games played are bridge, canasta and tiles. Using your imagination and start your own game with a few friends (Scrabble, Boggle, etc.). If you dont have a group they will put you with one. Door prizes will be given and an auction for additional prizes. Hold the date and join them on January 26th for fun, friendship and a great lunch. For more information or to buy your tickets ($12 donation) call Petie
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 49 By Cathy Salustri Working out of a converted garage, Owen Pach earns his living in glass and sculpture. For almost the past four decades he his talent, coupled with his knack for rehabbing interiors, has fed and clothed him. My last real job was in east coast supervisor for a chain of liquor stores. Before that he worked as banker. Neither job, he says, made him happy. I wasnt cut out for any of that. That was going to be the course of my life: I was going to be a business guy, but I wasnt cut out for business. I had a pretty nice place in south Miami, pretty close to the Grove. The living arrangement was good, I had a company car, but I hated what I did, he says. He left corporate America behind, but he didnt take an guy to glass artist. Instead, he started doing landscaping work. That led to building decks, which led to building additions. It was while he was building additions that he met a cabinet maker and a stained glass maker. He appreciated their work and wanted to learn their trades. I got them to teach me their trade in exchange for work I did in their houses, he said. Thats where his life took a turn that would set him on the path that led him to his studio in Gulfport. He carved pieces for the Shriners hospitals and others. He made glass jewelry, which sold easily. He made candlesticks. He kept learning, apprenticing for two years with S. Murinni Master, then as a teaching assistant to renowned artists such as St. Petersburgs Harvey Littleton. Today, Owen works out of an old garage on Beach Boulevard. In addition to his corporate commissions, hes created metal and glass work for locals. The Gulfport Merchants Association commissioned him to create public art, a commission hes sharing with local metal artist Frank Strunk III (featured this past September in the Gabber.) If you ask him, he credits his talent for shaping glass shards into pleasing objects, but if you keep him talking theres no doubt his success as a working artist comes not just from talent, but hard work and determination. I still have these mad skills to do some interior work, he grins. Right now hes working on a property rehab in Clearwater, but studio well into the early morning, chiseling glass and smoothing it into exploded ribbons of color. In his studio he reveals how he makes the ribbons: chips of colored glass roll into streaks of color, aided by ridiculously high temperatures. His studio, open only to the public on ArtWalk nights, is a study in juxtaposition: part polished glass with colored ribbons streaking through each piece, part German Expressionist industrial tools and decor (think Wizard of Oz meets Metropolis) Im trying to see how many things I can do with it before I die. Lately no material has been safe with me; Ive been using wood, steel, stone and glass... I call it Four Element Improvs, Owen says of his latest series and the sheer variety of materials in his studio. Owen takes a seat in front of a mishmash of smooth shards of glass, pebbly glass beads, and a thin UV light. He selects a piece of manufactured glass he chiseled off a larger piece last night and erases its rough edges with a Dremel. He selects an asymetrical carmine streaks and a chunk of discarded marble; he smooths them both on a diamond lap, which looks like While a larger piece can take him months to complete, these small pieces, he explains, offer him a creative outlet. He uses a special marble, waits for it to set in the UV light, and then tops the miniature tower with the glass pebble. When the glue doesnt set the way he expects, he brings it out into the sunlight to set. the set of the glue, he takes it back inside and sets it down. The entire process took less than 15 minutes. Time, you realize, is his biggest challenge. His hard work and talent have gotten him work in spades. Hes not complaining, but a few extra hours in the day probably wouldnt hurt. Im doing my dream job. What I would change about it is that I would have a hot shop, he says. Without a hot shop, he can only make glass sculpture pieces, not blown glass. Hed like that to change. The city has made it clear that theyre ready for me to build a shop, but I really dont have time to stop and build a hot shop; I have about six months of work (ahead), he says. A hot shop is a facility designed to blow glass. It includes a furnace, a reheating furnace called a glory hole and an annealer (an oven that runs at about cools the glass). Owen builds custom glass equipment, so hell be able to build his own hot shop. As soon as he has a spare second. Have an artist you think we should know about? Tell us OwenPach: Owen Pach, local glass artist, creates both massive sculptures and tiny creations. Here he polishes a glass pebble and prepares to attach it to a piece of marble. I maintain an open studio, he says Any time the door is open, all are welcome.Owen Pach: Ribbons of Color
