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VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenLawmakers have set pathetic record for unconstitutional bills, columnist says. Page 8A. Governments eye higher tax rates By TOM GERMONDLARGO The Pinellas County School Board agreed informally July 17 to interview three of the 50 applicants for school superintendent instead of hiring a firm to search for more applicants. The applicants that the board will interview, at least initially, are Michael Grego, former superintendent of Osceola County School District; Constance Jones, chief academic officer of the Lee County School District; and Christian Cutter, superintendent of the Douglas County District in Colorado. The board hired Wayne Blanton, executive director of the Florida School Boards Association, to conduct the search, which was capped at $8,000. Some board members, such as Glenton Gilzean, were concerned that the board wasnt getting the best applicants available. He said the search attracted professionals who made it to the NBA but are they the LeBron James who are going to come in here and make our schools better? Blanton said he thinks the board has good candidates. I think to interview them is where the rubber meets the road. Thats where you decided if they are the right person or not. I would strongly encourage you to pick your candidates and go through the interviews because I think you and your community are going to be impressed, Blanton said. Blanton asked if the board drops the process, what guarantees Features Classieds . . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . .11-12A County . . . . . . . . . . . .5-6A Entertainment . . . . . . . .1-3,8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .9-10A Pets of the week . . . . . . . . .12A Pinellas Centennial . . . . . . . .7A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . .8A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Cancer survivor thankful for helpSuzane Bergergon was battling breast cancer and its complications. I wanted to kill myself. I was tired of being a burden on my family, she said. I just felt totally useless, like a freak. Like a monster, because of the surgery and everything. I was bald, I didnt feel like a woman. ... Page 2A.LARGO ENTERTAINMENTTop guitarist to play in Island EstatesSlick Aguilar, lead guitarist of Jefferson Starship, will lead a group of world-class musicians to an intimate setting at a Pinellas venue. Aguilar and his crew will perform Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at the Original Boardwalk Grill and Sports Bar, 126 Island Way, in the Island Estates Plaza on Clearwater Beach. In addition to Aguilar, the show will feature Joe Lala, percussionist for Crosby, Stills and Nash; Kevin Hurley, guitarist for Santana; and Charlie DeChant, saxophonist for Hall and Oates. The music will start sometime after 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. ... Page 8B. See COUNTY, page 4A See CITY, page 4ABoard picks three to interview for school chiefs jobLawsuit stops action on referendum Courts asked to reinstate county commission term limits ... Page 6A. Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway star in Batman adventure ... 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City Commissioner Michael Smith asked July 10 whether commissioners had any interest in creating the ordinance. ... Page 3A. By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER County Administrator Bob LaSalas budget for fiscal year 2013, includes proposed millage rate increases for the general fund as well as Emergency Medical Services, six fire districts and Palm Harbor Recreation and Library District. LaSala prefaced his July 10 budget presentation with talk about the uncertainty of economic conditions in the coming years and the steps taken to preserve the countys financial stability. He said his budget was a story about a diverse business that was prioritizing and managing its business lines to address current fiscal issues. He talked about decisions made since the economic downturn began in 2008 and the adjustments made over time to address fewer dollars coming in to pay for county government. He cautioned against going over the tipping point, which he believes we are close to or at that point. We cant respond in an emergency as quickly, he said. He gave an example of cleanup in the county parks after Tropical Storm Debby. Since budget cuts necessitated the use of roving park staff, instead of dedicated park staff, parks were cleaned up one-ata-time as opposed to having work ongoing in all of them simultaneously. He said workplace morale was another problem due to stagnant salaries, ongoing uncertainty and increased workloads. The budget doesnt propose a pay raise for county employees until FY 2016. Service delivery would be crippled by By TOM GERMONDLARGO Trying to cope with budget woes, city commissioners voted 6-1 July 17 to raise the tentative millage rate for the next fiscal year to 4.99 mills. The action stems from City Manager Mac Craig strongly urging the City Commission at a July 10 work session to raise the millage rate to that level because of projected budget shortfalls. The current rate is 4.55 mills. A mill is equal to $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value. Commissioner Robert Murray said by having the 4.99 mills, the city has flexibility to have discussions on possible budget cuts and make changes if they desire during work sessions. Once they set the rate for county property tax notices, commissioners cannot raise it under state law, but they can lower it. Murray said he has heard numerous comments about the benefits of city amenities, such as the Highland Recreation Center, which is being rebuilt. In the circles I travel, people do say they do want a tax increase in order to continue the services we are providing, he said. Mayor Pat Gerard agreed. As much as its harder to pay a few more bucks in taxes, these are the times when the people need the services we provide, she said. Not just police and fire, but recreation and all other things we do.Commissioner Curtis Holmes, who cast the dissenting vote, said that taxCounty considers millage increase City OKs tentative rate of 4.99 mills Stress reductionCathy Wolfe and Jack Yost of Seminole enjoy the great outdoors by practicing Tai Chi in Largos Taylor Park.Photo by JIM LAYFIELD By TOM GERMONDLARGO Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Curtis Holmes thanked residents July 17 for returning them to office without opposition. The deadline to qualify for the election ended at 5 p.m. July 16. The only race on the municipal ballot Nov. 6 will be for Seat 4. Robert Hunsicker, an automation specialist who has served on the citys Planning Board, and James Robinson, who is employed by the Largo Feed Store, will vie for the seat. All winners in the city election will serve four-year terms. Holmes, an insurance agent who holds Seat 3, was first elected in 2009. I like to thank the people of Largo for once again hiring me, Holmes said. I work for you folks. Feel free to call on me anytime you got a question, comment or if you think Im a sincere jerk, let me know. Gerard was elected to the City Commission in 2000 and served two three-year terms. She was elected mayor in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. She is the chief operating officer of Family Resources Inc. Thank you all those people who thought about running against us and didnt, she said, joking, at the commissions meeting. As Commissioner Holmes said, we are still here to listen to you. I hope that this is a positive message. I hope it means that people like whats going on rather than they just dont care or that they have given up, she said. Commissioner Gigi Arntzen, who holds Seat 4, decided not to seek re-election. Congratulations to the mayor and Commissioner Holmes. Four more years; sorry I wont be here, Arntzen said. Although only one race will be on the ballot, city residents will vote in a referendum giving the commission the ability to grant economic development and property tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses. Commissioners July 17 approved the ballot language for the referendum. Under state law that took effect July 1, 2011, counties and cities can grant tax exemptions on the value of eligible improvements to property for businesses that create jobs in certain industries or areas. Each request for an exemption must be approved through an ordinance. Businesses must reapply annually if they want to continue to receive the exemption. Local governments may revoke the exemption if the applicant fails to meet the agreement expectations. The authority to grant the exemptions expires after 10 years but may be renewed another 10 years by voter approval in a referendum.Gerard, Holmes re-elected See INTERVIEW, page 4AThe deadline to qualify for the City Commission election ended at 5 p.m. July 16 with two candidates, Robert Hunsicker and James Robinson, vying for Seat 4.

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They were worried about losing their Pinellas Park home they had lived in for the last 15 years. They had spent their savings to pay for Sues medical treatment, spent Sues recent inheritance from her father, spent much of her husbands retirement fund and maxed out their credit cards. The Bergerons werent sure how they were going to pay for groceries and gas. It just got all too overwhelming, Sue remembered. I didnt want to live anymore. I thought, Why do they call you a survivor if you lose everything you own? Sue couldnt stop crying. She was on depression medication, but it wasnt helping. She searched online for organizations that could help her financially, but the results were disappointing. She and Rick had tried to refinance their home through federal assistance, but their application went nowhere. I wanted to kill myself. I was tired of being a burden on my family, Sue said. I just felt totally useless, like a freak. Like a monster, because of the surgery and everything. I was bald, I didnt feel like a woman. So Sue began searching online for a gun. She figured she could buy one off the street, like she had seen on TV, if only she knew how. Her search wasnt fruitful. Later that night, at about 2 a.m., she got into her wheelchair and went outside. I looked up at the sky and I raised my hands up and I says, God, please. Give me some kind of clue that everythings going to be OK. You have to show me the way. I dont know where to go anymore. I want to die, Sue said. She stayed outside for hours, crying. She pleaded with her departed kin: her mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, as the night aged to morning. Just when I was about to come in, I hear a little thump in the driveway, Sue said. The thump was the delivery of Pinellas Park Beacon. Still feeling cynical and depressed, Sue brought it inside and sat at her kitchen table to read it. On the front page was an article about a colorful fundraiser at Quaker Steak and Lube for the nonprofit group Bikers Raising Awareness, or BRA. Sue read how the organization helps breast cancer patients shoulder the burden of everyday bills and expenses during costly treatments. Sue decided to call BRA, though she wondered to herself if it was another scam. Hours after leaving a message, board member Susan Murray called her back. She asked if the Bergerons needs were an emergency or if they could wait till tomorrow when she and BRA PresiPhoto by JULIANA A. TORRESSue Bergeron sits with her 6-year-old grandson, James, and her husband Rick in their new apartment in Largo. Sue credits the Pinellas Park Beacon for helping her to find Bikers Raising Awareness, a nonprofit that gave her financial and moral support when she was at her lowest point in a battle against breast cancer.dent Evi Green could stop by. Sue agreed to meet them the following day. I dont know what I did, she told her husband as she hung up the phone. I have bikers coming to the house. The Bergerons have never ridden, much less owned a motorcycle, Sue confessed. But that didnt matter to the BRA team. I pictured big burly guys, ready to get into a fight like you see on TV and in walks this little petite Evi and her really nice friend Susan, Sue said. She wasnt sure what help to ask for. The grandmother still looked very sick, wrapped in bandages and tubes. But she began to describe her financial troubles: the mortgage they were behind on, the electric and water bills, the need for gas and food. The next day, Sue received a check from BRA that covered her mortgage for the month. The group provided groceries and gift cards for gas and covered five co-payments for her radiation treatment. I was in tears, Sue said. I said, Thank you. You guys are my angels God sent to me. The members of BRA didnt stop there. As Christmas approached, Sue began to despair that she wouldnt be able to make the day special for her grandson, James. I didnt even have one lousy dollar to go to Everythings a Dollar to buy him a little matchbook car. Thats all I wanted, Sue said. How can you be a grandma and not give your grandchild anything? Bikers Raising Awareness came to the rescue again. Mrs. Claus and about a dozen of her elves rode to the Bergerons house on motorcycles with presents and Christmas dinner. That was real! James said, piping up to share how he received new shoes and toys. Mrs. Santa Claus was on a two-wheeler! He lit up like a light bulb. He couldnt believe Mrs. Santa Claus came to see him, Sue said. See SURVIVOR, page 3A How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. They are subject to editing for grammar, length and general newspaper style. We are not able to predict exactly the issue it will be printed or even guarantee that it will be used. 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Coin Club Meets Here 3rd Wednesday of the Month ANTIQUE MANTLE CLOCKS Dales Coins & Jewelry Authorized PCGS and NGC member 32 Years In Business Later, as the Bergerons still werent able to keep up with their mortgage payments, Sue turned to BRA website, looking for advice about the potential foreclosure of her home. We were going to be homeless. I didnt want to be homeless, but I couldnt see anywhere else for us to go. We didnt have any money. We didnt have any credit anymore, she said. BRA member Kim Cooke, who was a real estate agent along with her husband Bud, offered her services to help the Bergerons sell their three-bedroom home on 82nd Avenue. They didnt stop at putting the house on the market. With the help of BRA volunteers and a paint donation from Lowes Commercial Painting, the interior of the house was scrubbed and repainted. The Cookes often came to the house before a showing and mopped the Bergerons tile floors. When the contact was finalized, and enough left over for the couple to rent an apartment, BRA volunteers paid for a moving truck. They packed up the Bergerons belongings and transported it all to their current apartment in Largo. They completely set up our kitchen, set up our bedroom and set up our living room with us before they left that day, Sue said. They rearranged the living room three or four times, Rick added. The Bergerons have been settled in their new home for almost two months. In June, Sue didnt walk in, but attended the BRA Sunset 5K Walk in Indian Rocks Beach. BRA members commented that they had never seen her smile as she had that day. Its so good to be with you guys. Youre my family. You took me in, Sue told them. You all touched me, in my heart. You made me believe again that there is caring people again in the world. The experience with BRA has revived Sues faith in humanity. I had given up on the world, she said. I had given up faith. I had honestly given up my religion. I thought, How can God let me go through all this? Wasnt breast cancer enough? Shes thankful that she found her way to BRA through the Pinellas Park Beacon a year ago. I say the Beacon saved my life, Sue said. Had I not seen that article, I honestly believe I would be dead right now. These days, Sue has four goals. She recently completed one buying herself a pair of shoes. She wants to be more positive, be her old self and not depressed as she has been. She wants a chair that she can get in and out of comfortably. SURVIVOR, from page 2ALARGO City commissioners may further discuss adopting a domestic partnership ordinance similar to those of other area municipalities. City Commissioner Michael Smith asked July 10 whether commissioners had any interest in creating a domestic partnership ordinance. He said that St. Petersburg recently adopted an ordinance that was relatively well-written. Gulfport and Clearwater have such ordinances, and county officials also are discussing the issue. Smith said that the commission had recently talked about Largo being competitive with Clearwater in business development. More and more businesses are looking at this when they are looking at places they are moving to for their employees, he said. Having more cities on board would provide more positive reinforcement, he said. More and more senior citizens are not remarrying because of Social Security issues and pensions, and more younger people are not getting married because of the costs of getting married and other issues that relate to it, Smith said. Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Harriet Crozier expressed interest in bringing the issue to a work session. The St. Petersburg City Councils ordinance says that a significant number of city residents establish and maintain important personal, emotional and economic relationships with persons to whom they are not married to. The council found that a domestic partnership registry is attractive to companies that value diversity and can assist the city in its economic development. Among its provisions, St. Petersburgs ordinance says all health care facilities operating within the city shall honor the registered domestic partnership documentation as evidence of a partnership and shall allow a registered domestic partner visitation as provided under federal law. The ordinance says that the 2010 Census showed that more than 12 percent of Americans identified themselves in a domestic partnership, about 6.7 million households, a 25 percent increase over the 2000 Census numbers.Largo traffic officer recognized LARGO Officer Kurt Iskra received the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Programs traffic officer of the year award July 13 at the Rosen Singles Resort in Orlando. Iskra was selected among 100 nominees for the award, which is given to the highest productive, most innovative and dedicated officer to traffic enforcement in the state, throughout the year. Agencies from throughout the state were present for awards in various categories. The Largo Police Department was awarded third place, in Category 6, for the DUI Challenge and received a trophy and $10,000 in equipment. Tom GermondBriefs Michael SmithAnd she wants to move back home, maybe not to a house like she had, but to a condo or a nice apartment in Pinellas Park, where shell be close to her daughter and grandson again. I want back in Pinellas Park. Thats my roots, she said.