50 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Coconut, from front pagehes not allowed to build because Vice Mayor Bev Garnett incited fears in residents. Vice Mayor Garnett contends that Caruso wanted to build something much more than a gazebo. After several rounds with the city, Caruso decided hed had enough. Now a court will decide who is right. The Background For years locals knew it as the Leroy Hotel. In 2008, the owner died and his heirs listed the property at $3.5M. An agent contacted Joe Caruso, who owned nearby Sabal Palms, and told him he should make an offer. Caruso wasnt interested. He told the agent that what he would offer was so far below the asking price it would be an insult; the agent encouraged him to make an offer nonetheless. Caruso offered $800,000. To his shock, the buyers accepted. On July 28, 2008, Carusos company, Coconut owner of the Leroy Hotel. Caruso began renovating what he called a derelict hotel. He added a pool and put on a new roof. He opened for business in February He started thinking he could add a gazebo. Thats when the trouble started. A Gazebo... Caruso owns the Coconut Inn and the adjoining lot. He wanted to put three gazebos for his guests on the lot, so he asked the city for permission. of St. Pete Beach granted him a permit. He started building the gazebos. city revoked the permit. Caruso said the city said it revoked the permit because he planned to increase my nonconformity into a structure. They considered my gazebos structures (and said that) I was expanding my hotel use, he said, shaking him to halt construction. They also told him he needed to tear down the construction performed before they revoked his permit. The city, city manager Mike the issue. It was being challenged, so in all fairness, why have him take it down when he could prevail? As long as were getting towards some resolution. Before he could add a gazebo, hed need to change the zoning to something called a Traditional Hotel District, or THD. The Community Development Department issued the permits; the former Community Development Director, Karl Holley, resigned in November. He did not return a call to his the Gabber the city rescinded Carusos permit because it was issued in error. The gazebos are not allowed under the current zoning. Although the Coconut Inn, and before it the Leroy Hotel, operated as an inn, the city long ago zoned the property as residential, which made the gazebos a violation. In 2010, Caruso applied to change the zoning for the Coconut Inn. Such a change building his gazebos. Historically, its been a hotel for 80 years, Caruso said. The Coconut Inn operated as a noncomforming hotel, but a change to THD would, in addition to allowing his gazebos, offer him the ability to rebuild within reason, he says, if a hurricane swept through and destroyed the inn, an assurance he doesnt enjoy as a nonconforming hotel. that Caruso wouldnt need THD zoning to rebuild in the event of a catastrophic loss. He has the same ability to reconstruct after a catastrophic loss as any or tourist lodging property, If the Coconut Inn received THD zoning and if Caruso opted to rebuild something he vehemently says he does not want to do (more on that below) he wouldnt be able to add more hotel rooms or even expand the hotels footprint by much. According to St. Pete Beach senior city planner Catherine Hartley, the number of units that he has would not change if he electively redeveloped the property. He may be able to get a little more square footage, based on the fact that the ordinance allows for what it is on the ground. Caruso had his other inn, Sabal Palms, rezoned THD, and he said he had no problems rezoning. This time, he says, theres a lynch mob. Vice Mayor Bev Garnett remembers things a little differently. Joe came to me back Joe Caruso owns the Sabal Palms and the Coconut Inn on Pass-a-Grille. He is suing the city for two reasons: he wants the Coconut Inn rezoned and he wants the city to reimburse him money he spent on a gazebo for which they gave him permission to build, then rescinded permission.
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 51 she remembers. He asked for her help getting a THD designation for the Coconut Inn. She asked him for drawings what he wanted to do. She then pulls out drawings of a is what Caruso presented to the city on January 12, 2010. This, she says, is what the city wont allow. The three story building, she explains, is the issue. The gazebo is not what we object to, she says. We love the Coconut Inn. I want to protect property rights, she says. Its about intensity and density. A Three Story Resort? A review of the meeting online reveals that initially Caruso did cottage style building. He says he only wanted a gazebo but former commissioner Christopher Leonard told him he should create plans to show how he would rebuild if he received his THD designation and he opted to rebuild. was putting gazebos back there and I was going for my THD zoning at the same time because I wanted to protect the property. Then when I went to apply for my zoning, some of the commissioners said I cant possibly vote for you unless they knew what I would build, and thats why I put the plans there, Caruso said. When I showed the plans, there was all this outrage, see, he tricked us! but I was told they wouldnt vote for me unless I had the plans done, to show what he might do if his hotel was destroyed, he says. It was never my intention to build that... It was my intention to build that if I was destroyed. It was my intention to build that in 20 years if the place was infested with termites. I just redid the hotel and spent a fortune to do that, it would make no sense to tear it down. In addition, he says, he couldnt increase capacity if he knocked down the Coconut Inn and rebuilt. He estimates he couldnt charge more than $40 more per room per night. knock it down and rebuild he says. Its doing as good as it could possibly do. Hartley agrees with Caruso. He did not turn in any formal plans for approval for a three story hotel. What he submitted was the plans for the gazebos. I think that was what he was saying what he would like to do if he was going to redevelop, but he was offering not to redevelop unless it was a catastrophic loss. If the building got blown away or it was more than 50% damage, thats when he wanted to be able to redevelop the property but there were no plans to do so now. Concessions? City documents show that on May 6, 2011, Caruso offered, in writing, to never voluntarily redevelop the Coconut Inn (except to complete a recreational area) if the city granted him THD zoning. In addition, he offered to make several other concession s (read this article online for a PDF of the full list of concessions). This past fall, the commission voted not to rezone the Coconut Inn. Before that vote, in the fall of 2010, the citys planning board, the historic board, and the commission had the opportunity to change the rules so Way, Gulf Way and 1st Avenue would be eligible for the sort of rezoning Caruso wanted for his property, which was not on one of those three streets. Such a change would forever exclude the Coconut Inn and others like it from rezoning as a Traditional Hotel, unless the commission later voted to change the boundaries. All three boards voted not to change the rules, which meant the Coconut Inn could qualify as a Traditional Hotel, according to Hartley. Hartley also says the Coconut Inn meets other criteria for rezoning as a THD. He had all the licensing he was supposed to have. He met the geographic eligibility, Hartley said, board heard Carusos request to change the Coconut Inns land use, to deny the request, with member Will Jacoby casting the only vote to approve the change. The other three members were Sandie Lyman, Jay Anderson and Don Breitwhiser. The Lawsuits Currently Carusos suing over the permit revocation as well as not getting approved for rezoning as a Traditional Hotel District. He says he has offered to settle. The city did not agree to settle. He says the city could end the lawsuits if it offered to reimburse him the money he spent on construction based on the permit they gave him before they revoked it. If they made a mistake which they clearly admit why do I have to pay the consequences? Im not asking for pain and suffering; Im asking for the money I spent. It comes in at the high $20,000 range. He says he would drop the other lawsuit if the city granted the Coconut Inn its THD zoning. offered to settle but Caruso refused the offer. The terms of the settlement, he says, are that Caruso settle both the zoning and the gazebo lawsuit, drop his request that the city repay him for items needed to apply for the permit, and that he show receipts or canceled checks for money spent on the gazebo. said. I do not think I was treated fairly by my commissioner. I never wanted to sue the commission. I was forced to, he says. Vice Mayor Garnett maintains that she likes Caruso. I do not dislike Joe. I send people to his hotel. The problem is, Joe wont allow us to have a conversation. He doesnt talk to me. If I see Joe and wave, he turns the other way. How do you have a conversation with someone who wont even acknowledge youre existing? she asks. Caruso says all he wants is the same protection others like him have. He wants the same protections as other inns with THD zoning. All he wants, he says, is a gazebo. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com.