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4A Leader, July 19, 2012additional (budget) reductions, he told the commission. From 2007 to 2012, constitutional officers and independent agencies have lost 730 positions, or 19 percent of their combined workforce, and now have the lowest position count since 1991. Departments governed by the Board of County Commissioners have decreased by 975 positions or 35 percent and now has the lowest position count since 1985. The BCC has reduced its budget by more than $100 million, almost 39 percent; the Sheriffs Office budget is down $72.5 million, or almost 27 percent; the remaining constitutional officers have cut $14.4 million from their collective budgets, or 26 percent; and independent agencies have cut $6.6 million, or 27 percent. Part of LaSalas budget balancing strategy has been the funding of a service level stabilization account, which was established to cover potential future shortfalls in the general fund. The balance of the fund is $28.6 million, which represents money saved by making reductions over the amount needed to balance the budget in the years 2010 through 2012. To date, none of the money has been spent. LaSala recommends beginning to draw down the SLSA in 2013, along with limiting growth and continuing to streamline operations and increase efficiencies. However, in part due to the unfunded mandate from the state for Medicaid, revenue coming in to the general fund budget is expected to be $24.1 million less than expected revenue. The long-term shortfall is projected at $30 million to 40 million. The numbers dont include the potential for a return to paying full cost of employees pensions. LaSala says the time has come to increase the countywide millage rate. He recommends an increase of .25 mills, primarily to pay for Medicaid. His budget includes no change in the millage rate for the municipal services taxing unit, which is paid by the 270,000 residents who live in unincorporated areas of Pinellas. The sheriffs budget makes up 75 percent of MSTU expenditures. Another problem area is the Emergency Medical Services Fund. LaSala proposes balancing the EMS budget using a 21.7 percent increase in the millage rate, going from .8506 to 1.0355. He said additional millage rate increases would be necessary in the future, if commissioners didnt find a way to decrease expenses. Due to a millage cap of 1.5 mills, other sources of revenue for EMS might be needed in the future, he said. Funding for the fire districts continues to be a challenge. Six of 12 fire districts have proposed millage rate increases in 2013, including Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena. Water and sewer funds will remain in balance, LaSala said, as long as proposed rate increases go into effect as scheduled. LaSalas budget also includes a 14.2 percent increase for the Palm Harbor Recreation and Library District, which was requested by the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency. The increase restores the maximum millage rate that was rolled back due to state law in fiscal year 2008. LaSala went over a number of additional budget requests not included in his budget, including $655,000 for code enforcement, $135,000 for watershed management monitoring, $149,000 for OPUS staffing for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, $250,000 for OPUS staff for Business Technology Services, $78,000 for wide area network redundancy requested by BTS, and $470,000 from BTS for Wi-Fi connectivity; $840,000 for health and human services needs and others. Commissioners are expected to begin budget discussions on July 17. Proposed millage rates are set for tentative approval on July 26 in time to go out with the Property Appraisers TRIM notices on Aug. 20. Once the tentative millage rates are approved, they cannot be increased; however, they can be lowered. The first public budget hearing is Sept. 6 with the final hearing to approve millage rates and budgets scheduled on Sept. 18. The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. COUNTY, from page 1A By ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLCLEARWATER Months after Dolphin Talecame out in theaters, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as well as Clearwater as a whole are still feeling the effects. The movies success has brought numerous tourists to the area to see the tailless dolphin for themselves, which not only means more revenue for CMA, but that also means that numerous more animals can be helped, new Jolley Trolley routes, downtown Clearwater businesses have flourished, and more jobs have been created. The exact numbers for how Dolphin Talehas impacted the Tampa Bay area wont be released for another few months, said Krista Rosado, director of marketing and advertising at CMA. The University of South Florida is finishing up a study on these impacts, so until that is released, CMA does not want to speculate about numbers. But one thing is clear. There has been a massive surge of visitors to the area, and the whole area has felt it. I dont think anyone knew what to expect, Rosado said. Weve studied movies and tourism and the effects that it can have on the community, but we have this unique trifecta where we were already a tourist destination and have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So we thought we had an idea, but there was no way to gauge how it would be. But were happy. Because of all the additional guests to the aquarium, CMA has been able to hire additional staff to help monitor and manage crowds, Rosado said. Plus, they have been able to use the old Harborview Center as the new Winter Dolphin Tale Adventure center. This takes fans inside the movie, with rebuilt scenes, movie images, props and educational fun. There also is an educational, interactive hurricane exhibit. The hurricane exhibit at Winters Dolphin Tale Experience is by far our most interactive experience that weve ever embarked upon, Rosado said. Its a walk-through exhibit its educational, talking about hurricanes in general but also gives the feeling of being part of a hurricane. You really are experiencing, and its to mimic the hurricane that took place in Dolphin Tale. CMA is also finishing up Phase 1 of its facility expansion that was made possible by all the extra guests brought in by the movie. This will significantly increase the number of animals the rescue aquarium will be able to help. This will allow us to triple our capacity for marine mammals and double the capacity for our turtles, so the larger our facility becomes, the more animals that well be able to take in and meet our mission, Rosado said. Plus, well have a state-ofthe-art food preparation area and an entirely new surgical suite with new equipment and significantly more space that will allow us to do more for animals. Phase 1 also includes new rehabilitation pools, administrative space, event and camp space, educational space, and a new dive area for the staff that maintain the pools. When that is finished in a few months, then they will move on to Phase 2, which includes expanding guest space on the other side of the facility. Because we are a nonprofit, every person who comes through the door translates to more money that we can spend on our mission, Rosado said. As a nonprofit, our mission is No. 1, and were completely focused on helping animals. Every additional person who comes to visit us helps us do that mission. The biggest group of animals CMA helps is sea turtles. On an average year, between nesting and rehabilitation, CMA releases about 10,000 turtles, Rosado said. Rehabilitation is huge, Rosado said. These animals rely on us when theyre in their time of need. Just as people go to the hospital, were that resource for marine animals in our area. And to provide a superior residency for the animals that we cant release. And they become ambassadors for their species, and they can educate people. A lot of the animals that come to us are at the hands of humans. Therefore, the more reef cleanups people can do and just being educated about simple practices that will end up saving animals, the more animals will be helped. But the aquarium and animals werent the only things impacted by the movie. The Jolley Trolley has had a huge impact because a new route between CMA and Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure has been added. Its really given us the opportunity to create a connection to downtown Clearwater, and its something weve been looking for anyhow, said Bob Longenecker, executive director of Jolley Trolley. Whereas most of the riders of course are CMA riders, but weve designated it as a public route, so anyone can use that route. Longenecker said a lot of the service employees on Clearwater Beach have been using that route, so it is reaching more than just the tourists. This new route was started around December 2011, and it has been far more successful than ever imagined. We thought thered be 40 to 50 passengers per hour, which means about 500 a day, or 15,000 a month, Longenecker said. And the first full month in January, we had 22,000, and in February we had 34,000. Then in March, of course, it was connected to spring break, and we had 51,000. But numbers have just been increasing, even despite the boost spring break had on the area. In June, there were 55,000 riders on that line, he said. Currently in the heavy season there are six trolleys running each day, doing about 20 trips each, Longenecker said. They run every day of the week. Meanwhile, the trolley system is running its normal percentage increase on the beaches and the coastal route around 5 to 10 percent, so the CMA route is an additional boost on top of all that, he said. Its been good and its also been a positive thing for downtown Clearwater because as we loop through the downtown area, people ask questions Whats this? How about that? Longenecker said. And the drivers are getting more comfortable pointing things out to passengers. And certainly the businesses who chose to advertise on the Trolley, which is also what helps pay for it, are benefitting tremendously in the exposure. One such business is Tonys Pizza. It hasMovie helps aquarium, animals, downtown Clearwater ad\CMA and Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure and this support has paid off. Its been amazing, said Claudia Starova, manager and co-owner of Tonys Pizza. You can see sometimes 80 percent because of the customers. Its almost doubled our entire business. Having the dolphin adventure just down the street has especially increased the number of children and family customers, Starova said. Thats where they feel the push the most, as many come with big families. She estimates this group makes for an additional 150 to 200 customers per day. She is thankful for the movie and exhibits. Its definitely put us on the map, Starova said. The thing that theyve done, the combination of two parks with the aquarium and exhibition is a great idea, especially with the Jolley Trolley providing for free transportation. That is a very good choice because people can actually come and see downtown Clearwater. Tonys Pizza has also specifically planned to use this influx to their advantage. They participate with the map project that is given to tourists and families that way the tourists will have easy access to knowing which businesses are nearby, and businesses like Tonys can become visible to these crowds. Tonys has also supported the Dolphin Tale exhibition, putting menus there to help lure customers. But Tonys has also made changes to be more appealing for this particular demographic. It has created specials for families on a budget, in addition to day-of-the-week specials. They also extended their hours to reach more people. It used to open at 4 p.m. on Sundays like many other downtown restaurants but now they open at noon. Because of that, Starova claims that other than Starbucks, it is the only downtown Clearwater restaurant open during the day on Sundays, so it benefits even more for the CMA visitor base. But perhaps even better than Tonys Pizzas individual success, it has added to the economy. It has created jobs, Starova said. We have hired four more people and I have people on call too when its busy, and I myself also help out. Mayor George Cretekos is thrilled by the movies success and how it has ultimately helped all of Clearwater. The citys businesses have been tremendously successful because of Dolphin Tale, Cretekos said. We have packages that our hoteliers are providing, we have a boat that goes between the aquarium and downtown to transport people, giving them a chance to see Clearwater from a different perspective. Our merchants downtown, we were expecting 100,000 people initially, and now theyre suspecting we may have had 300,000 people visiting the exhibit so far. That has far exceeded expectations. Cretekos said he is always running into people walking downtown either waiting to get on the bus or the Jolley Trolley and are all from outside areas who are so happy to meet Winter. Both the movie and the real-life exhibits are great family entertainment, he said. Were just happy that the city is portrayed in the movie and that people know where Clearwater is. And hopefully theyll come here and enjoy our beaches and restaurants, Cretekos said. Filming it on location, be it in Clearwater or Tarpon Springs or St. Pete Beach, it gives you a personal connection, and when people are here, they know that the movie was actually filmed here. And I think that is where we have benefitted and are trying to promote. One of the scenes in the movie is going across the bridge to the aquarium, and I used to ride across that bridge as a boy in Tarpon. And the conclusion was filmed right here at the aquarium, and when people come to the aquarium, they know they were right there, and you cant beat that kind of experience. No matter who he talks to in the city, Cretekos said everyone is thrilled by the success the movie has had. I dont know anyone who is not just blown away by the success, Cretekos said. Theyre exceeding their expectations. So no matter who you ask what they were expecting, I think everyone would say they werent expecting it to succeed this much across the board.Photo courtesy of the CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUMWinters Dolphin Tale Adventure features an interactive experience and opportunity to learn more about the movie and the real story of Winter. Sea birds gather on the beach where the nourishment project water and sand mixture spews from the pipes and is put in place by the heavy equipment. The sand is dredged from a site about 12 miles west of Sand Key Park and then transported by barge. From there it is pumped through the pipes to the beach.Nourishment back on trackdoes it have that it is going to get the Michael Jordan. The candidates who have applied are successful and have good jobs, he said, warning that if the board drops the process the pool of applicants will shrink substantially fast. They are going to say we dont have confidence in this board, Blanton said. School Board Chairperson Robin Wikle disagreed. They (the candidates) are not going to say this board cant make up their minds. They are going to say this board is diligent in trying the best of the best, she said. She also expressed interest in using a search firm, saying she thinks that board is trying to cross every t and dot every i and make sure we bring in the best of the best. Other board members said they dont know whether the candidates are the best of the best until they interview them. These are good applications, said board member Carol Cook, and I will find out in the interview process whether I think they move up a notch. Gilzean asked what if the board interviews an applicant and we get charmed and knowing the best applicant out there didnt get that opportunity. Then shame on us, Cook said. Board member Peggy OShea said she wants to move to the next level, the interviews, to know if the people are still in the running or not. If they are not, we do need to look to other options. Right now, we dont have enough facts to determine whether these people are viable candidates, she said. Board member Terry Krassner encouraged the board to interview area Superintendent William Corbett, who is a former principal. Other board members and Blanton said he didnt have enough experience at the upper administrative levels. He has great potential If Dr. Corbett has more experience, he will be in our top five in three or four years, he said. Grego received the largest support from board members, six, among applicants that they intend to interview. Blanton said that based on comments he had received about Grego in his search his strongest attributes are his ability to work with board, community and school leaders. He said that Grego is strongly focused on student achievements, articulate in public meetings and very, very professional. He has good relationship with parents and students. Grego, who was Osceola County superintendent from July 2008 to June 2011, had a good relationship with the School Board that hired him, but the board changed, Blanton said. He felt there was unethical conduct among the board members, and he could not stay there, said Blanton, quoting his sources. Osceola County has had three superintendents in 12 months. Blanton said that Grego told him he had so much interaction with the board, he didnt have time for staff meetings and his other duties. Blanton said Grego had more than 1,200 emails in four months from the five board members, seeking information. Current superintendent John Stewart is scheduled to retire at the end of the year but said he would continue through March if the extra time were necessary to fill his slot. INTERVIEW, from page 1APhoto by NANCY AYERSpayers are about to get nickeled and dimed to death because the cumulative aspect of other local governments raising the millage rates. We are in the middle of a recession here. Although the city of Largo is running like a finely tuned clock, its the rest of them that arent, he said. We are going to put a burden on these people. Thats a problem. He said that its not his goal to remove all joy from the city of Largo, but its his job to make sure that citizens are adequately protected by public safety services. Commissioner Michael Smith questioned Chief Michael Wallace about firefighter positions that the city may not fund for Fire Engine 43, which serves Belleair Bluffs, Largo and Belleair. The department is looking at operating the engine with three firefighters instead of four per day. Under federal requirements, firefighters are not allowed to make entry into a burning structure unless there are two on the outside and two on the inside if no lives are at risk. Fire Engine 43 is now in a situation where firefighters wait for the next engine to arrive so they have two in, two out to enter the structure, Wallace said. Overall, the impact will be that there will be a delay getting interior aggressive firefighting into the structure. There will be some additional damage if some structure fire occurs, but our guys will remain safe ..., Wallace said. We will not send anyone in unless we have enough people outside to rescue them should they need it. But all bets are off if somebody is trapped in the house, he said. That means a single firefighter will enter a house to rescue a victim. But in situations where the house is unoccupied, the residents of a burning house are going to watch us stand at the front door waiting for that second engine to pull up so that we can make entry into the house, Wallace said. The 4.99 mills represent a 7.30 percent increase in taxes, generating an additional $1.06 million in revenue. If that rate were adopted in September, the owner of property with a taxable value of $60,559 would pay $42 more in annual taxes. Under the proposed tax rate of 4.99 mills, a homeowner whose property has a taxable value of $60,559 would pay an additional $42 in property taxes in the next fiscal year. Because of shrinking revenue stemming from tax cut measures and the downturn in the economy, city officials have cut their operating budget in recent years $14.5 million since 2008. Property values have dropped a total value of 31.43 percent since then. They are expecting to cut $2.6 million in the citys $61.3 million operating budget for fiscal year 2013. Two public hearings on the budget and tax rate are set for Sept. 4 and Sept. 20. The 2013 fiscal year begins Oct. 1. CITY, from page 1A

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By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Some Pinellas County residents who live in unincorporated areas may get to annex into a city sooner than planned if officials can agree on the process. Pinellas County Commissioners asked staff July 10 to continue negotiations with municipalities on an interlocal service boundary agreement on annexation within enclaves. Commissioners rejected draft language, continuing to insist that unincorporated residents have a choice under the proposed changes. An interlocal service boundary agreement would allow non-contiguous voluntary annexation within Type A enclaves, which are defined by state statute as unincorporated improved or developed areas that are enclosed on all sides by a single municipality. Staff has been working toward an agreement with municipalities with Type A enclaves since Dec. 6, 2011. Nine municipalities and two fire districts have agreed to take part in negotiations: Clearwater, Dunedin, Kenneth City, Largo, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, Lealman Special Fire District and Suncoast Fire and Rescue District. Planning Department staff and the county attorneys office prepared a draft agreement to use as a starting point for negotiations. Commissioners approved the proposed language March 27, adding an amendment that gave property owners with existing annexation agreements a choice. Staff scheduled a meeting with representatives of the municipalities and fire districts on April 27 at Largo City Hall. The municipalities submitted a revised draft agreement to the county in May. The fire districts had not responded as of July 10. Commissioner Nancy Bostock questioned the change to the agreement made by the municipalities that applied to only some property owners. Gordon Beardslee, Planning Department program administrator, said the cities had asked for an exception for properties for which the property owner was the original signer of an annexation agreement. Those properties would automatically become annexed if an interlocal agreement were approved. Bostock expressed concern for property owners that signed an annexation agreement expecting it to be considerable time before their property would be eligible to become part of a city. They signed under old rules, she said. Were putting in new rules. She said nothing stopped any property owner who would become eligible for annexation through the interlocal agreement to request going ahead on a voluntary basis. She insisted that the new rules include consent for all property owners. Commissioner Susan Latvala said the purpose of an agreement for enclaves was to make it easier to provide services, such as water and trash, to residents in unincorporated areas surrounded by a municipality. They were forced to sign (annexation agreements) to get city services, Latvala said. Annexation agreements between cities and property owners are commonplace in Pinellas. The agreement allows property owners to receive city services before the property is eligible for annexation in exchange for a promise that property owners will voluntarily apply for annexation when the property does become eligible. The result is gaping holes in cities. We need to do the right thing and close the holes, she said. Bostock was still concerned about changing the terms of existing agreements. Now theres an exception to the exception, she said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield also questioned why there would be a different set of rules dependent on who had signed an annexation agreement. The thinking is that if the person who signed is still the owner, there would be no problem. It (annexation) would be voluntary, Beardslee said. 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The vote negated a June 26 request by commissioners to the county attorneys office to develop ballot language to allow residents to have a vote on the matter. Before the decision, County Attorney Jim Bennett informed the commission that three citizens had filed a lawsuit June 26 against the supervisor of elections and Commissioners Susan Latvala, John Morroni, Ken Welch and Karen Seel, individually and in their official capacity. The suit, filed by Maria Scruggs, who is running against Welch in the Aug. 14 primary, Beverly Billiris and H. Patrick Wheeler, asks the court for a declaratory judgment to reinstate charter term limits for county commissioners as approved by referendum in 1996. At the time, the board consisted for five commissioners elected from countywide districts. The term limit amendment was challenged in the courts and declared unconstitutional Sept. 8, 2003. Some residents believe that a May 10 Supreme Court decision on charter-based term limits can be applied retroactively, meaning the commissioners named in the suit are no longer eligible to serve. The county attorneys office believes that the new rules established under the May Supreme Court ruling would be applied going forward from the date of the decision, not retroactively. The new ruling would allow commissioners to propose an amendment to the charter to allow term limits, which citizens could vote on by referendum. The commissioners were making plans to place the matter on the Nov. 6 ballot However, due to the lawsuit, which was filed the same day commissioners directed the attorneys office to begin work on ballot language and ordinance amending the charter to allow term limits, Bennett advised caution in proceeding. In another letter to commissioners, Bennett said the simultaneous introduction of a question on the 2012 general election ballot proposing term limits during the pendency of any legal challenge attempting to reinstate term limits approved in 1996 could create significant levels of confusion for the electorate, could create the potential for conflicting results and inconsistent term limit provisions and could increase the potential for additional litigation to resolve these issues. He presented three options to the board. The first, which was approved, was to take no action. The second was to proceed with advertisement of a proposed ordinance, which would have taken effect Jan. 2, 2013, to put a term limit referendum on the November 2014 election ballot. The third would have approved advertising of an ordinance to schedule a term limits referendum on Nov. 6 of the current year.Defense of county officialsBennett told commissioners that his office could find no conflict of interest that would prohibit county attorneys from representing everyone named in the suit. He said representation by the countys attorneys did not prevent the use outside counsel. Although the suit is against the commissioners in their individual capacity, at this stage in the litigation there are no allegations in the complaint of individual action or wrongdoing on the part of the named commissioners, Bennett wrote in a letter dated July 10. Bennett also pointed out benefits and risks of mutual representation. Benefits include lower cost and a more timely resolution. Risks include a possibility of a direct, adverse conflict, which would require the county attorneys office to withdraw its representation.DiscussionCommissioner Norm Roche requested that decisions about the lawsuit and referendum be tabled until after a closed-door meeting with the countys attorneys. Bennett said the suit had been served July 9 and that the defendants had 120 days to respond. He said a closed-door meeting could be scheduled to talk about the cost of the suit and strategy. He cautioned that no other topics could be discussed. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said she didnt object to a close-door session. Seel agreed, as long as the parameters of the discussion were understood. Bostock said, regardless, a closed-door discussion would have no bearing on the July 10 agenda items. We need to stop, let the lawsuit proceed and take direction from that, she said. We just received the lawsuit yesterday, Bennett said. Theres no urgency to have a strategy session right away. This is the result of a 16-year-old fight, legal battles and now a lawsuit, Roche said. We could fight this 20 to 30 years.Lawsuit stops proposed term limits referendum By JULIANA A. TORRESPINELLAS PARK The Federal Emergency Management Agency, partnering with the state of Florida, opened a local disaster recovery center in Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park, on July 12. The center open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is set up to help Pinellas County residents claim damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby. The center is one of four, which are located in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Highlands counties, which opened as a result of the storm, said FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. Those centers are set up primarily to work with residents in the affected community, she said. Its sort of a one-stop shop. The center features resources and representatives from several different government agencies and nonprofits, including FEMA, the state Emergency Management team, Access Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging, Workforce Pinellas and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Its really just a resource for residents to come in to speak to somebody one-on-one, Bafalis said. Since opening, traffic through the first floor room of Park Station has been slow, state and federal employees said recently. But as information about the center reaches Pinellas County residents, they expect that to change. While residents can register at the center, Bafalis advised the public to preregister their claims with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA or TTY 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are answered seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Claimants also can register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smart phone or tablet using the FEMA app or by going to m.fema.gov. It expedites the process for them if theyre already registered when they come in, she said. Once applicants are issued a nine-digit registration number, anyone within the recovery center can look up the status of their claim. The next step in the claim process is for an inspector to come out to the property in question to document all the damages caused by the tropical storm. That information is then forwarded to FEMA employees, who will determine what type of assistance, if any, the applicant is eligible for. FEMA grants are available to residents and business owners for repair of large and small storm damages not covered by insurance. This might include money for home repairs, up to three months of rental costs if you had to move out of your home due to the storm, transportation or medical expenses, unemployment assistance and funeral costs if there was a death in the family due to the storm. Applications will receive a determination letter to let them know if they meet the qualifications for a grant. Bafalis cautioned applicants to read their determination letter completely. Many will read that they are ineligible for assistance at the beginning of the letter and not realize that the agency is still waiting to see what the applicants insurance will cover, or that something was missing from the application. In both instances, the applicant may still be eligible for assistance. Those denied help can appeal the decision within 60 days. Representatives at the recovery center can help residents write an appeals letter, Bafalis said. Those determined to be ineligible for FEMA assistance may be given an application for a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans can help pay for residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Bafalis said it was important to apply for a SBA loan, as a way of pursuing assistance. Some folks will receive a Small Business Administration application but dont understand what thats for, she said. Eligibility for those loans, which could be as low as 1.9 percent for both homeowners and renters or 4 percent for businesses, does not mean the applicant must accept the loan. But the low-interest rate could be better than paying for unexpected costs with a credit card, Bafalis said. At least itll be there, she said. You never know what might happen in a month or two. Plus, if applicants are determined to be ineligible for SBA loans, then they are referred back to assistance from FEMA. If they do nothing, their application process stalls, Bafalis said. The center also can be a resource for crisis counseling as well as contact point for a number of nonprofit organizations that can help. We want to help (residents) in whatever they need so they dontFEMA opens disaster recovery center in Pinellas Park fall through cracks, Bafalis said. The local disaster recovery center will remain open to the public seven days a week until further notice. For more information about SBA disaster loans, call 800-6592955, TTY 800-877-8339, or visit www.sba.gov. Pinellas County Economic Developments Small Business Development Center, at 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, in Clearwater, offers help in applying for a SBA disaster loan or a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. Visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs or contact Dr. Cynthia Johnson at 464-7445 or cyjohnson@pinellascounty.org.Photos by JULIANA A. TORRESGinette Philippeaux, FEMA applicant service team specialist, prepares to help Pinellas County residents at the local disaster recovery center in Park Station, set up at 5851 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park July 16. The center is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help residents recover from damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby.