52 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Somethin on my mind Somethin on my mindBy Bill Northr op B_Northr op@theGabber. com Getting with the ProcessIf I had to guess, I'd say that most people are tired of the "political process". Too much of everything, too many candidates, too long a time, too much talk. And, think about it: this has been the process, not the election. The 2012 presidential election campaign is just beginning. The process is winnowing out candidates to determine who will best represent the Republican party. Democrats aren't doing any winnowing. They have chosen Barack Obama and they're sticking with Joe Biden as VP. At least that's the story now. It kind of makes it simple and avoids the spotlight that is shining on the GOP contenders. That spotlight exposes a lot of warts and Democrats are enjoying all the negative attention their opponents are getting. no blemish person, from birth always consistent, perfect living, all knowing, all meaning, candidate who is wealthy enough to not need any outside money, but too poor to experienced and knowledgeable with a perfect track record from at least 100 perspectives, contenders are pricked and prodded, like pieces of fresh meat. While Republicans get questioned and question each other in as many as 23 debates, Obama strolls around the planet pretty much unquestioned. I think he's held one press conference with a handful of questions being taken in a format he controls. Not bad work for a candidate. Of course, his daily performance gets daily commentary, but he's rarely asked direct questions about anything of substance. In the meantime, he's free to comment about his opponents directly and through his surrogates. Unfair, but that's the way the "process" works. The real question is whether any would like to see a shorter campaign period (it seems to begin the moment a person is elected), I think the candidates get. The only problem may be that all the attention falsely distorts the candidate. Candidates are not the perfection I described earlier. They are generally quite ordinary human beings with many talents, but many foibles. Also, on the positive side, few should be able to say that they don't know much about the candidates or that they lack government experience. Of the eight candidates still standing, one is a state governor, three are former state governors, one a former U.S. Senator, one a former House Majority leader, and two are House representatives. Some have published books. Two who dropped out were state governors and only one had no political or public exposure. So, if you haven't been paying any attention to the rhetoric you can still look up their records. It was a past prior to politics was obscure, and whose public service included one undistinguished term in the Illinois State Senate and a half a term as a U.S. Senator. Anyway, whether you like it or not, the "process" goes on. Ultimately, you have the right to vote for your choice. Even if you've shut out all the campaigns, you'll still be faced with two choices: whether to vote or not or whom to vote for. And, if you're holding off looking for that perfect candidate (maybe meaning you? Who hasn't dreamed, "if I ran the world"?), you really aren't prepared to vote anyway. Whats on your mind? Email your opinion to: B_Northrop@theGabber.com
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54 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 2011 in Review: Whats Hot, Whats Not, Whats Rot My No. 1 resolution for the new year is to live in the moment (Ive mastered the Here, but the Now needs a little work.) At the same time, its great sport to look back at 2011 and point out whats hot, whats not and why the Tummy Tuck infomercial is the wackiest thing to happen to TV since the return of Fear Factor: HOT: WELLNESS AT WORK his company $5,000 more a year in person. Thats one of many reasons why more and more employers are to motivate them to lose pounds, Its an enlightened trend, but it arrives with a darker side: increasing numbers of companies are requiring workers who smoke, are overweight or have high cholesterol to pay higher premiums for their insurance. So I ask you: If penalizing employees with unhealthy lifestyles makes business sense, why dont we, who pay for health care with our tax dollars, ask our government to start penalizing businesses that make unhealthy food? We can start in 2012 with a tax on soft drinks, including diet colas. HOTTER: MORE SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR BETTER exploding, with thousands of apps to support every kind of healthy counting calories to calculating biorhythms, from tai chi and Pilates routines to apps that track your weight, body mass and cholesterol. If you can dream it, you can download it. So heres a question for Siri: Will an app a day really keep the doctor away? I have my doubts. couldnt resist coming up with three habits you do not want to take with you into the new year: morning meal jump starts your day, levels your metabolism, and helps prevent overeating later on. plan that is no fun. It wont last. 2011 was tough, and 2012 looks plan for letting go of daily tension immune system strong. 2011S SILLIEST TV INFOMERCIAL: Its called the Tummy Tuck system, and if you believe this foolishness will help you lose weight, Ive got a piece of land on the bottom of my shoe Id like to sell I saw it myself! Is this actually legal? promises to melt your fat away while you do absolutely nothing. Isnt that amazing? You just rub on the Tummy Tuck Accelerator Cream, and put the Tummy Tuck belt around your middle, and sit there for 8 minutes while all your unwanted pounds dissolve into the void. Thats right: no exercise, no dieting, no change in your lifestyle whatsoever. In fact, the woman in the infomercial was shown wearing the TT belt and eating cookies between sessions, and it still worked. Its a miracle ... that they allow this insanity on TV. MOST STARTLING HEALTH NEWS OF 2011: Whats it going to be, I wondered, poking through a pile of health studies Ive collected over training linked to heart damage. weekly basis reduces your risk of diet the U.S. government advocates for all Americans puts many people into a danger zone where stroke, heart attack and death are more likely. All those stories tickled my serious bone, but the one that stands out is the 2011 research on the hazards of sitting. Sitting too much, without moving around, causes cancer. Bummer. According to an analysis presented this year at the American Institute for Cancer Research, more and 43,000 cases of colon cancer are due to physical inactivity and prolonged periods of sitting. Sitting disease also increases your risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers. How much sitting is too much? Even an hour increases your risk, according to Mayo Clinics Dr. James Levin, who adds that many people sit an average of seven to nine hours a day. Arise, dear reader ... here and now!
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56 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 Sustainable LivingBy Shawn Dell Joyc e Green New Years Resolutions Luckily for us, Santa is very kind, or else we would have received a lump of coal in our stockings for being major contributors to climate change. Instead of giving us more stuff, I imagine Santa probably would have snuck into our houses and swapped out those incandescent bulbs for pretty peeved about the climate changing at the North Pole and that the other Arctic creatures on the endangered species list. Indeed, we Americans have been very, very, naughty. Most of us realize that we cant go on this way. We are running out of planet to consume and will need three rate of our current consumption. We cannot continue to gorge ourselves at Nor can we keep adding more and lust for power or continue driving burned through our share of the world resources and are now dipping deeply into our childrens and grandchildrens meager allotments. Each American household must both light bulbs and paradigms. Lets embrace a culture built on conservation of resources instead of waste and excess. Here are a few New Years resolutions that will set us on the right track: Woodstock author David Gershon actions to lose 5,000 pounds of carbon or more. Considering the average American household has a carbon footprint of 22,000 pounds per year, theres plenty carbon to cut. (EmpowermentInstitute.net) challenge. Eating local is the single best thing you can do to curb climate change. food traveled 1500 miles to reach your mouth. By eating locally, we save emissions of transporting food and the livelihoods of local farmers. We also eat fresher, more nutritious food, and we become intimately connected to the land and the seasons. (100MileDiet.org) Make recycling, composting, washing and reusing into common practices. Carry your own mug or reusable water container to avoid plastics. Stash a set of tote bags in your car for shopping, and refuse to accept any disposables. (GRRN.org) Try spending 10 percent of your Move your mortgage to a local bank or credit union, buy from consignment stores instead of chain stores, and eat at locally owned restaurants. This where it grows and multiplies as local businesses frequent other local businesses. This one act will improve your local economy and save Main (LivingEconomies.org) Curb 30 percent of your familys emissions by switching to renewable energy. If solar panels or a wind turbine are out of your price range, consider buying wind energy through your utility for about $15 per month. NewWindEnergy.com Be the change you want to see. Take time to know your neighbors, walk to the store and see what small businesses you could be frequenting that you didnt even know existed. Spend precious time and energy getting involved in your community by volunteering and becoming politically active. Become deeply rooted in your community and bloom where you are planted!
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60 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 CUSTOM FRAME SHOP-and Gallery in South Pasadena. 32yrs. Same Location. Owner Retiring. Beautiful Setting. $40K No Negotiating! Jack. 727-344-2202. DISTRIBUTORS WANTED-Great Tasting Meal Replacement for Less than $2.00 per Serving. Weight Loss Guaranteed or Your Money Back! www.stevedante.bodybyvi.com 727-224-8731. Help Wanted RECEPTIONIST/CASHIER-Excellent Customer Service, administrative, multi-tasking, computer skills, (Word, Excel, etc.) needed for busy insurance ofce in Gulfport. Pleasant, professional telephone voice a must. Fax resume to 343-3916 or call 345-1668. PART TIME HELP-needed for St. Petersburg cleaning company. Non-smoker, 2 year min. cleaning experience, Background check. Please call 727-526-7656. HOUSEKEEPER/HOMEMAKERGood Pay. Part Time on Call. References, Background Check and Car a Must! RENT-A-HAND. Lic# 5842. 