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Pinellas Centennial 7A Leader, July 19, 2012 Telling our readers about local business since 1977.Phone Don Minie at 727-409-5252 or e-mail mminie5382@aol.com When Only the Best Will Do YoullRead About Them Here!To get your business story toldcall 727-409-5252.Email:mminie5382@aol.com Maria Martinez, owned a janitorial company for 20 years and was tired of using Green Products that didnt live up to their promise. She hired an Organic chemical engineer, partnered with Amy Mandel and together they formed a Minority Woman Owned Company. Thus, NATURALLY GREEN PRODUCTS was born. Naturally Green Products has the most comprehensive line of formulated cleaning products and EPA registered disinfectants for all the cleaning requirement of home owners, and industries. The product that most amazes us is their NO MORE BUGS! Its unique cedar oil base impairs the mental capacity, shuts down bugs breathing pores and eliminates them in minutes. Bed bugs, mites, fleas, ticks, roaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, flies, bees and wasps. Its easy to use and can safely be used anywhere in the home including pets bedding and auto interior. Snakes are also repelled by the cedar oil aroma. Its just $32.52 (includes shipping fee) for a 32oz bottle. They also have 8-32oz bottles for maintenance. Go to: www.naturallygreenproducts.com Here you can order any of their amazing cleaning products. SHIPPING IS ALWAYS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! The rumor the Wine Cellar is now a super market is untrue. says General Manager Chuck Marks. The Wine Cellar continues to operate as it has since 1976. There are parties looking at it but it has not been sold. We continue to book banquets and caterings as we are currently looking at a possible partnership with an existing restaurant or new location, in the event the owners do sell it. If you havent already had the pleasure of visiting this fabulous restaurant and lounge we urge you to do so. You will find world class chefs experienced in the preparation of traditional and multi-cultural cuisine as well as todays nouvelle tastes and an extensive array of quality wines from all over. Let these award winning chefs do the cooking! Whether its an intimate dinner for two, a grand celebration or business affair, you will be satisfied, impressed and have happy memories. Banquet Facilities can accommodate up to 250 guests and their Catering Service is unmatched. For more information and a view of their menu, as well as a very special offer, visit their Facebook Page. To make reservations call 727-393-3491. For bookings, email: Laurie@thewinecellarstpete.com Theyve served the Dunedin area for over 50 years. Were sure youre familiar with the multi-mirrored structure of Countryside Glass & Mirror. They do everything from steam showers to hallway nooks. They have found one more way to bring excellence and joy into your life. With the opening of their new division COUNTRYSIDE CUSTOM FRAMING. You wont have to imagine how your project will look framed. You can preview framed and matted art on computer monitors. With the use of Wizard CMS and IF Visualization there will be no need to try to imagine this. Great offers include: No limit on matt cutting creativity, pen drawings and embossing Wide selection of stylish and decorative frames for art and mirrors More creative designs at more affordable prices Delivery of framed art to your gallery and 100% Customer Satisfaction. Present This Article for 50% Off any framing service. For Sales and Service, contact Mary Lehman, Sales Associate at 727-771-3852. Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, Saturday 8am-Midnight. Accepting all major credit cards.In this economy you cant afford to waste money on replacing carpet that can be fixed. Call Swaine Carpet Service for a Free Quote. They offer re-stretching, repairing, pulls, tears, burns and more. In most cases they will make your carpet look like new again. However if its an impossibility they sell and install new carpet, or tile at very affordable prices. Carrying brand names such as Mohawk, Shaw, Beaulieu and Stainmaster. Swaine Carpet Service, Inc. has been offering sales and carpet repair services in the area for 40 years. This family owned and operated business will exceed your expectations. There are no sub-contractors here. An owner/operator will be on every job, and your satisfaction will be guaranteed. If your carpet has wrinkles due to poor installation, water damage or simply aging It can be fixed! by stretching. No job is too big or too small. They will meet or beat any competitors written quote and if you mention this ARTICLE you can take $25 OFF ANY SERVICE! Phone 727-692-6684 to schedule your Free Estimate. Accepting Cash, Personal Checks, Visa, Master Card & Discover. Learn more at www.swainecarpet.com We recommend that you call Invisible Fence of the Suncoast at 727-210-0825 and find out about the best indoor and outdoor solutions for your pets. Their newest offer is the Revolutionary Boundary Plus and you can only get it from Invisible Fence of the Suncoast. This new technology gives your pet up to 30% more space to run and play and is very safe for lots with zero lot lines and a physical fence or wall. Invisible Fence of the Suncoast can custom fit a solution for any yard shape. Your pets will gain up to 30% more play space on a small lot without feeling cramped or restricted. Also, one final note: They have a wonderful containment system for cats, inside or outside of your home, ask about it today. You need to call Invisible Fence of the Suncoast for your FREE CONSULTATION and find out how you can get 10% OFF installation with this Article. Visit: www.ifsuncoast.com or call today at 727-210-0825.Amy S. Mandel, is VP/CFO. You might know her from Feet First she has been in that business for 30 years.Located at 17307 Gulf Blvd. North Redington Beach since 1976.Located at 1980 Main St. in Dunedin. Near the corner of Belcher and Main St. in Countryside. Owners of Swaine Carpet Services, Rex Swaine, Sr. & son offer Free Estimates and Same Day Service.Let Lori & Hank Ford give you a FREE, no obligation in home consultation appointment @ 727-210-0825. NATURALLY GREEN PRODUCTS promises No More Bugs of any kind!The Wine Cellar Restaurant is For Sale but, NOT Sold.Countryside Glass& Mirror adds COUNTRYSIDE CUSTOM FRAMING to their services.SWAINE CARPET SERVICE asks Why replace the entire carpet when they can fix it!INVISIBLE FENCE now offers Revolutionary Boundary PlusTM. Your pets get 30% more yard space to run and play.71912 Cadence Bank hosts school supply driveCLEARWATER Cadence Bank is sponsoring its annual Tools for Schools supply drive supporting Skycrest Elementary School now through Aug. 10. Community members may drop off donated school supplies at Cadences Clearwater branch, 2440 Sunset Point Road, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cadence Bank has sponsored Tools for Schools for the past three years in an effort to supply elementary school children with their back to school needs. Skycrest Elementary School was selected based on its Title I designation and the considerable number of students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. To express its appreciation to the community for their support, the staff of Cadences Clearwater branch will host a complimentary breakfast from Chick-Fil-A on Friday, Aug. 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m. The Chick-Fil-A at 2516 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. also will serve as a drop-off location for school supplies through Aug. 10. For additional information, call 796-5300.SMS opens Clearwater officeCLEARWATER Systems Made Simple recently opened a new office in the Feathersound area of Clearwater. This location currently employs 50 people in the technology sector, focused primarily on government contracts. SMS is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been recognized as one of the countrysfastest growing companies. With the expansion of current contracts and additional new contracts in the pipeline, SMS is bringing vast opportunities for individuals with skill sets in systems and software engineering, IT services, infrastructure services and program management. SMSs expansion and growth will result in additional employment opportunities and economic growth in the region. SMS is known for fostering a sense of community within its offices and heavily participates in local charity work. Checkers re-opens CLEARWATER Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., recently hosted a grand reopening event at its location in Clearwater at 1595 S. Missouri Ave. The reopening is part of a strategic expansion strategy Checkers has undergone to fuel continued growth throughout the country, and to build the brands presence in existing markets. The previously closed Clearwater location reopened May 22. We continue to look into new ways to further develop markets where we have a presence and where our guests are familiar with our brand, said Taylor Warner, vice president of real estate, construction and company development for Checkers/Rallys. With increased traffic and a much more vibrant nearby business community, we re-opened the Clearwater location to re-create new jobs and re-ignite the passion for Checkers in the community.Sandy Paws opensNORTH REDINGTON BEACH Sandy Paws Veterinary Clinic recently opened its doors at 16701 Gulf Blvd. Owner and veterinarian Dr. John Mead opened Sandy Paws in May to offer an affordable pet care solution in these tough economic times. Mead has been healing four-legged family members for more than 20 years. His past experience extends from animal shelters to private practice to emergency clinics. Over the past decade, Mead has been the chief veterinarian at the SPCA Tampa Bay and Pet Pal Animal Shelter and Clinic. He has performed more than 20,000 spay and neuter surgeries, countless wellness visits and emergency surgeries. Meads diverse experience gives him insight into the practical care of canines, felines and other family pets. His unique approach balances the strength of conventional Western medicine with the benefits of complimentary and alternative therapies. Biz notes Biz notes Editors note: James Schnur, the associate university library, Poynter Library, USF St. Petersburg, discussed Building Bridges and Aspiring for the Major Leagues, June 10, at Heritage Village as part of a lecture series offered by the County Historical Society. Excerpts from Schnurs lecture on efforts to build a stadium and bring Major League baseball team to the area follow:The areas attempts to secure a major league franchise exemplified the regional rift between Hillsborough County and Pinellas County in the 1980s, an important transitional period for the county. Although St. Petersburg civic leader and former St. Petersburg Times publisher Jack Lake started to lay the groundwork for an MLB franchise by the 1970s, the struggles between Tampa and St. Petersburg over the site of the stadium during the 1980s often worked to the detriment of the entire region. The actions of earlier Major League Baseball leaders, such as Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and National League President Bill White, made the area have to play extra innings to win the game. The biggest redevelopment project at the time, of course, was the plan to transform the Gas Plant area in St. Petersburg into the site of a multi-purpose stadium and this required countywide support. By a 3-2 vote in December 1983, Pinellas County commissioners agreed to support funding for a baseball or multipurpose sports stadium in St. Petersburg. Support was strong in St. Petersburg, though many hotels and establishments in north county questioned the value of using dollars from tourists to fund the complex that became Tropicana Field. Early funding and loan notes were drawn up and executed before the end of the year. With the defeat of Gabe Cazares in his re-election bid in November 1984, an anti-stadium majority held control of the county commission and in mid-November 1984, the new commission voted against supporting the stadium initiative. St. Petersburg responded by suing the commission to assure that it would honor the original agreement, a case that the city prevailed in during 1985. By this time, the Twins had courted with Tampa. In the mid-1980s, the Texas Rangers became a possible team for relocation as well. Things really became interesting in the mid-1980s. In July 1986, Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth informed St. Petersburgs Mayor Edward Cole via telegraph that the city is not among the top candidates for a franchise. A week later, on July 23, a public hearing at the Bayfront Center attracted approximately 2,000 people to discuss the stadium, with supporters in the majority. On July 24, the members of St. Petersburgs city council approved a measure to build the stadium by a 6-3 vote. Build it and they will come, was the thought at the time. A well-attended groundbreaking took place at the future site of the stadium, on Nov. 22, 1986, with 9,000 in attendance. By that time, the Chicago White Sox seemed to be the perfect suitor. The White Sox played in old Comisky Park, a venue that had shown its age since opening in the summer of 1910. On Dec. 5, this chapter of the baseball drama seemed to end, as the ownership of the Chicago White Sox said that the team would not move to St. Petersburg. After the Illinois Legislature proposed a new plan to finance a replacement stadium, leaders in St. Petersburg felt their hopes were dashed. However, uncertainties of this plan for a $120 million stadium allowed residents of the Tampa Bay area to believe that the Florida White Sox might be a reality. The drama resumed on and off for another year and a half with the Sox eventually deciding to stay put. Construction on the Florida Suncoast Dome began on Jan. 5, 1987. The original stadium design, slated to cost about $85 million, allowed forBuild it and they will comePlenty of hits and misses, but Pinellas finally gets pro baseball flexibility and multipurpose events. The actual name was selected from over 19,900 entries and was announced on May 1. By mid-July, pockets of contamination were detected in some areas of the former Gas Plant. Remediation efforts delayed construction and added to the cost of preparing the site. The Florida Suncoast Dome opened with a big celebration in February 1990. Later known as the Thunderdome and Tropicana Field, the original stadium configuration remained partially incomplete to allow for multipurpose activities. Costs to date were $110 million. In June 1990, Major League Baseball announced a timetable for expansion that would allow for the addition of two teams in the National League with an announcement scheduled for June 1991 Finally, on March 9, 1995, new expansion franchises were awarded to a Tampa Bay group. The Devil Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998 against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field before a crowd of 45,369. Got a Centennial story?To celebrate the countys centennial, Tampa Bay Newspapers is seeking unique stories from longtime Pinellas residents who have stories about the way things used to be. Currently, stories are being sought from those who lived in a Pinellas community between the years 1910 and 1950. Provide a brief description of your story and mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Alternately, stories may be submitted by email to editorial@TBNweekly.com. If the editors feel your recollections fits the theme of the Centennial Stories series, you will be contacted for further information. Photo courtesy of ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY, HERITAGE VILLAGEA groundbreaking ceremony for the Florida Suncoast Dome was held Nov. 23, 1986 with 22,000 in attendance. The making of PinellasCentennial storiesEditors note: Ernest William Billy Bie submitted this description of the Bie familys life in the boathouse, a historic home in Indian Rock Beach. It was built in 1911 or 1912 on 24 pilings and turned into a home for Bies mother and six children. Bies father, Norman Bie, and his mother, Rita Monrose Bie, were born in 1895 and 1894 respectively.The boathouse was built about 1911 on property owned by Horace H. Hamlin, who owned numerous other properties in the county. Harry Ulmer, a citrus grove entrepreneur who kept his boat Miss Largo in one of its three boat wells, built it. During the early 1930s, local mullet fishermen Bill Ransom and Ross Johns lived in it. In 1938 my father, Norman A. Bie, a Realtor in Tampa since 1918, bought the boathouse from Hamlin. He proceeded to turn it into a home for his wife Rita and six children, ages 3 to 15, plus his real estate office. When we moved in, the first floor was two open boat wells with catwalks, and the roadside of the center boat well had been floored to use as a garage. The second floor had one large room on the west side with an open porch on the east side overlooking the bay. Mother cleverly divided the large room into fourths by nailing up strings and hanging bed sheets over them, which created a kitchen and three bedrooms, one for my three sisters, one for us three boys, and one for my parents. In the kitchen we had an icebox, which was replenished several times a week by an ice truck that came to our house, and the stove was a three-burner metal kerosene stove. Mother used a washboard and bucket to do our laundry. Remember, 1938 was one of the Great Depression years and times were not easy. Within three years, Dad had the boat wells completely floored to make three rooms and a bath. The center was his real estate office. Upstairs, partitions were built forming living and dining rooms, kitchen, two bedrooms and bath. The porch was fully screened. Soon a third floor dormitory and bath were added and a small building next to the boathouse for mothers laundry room. With youngsters sleeping on the third floor, Dad The Boathouse a wonderful place to grow up Photos courtesy of ERNEST WILLIAM BILLY BIEShown are the boathouse in 1944, left, and in 2001.added a ladder on the bay side from the top floor down to the first as a fire escape. It has never been used for that purpose, but we kids and friends, children and grandchildren have certainly had fun jumping off the ladder into the bay at high tide. The boathouse was a wonderful place to grow up. Over the years we had bicycles, a kayak, canoe, 25horsepower motorboat and water skis. We had a library full of books, cards and games, ping-pong table, piano, ukulele, harmonica and guitar. We caught fish with hook-and-line, rods, nets and homemade spear gun. Bay scallops were plentiful as were blue crabs in the Gulf. In 1946 Dad put a stable on the lot across Gulf Boulevard from the boathouse and two horses, Trippi and Danny that we rode on the beach. They loved swimming in the Gulf! High tides have brought water into the first floor maybe 15 times through the years, but no storm has so much as removed a shingle. Dad lived in the boathouse until he died in 1974. Mother lived there until she was 98 years old. The boathouse continues to be home base for our Bie family, now and into the future.