347-3424.VISITING ANGELSMature companions and homemakers needed for elderly adults. Flexible schedule. Call Visiting Angels today. 727-822-3034. 1995 FORD E-250 VANRuns good, clean, ladder rack, Shelves. New Tires. $2500. 727479-8256 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CARSilver, Black Landau top, 89553 miles, Perfect mechanically. Needs some cosmetic work. $2000. 727343-0370 2005 GRAND MARQUIS GS62k miles, $7850. Cream Puff. Non-smoker, 2 sets of remote keys, clear title and Car Fax. A/C recently serviced; works fantastic. Have records for scheduled maintenance and regular checkups under warranty. No dings or scratches. Great tread on tires. Clean upholstery in great condition with no tears. Vehicle used recreationally for highway drives only. St. Pete Beach. 3607070. 2009 CHEVY MALIBUGreat Condition, 23,500 Miles, Asking $9,999.00 o.b.o. 727498-7488.ABC JUNK CARSWeve Paid the Most Cash For Junk & Unwanted Vehicles for Over a Decade Now. No Lies Just Honest Business. So Call us First or Call us Last, but Call Us! 727-458-7710 PLACE YOUR AD HEREStarting at $4.50 per issue. Call 321-6965. Cycles/Scooters 2002 HONDA SHADOW ACEExcellent Condition, Lots of Chrome. $3500 o.b.o. 727-9160916. Furniture/Appliances ROUND MAPLE TABLE 42-With 6 Chairs and Leaves to extend to 72. Matching Hutch. $100/Both. 727-321-1163 Evenings. HAIER REFRIGERATOR-w/freezer. 3.9 cu. ft. Excellent condition. $75. 727-515-1557. ROLL TOP DESK40+ years old. Pine wood. $75. 727-366-8808 General GOLF CLUBS-w/two dozen balls. Yamaha bag. $35. 727-515-1557. LIVE MUSIC!-There is nothing like it for your next affair!! Entertainment for all occasions. Banjo & more! We are just a phone call away. 727-368-0035. LAWN MOWERS, GO KARTS, BIKESAll Kinds. Flatbed Trailer 4 x 8. Also Lawn Mower and Small Engine Repair. Call Frank 727-418-8297. TWO 15 DRIVE SERIES-Crunch Subwoofers. Asking $150. 727-709-2774. GULFPORT LIONS CLUB Available For Parties, Weddings, Meetings. Great Waterfront Location With Full Facilities. Call Art for Info and Dates. 321-5717. Health & Fitness RALLY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRUsed 3 Times. Must Pick Up. $450 o.b.o. Call Chuck, 727-286-0545. Marine 2002 SEA RAY 176 BOW RIDER-350 hrs. $6499. 727-906-9315. Wanted OLD AUDIO-Tube Ampliers, Old Speakers, Old Guitars, etc. Denny, 727-421-4019. Legal Notices FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Teri Evans desiring to engage in business under the ctitious name Virtual Asset Team located in Pinellas County, Florida, intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department of State, pursuant to section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes. January 5, 2012. PLACE YOUR AD HERE$14.00 for 20 words, includes notarized afdavit of publication and tear sheet. $5.00 notary fee. 321-6965. Yard/Garage Sale INSIDE MOVING SALE-6070 80th St. N. #101 St. Pete. (5 Towns, Newport Bldg.) Some Furniture, Much Misc. Small Tools, Original Art. Sat. only 9am.-2pm. SATURDAY ONLY Antique Store & Upholstery Shop Closing. Everything goes at Bargain Prices! Lots of furniture. 6820 46th Ave. N. 8-4p.m. SATURDAY 8:30-1:30-2501 56th St. S. (corner of 25th Ave.) Bric-a-Brac, Collectibles, Clothing, Costume Jewelry, Books. .25, .50 & $1.00 Everything must go! 5838 24TH AVE. S. Friday/Saturday, 9-3p.m. Furniture, Glassware, 5-Pc Bedroom Set, Tools, Kids Clothes, Toys, Misc. Big Sale!ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOWJanuary 6&7, 9-5p.m. Bottles, Pottery, Postcards, Stoneware, and Much More! 160 Tables At the Manatee Convention & Civic Center. One Haben Blvd & Rt. 41, Palmetto, FL Saturday Admission $4. Early Admission Jan 6th, 4-7:45p.m. $15.00 Good Both Days. Business Opportunity Automotive theG a b b e r Since 1968Buy It Sell ItClassified Ad ve r tising Fr om $4.50 General
Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 61 CAMERA FOUNDin Veterans Park on Jan. 2. Call to indentify. 727-302-9348 LOST SET OF KEYS-3 Keys on Vet Center key chain. Lost in Walgreens (22nd & 58th) or the handicap parking spot there. Lost Sat. night around 5:30. Please Call 727-481-1729. Card of Thanks MAY THE SACRED Heart of Jesus be adored, gloried, loved, and preserved throughout the world. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Blessed Mother, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Say this prayer for ninet days, nine times a day. Then publish this prayer. Thank You, Jesus. G.F. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never Known to Fail) Oh, most beautiful ower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, star of the sea, help me & show me here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3) times. Holy Mother, I place this prayer in your hands. (3) times. Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. L.M.C. Real Estate for Rent PLACE YOUR AD HEREStarting at $14 per issue. Call 321-6965. LARGE FURNISHED ROOM-$400/Mo. Full House Privileges, Private Entrance, Parking, W/D, Electric, Water, Cable/Wireless. Included. No Smoking/Pets, 727-916-0916. 3BR/1BAUtility Room, W/D, Dishwasher, New Kitchen, Huge Yard, Deck, Hot Tub. $850/ Mo., $750 Deposit. 860-771-9990. TENANT NOT PAYING For Fast, Reasonable Eviction Service, Call Gulfport Attorney Karen S. Keaton, Gulf Beaches Law, P.A. at 727-822-2200. SMALL QUIET EFFICIENCIES -All utilities included. $100/wk. and up. Also need PT Secretary and or Housekeeper. Possible live-ins. 727-289-3588. BEAUTIFUL GULFPORT BUNGALOW-2/1 with Ofce Area. CH/A, W/D, Clean, Large Open Air Porch. 5708 23rd Ave. S. 727-4187272. Annual Lease. View @ www.Gulfport-Florida-Rentals.com. PASADENA 2BR SPANISH HOUSE$695/ Mo. Furniture Available. Ceramic Floors, Large Rooms, Fenced Yard, Central Location. (2nd Ave. S./66th St. Area) Close to Shops, Bus, Beaches, Water included. Free Parking. 727614-2880. REDUCED $675/MO. TOWN SHORES-55+. Newly Remodeled 1BR/1BA 3rd oor, Covered Parking, Marine View, All Amenities. Move-in Ready! 954-270-4882. GULFPORT LARGE EFFICIENCY-with Private Patio. Walk to Library, Beach and Busline. Electric, Water, Garbage Included. Available 1/3. $195/Wkly. 727-400-2213 or 727-3853654. 1BR CONDO ST. PETE BEACHAnnual $750/Mo. 1 Year Minimum. Seasonal Min 4 months $2000 plus Security. Close to Stores/ Beach. Dock & Pool. Background Check, 727453-0362. KAYAKING ANYONE?-Access to Clam Bayou Nature Park. Gated Community on 40 Lush Acres. Beautiful 2BR/2BA +Den Condo. 1400sqft. Garage, Large Swimming Pool. $950/Mo. For Sale Also. 727-360-7190. TOWN SHORESEmbassy, 2BR/2BA, Completely Updated & Beautifully Furnished. Gorgeous Waterview. $1250/Mo. Seasonal. No Smoking/Pets. 860-995-0330. LARGE 1BR W/BATH-Furnished, quiet condo, kitchen, washer/dryer privileges. Non S/D, Good parking. security check, $125/wk. $100 security deposit. 546-1267. 1/2 BLOCK FROM GULFPORT-Beach. 2/ BR/1BA, Living rm, Computer rm, Custom Built Shelves, Fla. rm, Garage, Carport, CHA, Ceiling fans. 727-343-9595. 5945 FAIRFIELD AVE. S.-2BR/1BA Apt. $625/Mo., plus $625/Security. Water, Sewer, Garbage Included. Own Parking for 2 Cars. 727-710-0776. LAYLOW BUNGALOWS-Gulfport. 5019 29th Ave. S. #2. 2/BR $795/Mo. +$400/Sec. Coin W/D on site. See pics on Craigs list. 727-7425140. GULFPORT EFFICIENCY2808 Clinton St. S., Unfurnished, Very Clean, Sunporch, Water, Cable Furnished, No Smokers/Pets Walk to Library/Art District. $550/Mo., $350 Security. 