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8A Viewpoints Leader, July 19, 2012Another one bites the dust. A Miami federal judge has struck down the new law prohibiting Florida doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients. The ruling extends the legal losing streak of Gov. Rick Scott and right-wing lawmakers, who have set a pathetic record for unconstitutional bills. Written by the National Rifle Association, the so-called Firearm Owners Privacy Act would have prevented concerned physicians from asking patients about guns kept in their houses. Its a reasonable query in domestic situations in which children might be at risk. But the GOP-controlled Legislature wants doctors to shut up about guns and stick to lecturing women about their abortion decisions. So much for privacy. By necessity, doctors ask lots of personal questions. Are you using any illegal drugs? How much alcohol do you drink in a week? Do you smoke cigarettes? Do you suffer from depression? Weve all filled out the checklists while sitting in the waiting room. And, on the examination table, weve all heard doctors and nurses ask things we wouldnt post on Facebook. Say, have you noticed if your urine is changing color? Uh, no. Most of us have never been asked by our health-care providers whether we have a gun, or where on the premises we keep it. However, most of us dont have bullet scars, needle tracks or booze on our breath when showing up for a medical appointment. Some people do, and too often they have kids. Doctors who ask questions are usually just doctors who care, and the best doctors have more questions than others. The ban on asking about gun habits originated after an Ocala couple reportedly claimed their physician wouldnt treat them anymore because they refused to talk about it. Cue the NRA, which had no trouble finding a stooge in the Legislature to sponsor a bill that effectively prohibited physicians from raising the subject. Republican supporters claimed that merely by inquiring about firearms in the house, doctors are infringing on a patients Second Amendment rights. The argument is embarrassingly lame. Suggesting that someone put a trigger lock on their handgun is not quite the same as confiscating it. Extending the Legislatures knothead logic, a doctor who promotes the safe use of condoms is violating your constitutional right to accidentally impregnate whomever you want. The gun law was doomed in the courts from the day the NRA hacks delivered it. Still, it passed last year and was proudly signed by Scott, generating a swift legal challenge from the Florida Pediatric Society, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and other groups. In the media, the battle became known as Docs vs. Glocks, and on June 29 the docs won. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke made permanent an order blocking the law, saying it violated the free-speech rights of physicians. She said the wording of the legislation was vague and offered no guidelines for health-care practitioners. For instance, the statute allowed doctors to ask about firearms only if they believed in good faith that the information was relevant to a patients care and safety. Yet no specific standards were laid out in the law. The judge said it had a chilling effect on medical providers who feared heavy fines or even losing their licenses if they spoke to families about gun safety a rather serious health issue in Florida, judging by the number of emergency room admissions. Increasingly, doctors around the country are putting firearm ownership on their checklists of questions for patients. Thats because, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one out of every 25 children delivered to pediatric trauma centers has a gunshot wound. Its likely that Florida will appeal Judge Cookes decision and try to reinstate the doctor-muzzling law. The governor thinks its a dandy piece of legislation, and totally constitutional. His hapless scorecard in that area speaks for itself. Tom Julin, a prominent First Amendment lawyer involved in challenging the statute, recently wrote in the South Florida Sun Sentinel: The fact of the matter is the NRA asked the Legislature to pass this law to censor doctors who might advocate gun control the NRA opposes. Doctors who see children bearing bullet holes on a regular basis can be very powerful advocates. To do their jobs right, doctors are obligated to ask about anything that might affect the health of you and your family. You certainly cant be forced to answer those questions, just as your doctor cant be forced to keep you as a patient. Take your funny-colored pee and move on.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. The group known as Christians in Recovery has published Signs of a Spiritual Awakening. As I read the signs, I realized that although these ideas may have applications for most people, theyre not of much use for persons embroiled in politics, either as office-holders or campaign workers. Here are the spiritual signs, and my responses to them. 1. AN INCREASED TENDENCY TO LET THINGS HAPPEN RATHER THAN MAKE THEM HAPPEN. Such a laissez-faire attitude spells suicide to a politician and his/her supporters. Politics requires people to take any sort of action that will defeat the enemy. Up to and including assassination attempts, or starting a rumor that the opposing candidate was born in Qatar as a product of his mothers one-night stand with a sheik. 2. FREQUENT ATTACKS OF SMILING. Political smiles are allowed only during campaign appearances, or when the latest poll shows your side is gaining. Smiling is a sign of satisfaction, and satisfied campaigners usually lose. 3. FEELINGS OF BEING CONNECTED WITH OTHERS AND NATURE. The best example of this would take place as a candidate shakes hands with a contributor who has just forked over a $100,000 campaign contribution in a rose garden filled with fawns and chipmunks. 4. FREQUENT OVERWHELMING EPISODES OF APPRECIATION. Again, such moments usually are tied to large contributions, or to public endorsements of a candidate by supporters such as Oprah Winfrey, the Pope or God. 5. A TENDENCY TO THINK AND ACT SPONTANEOUSLY RATHER THAN FROM FEARS BASED ON PAST EXPERIENCE. Such actions by a politician spell certain doom. Campaign trails are littered with the bodies of candidates who blurted the truth or acted as his/her gut feelings dictated at that moment. Take away the teleprompter from Barack Obama, the rehearsed answers from Mitt Romney, and the 3 x 5 cards from Ronald Reagan, and what have you got? Chaos. Anarchy. Do you think JFK announced, Ich bin eine Berliner! just as the phrase crossed his mind at the podium? Not bloody likely. 6. AN UNMISTAKABLE ABILITY TO ENJOY EACH MOMENT. Change each to an occasional and youll be closer to the realities of political campaigning. Today, the pressures coming to bear on candidates and their staffs are unremitting. In the not-sodistant past, campaigners could put in a grueling 18-hour day and then have a beer and relax while waiting for the morning papers to arrive. No more. Today, the Internet and other electronic news media simply do not rest. If Mitt Romney says, Bubbaloo! at 10 a.m., the Obama people must respond with an anti-bubbaloo statement by 11. If theyre too slow, the media will come out at noon with Obama campaign headquarters seem at a loss to reply to Gov. Romneys bubbaloo announcement. Theres not much room for enjoyable moments in such a lifestyle. 7. A LOSS OF ABILITY TO WORRY. Ha! 8. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN CONFLICT. Ha! 9. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN INTERPRETING THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS. Much of politics is necessarily devoted to interpreting the actions of your opponents, followed by issuing public statements that misinterpret and misconstrue those actions, or cast a negative spotlight on them. 10. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN JUDGING OTHERS. No way, Jose. If you cant be a fairly accurate judge of the characters and motivations of the political players (both friendly and enemy) youd better find yourself another game. 11. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN JUDGING SELF. This trait in a politician need not be harmful provided that he/she has already accurately analyzed his strong and weak points. He can then proceed to hide his defects and vulnerabilities from the voting public so that voters will be conned into judging him as being trustworthy, intelligent, strong, etc. 12. GAINING THE ABILITY TO LOVE WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. In politics and in many other areas of life, the term love is bandied about so much that its almost meaningless. Any candidate who tells a crowd of 500 or 50,000 persons I love you! should not be believed. You cant love anyone you dont know pretty well, and no candidate can get up close and personal with all those voters out there. A typical candidate doesnt exude or expect love. Or respect. Or worship. All he wants is your vote (along with a campaign contribution, if possible). **** Does all of the above mean that politics completely rules out genuine idealism, love of country and a desire to serve the public? Not in the least. It simply rules out the sort of spiritual awakening that can lift a person above the fray and purify his soul. Politics is a battleground, messy, impure, and about as spiritual as a pro football game. But it can still be great fun.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at tralee71@comcast.net. No room for spiritual awakeningsI have a love-hate relationship with bridges. The panoramic view of meandering rivers and restless seas from the tops of bridges makes memories. Being stuck on a bridge with a full bladder makes nightmares. My boss told me that he recently was held up on the bridge at Johns Pass twice on the same trip to and from his destination. I can top that. Before the bridge was rebuilt, I was also held up on it twice on the same trip but both times on the way back. Must have taken me 35 minutes to get to the Madeira side. There were more mariners passing through the spans that February afternoon than there were boats evacuating Dunkirk in World War II. Trust me on this. I had plenty of time to count them. Though I think that our transportation planners sometimes come up with a BAD idea Build Another Drawbridge I recognize that for some places there are few alternatives, such as at Johns Pass. And I prefer a drawbridge over a ferry any day. You dont want to be on a ferry in Lake Superior in the winter, which explains why the Aerial Lift Bridge was built in Duluth, Minn. It was one of the first bridges Ive ever crossed as a boy growing up in northern Wisconsin and remains one of my favorites. The bridge was built in 1905 and upgraded in 1929 to its current lifting design meaning straight up as it operates today. Its probably Duluths most famous and beloved piece of architecture, even though it looks as if were built from an Erector Set. The last time I crossed that bridge was when I was on vacation in 2004, just for the heck of it. The bridge takes you from the mainland in Duluth to Minnesota Point, a seven-mile narrow sand spit that leads to nowhere. The next time I make a decision to take the Aerial Lift Bridge just for the heck of it, Ill forgo having two Leinenkugel beers at nearby Grandmas restaurant. As you are waiting for the lift to come down, its kind of hard to enjoy the bridges distinct operating mechanisms when the most prevalent thought running through your head is wheres the nearest bathroom. Have a favorite name of a bridge? Mine is the Bridge of Gods, a span in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. In deference to Manito, the Great Spirit, I wont butcher the 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey dautrey@tbnweekly.com Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli tbniandy@yahoo.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey jrey@tbnweekly.com Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier sfournier@tbnweekly.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown production@tbnweekly.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter webmaster@tbnweekly.com Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure bmcclure@tbnweekly.com Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.com Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd csouthmayd@tbnweekly.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl alundahl@tbnweekly.com Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. Torres jtorres@tbnweekly.com General Editorial editorial@tbnweekly.comCirculation: L. Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERS Drivers SeatBob Driver Florida loses a silly legal battleFireworks revelers show lack of conscience Editor: Thank you for your timely article (Heart of the Matter) in the July 12th edition of the Bee. Todays increasing disregard for the inherent responsibilities of all citizens to care for our natural resources is appalling. As Gulf side residents of Indian Rocks Beach, our neighbors and we have seen increasing behavior mentioned in Southmayds writing. We have watched beach goers throw whole cases of beer bottles into the sea oats on occasions when the sheriffs deputies come by on patrol. The Independence Day lack of conscience shown by fireworks revelers was, indeed, disgraceful. As noted in the article, the shore erosion had a serious effect on the evening. This was an inconvenience that sensible people expect to live with. Ms. Southmayd rightly pointed out that all parties involved in the display should have returned, at least the next morning, to clean up the mess. Despite the overflowing trash baskets, many did pile the trash next to the containers. Many did not. When we, and other residents, combed the beach the next day, the volume of junk was unbelievable. City workers continue to do an amazing job in caring for our beautiful beach. I saw a terrible train wreck years ago. The mess left on the morning of the 5th was avid reminder. IRB staff should not be expected to do train wrecks. A suggestion is that, perhaps, civic organizations might sponsor (with the city of IRB) annual celebration events to help control the chaotic situation. As we all know, groups such as IRB Action 2000, IRB Home Owners, Rotary Club, Beach Art Center and others continue to sponsor excellent family events throughout the year. Most people take for granted the huge amount of volunteer efforts that go into the preparation and staging of these events. One is familiar with the sage remark that, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Perhaps, a joint meeting to include representatives of these organizations and the city may be scheduled to consider possibilities. Dealing with the three-mile long beach area for holidays like New Years Eve and the 4th is a challenge. I believe that, with some old-fashioned brainstorming, something will be done. Ralph E. Montgomery Indian Rocks BeachThe ups and downs of bridges Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words.What do you think? Carl Hiaasen Tom Germond story here of how the bridge got its name, but you can find out more about it at www.portofcascadelocks.org/bridge. Or just go there, enjoy the scenery and surroundings and learn about Sam Hill, a famous innovator in the Pacific Northwest. Closer to home, I enjoy the view of brawny Jacksonville from the bridge on I-95 over the St. Johns River. I didnt enjoy the view decades ago when you had to pay a toll on the bridge to cross the river. And what the Sam Hill is up with the proposal to convert the Howard Frankland Bridge into a toll bridge? (You knew Id work Sam Hill in somehow). Not sure whos the brainless bureaucrat that decided that would be a good idea, but he probably runs with the same crowd that decided we need a state university in Lakeland. The Howard Frankland is my least favorite bridge. Im never sure on how much time to allot for a trip to Tampa International Airport because of the traffic frenzy, which is akin to the running of the wildebeasts across the Maui River. Might be easier to leave your car at St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and book a flight to Tampa International. I pray to Manito I never have to do that.The Aerial LIft Bridge in Duluth, Minn., in May 1996.

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When theyre off-balance, its tempting to embrace the meditative philosophy that nothing is good or bad. It just is. The idea that events are neither good nor bad is one way to see life at sea, whose natural rhythms have recently unfurled a gripping series of events. Overall, the number of dolphins using our area is generally consistent but we find them less often now. Perhaps theyre behaving differently, which conceivably corresponds to a classic feature of warming seas: novel new dolphins. Novel new dolphins include the seven babies born so far. Six have resident moms (Club, J, Face, FM, Slightwin and LA Stick). The remaining mom is nonresident Osiris, whose appearance with her tiny shiny newborn reaffirms Johns Pass waters as vital dolphin nursery grounds. New moms tend to scatter, roaming alone to teach the newborn her unique whistle while avoiding the potential confusion of competing sounds, whether other dolphins or boats. FMs newborn didnt survive tropical storm Debby. But like the sunshine that followed her havoc, its loss was an unexpected silver lining for FMs previous calf Fennel, born in 2009. When a mother dolphin with an older calf at heal gives birth again, it usually triggers the older calf to wean. But its strong ties with its lifelong companion arent always broken with a resolute snap. Weanlings often trail their mom for several weeks after the birth of the rival sibling or are found in bays adjacent to her. Little Fennel haunted his moms vicinity in the days following the appearance of her June newborn, giving us a glimpse of the tough side of life. Fennel is small for his age. He got bit on the back by a shark last summer, which healed to a conspicuous dent behind his dorsal fin. Wounded calves pour resources into healing instead of girth and often stay small. You dont want to be small and alone at sea. It attracts the wrong company. When FM appeared without the newborn after the storm, Fennel swam sturdily at her side once again. Speaking of the hazards of small lone dolphins at sea, poor Split emerges with an increasingly somber reproductive record. She successfully raised her zesty 2005 son Steve to weaning. The loss of her 2008 newborn revealed the grave fact that dolphins mourn their dead. Split gave birth in 2010 but the newborn was lost within the month. She had Seville in 2011, who was doing beautifully through Memorial Day this year. Five days later, reports of Split once again tending the corpse of her dead baby ended all that. The cosmic tide pushed back with a spring parade of bulls that, like Treasure Islands Fourth of July fireworks, included many charming surprises. A number of young and mature bulls have returned after years of absence along with two novel new dolphins. One of the new dolphins is a husky character we call Xiphos. He spent May and June haunting the vicinity of mom-calf groups but never joined them directly that we saw. However, he not only joined local bulls N and Rippington directly, he found it necessary to pepper them with an extensive big fish handling display, perhaps as an exercise in intimidation. Over Memorial Day, three dolphins sprinted off the shadows of a seaside school before vanishing into the wake of a passing yacht. One was a dolphin we call Hoffman. Weve seen it only once before. Hoffmans return is another reflection of the rhythm of freeranging dolphin movement patterns. Hoffmans companions were new to us. One remains mysterious. The others dorsal finNewer but fewer dolphins pattern was so distinct that it was an obvious new addition to our photo ID catalogue, the compendium by which we recognize and document local dolphin dramas. Were calling it Gem, a sparkly gender-free combination of Jen and Jim. A couple of weeks later, three bulls pestered local lady Front Slash as she tried to hunt along a private section of seawall. Bulldozed into open waters, she communicated her response to the bothersome bulls by launching into a series of aerial maneuvers and then rocketing away at top dolphin speed. The trio harried her as a pair and a singleton. The pair was a surprise. Lax is a local Bowery Boy who usually swims with Midface so it was peculiar to see him swim in careful synchrony alongside Dune. Dune is an occasional visitor insofar as weve seen it only once in August of 2009, when it and companions fought with local bulls. The singleton who worked alone is a bull we identified during our 2004 pilot work. His name, Square Bite Face, is a rough description of the notch pattern on his dorsal fin. We saw him annually before Johns Pass Bridge construction began but only three times since. His buddy Two Lips was nowhere around, maybe lost in the tides of time. But a fourth dolphin trailed the bulls who trailed the lady. It was Keyhole Plus, another occasional visitor bull we saw annually before Johns Pass Bridge construction began but only three times since. New babies, Xiphos and Gem push the number of identified dolphins in Johns Pass to 290! Yet between newer dolphins and fewer dolphins, its not easy to watch the tentative imbalance with meditative neutrality.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled@tam pabay.rr.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore.com. Read her award-winning DolphinWatch column weekly atwww.TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-4338299. Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver Photo by ANN WEAVERLocal lady DD1 arches to avoid a particularly bothersome bull.Largo youth gets scholarshipLARGO Taylor Cook of Largo recently received a $500 scholarship from the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida. The scholarships, called the Kelley Awards, are presented to tennis players who display good character, good attitude, tennis ability, a desire to improve their tennis skills and participate in local United States Tennis Association Junior Team tennis programs. Established in 1962, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers support for the development of youth tennis in Florida.Kids can play golf for $5LARGO The Largo Golf Course is offering youth ages 17 and younger the opportunity to play golf this summer for $5. Youths 17 and younger can beat the summer boredom blues by walking 18 holes at Largo Golf Course any day of the week after 11 a.m., a city news release said. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult throughout the round. Nonplaying adults can walk with their child for free or choose to rent a cart for a small fee. Largo Golf Course is located at 12500 Vonn Road. Call 518-3024. Triathlon planned for Aug. 4LARGO The Bardmoor YMCA Youth and Adult sprint triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 a.m. to noon, at the Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Road. All proceeds from the triathlon will benefit the YMCA People Helping People Assistance Program and the Livestrong Cancer Survivor Program at the Bardmoor branch. Ages 13 and over will start at 7 a.m.; ages 5 to 7 will start at 8 a.m. and ages 8 to 12 will start at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 for participants who register by Aug. 3. Call 394-9622.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, July 21, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Briefs See BRIEFS, page 10A

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We Specialize in Family Law: Divorce Custody Child Support Modification Adoption Criminal Wills Free ConsultationTODD LAW OFFICES5315 Park Boulevard, Suite 3 Pinellas Park 727-545-8633www.toddlawoffices.com Jennifer ToddAttorney By BRIAN GOFFCLEARWATER Twenty-seven years ago, Russ and Marilyn Jones moved from New Jersey to Florida, bought a home in the Clearwater Cascades Mobile Home Park in Pinellas Park and immediately went looking for a ball game. They discovered the Florida State League, and they have been hooked ever since. Marilyn says it is all because of Russ. I always liked baseball, she said. But Russ was a real fan of minor league baseball, and we began to go to games. Does she still like it? Absolutely. I am hooked. The people are so nice, she said. Back in 1997, the couple began to go to Florida State League games in St. Petersburg and Dunedin. Then in 2003, they began to go see the Clearwater Phillies in Jack Russell Stadium. They have been season ticket holders ever since. The team, now called the Clearwater Threshers, plays out of Bright House Field in Clearwater. Marilyn and Russ are familiar fixtures in the same seats in Section 114. To Marilyn the seats are home and the people around them are family. They are our baseball family for sure, she said. Not only in the stadium, but we have become friends outside the stadium too. The players over the years have become near and dear to Marilyn and Russ too. Marilyn says when the mood strikes she will bake a double batch of cookies and send them to the clubhouse for the players. They appreciate that, believe me, she said. Russ recalled getting a call one evening from one of the players whose car had broken down. He just wanted some advice about a repair shop, he was looking to find someone who wouldnt rip him off, said Russ. When you go to as many games as Marilyn and Russ, it is inevitable that the players get to know you. And Russ isnt quiet during games. He is always yelling encouragement to the players. Russ recalled talking to pitcher Scott Matheson one day. Matheson, who now plays in Japan, played briefly for the Phillies, and Russ asked him if he ever heard him yelling from the stands. He recalled Matheson saying, Russ, if I were on the mound in Philadelphia in front of a packed house and you called out, Id hear you! Marilyn said the couple went to Fort Myers to watch a game and Kyle Kendrick, who now pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies, threw a shutout. He too had heard Russ yelling encouragement during the game. As he walked off the field he tossed the game ball to Russ and later autographed it. It is one of Russs prize possessions to this day. Russ countered with his wifes story with the evening they went to watch a Devil Rays game at Tropicana Field. As he and Marilyn walked down by the dugout, catcher Toby Hall spotted them and came over and gave Marilyn a big hug. This fall, Marilyn and Russ are going to British Columbia to attend the wedding of Thresher player Chris Kissock. Three years ago, a young woman sat next to Marilyn at a Threshers game and struck up a conversation. They became friends. The young woman was Kissocks girlfriend Shauna, now his wife-to-be. Kissock is still in the Phillies organization, pitching for their Double A Reading affiliate. The Jones relationship with the players is something that theThreshers front office peoplenoticed quickly. Jason Adams, assistant general manager-ticketing, knows Russ and Marilyn well. They bring a family, a warm feeling towards the ballpark, and that makes it easier for the players, he said. It is nice when they hear their names called from the stands, and not only here. Russ and Marilyn travel all over the States to support the team Adams said the couple also has an intimate knowledge of baseball. They know what it takes for a player to make it to the majors, he said. With us, it isnt a business-client relationship. When I see Marilyn, I get a big hug and Russ always has a hand shake and a pat on the back. Russ said the love and knowledge of baseball was instilled in him early in life. I grew up in the (Washington) D.C. area, and my Dad was a diehard Washington SenatorsOur baseball familyPinellas Park couple love the Threshers games fan, said Russ. Every year before we went on vacation, he would take us to a game, any game, anywhere, high school, college, minor leagues, wherever. It was a tradition, and Ill never forget it. That history translated to his love for the game today. Marilyn and Russ seldom miss a game. They have only missed five this year, all afternoon games. I sunburn very easily and Im superstitious, Russ said. I have to sit in my same seat every time. But that is in the sun during day games, so I cant take the chance. They also travel all over the state to watch the Threshers play. The fact that they are season ticket holders in Clearwater allows them to get into any League park for free. Still Marilyn said she prefers Bright House field. Oh my gosh, it is absolutely the best stadium in the Florida State League and weve been to many of them, she said. Their loyalty to the Threshers was paid back to them in 2004 when they were making a trip to Pennsylvania and planned to go to a Philadelphia Phillies game on July 4. The game was sold out, and no matter how they tried they couldnt get tickets. They mentioned it to their contact with the Threshers who, in a matter of minutes, scored them four tickets right behind home plate. Russ didnt ask how it happened but said he and Marilyn, their daughter and son-inlaw had one of the best Fourth of Julys ever. Both Marilyn and Russ intend to keep their love of baseball and the Threshers going for a long time. Well be watching every year, absolutely, as long as our health holds out, said Marilyn. Russ is even more adamant. As long as the good Lord keeps me breathing, even if Im in a wheelchair Ill keep going, he said. As long as I can get to the ballpark Then he added perhaps the most important part of his love for the game. Im very fortunate I married a woman who loves baseball.Photo by BRIAN GOFFMarilyn and Russ Jones of Pinellas Park enjoy the Fourth of July Threshers Game in Clearwater. They have been season ticket holders for 10 years.Hot air temperatures for a couple of weeks now have warmed our inshore waters to a balmy 85 degrees, and mid-day temperatures on the shallow flats can be close to 90 degrees. These warm temperatures can make for some pretty tough fishing. Targeting deepwater flats and structure in and around the passes will definitely put you in position to catch more fish. Trout and mackerel can be found just inside the passes hanging on grass edges that have good concentrations of bait. Productive areas can often be located by the presence of diving pelicans and dipping terns. Newly hatched sardine and threadfin fry is the cause for all the commotion. Most of this bait is too small to be cast-netted and used for bait. Your better option would be the use of small artificial lures, soft plastic or buck tail jigs in white or silver should do the trick. Deep bridges with good current are good places to find snook, gag grouper, black drum and flounder. Targeting the first couple of hours of the tide change with a variety of baits can be very productive. The snook and grouper love big pinfish and grunts. Be sure to drop them down on some heavy tackle at least 50-pound test with an even heavier leader. For the flounder try fishing a small grunt or live shrimp on a jig head. Offshore gag grouper fishing remains good despite the warm water temperatures; depths of 30 to 60 foot are loaded with gags. Natural limestone ledges and artificial reefs are both holding plenty of fish. The grouper have been responding quite well to big frisky pinfish. Until next week get bent! Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Move to deeper water to beat the heat Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Weedon to offer archaeology campST. PETERSBURG Archaeology Summer Camp will be presented Monday through Friday, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This summer camp is designed for children ages 7 to 11 with a strong interest in prehistory and history while learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. The camp will include guest experts, a tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, an atlatl adventure and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist. Cost is $150 per camper. For information, contact Florida Public Archaeology Network at 813396-2328 or email crharper@usf.edu. Visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org. Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursday, July 26, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fo urth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500. BRIEFS, from page 9A

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Community 11A Leader, July 19, 2012 Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions030812 Obituaries William L. Stapleton ("Bill"),83, of Clearwater and Southborough, MA, died on Saturday, July 7, 2012. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Marianne S. (Barth) Stapleton for 59 years. In his youth Bill raced flat head Fords and flat track motorcycles on the Eastern Circuit. He was the owner and operator of the former Bill & Larrys Texaco, Inc. in Nobscot (then dba Southboro Mobil in Southborough) where he spent many hours running a successful full automotive repair facility. Bill was dedicated to his family and will be remembered by many as a terrific teacher, wonderful father and a great friend. In addition to his wife he leaves his children, William L. Stapleton, Jr. and his wife Kristin of Southborough, MA; Laura McPherson and her husband Kirk of Old Lyme, CT; Linda Derosier and her husband Jay of Shrewsbury, MA; Leslie Tasse and her husband John of Ballston Spa, NY; Lisa Stapleton of Boxford, MA ; Lorraine Charman and her husband John of Atlanta, GA; Will Colon of Worcester; and 12 grandchildren. Burial and funeral are private. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118, apdama.org. To send words of condolence to the family, please go to Morrisfuneralparlor.com.Danielle Daisy Lewise Fox,Danielle Daisy Lewise Fox, born April 25, 1980 in Hugoton, KS, but lived her life in St. Petersburg, FL, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2012, at the age of 32. Danielle is preceded in death by Donald Rochefort and Bradley Rochefort. She is survived by Michael Hudley, her fianc; her two children, Jada Rose Towns and Thomas Hudley; her brothers and sisters, Michelle Haluska, (Missy), Shawna Lincicome, Jeffrey Haluska, Mathew Haluska, Wayne, Dusty and Shane Fox; parents Sherrie and John Davis; Aunt and Uncle Don and Mary Lynn Farry; Aunt Dana; Cousin, Matt Farry, Maggie, Liegh Ann, Kellie, Daniel (Ducky), and Kate; grandmother Lillian Rochefort and father Robert (Sonny) Fox. A Facebook page has been posted by Amber Parker; we invite people to post their names and messages. The link to this Facebook page is Danielle_Daisy _fox@yahoo.com. Funeral Services will be held at M.E. Rodriguez Funeral Home on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 1pm to 9pm. Church And Temple DirectoryL071212 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Tell the Public About Your Services Call397-5563 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 070512070512 022312 71212 Noon 71912 AIR DUCTCLEANING$4995One Week OnlyUNLIMITED VENTSIncludes 1 Main & 1 ReturnIs Your Home Making You Sick? Excess Dust? Allergies? Asthma? Breathing Problems?LOWEST PRICE EVER Pinellas County 727-823-4120 UV Light Air-purifiers Mold Removal Sanitizer Maintenance Programs Dryer Vent Cleaning Outside Condenser Cleaning Electrostatic Filters(with lifetime warranty) Workmanship Guaranteed 30%10% OFFHaving Your Air Ducts Cleaned Could Reduce Your Heating/Cooling Costs BySenior Citizen, Government Workers & Anyone in the Medical IndustryDISCOUNTIndoor Air Quality Testing Available. Call for DetailsLet our 25 years of Experience & Knowledge Work for You and Your Family Locally owned and operated. Licensed and insured for your protection. AMERICAN AIR INC. WARNING!DUST MITE WASTE CAUSES ALLERGIES & ASTHMA070512 FREEMOLD INSPECTION $99 VALUE!Call For DetailsFL Lic. #CAC1816190, FL Mold Rem. Lic. #MRSR1933, FL Mold Insp. Lic. #MRSA1774 61412 LARGO Members of the Tutterow Stars of Tomorrow Performance Company will be heading off to Europe this month. The group of 49, 20 of which are dancers ages 7-20, were invited to perform for U.S. troops at the U.S. garrison in Grafenwor. They will take a dance workshop in Munich and also perform at the horticultural show in Bamberg. The group will travel to Austria and take the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, where the movie was filmed. Since the dancers were headed to Europe, they submitted an audition video to Euro Disney in Paris and received a formal invitation to perform in the Disney theme park. This is such a fantastic opportunity for the dancers and their families. It is such an honor for these students to have the chance to perform for our U.S. Troops. Its just a small way to bring a little bit of home to them and show them how much we appreciate all that they do for ourDance group plans trip to EuropeThe Tutterow dancers will perform for the U.S. troops in Grafenwar, Germany.country, said Debbie Kennedy, director of the Tutterow Dancers, in a press release. The dancers and families have been fundraising with car washes, tag days, Rays games, concessions at the 1-800 Ask Gary Ampitheater and even hosted their first 5K race/run in Walsingham park. They will continue the annual race with the next one scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10. Preparing for the trip has been a valuable experience for the dancers and families. We have all been working hard for the last two years to make this dream a reality. The dancers have learned about hard work in the studio as well as teamwork outside working the fundraisers. The cultural experience of the trip is one that will last a lifetime, said Gordie Kay, father of dancers Cameron and Kendall. The Tutterow Dancers have partnered with the city of Largo Recreation Parks and Art Department for the past 36 years. Classes are held at the Southwest Complex and the Largo Community Center which host three beautiful large studios with mirrors, ballet barres and floating floors. Registration for fall classes is in August. Visit www.tutterowdancers.com for more information. Julia Schirentino celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends July 11 at Palm Garden of Pinellas, 200 16th Ave. SE.100th birthday The Rotary Club of Largo honors its speaker each week by donating a book to the Largo Public Library Youth Services. Each hardbound book chosen contains a plate with the speakers name and date of presentation. Casey McPhee, director of the Largo Public Library, center, and Jen Shaffer of Youth Services, left, accept a $1,000 check from Club President Gigi Arntzen. These funds are made possible from the proceeds of the clubs Death by Chocolate A Taste of the Holidays held on the first Friday of December each year.Rotary donation 2-1-1 seeks volunteers2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential assistance for people in need of health and human services, offers several opportunities for volunteers. 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Admission is $4; Children 12 and younger are free. The event features birds, seeds, toys, cages, live entertainment, great food and more, and a grand prize. Contact Pedro Avila at 813-361-3735. Email: my carsound@aol.com or visit www.suncoastexoticbird fair.com Financial empowerment workshops slatedLARGO Financial empowerment workshops will be held by Sarah Evans from Fifth Third Bank and hosted by Shepherds Village. The workshops will be held July 24, Aug. 14, Aug. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at New Life Solutions, 1910 East Bay Drive in Largo For reservations, call Evans at 735-2223 or sarah.evans@53.comOak Ridge Wesleyan Church LARGO Dr. Phillip Gray recently accepted the position of senior pastor at the Oak Ridge Wesleyan Church, 11000 110th Ave. N. For the past 12 years, Gray has served as the senior pastor at the New River Wesleyan Church in Fort Lauderdale, during which the church experienced significant growth. He also has served as a police chaplain with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He has an earned doctorate of ministry degree in Christian counseling with additional course work in crisis counseling. Gray has served many years as a pastor and counselor, as well as working in administration in postsecondary education. He currently serves as a consultant and teacher to colleges in Jamaica and Guyana and promotes mission trips to these countries. Gray is married to Carolyn, his high school sweetheart, for 38 years. They have three adult children Phillip II, Matthew and Carole and three grandchildren. HealthSouth to offer Aging Well SeriesLARGO The Aging Well Series will be presented Friday, Aug. 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in classroom C at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 901 ClearwaterLargo Road. 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VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenLawmakers have set pathetic record for unconstitutional bills, columnist says. Page 8A. Governments eye higher tax rates By TOM GERMONDLARGO The Pinellas County School Board agreed informally July 17 to interview three of the 50 applicants for school superintendent instead of hiring a firm to search for more applicants. The applicants that the board will interview, at least initially, are Michael Grego, former superintendent of Osceola County School District; Constance Jones, chief academic officer of the Lee County School District; and Christian Cutter, superintendent of the Douglas County District in Colorado. The board hired Wayne Blanton, executive director of the Florida School Boards Association, to conduct the search, which was capped at $8,000. Some board members, such as Glenton Gilzean, were concerned that the board wasnt getting the best applicants available. He said the search attracted professionals who made it to the NBA but are they the LeBron James who are going to come in here and make our schools better? Blanton said he thinks the board has good candidates. I think to interview them is where the rubber meets the road. Thats where you decided if they are the right person or not. I would strongly encourage you to pick your candidates and go through the interviews because I think you and your community are going to be impressed, Blanton said. 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City Commissioner Michael Smith asked July 10 whether commissioners had any interest in creating the ordinance. ... Page 3A. By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER County Administrator Bob LaSalas budget for fiscal year 2013, includes proposed millage rate increases for the general fund as well as Emergency Medical Services, six fire districts and Palm Harbor Recreation and Library District. LaSala prefaced his July 10 budget presentation with talk about the uncertainty of economic conditions in the coming years and the steps taken to preserve the countys financial stability. He said his budget was a story about a diverse business that was prioritizing and managing its business lines to address current fiscal issues. He talked about decisions made since the economic downturn began in 2008 and the adjustments made over time to address fewer dollars coming in to pay for county government. He cautioned against going over the tipping point, which he believes we are close to or at that point. We cant respond in an emergency as quickly, he said. He gave an example of cleanup in the county parks after Tropical Storm Debby. Since budget cuts necessitated the use of roving park staff, instead of dedicated park staff, parks were cleaned up one-ata-time as opposed to having work ongoing in all of them simultaneously. He said workplace morale was another problem due to stagnant salaries, ongoing uncertainty and increased workloads. The budget doesnt propose a pay raise for county employees until FY 2016. Service delivery would be crippled by By TOM GERMONDLARGO Trying to cope with budget woes, city commissioners voted 6-1 July 17 to raise the tentative millage rate for the next fiscal year to 4.99 mills. The action stems from City Manager Mac Craig strongly urging the City Commission at a July 10 work session to raise the millage rate to that level because of projected budget shortfalls. The current rate is 4.55 mills. A mill is equal to $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value. Commissioner Robert Murray said by having the 4.99 mills, the city has flexibility to have discussions on possible budget cuts and make changes if they desire during work sessions. Once they set the rate for county property tax notices, commissioners cannot raise it under state law, but they can lower it. Murray said he has heard numerous comments about the benefits of city amenities, such as the Highland Recreation Center, which is being rebuilt. In the circles I travel, people do say they do want a tax increase in order to continue the services we are providing, he said. Mayor Pat Gerard agreed. As much as its harder to pay a few more bucks in taxes, these are the times when the people need the services we provide, she said. Not just police and fire, but recreation and all other things we do.Commissioner Curtis Holmes, who cast the dissenting vote, said that taxCounty considers millage increase City OKs tentative rate of 4.99 mills Stress reductionCathy Wolfe and Jack Yost of Seminole enjoy the great outdoors by practicing Tai Chi in Largos Taylor Park.Photo by JIM LAYFIELD By TOM GERMONDLARGO Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Curtis Holmes thanked residents July 17 for returning them to office without opposition. The deadline to qualify for the election ended at 5 p.m. July 16. The only race on the municipal ballot Nov. 6 will be for Seat 4. Robert Hunsicker, an automation specialist who has served on the citys Planning Board, and James Robinson, who is employed by the Largo Feed Store, will vie for the seat. All winners in the city election will serve four-year terms. Holmes, an insurance agent who holds Seat 3, was first elected in 2009. I like to thank the people of Largo for once again hiring me, Holmes said. I work for you folks. Feel free to call on me anytime you got a question, comment or if you think Im a sincere jerk, let me know. Gerard was elected to the City Commission in 2000 and served two three-year terms. She was elected mayor in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. She is the chief operating officer of Family Resources Inc. Thank you all those people who thought about running against us and didnt, she said, joking, at the commissions meeting. As Commissioner Holmes said, we are still here to listen to you. I hope that this is a positive message. I hope it means that people like whats going on rather than they just dont care or that they have given up, she said. Commissioner Gigi Arntzen, who holds Seat 4, decided not to seek re-election. Congratulations to the mayor and Commissioner Holmes. Four more years; sorry I wont be here, Arntzen said. Although only one race will be on the ballot, city residents will vote in a referendum giving the commission the ability to grant economic development and property tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses. Commissioners July 17 approved the ballot language for the referendum. Under state law that took effect July 1, 2011, counties and cities can grant tax exemptions on the value of eligible improvements to property for businesses that create jobs in certain industries or areas. Each request for an exemption must be approved through an ordinance. Businesses must reapply annually if they want to continue to receive the exemption. Local governments may revoke the exemption if the applicant fails to meet the agreement expectations. The authority to grant the exemptions expires after 10 years but may be renewed another 10 years by voter approval in a referendum.Gerard, Holmes re-elected See INTERVIEW, page 4AThe deadline to qualify for the City Commission election ended at 5 p.m. July 16 with two candidates, Robert Hunsicker and James Robinson, vying for Seat 4.