727-345-3798. 2BR/1BA DUPLEX-Gulfport Art District. Great Location, Walk to Beach. Very Nice inside/Out. Hardwood/Tile Throughout. Private Backyard. Laundry Room, CHA. $800/Mo. +Security. Call Ed 727-688-9565. 2BR/1BA-Large kitchen & Sunroom. Centrally located. $700/mo. First, last & security. Small pet ok w/deposit. 55+. Sec. 8 OK. $100 application fee. 727-381-9824. CHATEAU TOWER-Spectacular open waterview from this Ninth Floor, 1BR/1.5BA, Unfurnished w/new appliances and new carpet. All amenities included. $825/Mo. annual. No smoking/Pets. 727-367-8688. ART DISTRICT COTTAGE-2BR/1BA/2CG, Washer/Dryer, Screened Porch, Pets Allowed. $850/Mo. 727-420-7877. PATRIOT SQUARE37th St. S., 38th Ave. 55+. No Pets. Large 1BR, 2nd Floor, Balcony, A/C, Pool, Tennis, Fenced. $599/Mo. Also 3BR/2BA, $749/Mo. Secured Parking. 727-867-7022. Furnished Rentals SPBCH, FURNISHED, 2ND FLOOR-1/1 +Balcony facing Beach. Htd Pool, Laundry, No Pets. 1/15 thru 4/30. Min. 2wks. $2240/Mo. inc. tax or yrly $800/Mo. EXCHEQUER INC. 727367-5647. NEVER FAILING PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL St. Michael, the Archangel, Defend Us In Battle; Be Our Defense Against the Wicked ness and Snares of the Devil. May God Re buke Him We Humbly Pray; and Do You Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, By the Power of God, Thrust Into Hell Satan and the Other Evil Spirits Who Prowl About the World For the Ruin of Souls. Amen. St. Michael, I Resort to Your Protection and in My Faith, Offer This Light Which Shall Burn Every Tuesday. Comfort Me in My Difculties and While Lodging in the House of Our Savior Intercede for Me and My Family That We Will Be Able to Hold God Close to Our Hearts and Be Provided for in All of Our Necessities. I Beseech You, to Have Innite Pity in Regard to Favors I ask of You (Name Them) So That I May Be Able To Over come All Difculties as You Did the Dragons at Your Feet. Our Father (Say 3 Times). Hail Mary (Say 3 Times). Glory Be (Say 3 Times). This Prayer is to be Said 9 Tuesdays, in Suc cession and Each Tuesday a Candle Shal Be Lighted and a Copy of This Prayer Lft in the Church to Help Another Soul in Distress and Support the Devotion to St. Michael. This Miraculous Saint Grants Everything, No Mat ter How Difcult, Before the Termination of 9 Tuesdays. G.F. Lost & Found Happy Talk 4554 25TH AVE. S. 2BR/1BA/1CG, Lovely Home w/New Paint & Carpet. $850/Mo. plus Deposit. Call 239-218-3177 or 239-898-9494. Displa y Ad ve r tising? Call Gina at321-6965Deadline T ues 5pmtheG a b b e r Real Estate for Rent
62 Gabber January 5 January 11, 2012 GULFPORT SPACIOUS-Bungalow. Tile, Vaulted Ceilings. Private Parking, Fenced Yard, Tropical Setting. Power, Water, Cable Included. Small Pets Ok. $545/Mo. 727-2655008. Tim. VERY NICE FURNISHED 1BR-Mobile Home. $550/Mo. with $250/Dep. Nice Neighborhood. Looking for Good Tenants. 727-410-6599. GULFPORT, CLEAN AND-Comfortably Furnished & Fully Equipped, Just bring a Suitcase. Walk to Restaurants & Beach. CH/A, W/D. (5039 29th Ave. S. Apt. B). $1400 Seasonal Rental Feb.-April. Includes all Utilities & Cable. www.gulfport-orida-rentals.com Bus & Trolley Service. Available 2/1/12 727418-7272. Commercial Properties Rent OFFICE SPACE S. PASADENAAt Executive Bldg. 727-209-0606 or 727-688-1927. Open House OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4-#115 Chatham Bldg. Town Shores. 2/2 Deluxe, Corner unit. Marina View. $129,000. Cheryl Castellucio, Beach & Luxury Realty. 727-420-7877. Real Estate for Sale 2BR MOBILE HOMEFlorida Room, on Boca Ciega Bay, 5 min. to beach. CHA, Pool, Club house, Shufe Board. So. Pasadena. $6,000. 727-215-8954 Furnished Rentals Real Estate for Sale Real Estate for Sale
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