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They were worried about losing their Pinellas Park home they had lived in for the last 15 years. They had spent their savings to pay for Sues medical treatment, spent Sues recent inheritance from her father, spent much of her husbands retirement fund and maxed out their credit cards. The Bergerons werent sure how they were going to pay for groceries and gas. It just got all too overwhelming, Sue remembered. I didnt want to live anymore. I thought, Why do they call you a survivor if you lose everything you own? Sue couldnt stop crying. She was on depression medication, but it wasnt helping. She searched online for organizations that could help her financially, but the results were disappointing. She and Rick had tried to refinance their home through federal assistance, but their application went nowhere. I wanted to kill myself. I was tired of being a burden on my family, Sue said. I just felt totally useless, like a freak. Like a monster, because of the surgery and everything. I was bald, I didnt feel like a woman. So Sue began searching online for a gun. She figured she could buy one off the street, like she had seen on TV, if only she knew how. Her search wasnt fruitful. Later that night, at about 2 a.m., she got into her wheelchair and went outside. I looked up at the sky and I raised my hands up and I says, God, please. Give me some kind of clue that everythings going to be OK. You have to show me the way. I dont know where to go anymore. I want to die, Sue said. She stayed outside for hours, crying. She pleaded with her departed kin: her mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, as the night aged to morning. Just when I was about to come in, I hear a little thump in the driveway, Sue said. The thump was the delivery of Pinellas Park Beacon. Still feeling cynical and depressed, Sue brought it inside and sat at her kitchen table to read it. On the front page was an article about a colorful fundraiser at Quaker Steak and Lube for the nonprofit group Bikers Raising Awareness, or BRA. Sue read how the organization helps breast cancer patients shoulder the burden of everyday bills and expenses during costly treatments. Sue decided to call BRA, though she wondered to herself if it was another scam. Hours after leaving a message, board member Susan Murray called her back. She asked if the Bergerons needs were an emergency or if they could wait till tomorrow when she and BRA PresiPhoto by JULIANA A. TORRESSue Bergeron sits with her 6-year-old grandson, James, and her husband Rick in their new apartment in Largo. Sue credits the Pinellas Park Beacon for helping her to find Bikers Raising Awareness, a nonprofit that gave her financial and moral support when she was at her lowest point in a battle against breast cancer.dent Evi Green could stop by. Sue agreed to meet them the following day. I dont know what I did, she told her husband as she hung up the phone. I have bikers coming to the house. The Bergerons have never ridden, much less owned a motorcycle, Sue confessed. But that didnt matter to the BRA team. I pictured big burly guys, ready to get into a fight like you see on TV and in walks this little petite Evi and her really nice friend Susan, Sue said. She wasnt sure what help to ask for. The grandmother still looked very sick, wrapped in bandages and tubes. But she began to describe her financial troubles: the mortgage they were behind on, the electric and water bills, the need for gas and food. The next day, Sue received a check from BRA that covered her mortgage for the month. The group provided groceries and gift cards for gas and covered five co-payments for her radiation treatment. I was in tears, Sue said. I said, Thank you. You guys are my angels God sent to me. The members of BRA didnt stop there. As Christmas approached, Sue began to despair that she wouldnt be able to make the day special for her grandson, James. I didnt even have one lousy dollar to go to Everythings a Dollar to buy him a little matchbook car. Thats all I wanted, Sue said. How can you be a grandma and not give your grandchild anything? Bikers Raising Awareness came to the rescue again. Mrs. Claus and about a dozen of her elves rode to the Bergerons house on motorcycles with presents and Christmas dinner. That was real! James said, piping up to share how he received new shoes and toys. Mrs. Santa Claus was on a two-wheeler! He lit up like a light bulb. He couldnt believe Mrs. Santa Claus came to see him, Sue said. See SURVIVOR, page 3A How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. They are subject to editing for grammar, length and general newspaper style. We are not able to predict exactly the issue it will be printed or even guarantee that it will be used. 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Coin Club Meets Here 3rd Wednesday of the Month ANTIQUE MANTLE CLOCKS Dales Coins & Jewelry Authorized PCGS and NGC member 32 Years In Business Later, as the Bergerons still werent able to keep up with their mortgage payments, Sue turned to BRA website, looking for advice about the potential foreclosure of her home. We were going to be homeless. I didnt want to be homeless, but I couldnt see anywhere else for us to go. We didnt have any money. We didnt have any credit anymore, she said. BRA member Kim Cooke, who was a real estate agent along with her husband Bud, offered her services to help the Bergerons sell their three-bedroom home on 82nd Avenue. They didnt stop at putting the house on the market. With the help of BRA volunteers and a paint donation from Lowes Commercial Painting, the interior of the house was scrubbed and repainted. The Cookes often came to the house before a showing and mopped the Bergerons tile floors. When the contact was finalized, and enough left over for the couple to rent an apartment, BRA volunteers paid for a moving truck. They packed up the Bergerons belongings and transported it all to their current apartment in Largo. They completely set up our kitchen, set up our bedroom and set up our living room with us before they left that day, Sue said. They rearranged the living room three or four times, Rick added. The Bergerons have been settled in their new home for almost two months. In June, Sue didnt walk in, but attended the BRA Sunset 5K Walk in Indian Rocks Beach. BRA members commented that they had never seen her smile as she had that day. Its so good to be with you guys. Youre my family. You took me in, Sue told them. You all touched me, in my heart. You made me believe again that there is caring people again in the world. The experience with BRA has revived Sues faith in humanity. I had given up on the world, she said. I had given up faith. I had honestly given up my religion. I thought, How can God let me go through all this? Wasnt breast cancer enough? Shes thankful that she found her way to BRA through the Pinellas Park Beacon a year ago. I say the Beacon saved my life, Sue said. Had I not seen that article, I honestly believe I would be dead right now. These days, Sue has four goals. She recently completed one buying herself a pair of shoes. She wants to be more positive, be her old self and not depressed as she has been. She wants a chair that she can get in and out of comfortably. SURVIVOR, from page 2ALARGO City commissioners may further discuss adopting a domestic partnership ordinance similar to those of other area municipalities. City Commissioner Michael Smith asked July 10 whether commissioners had any interest in creating a domestic partnership ordinance. He said that St. Petersburg recently adopted an ordinance that was relatively well-written. Gulfport and Clearwater have such ordinances, and county officials also are discussing the issue. Smith said that the commission had recently talked about Largo being competitive with Clearwater in business development. More and more businesses are looking at this when they are looking at places they are moving to for their employees, he said. Having more cities on board would provide more positive reinforcement, he said. More and more senior citizens are not remarrying because of Social Security issues and pensions, and more younger people are not getting married because of the costs of getting married and other issues that relate to it, Smith said. Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Harriet Crozier expressed interest in bringing the issue to a work session. The St. Petersburg City Councils ordinance says that a significant number of city residents establish and maintain important personal, emotional and economic relationships with persons to whom they are not married to. The council found that a domestic partnership registry is attractive to companies that value diversity and can assist the city in its economic development. Among its provisions, St. Petersburgs ordinance says all health care facilities operating within the city shall honor the registered domestic partnership documentation as evidence of a partnership and shall allow a registered domestic partner visitation as provided under federal law. The ordinance says that the 2010 Census showed that more than 12 percent of Americans identified themselves in a domestic partnership, about 6.7 million households, a 25 percent increase over the 2000 Census numbers.Largo traffic officer recognized LARGO Officer Kurt Iskra received the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Programs traffic officer of the year award July 13 at the Rosen Singles Resort in Orlando. Iskra was selected among 100 nominees for the award, which is given to the highest productive, most innovative and dedicated officer to traffic enforcement in the state, throughout the year. Agencies from throughout the state were present for awards in various categories. The Largo Police Department was awarded third place, in Category 6, for the DUI Challenge and received a trophy and $10,000 in equipment. Tom GermondBriefs Michael SmithAnd she wants to move back home, maybe not to a house like she had, but to a condo or a nice apartment in Pinellas Park, where shell be close to her daughter and grandson again. I want back in Pinellas Park. Thats my roots, she said.

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4A Leader, July 19, 2012additional (budget) reductions, he told the commission. From 2007 to 2012, constitutional officers and independent agencies have lost 730 positions, or 19 percent of their combined workforce, and now have the lowest position count since 1991. Departments governed by the Board of County Commissioners have decreased by 975 positions or 35 percent and now has the lowest position count since 1985. The BCC has reduced its budget by more than $100 million, almost 39 percent; the Sheriffs Office budget is down $72.5 million, or almost 27 percent; the remaining constitutional officers have cut $14.4 million from their collective budgets, or 26 percent; and independent agencies have cut $6.6 million, or 27 percent. Part of LaSalas budget balancing strategy has been the funding of a service level stabilization account, which was established to cover potential future shortfalls in the general fund. The balance of the fund is $28.6 million, which represents money saved by making reductions over the amount needed to balance the budget in the years 2010 through 2012. To date, none of the money has been spent. LaSala recommends beginning to draw down the SLSA in 2013, along with limiting growth and continuing to streamline operations and increase efficiencies. However, in part due to the unfunded mandate from the state for Medicaid, revenue coming in to the general fund budget is expected to be $24.1 million less than expected revenue. The long-term shortfall is projected at $30 million to 40 million. The numbers dont include the potential for a return to paying full cost of employees pensions. LaSala says the time has come to increase the countywide millage rate. He recommends an increase of .25 mills, primarily to pay for Medicaid. His budget includes no change in the millage rate for the municipal services taxing unit, which is paid by the 270,000 residents who live in unincorporated areas of Pinellas. The sheriffs budget makes up 75 percent of MSTU expenditures. Another problem area is the Emergency Medical Services Fund. LaSala proposes balancing the EMS budget using a 21.7 percent increase in the millage rate, going from .8506 to 1.0355. He said additional millage rate increases would be necessary in the future, if commissioners didnt find a way to decrease expenses. Due to a millage cap of 1.5 mills, other sources of revenue for EMS might be needed in the future, he said. Funding for the fire districts continues to be a challenge. Six of 12 fire districts have proposed millage rate increases in 2013, including Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena. Water and sewer funds will remain in balance, LaSala said, as long as proposed rate increases go into effect as scheduled. LaSalas budget also includes a 14.2 percent increase for the Palm Harbor Recreation and Library District, which was requested by the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency. The increase restores the maximum millage rate that was rolled back due to state law in fiscal year 2008. LaSala went over a number of additional budget requests not included in his budget, including $655,000 for code enforcement, $135,000 for watershed management monitoring, $149,000 for OPUS staffing for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, $250,000 for OPUS staff for Business Technology Services, $78,000 for wide area network redundancy requested by BTS, and $470,000 from BTS for Wi-Fi connectivity; $840,000 for health and human services needs and others. Commissioners are expected to begin budget discussions on July 17. Proposed millage rates are set for tentative approval on July 26 in time to go out with the Property Appraisers TRIM notices on Aug. 20. Once the tentative millage rates are approved, they cannot be increased; however, they can be lowered. The first public budget hearing is Sept. 6 with the final hearing to approve millage rates and budgets scheduled on Sept. 18. The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. COUNTY, from page 1A By ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLCLEARWATER Months after Dolphin Talecame out in theaters, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as well as Clearwater as a whole are still feeling the effects. The movies success has brought numerous tourists to the area to see the tailless dolphin for themselves, which not only means more revenue for CMA, but that also means that numerous more animals can be helped, new Jolley Trolley routes, downtown Clearwater businesses have flourished, and more jobs have been created. The exact numbers for how Dolphin Talehas impacted the Tampa Bay area wont be released for another few months, said Krista Rosado, director of marketing and advertising at CMA. The University of South Florida is finishing up a study on these impacts, so until that is released, CMA does not want to speculate about numbers. But one thing is clear. There has been a massive surge of visitors to the area, and the whole area has felt it. I dont think anyone knew what to expect, Rosado said. Weve studied movies and tourism and the effects that it can have on the community, but we have this unique trifecta where we were already a tourist destination and have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So we thought we had an idea, but there was no way to gauge how it would be. But were happy. Because of all the additional guests to the aquarium, CMA has been able to hire additional staff to help monitor and manage crowds, Rosado said. Plus, they have been able to use the old Harborview Center as the new Winter Dolphin Tale Adventure center. This takes fans inside the movie, with rebuilt scenes, movie images, props and educational fun. There also is an educational, interactive hurricane exhibit. The hurricane exhibit at Winters Dolphin Tale Experience is by far our most interactive experience that weve ever embarked upon, Rosado said. Its a walk-through exhibit its educational, talking about hurricanes in general but also gives the feeling of being part of a hurricane. You really are experiencing, and its to mimic the hurricane that took place in Dolphin Tale. CMA is also finishing up Phase 1 of its facility expansion that was made possible by all the extra guests brought in by the movie. This will significantly increase the number of animals the rescue aquarium will be able to help. This will allow us to triple our capacity for marine mammals and double the capacity for our turtles, so the larger our facility becomes, the more animals that well be able to take in and meet our mission, Rosado said. Plus, well have a state-ofthe-art food preparation area and an entirely new surgical suite with new equipment and significantly more space that will allow us to do more for animals. Phase 1 also includes new rehabilitation pools, administrative space, event and camp space, educational space, and a new dive area for the staff that maintain the pools. When that is finished in a few months, then they will move on to Phase 2, which includes expanding guest space on the other side of the facility. Because we are a nonprofit, every person who comes through the door translates to more money that we can spend on our mission, Rosado said. As a nonprofit, our mission is No. 1, and were completely focused on helping animals. Every additional person who comes to visit us helps us do that mission. The biggest group of animals CMA helps is sea turtles. On an average year, between nesting and rehabilitation, CMA releases about 10,000 turtles, Rosado said. Rehabilitation is huge, Rosado said. These animals rely on us when theyre in their time of need. Just as people go to the hospital, were that resource for marine animals in our area. And to provide a superior residency for the animals that we cant release. And they become ambassadors for their species, and they can educate people. A lot of the animals that come to us are at the hands of humans. Therefore, the more reef cleanups people can do and just being educated about simple practices that will end up saving animals, the more animals will be helped. But the aquarium and animals werent the only things impacted by the movie. The Jolley Trolley has had a huge impact because a new route between CMA and Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure has been added. Its really given us the opportunity to create a connection to downtown Clearwater, and its something weve been looking for anyhow, said Bob Longenecker, executive director of Jolley Trolley. Whereas most of the riders of course are CMA riders, but weve designated it as a public route, so anyone can use that route. Longenecker said a lot of the service employees on Clearwater Beach have been using that route, so it is reaching more than just the tourists. This new route was started around December 2011, and it has been far more successful than ever imagined. We thought thered be 40 to 50 passengers per hour, which means about 500 a day, or 15,000 a month, Longenecker said. And the first full month in January, we had 22,000, and in February we had 34,000. Then in March, of course, it was connected to spring break, and we had 51,000. But numbers have just been increasing, even despite the boost spring break had on the area. In June, there were 55,000 riders on that line, he said. Currently in the heavy season there are six trolleys running each day, doing about 20 trips each, Longenecker said. They run every day of the week. Meanwhile, the trolley system is running its normal percentage increase on the beaches and the coastal route around 5 to 10 percent, so the CMA route is an additional boost on top of all that, he said. Its been good and its also been a positive thing for downtown Clearwater because as we loop through the downtown area, people ask questions Whats this? How about that? Longenecker said. And the drivers are getting more comfortable pointing things out to passengers. And certainly the businesses who chose to advertise on the Trolley, which is also what helps pay for it, are benefitting tremendously in the exposure. One such business is Tonys Pizza. It hasMovie helps aquarium, animals, downtown Clearwater ad\CMA and Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure and this support has paid off. Its been amazing, said Claudia Starova, manager and co-owner of Tonys Pizza. You can see sometimes 80 percent because of the customers. Its almost doubled our entire business. Having the dolphin adventure just down the street has especially increased the number of children and family customers, Starova said. Thats where they feel the push the most, as many come with big families. She estimates this group makes for an additional 150 to 200 customers per day. She is thankful for the movie and exhibits. Its definitely put us on the map, Starova said. The thing that theyve done, the combination of two parks with the aquarium and exhibition is a great idea, especially with the Jolley Trolley providing for free transportation. That is a very good choice because people can actually come and see downtown Clearwater. Tonys Pizza has also specifically planned to use this influx to their advantage. They participate with the map project that is given to tourists and families that way the tourists will have easy access to knowing which businesses are nearby, and businesses like Tonys can become visible to these crowds. Tonys has also supported the Dolphin Tale exhibition, putting menus there to help lure customers. But Tonys has also made changes to be more appealing for this particular demographic. It has created specials for families on a budget, in addition to day-of-the-week specials. They also extended their hours to reach more people. It used to open at 4 p.m. on Sundays like many other downtown restaurants but now they open at noon. Because of that, Starova claims that other than Starbucks, it is the only downtown Clearwater restaurant open during the day on Sundays, so it benefits even more for the CMA visitor base. But perhaps even better than Tonys Pizzas individual success, it has added to the economy. It has created jobs, Starova said. We have hired four more people and I have people on call too when its busy, and I myself also help out. Mayor George Cretekos is thrilled by the movies success and how it has ultimately helped all of Clearwater. The citys businesses have been tremendously successful because of Dolphin Tale, Cretekos said. We have packages that our hoteliers are providing, we have a boat that goes between the aquarium and downtown to transport people, giving them a chance to see Clearwater from a different perspective. Our merchants downtown, we were expecting 100,000 people initially, and now theyre suspecting we may have had 300,000 people visiting the exhibit so far. That has far exceeded expectations. Cretekos said he is always running into people walking downtown either waiting to get on the bus or the Jolley Trolley and are all from outside areas who are so happy to meet Winter. Both the movie and the real-life exhibits are great family entertainment, he said. Were just happy that the city is portrayed in the movie and that people know where Clearwater is. And hopefully theyll come here and enjoy our beaches and restaurants, Cretekos said. Filming it on location, be it in Clearwater or Tarpon Springs or St. Pete Beach, it gives you a personal connection, and when people are here, they know that the movie was actually filmed here. And I think that is where we have benefitted and are trying to promote. One of the scenes in the movie is going across the bridge to the aquarium, and I used to ride across that bridge as a boy in Tarpon. And the conclusion was filmed right here at the aquarium, and when people come to the aquarium, they know they were right there, and you cant beat that kind of experience. No matter who he talks to in the city, Cretekos said everyone is thrilled by the success the movie has had. I dont know anyone who is not just blown away by the success, Cretekos said. Theyre exceeding their expectations. So no matter who you ask what they were expecting, I think everyone would say they werent expecting it to succeed this much across the board.Photo courtesy of the CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUMWinters Dolphin Tale Adventure features an interactive experience and opportunity to learn more about the movie and the real story of Winter. Sea birds gather on the beach where the nourishment project water and sand mixture spews from the pipes and is put in place by the heavy equipment. The sand is dredged from a site about 12 miles west of Sand Key Park and then transported by barge. From there it is pumped through the pipes to the beach.Nourishment back on trackdoes it have that it is going to get the Michael Jordan. The candidates who have applied are successful and have good jobs, he said, warning that if the board drops the process the pool of applicants will shrink substantially fast. They are going to say we dont have confidence in this board, Blanton said. School Board Chairperson Robin Wikle disagreed. They (the candidates) are not going to say this board cant make up their minds. They are going to say this board is diligent in trying the best of the best, she said. She also expressed interest in using a search firm, saying she thinks that board is trying to cross every t and dot every i and make sure we bring in the best of the best. Other board members said they dont know whether the candidates are the best of the best until they interview them. These are good applications, said board member Carol Cook, and I will find out in the interview process whether I think they move up a notch. Gilzean asked what if the board interviews an applicant and we get charmed and knowing the best applicant out there didnt get that opportunity. Then shame on us, Cook said. Board member Peggy OShea said she wants to move to the next level, the interviews, to know if the people are still in the running or not. If they are not, we do need to look to other options. Right now, we dont have enough facts to determine whether these people are viable candidates, she said. Board member Terry Krassner encouraged the board to interview area Superintendent William Corbett, who is a former principal. Other board members and Blanton said he didnt have enough experience at the upper administrative levels. He has great potential If Dr. Corbett has more experience, he will be in our top five in three or four years, he said. Grego received the largest support from board members, six, among applicants that they intend to interview. Blanton said that based on comments he had received about Grego in his search his strongest attributes are his ability to work with board, community and school leaders. He said that Grego is strongly focused on student achievements, articulate in public meetings and very, very professional. He has good relationship with parents and students. Grego, who was Osceola County superintendent from July 2008 to June 2011, had a good relationship with the School Board that hired him, but the board changed, Blanton said. He felt there was unethical conduct among the board members, and he could not stay there, said Blanton, quoting his sources. Osceola County has had three superintendents in 12 months. Blanton said that Grego told him he had so much interaction with the board, he didnt have time for staff meetings and his other duties. Blanton said Grego had more than 1,200 emails in four months from the five board members, seeking information. Current superintendent John Stewart is scheduled to retire at the end of the year but said he would continue through March if the extra time were necessary to fill his slot. INTERVIEW, from page 1APhoto by NANCY AYERSpayers are about to get nickeled and dimed to death because the cumulative aspect of other local governments raising the millage rates. We are in the middle of a recession here. Although the city of Largo is running like a finely tuned clock, its the rest of them that arent, he said. We are going to put a burden on these people. Thats a problem. He said that its not his goal to remove all joy from the city of Largo, but its his job to make sure that citizens are adequately protected by public safety services. Commissioner Michael Smith questioned Chief Michael Wallace about firefighter positions that the city may not fund for Fire Engine 43, which serves Belleair Bluffs, Largo and Belleair. The department is looking at operating the engine with three firefighters instead of four per day. Under federal requirements, firefighters are not allowed to make entry into a burning structure unless there are two on the outside and two on the inside if no lives are at risk. Fire Engine 43 is now in a situation where firefighters wait for the next engine to arrive so they have two in, two out to enter the structure, Wallace said. Overall, the impact will be that there will be a delay getting interior aggressive firefighting into the structure. There will be some additional damage if some structure fire occurs, but our guys will remain safe ..., Wallace said. We will not send anyone in unless we have enough people outside to rescue them should they need it. But all bets are off if somebody is trapped in the house, he said. That means a single firefighter will enter a house to rescue a victim. But in situations where the house is unoccupied, the residents of a burning house are going to watch us stand at the front door waiting for that second engine to pull up so that we can make entry into the house, Wallace said. The 4.99 mills represent a 7.30 percent increase in taxes, generating an additional $1.06 million in revenue. If that rate were adopted in September, the owner of property with a taxable value of $60,559 would pay $42 more in annual taxes. Under the proposed tax rate of 4.99 mills, a homeowner whose property has a taxable value of $60,559 would pay an additional $42 in property taxes in the next fiscal year. Because of shrinking revenue stemming from tax cut measures and the downturn in the economy, city officials have cut their operating budget in recent years $14.5 million since 2008. Property values have dropped a total value of 31.43 percent since then. They are expecting to cut $2.6 million in the citys $61.3 million operating budget for fiscal year 2013. Two public hearings on the budget and tax rate are set for Sept. 4 and Sept. 20. The 2013 fiscal year begins Oct. 1. CITY, from page 1A

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By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Some Pinellas County residents who live in unincorporated areas may get to annex into a city sooner than planned if officials can agree on the process. Pinellas County Commissioners asked staff July 10 to continue negotiations with municipalities on an interlocal service boundary agreement on annexation within enclaves. Commissioners rejected draft language, continuing to insist that unincorporated residents have a choice under the proposed changes. An interlocal service boundary agreement would allow non-contiguous voluntary annexation within Type A enclaves, which are defined by state statute as unincorporated improved or developed areas that are enclosed on all sides by a single municipality. Staff has been working toward an agreement with municipalities with Type A enclaves since Dec. 6, 2011. Nine municipalities and two fire districts have agreed to take part in negotiations: Clearwater, Dunedin, Kenneth City, Largo, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, Lealman Special Fire District and Suncoast Fire and Rescue District. Planning Department staff and the county attorneys office prepared a draft agreement to use as a starting point for negotiations. Commissioners approved the proposed language March 27, adding an amendment that gave property owners with existing annexation agreements a choice. Staff scheduled a meeting with representatives of the municipalities and fire districts on April 27 at Largo City Hall. The municipalities submitted a revised draft agreement to the county in May. The fire districts had not responded as of July 10. Commissioner Nancy Bostock questioned the change to the agreement made by the municipalities that applied to only some property owners. Gordon Beardslee, Planning Department program administrator, said the cities had asked for an exception for properties for which the property owner was the original signer of an annexation agreement. Those properties would automatically become annexed if an interlocal agreement were approved. Bostock expressed concern for property owners that signed an annexation agreement expecting it to be considerable time before their property would be eligible to become part of a city. They signed under old rules, she said. Were putting in new rules. She said nothing stopped any property owner who would become eligible for annexation through the interlocal agreement to request going ahead on a voluntary basis. She insisted that the new rules include consent for all property owners. Commissioner Susan Latvala said the purpose of an agreement for enclaves was to make it easier to provide services, such as water and trash, to residents in unincorporated areas surrounded by a municipality. They were forced to sign (annexation agreements) to get city services, Latvala said. Annexation agreements between cities and property owners are commonplace in Pinellas. The agreement allows property owners to receive city services before the property is eligible for annexation in exchange for a promise that property owners will voluntarily apply for annexation when the property does become eligible. The result is gaping holes in cities. We need to do the right thing and close the holes, she said. Bostock was still concerned about changing the terms of existing agreements. Now theres an exception to the exception, she said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield also questioned why there would be a different set of rules dependent on who had signed an annexation agreement. The thinking is that if the person who signed is still the owner, there would be no problem. It (annexation) would be voluntary, Beardslee said. Largo Assistant City Manager Mike Staffopoulos said Largo initially had requested changes to the annexation rules that would apply to more than just Type A enclaves, but in the end decided to go with enclaves only, per each sides terms and conditions. He said an overwhelming number of annexation agreements with unincorporated areas located within enclaves had been signed from 2007 to date. He said some, who signed prior to 2007, were new property owners. New owners that dont want to, dont have to, he said. More recent (signers) understand that whenever its available, theyre to be annexed. He said 80 to 85 percent of annexations into the city of Largo within the last five years had been voluntary. He said property owners agree they are willing to be annexed when they become eligible in exchange for city services. Brickfield asked if property owners were aware of the negotiations for changes in the annexation process. Staffopoulos said only by notice of discussions about the agreement. So only if theyre been reading public notices, Brickfield said. This dramatically changes the rules, Bostock said. Commissioners agreed to ask staff to go back to the cities with the original language to give all property owners with annexation agreements in place a choice to become part of a city sooner than they would have under current rules. This is a newly allowable way, Bostock said. Were under no obligation to proceed at all. She said she wanted to go forward in a way that is advan-County stands firm on proposed annexation accordtageous to both government entities. Voluntary, they can do it if they want, Brickfield said. I dont want to predispose any property owners thinking that if you signed after 2007, you want in.Pinellas County staff has been working toward an agreement with municipalities with Type A enclaves since Dec. 6, 2011. Nine municipalities and two fire districts have agreed to take part in negotiations.

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The vote negated a June 26 request by commissioners to the county attorneys office to develop ballot language to allow residents to have a vote on the matter. Before the decision, County Attorney Jim Bennett informed the commission that three citizens had filed a lawsuit June 26 against the supervisor of elections and Commissioners Susan Latvala, John Morroni, Ken Welch and Karen Seel, individually and in their official capacity. The suit, filed by Maria Scruggs, who is running against Welch in the Aug. 14 primary, Beverly Billiris and H. Patrick Wheeler, asks the court for a declaratory judgment to reinstate charter term limits for county commissioners as approved by referendum in 1996. At the time, the board consisted for five commissioners elected from countywide districts. The term limit amendment was challenged in the courts and declared unconstitutional Sept. 8, 2003. Some residents believe that a May 10 Supreme Court decision on charter-based term limits can be applied retroactively, meaning the commissioners named in the suit are no longer eligible to serve. The county attorneys office believes that the new rules established under the May Supreme Court ruling would be applied going forward from the date of the decision, not retroactively. The new ruling would allow commissioners to propose an amendment to the charter to allow term limits, which citizens could vote on by referendum. The commissioners were making plans to place the matter on the Nov. 6 ballot However, due to the lawsuit, which was filed the same day commissioners directed the attorneys office to begin work on ballot language and ordinance amending the charter to allow term limits, Bennett advised caution in proceeding. In another letter to commissioners, Bennett said the simultaneous introduction of a question on the 2012 general election ballot proposing term limits during the pendency of any legal challenge attempting to reinstate term limits approved in 1996 could create significant levels of confusion for the electorate, could create the potential for conflicting results and inconsistent term limit provisions and could increase the potential for additional litigation to resolve these issues. He presented three options to the board. The first, which was approved, was to take no action. The second was to proceed with advertisement of a proposed ordinance, which would have taken effect Jan. 2, 2013, to put a term limit referendum on the November 2014 election ballot. The third would have approved advertising of an ordinance to schedule a term limits referendum on Nov. 6 of the current year.Defense of county officialsBennett told commissioners that his office could find no conflict of interest that would prohibit county attorneys from representing everyone named in the suit. He said representation by the countys attorneys did not prevent the use outside counsel. Although the suit is against the commissioners in their individual capacity, at this stage in the litigation there are no allegations in the complaint of individual action or wrongdoing on the part of the named commissioners, Bennett wrote in a letter dated July 10. Bennett also pointed out benefits and risks of mutual representation. Benefits include lower cost and a more timely resolution. Risks include a possibility of a direct, adverse conflict, which would require the county attorneys office to withdraw its representation.DiscussionCommissioner Norm Roche requested that decisions about the lawsuit and referendum be tabled until after a closed-door meeting with the countys attorneys. Bennett said the suit had been served July 9 and that the defendants had 120 days to respond. He said a closed-door meeting could be scheduled to talk about the cost of the suit and strategy. He cautioned that no other topics could be discussed. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said she didnt object to a close-door session. Seel agreed, as long as the parameters of the discussion were understood. Bostock said, regardless, a closed-door discussion would have no bearing on the July 10 agenda items. We need to stop, let the lawsuit proceed and take direction from that, she said. We just received the lawsuit yesterday, Bennett said. Theres no urgency to have a strategy session right away. This is the result of a 16-year-old fight, legal battles and now a lawsuit, Roche said. We could fight this 20 to 30 years.Lawsuit stops proposed term limits referendum By JULIANA A. TORRESPINELLAS PARK The Federal Emergency Management Agency, partnering with the state of Florida, opened a local disaster recovery center in Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park, on July 12. The center open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is set up to help Pinellas County residents claim damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby. The center is one of four, which are located in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Highlands counties, which opened as a result of the storm, said FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. Those centers are set up primarily to work with residents in the affected community, she said. Its sort of a one-stop shop. The center features resources and representatives from several different government agencies and nonprofits, including FEMA, the state Emergency Management team, Access Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging, Workforce Pinellas and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Its really just a resource for residents to come in to speak to somebody one-on-one, Bafalis said. Since opening, traffic through the first floor room of Park Station has been slow, state and federal employees said recently. But as information about the center reaches Pinellas County residents, they expect that to change. While residents can register at the center, Bafalis advised the public to preregister their claims with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA or TTY 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are answered seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Claimants also can register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smart phone or tablet using the FEMA app or by going to m.fema.gov. It expedites the process for them if theyre already registered when they come in, she said. Once applicants are issued a nine-digit registration number, anyone within the recovery center can look up the status of their claim. The next step in the claim process is for an inspector to come out to the property in question to document all the damages caused by the tropical storm. That information is then forwarded to FEMA employees, who will determine what type of assistance, if any, the applicant is eligible for. FEMA grants are available to residents and business owners for repair of large and small storm damages not covered by insurance. This might include money for home repairs, up to three months of rental costs if you had to move out of your home due to the storm, transportation or medical expenses, unemployment assistance and funeral costs if there was a death in the family due to the storm. Applications will receive a determination letter to let them know if they meet the qualifications for a grant. Bafalis cautioned applicants to read their determination letter completely. Many will read that they are ineligible for assistance at the beginning of the letter and not realize that the agency is still waiting to see what the applicants insurance will cover, or that something was missing from the application. In both instances, the applicant may still be eligible for assistance. Those denied help can appeal the decision within 60 days. Representatives at the recovery center can help residents write an appeals letter, Bafalis said. Those determined to be ineligible for FEMA assistance may be given an application for a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans can help pay for residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Bafalis said it was important to apply for a SBA loan, as a way of pursuing assistance. Some folks will receive a Small Business Administration application but dont understand what thats for, she said. Eligibility for those loans, which could be as low as 1.9 percent for both homeowners and renters or 4 percent for businesses, does not mean the applicant must accept the loan. But the low-interest rate could be better than paying for unexpected costs with a credit card, Bafalis said. At least itll be there, she said. You never know what might happen in a month or two. Plus, if applicants are determined to be ineligible for SBA loans, then they are referred back to assistance from FEMA. If they do nothing, their application process stalls, Bafalis said. The center also can be a resource for crisis counseling as well as contact point for a number of nonprofit organizations that can help. We want to help (residents) in whatever they need so they dontFEMA opens disaster recovery center in Pinellas Park fall through cracks, Bafalis said. The local disaster recovery center will remain open to the public seven days a week until further notice. For more information about SBA disaster loans, call 800-6592955, TTY 800-877-8339, or visit www.sba.gov. Pinellas County Economic Developments Small Business Development Center, at 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, in Clearwater, offers help in applying for a SBA disaster loan or a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. Visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs or contact Dr. Cynthia Johnson at 464-7445 or cyjohnson@pinellascounty.org.Photos by JULIANA A. TORRESGinette Philippeaux, FEMA applicant service team specialist, prepares to help Pinellas County residents at the local disaster recovery center in Park Station, set up at 5851 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park July 16. The center is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help residents recover from damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby.

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Pinellas Centennial 7A Leader, July 19, 2012 Telling our readers about local business since 1977.Phone Don Minie at 727-409-5252 or e-mail mminie5382@aol.com When Only the Best Will Do YoullRead About Them Here!To get your business story toldcall 727-409-5252.Email:mminie5382@aol.com Maria Martinez, owned a janitorial company for 20 years and was tired of using Green Products that didnt live up to their promise. She hired an Organic chemical engineer, partnered with Amy Mandel and together they formed a Minority Woman Owned Company. Thus, NATURALLY GREEN PRODUCTS was born. Naturally Green Products has the most comprehensive line of formulated cleaning products and EPA registered disinfectants for all the cleaning requirement of home owners, and industries. The product that most amazes us is their NO MORE BUGS! Its unique cedar oil base impairs the mental capacity, shuts down bugs breathing pores and eliminates them in minutes. Bed bugs, mites, fleas, ticks, roaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, flies, bees and wasps. Its easy to use and can safely be used anywhere in the home including pets bedding and auto interior. Snakes are also repelled by the cedar oil aroma. Its just $32.52 (includes shipping fee) for a 32oz bottle. They also have 8-32oz bottles for maintenance. Go to: www.naturallygreenproducts.com Here you can order any of their amazing cleaning products. SHIPPING IS ALWAYS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! The rumor the Wine Cellar is now a super market is untrue. says General Manager Chuck Marks. The Wine Cellar continues to operate as it has since 1976. There are parties looking at it but it has not been sold. We continue to book banquets and caterings as we are currently looking at a possible partnership with an existing restaurant or new location, in the event the owners do sell it. If you havent already had the pleasure of visiting this fabulous restaurant and lounge we urge you to do so. You will find world class chefs experienced in the preparation of traditional and multi-cultural cuisine as well as todays nouvelle tastes and an extensive array of quality wines from all over. Let these award winning chefs do the cooking! Whether its an intimate dinner for two, a grand celebration or business affair, you will be satisfied, impressed and have happy memories. Banquet Facilities can accommodate up to 250 guests and their Catering Service is unmatched. For more information and a view of their menu, as well as a very special offer, visit their Facebook Page. To make reservations call 727-393-3491. For bookings, email: Laurie@thewinecellarstpete.com Theyve served the Dunedin area for over 50 years. Were sure youre familiar with the multi-mirrored structure of Countryside Glass & Mirror. They do everything from steam showers to hallway nooks. They have found one more way to bring excellence and joy into your life. With the opening of their new division COUNTRYSIDE CUSTOM FRAMING. You wont have to imagine how your project will look framed. You can preview framed and matted art on computer monitors. With the use of Wizard CMS and IF Visualization there will be no need to try to imagine this. Great offers include: No limit on matt cutting creativity, pen drawings and embossing Wide selection of stylish and decorative frames for art and mirrors More creative designs at more affordable prices Delivery of framed art to your gallery and 100% Customer Satisfaction. Present This Article for 50% Off any framing service. For Sales and Service, contact Mary Lehman, Sales Associate at 727-771-3852. Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, Saturday 8am-Midnight. Accepting all major credit cards.In this economy you cant afford to waste money on replacing carpet that can be fixed. Call Swaine Carpet Service for a Free Quote. They offer re-stretching, repairing, pulls, tears, burns and more. In most cases they will make your carpet look like new again. However if its an impossibility they sell and install new carpet, or tile at very affordable prices. Carrying brand names such as Mohawk, Shaw, Beaulieu and Stainmaster. Swaine Carpet Service, Inc. has been offering sales and carpet repair services in the area for 40 years. This family owned and operated business will exceed your expectations. There are no sub-contractors here. An owner/operator will be on every job, and your satisfaction will be guaranteed. If your carpet has wrinkles due to poor installation, water damage or simply aging It can be fixed! by stretching. No job is too big or too small. They will meet or beat any competitors written quote and if you mention this ARTICLE you can take $25 OFF ANY SERVICE! Phone 727-692-6684 to schedule your Free Estimate. Accepting Cash, Personal Checks, Visa, Master Card & Discover. Learn more at www.swainecarpet.com We recommend that you call Invisible Fence of the Suncoast at 727-210-0825 and find out about the best indoor and outdoor solutions for your pets. Their newest offer is the Revolutionary Boundary Plus and you can only get it from Invisible Fence of the Suncoast. This new technology gives your pet up to 30% more space to run and play and is very safe for lots with zero lot lines and a physical fence or wall. Invisible Fence of the Suncoast can custom fit a solution for any yard shape. Your pets will gain up to 30% more play space on a small lot without feeling cramped or restricted. Also, one final note: They have a wonderful containment system for cats, inside or outside of your home, ask about it today. You need to call Invisible Fence of the Suncoast for your FREE CONSULTATION and find out how you can get 10% OFF installation with this Article. Visit: www.ifsuncoast.com or call today at 727-210-0825.Amy S. Mandel, is VP/CFO. You might know her from Feet First she has been in that business for 30 years.Located at 17307 Gulf Blvd. North Redington Beach since 1976.Located at 1980 Main St. in Dunedin. Near the corner of Belcher and Main St. in Countryside. Owners of Swaine Carpet Services, Rex Swaine, Sr. & son offer Free Estimates and Same Day Service.Let Lori & Hank Ford give you a FREE, no obligation in home consultation appointment @ 727-210-0825. NATURALLY GREEN PRODUCTS promises No More Bugs of any kind!The Wine Cellar Restaurant is For Sale but, NOT Sold.Countryside Glass& Mirror adds COUNTRYSIDE CUSTOM FRAMING to their services.SWAINE CARPET SERVICE asks Why replace the entire carpet when they can fix it!INVISIBLE FENCE now offers Revolutionary Boundary PlusTM. Your pets get 30% more yard space to run and play.71912 Cadence Bank hosts school supply driveCLEARWATER Cadence Bank is sponsoring its annual Tools for Schools supply drive supporting Skycrest Elementary School now through Aug. 10. Community members may drop off donated school supplies at Cadences Clearwater branch, 2440 Sunset Point Road, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cadence Bank has sponsored Tools for Schools for the past three years in an effort to supply elementary school children with their back to school needs. Skycrest Elementary School was selected based on its Title I designation and the considerable number of students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. To express its appreciation to the community for their support, the staff of Cadences Clearwater branch will host a complimentary breakfast from Chick-Fil-A on Friday, Aug. 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m. The Chick-Fil-A at 2516 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. also will serve as a drop-off location for school supplies through Aug. 10. For additional information, call 796-5300.SMS opens Clearwater officeCLEARWATER Systems Made Simple recently opened a new office in the Feathersound area of Clearwater. This location currently employs 50 people in the technology sector, focused primarily on government contracts. SMS is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been recognized as one of the countrysfastest growing companies. With the expansion of current contracts and additional new contracts in the pipeline, SMS is bringing vast opportunities for individuals with skill sets in systems and software engineering, IT services, infrastructure services and program management. SMSs expansion and growth will result in additional employment opportunities and economic growth in the region. SMS is known for fostering a sense of community within its offices and heavily participates in local charity work. Checkers re-opens CLEARWATER Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., recently hosted a grand reopening event at its location in Clearwater at 1595 S. Missouri Ave. The reopening is part of a strategic expansion strategy Checkers has undergone to fuel continued growth throughout the country, and to build the brands presence in existing markets. The previously closed Clearwater location reopened May 22. We continue to look into new ways to further develop markets where we have a presence and where our guests are familiar with our brand, said Taylor Warner, vice president of real estate, construction and company development for Checkers/Rallys. With increased traffic and a much more vibrant nearby business community, we re-opened the Clearwater location to re-create new jobs and re-ignite the passion for Checkers in the community.Sandy Paws opensNORTH REDINGTON BEACH Sandy Paws Veterinary Clinic recently opened its doors at 16701 Gulf Blvd. Owner and veterinarian Dr. John Mead opened Sandy Paws in May to offer an affordable pet care solution in these tough economic times. Mead has been healing four-legged family members for more than 20 years. His past experience extends from animal shelters to private practice to emergency clinics. Over the past decade, Mead has been the chief veterinarian at the SPCA Tampa Bay and Pet Pal Animal Shelter and Clinic. He has performed more than 20,000 spay and neuter surgeries, countless wellness visits and emergency surgeries. Meads diverse experience gives him insight into the practical care of canines, felines and other family pets. His unique approach balances the strength of conventional Western medicine with the benefits of complimentary and alternative therapies. Biz notes Biz notes Editors note: James Schnur, the associate university library, Poynter Library, USF St. Petersburg, discussed Building Bridges and Aspiring for the Major Leagues, June 10, at Heritage Village as part of a lecture series offered by the County Historical Society. Excerpts from Schnurs lecture on efforts to build a stadium and bring Major League baseball team to the area follow:The areas attempts to secure a major league franchise exemplified the regional rift between Hillsborough County and Pinellas County in the 1980s, an important transitional period for the county. Although St. Petersburg civic leader and former St. Petersburg Times publisher Jack Lake started to lay the groundwork for an MLB franchise by the 1970s, the struggles between Tampa and St. Petersburg over the site of the stadium during the 1980s often worked to the detriment of the entire region. The actions of earlier Major League Baseball leaders, such as Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and National League President Bill White, made the area have to play extra innings to win the game. The biggest redevelopment project at the time, of course, was the plan to transform the Gas Plant area in St. Petersburg into the site of a multi-purpose stadium and this required countywide support. By a 3-2 vote in December 1983, Pinellas County commissioners agreed to support funding for a baseball or multipurpose sports stadium in St. Petersburg. Support was strong in St. Petersburg, though many hotels and establishments in north county questioned the value of using dollars from tourists to fund the complex that became Tropicana Field. Early funding and loan notes were drawn up and executed before the end of the year. With the defeat of Gabe Cazares in his re-election bid in November 1984, an anti-stadium majority held control of the county commission and in mid-November 1984, the new commission voted against supporting the stadium initiative. St. Petersburg responded by suing the commission to assure that it would honor the original agreement, a case that the city prevailed in during 1985. By this time, the Twins had courted with Tampa. In the mid-1980s, the Texas Rangers became a possible team for relocation as well. Things really became interesting in the mid-1980s. In July 1986, Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth informed St. Petersburgs Mayor Edward Cole via telegraph that the city is not among the top candidates for a franchise. A week later, on July 23, a public hearing at the Bayfront Center attracted approximately 2,000 people to discuss the stadium, with supporters in the majority. On July 24, the members of St. Petersburgs city council approved a measure to build the stadium by a 6-3 vote. Build it and they will come, was the thought at the time. A well-attended groundbreaking took place at the future site of the stadium, on Nov. 22, 1986, with 9,000 in attendance. By that time, the Chicago White Sox seemed to be the perfect suitor. The White Sox played in old Comisky Park, a venue that had shown its age since opening in the summer of 1910. On Dec. 5, this chapter of the baseball drama seemed to end, as the ownership of the Chicago White Sox said that the team would not move to St. Petersburg. After the Illinois Legislature proposed a new plan to finance a replacement stadium, leaders in St. Petersburg felt their hopes were dashed. However, uncertainties of this plan for a $120 million stadium allowed residents of the Tampa Bay area to believe that the Florida White Sox might be a reality. The drama resumed on and off for another year and a half with the Sox eventually deciding to stay put. Construction on the Florida Suncoast Dome began on Jan. 5, 1987. The original stadium design, slated to cost about $85 million, allowed forBuild it and they will comePlenty of hits and misses, but Pinellas finally gets pro baseball flexibility and multipurpose events. The actual name was selected from over 19,900 entries and was announced on May 1. By mid-July, pockets of contamination were detected in some areas of the former Gas Plant. Remediation efforts delayed construction and added to the cost of preparing the site. The Florida Suncoast Dome opened with a big celebration in February 1990. Later known as the Thunderdome and Tropicana Field, the original stadium configuration remained partially incomplete to allow for multipurpose activities. Costs to date were $110 million. In June 1990, Major League Baseball announced a timetable for expansion that would allow for the addition of two teams in the National League with an announcement scheduled for June 1991 Finally, on March 9, 1995, new expansion franchises were awarded to a Tampa Bay group. The Devil Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998 against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field before a crowd of 45,369. Got a Centennial story?To celebrate the countys centennial, Tampa Bay Newspapers is seeking unique stories from longtime Pinellas residents who have stories about the way things used to be. Currently, stories are being sought from those who lived in a Pinellas community between the years 1910 and 1950. Provide a brief description of your story and mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Alternately, stories may be submitted by email to editorial@TBNweekly.com. If the editors feel your recollections fits the theme of the Centennial Stories series, you will be contacted for further information. Photo courtesy of ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY, HERITAGE VILLAGEA groundbreaking ceremony for the Florida Suncoast Dome was held Nov. 23, 1986 with 22,000 in attendance. The making of PinellasCentennial storiesEditors note: Ernest William Billy Bie submitted this description of the Bie familys life in the boathouse, a historic home in Indian Rock Beach. It was built in 1911 or 1912 on 24 pilings and turned into a home for Bies mother and six children. Bies father, Norman Bie, and his mother, Rita Monrose Bie, were born in 1895 and 1894 respectively.The boathouse was built about 1911 on property owned by Horace H. Hamlin, who owned numerous other properties in the county. Harry Ulmer, a citrus grove entrepreneur who kept his boat Miss Largo in one of its three boat wells, built it. During the early 1930s, local mullet fishermen Bill Ransom and Ross Johns lived in it. In 1938 my father, Norman A. Bie, a Realtor in Tampa since 1918, bought the boathouse from Hamlin. He proceeded to turn it into a home for his wife Rita and six children, ages 3 to 15, plus his real estate office. When we moved in, the first floor was two open boat wells with catwalks, and the roadside of the center boat well had been floored to use as a garage. The second floor had one large room on the west side with an open porch on the east side overlooking the bay. Mother cleverly divided the large room into fourths by nailing up strings and hanging bed sheets over them, which created a kitchen and three bedrooms, one for my three sisters, one for us three boys, and one for my parents. In the kitchen we had an icebox, which was replenished several times a week by an ice truck that came to our house, and the stove was a three-burner metal kerosene stove. Mother used a washboard and bucket to do our laundry. Remember, 1938 was one of the Great Depression years and times were not easy. Within three years, Dad had the boat wells completely floored to make three rooms and a bath. The center was his real estate office. Upstairs, partitions were built forming living and dining rooms, kitchen, two bedrooms and bath. The porch was fully screened. Soon a third floor dormitory and bath were added and a small building next to the boathouse for mothers laundry room. With youngsters sleeping on the third floor, Dad The Boathouse a wonderful place to grow up Photos courtesy of ERNEST WILLIAM BILLY BIEShown are the boathouse in 1944, left, and in 2001.added a ladder on the bay side from the top floor down to the first as a fire escape. It has never been used for that purpose, but we kids and friends, children and grandchildren have certainly had fun jumping off the ladder into the bay at high tide. The boathouse was a wonderful place to grow up. Over the years we had bicycles, a kayak, canoe, 25horsepower motorboat and water skis. We had a library full of books, cards and games, ping-pong table, piano, ukulele, harmonica and guitar. We caught fish with hook-and-line, rods, nets and homemade spear gun. Bay scallops were plentiful as were blue crabs in the Gulf. In 1946 Dad put a stable on the lot across Gulf Boulevard from the boathouse and two horses, Trippi and Danny that we rode on the beach. They loved swimming in the Gulf! High tides have brought water into the first floor maybe 15 times through the years, but no storm has so much as removed a shingle. Dad lived in the boathouse until he died in 1974. Mother lived there until she was 98 years old. The boathouse continues to be home base for our Bie family, now and into the future.

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8A Viewpoints Leader, July 19, 2012Another one bites the dust. A Miami federal judge has struck down the new law prohibiting Florida doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients. The ruling extends the legal losing streak of Gov. Rick Scott and right-wing lawmakers, who have set a pathetic record for unconstitutional bills. Written by the National Rifle Association, the so-called Firearm Owners Privacy Act would have prevented concerned physicians from asking patients about guns kept in their houses. Its a reasonable query in domestic situations in which children might be at risk. But the GOP-controlled Legislature wants doctors to shut up about guns and stick to lecturing women about their abortion decisions. So much for privacy. By necessity, doctors ask lots of personal questions. Are you using any illegal drugs? How much alcohol do you drink in a week? Do you smoke cigarettes? Do you suffer from depression? Weve all filled out the checklists while sitting in the waiting room. And, on the examination table, weve all heard doctors and nurses ask things we wouldnt post on Facebook. Say, have you noticed if your urine is changing color? Uh, no. Most of us have never been asked by our health-care providers whether we have a gun, or where on the premises we keep it. However, most of us dont have bullet scars, needle tracks or booze on our breath when showing up for a medical appointment. Some people do, and too often they have kids. Doctors who ask questions are usually just doctors who care, and the best doctors have more questions than others. The ban on asking about gun habits originated after an Ocala couple reportedly claimed their physician wouldnt treat them anymore because they refused to talk about it. Cue the NRA, which had no trouble finding a stooge in the Legislature to sponsor a bill that effectively prohibited physicians from raising the subject. Republican supporters claimed that merely by inquiring about firearms in the house, doctors are infringing on a patients Second Amendment rights. The argument is embarrassingly lame. Suggesting that someone put a trigger lock on their handgun is not quite the same as confiscating it. Extending the Legislatures knothead logic, a doctor who promotes the safe use of condoms is violating your constitutional right to accidentally impregnate whomever you want. The gun law was doomed in the courts from the day the NRA hacks delivered it. Still, it passed last year and was proudly signed by Scott, generating a swift legal challenge from the Florida Pediatric Society, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and other groups. In the media, the battle became known as Docs vs. Glocks, and on June 29 the docs won. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke made permanent an order blocking the law, saying it violated the free-speech rights of physicians. She said the wording of the legislation was vague and offered no guidelines for health-care practitioners. For instance, the statute allowed doctors to ask about firearms only if they believed in good faith that the information was relevant to a patients care and safety. Yet no specific standards were laid out in the law. The judge said it had a chilling effect on medical providers who feared heavy fines or even losing their licenses if they spoke to families about gun safety a rather serious health issue in Florida, judging by the number of emergency room admissions. Increasingly, doctors around the country are putting firearm ownership on their checklists of questions for patients. Thats because, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one out of every 25 children delivered to pediatric trauma centers has a gunshot wound. Its likely that Florida will appeal Judge Cookes decision and try to reinstate the doctor-muzzling law. The governor thinks its a dandy piece of legislation, and totally constitutional. His hapless scorecard in that area speaks for itself. Tom Julin, a prominent First Amendment lawyer involved in challenging the statute, recently wrote in the South Florida Sun Sentinel: The fact of the matter is the NRA asked the Legislature to pass this law to censor doctors who might advocate gun control the NRA opposes. Doctors who see children bearing bullet holes on a regular basis can be very powerful advocates. To do their jobs right, doctors are obligated to ask about anything that might affect the health of you and your family. You certainly cant be forced to answer those questions, just as your doctor cant be forced to keep you as a patient. Take your funny-colored pee and move on.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. The group known as Christians in Recovery has published Signs of a Spiritual Awakening. As I read the signs, I realized that although these ideas may have applications for most people, theyre not of much use for persons embroiled in politics, either as office-holders or campaign workers. Here are the spiritual signs, and my responses to them. 1. AN INCREASED TENDENCY TO LET THINGS HAPPEN RATHER THAN MAKE THEM HAPPEN. Such a laissez-faire attitude spells suicide to a politician and his/her supporters. Politics requires people to take any sort of action that will defeat the enemy. Up to and including assassination attempts, or starting a rumor that the opposing candidate was born in Qatar as a product of his mothers one-night stand with a sheik. 2. FREQUENT ATTACKS OF SMILING. Political smiles are allowed only during campaign appearances, or when the latest poll shows your side is gaining. Smiling is a sign of satisfaction, and satisfied campaigners usually lose. 3. FEELINGS OF BEING CONNECTED WITH OTHERS AND NATURE. The best example of this would take place as a candidate shakes hands with a contributor who has just forked over a $100,000 campaign contribution in a rose garden filled with fawns and chipmunks. 4. FREQUENT OVERWHELMING EPISODES OF APPRECIATION. Again, such moments usually are tied to large contributions, or to public endorsements of a candidate by supporters such as Oprah Winfrey, the Pope or God. 5. A TENDENCY TO THINK AND ACT SPONTANEOUSLY RATHER THAN FROM FEARS BASED ON PAST EXPERIENCE. Such actions by a politician spell certain doom. Campaign trails are littered with the bodies of candidates who blurted the truth or acted as his/her gut feelings dictated at that moment. Take away the teleprompter from Barack Obama, the rehearsed answers from Mitt Romney, and the 3 x 5 cards from Ronald Reagan, and what have you got? Chaos. Anarchy. Do you think JFK announced, Ich bin eine Berliner! just as the phrase crossed his mind at the podium? Not bloody likely. 6. AN UNMISTAKABLE ABILITY TO ENJOY EACH MOMENT. Change each to an occasional and youll be closer to the realities of political campaigning. Today, the pressures coming to bear on candidates and their staffs are unremitting. In the not-sodistant past, campaigners could put in a grueling 18-hour day and then have a beer and relax while waiting for the morning papers to arrive. No more. Today, the Internet and other electronic news media simply do not rest. If Mitt Romney says, Bubbaloo! at 10 a.m., the Obama people must respond with an anti-bubbaloo statement by 11. If theyre too slow, the media will come out at noon with Obama campaign headquarters seem at a loss to reply to Gov. Romneys bubbaloo announcement. Theres not much room for enjoyable moments in such a lifestyle. 7. A LOSS OF ABILITY TO WORRY. Ha! 8. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN CONFLICT. Ha! 9. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN INTERPRETING THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS. Much of politics is necessarily devoted to interpreting the actions of your opponents, followed by issuing public statements that misinterpret and misconstrue those actions, or cast a negative spotlight on them. 10. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN JUDGING OTHERS. No way, Jose. If you cant be a fairly accurate judge of the characters and motivations of the political players (both friendly and enemy) youd better find yourself another game. 11. A LOSS OF INTEREST IN JUDGING SELF. This trait in a politician need not be harmful provided that he/she has already accurately analyzed his strong and weak points. He can then proceed to hide his defects and vulnerabilities from the voting public so that voters will be conned into judging him as being trustworthy, intelligent, strong, etc. 12. GAINING THE ABILITY TO LOVE WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. In politics and in many other areas of life, the term love is bandied about so much that its almost meaningless. Any candidate who tells a crowd of 500 or 50,000 persons I love you! should not be believed. You cant love anyone you dont know pretty well, and no candidate can get up close and personal with all those voters out there. A typical candidate doesnt exude or expect love. Or respect. Or worship. All he wants is your vote (along with a campaign contribution, if possible). **** Does all of the above mean that politics completely rules out genuine idealism, love of country and a desire to serve the public? Not in the least. It simply rules out the sort of spiritual awakening that can lift a person above the fray and purify his soul. Politics is a battleground, messy, impure, and about as spiritual as a pro football game. But it can still be great fun.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at tralee71@comcast.net. No room for spiritual awakeningsI have a love-hate relationship with bridges. The panoramic view of meandering rivers and restless seas from the tops of bridges makes memories. Being stuck on a bridge with a full bladder makes nightmares. My boss told me that he recently was held up on the bridge at Johns Pass twice on the same trip to and from his destination. I can top that. Before the bridge was rebuilt, I was also held up on it twice on the same trip but both times on the way back. Must have taken me 35 minutes to get to the Madeira side. There were more mariners passing through the spans that February afternoon than there were boats evacuating Dunkirk in World War II. Trust me on this. I had plenty of time to count them. Though I think that our transportation planners sometimes come up with a BAD idea Build Another Drawbridge I recognize that for some places there are few alternatives, such as at Johns Pass. And I prefer a drawbridge over a ferry any day. You dont want to be on a ferry in Lake Superior in the winter, which explains why the Aerial Lift Bridge was built in Duluth, Minn. It was one of the first bridges Ive ever crossed as a boy growing up in northern Wisconsin and remains one of my favorites. The bridge was built in 1905 and upgraded in 1929 to its current lifting design meaning straight up as it operates today. Its probably Duluths most famous and beloved piece of architecture, even though it looks as if were built from an Erector Set. The last time I crossed that bridge was when I was on vacation in 2004, just for the heck of it. The bridge takes you from the mainland in Duluth to Minnesota Point, a seven-mile narrow sand spit that leads to nowhere. The next time I make a decision to take the Aerial Lift Bridge just for the heck of it, Ill forgo having two Leinenkugel beers at nearby Grandmas restaurant. As you are waiting for the lift to come down, its kind of hard to enjoy the bridges distinct operating mechanisms when the most prevalent thought running through your head is wheres the nearest bathroom. Have a favorite name of a bridge? Mine is the Bridge of Gods, a span in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. 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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERS Drivers SeatBob Driver Florida loses a silly legal battleFireworks revelers show lack of conscience Editor: Thank you for your timely article (Heart of the Matter) in the July 12th edition of the Bee. Todays increasing disregard for the inherent responsibilities of all citizens to care for our natural resources is appalling. As Gulf side residents of Indian Rocks Beach, our neighbors and we have seen increasing behavior mentioned in Southmayds writing. We have watched beach goers throw whole cases of beer bottles into the sea oats on occasions when the sheriffs deputies come by on patrol. The Independence Day lack of conscience shown by fireworks revelers was, indeed, disgraceful. As noted in the article, the shore erosion had a serious effect on the evening. This was an inconvenience that sensible people expect to live with. Ms. Southmayd rightly pointed out that all parties involved in the display should have returned, at least the next morning, to clean up the mess. Despite the overflowing trash baskets, many did pile the trash next to the containers. Many did not. When we, and other residents, combed the beach the next day, the volume of junk was unbelievable. City workers continue to do an amazing job in caring for our beautiful beach. I saw a terrible train wreck years ago. The mess left on the morning of the 5th was avid reminder. IRB staff should not be expected to do train wrecks. A suggestion is that, perhaps, civic organizations might sponsor (with the city of IRB) annual celebration events to help control the chaotic situation. As we all know, groups such as IRB Action 2000, IRB Home Owners, Rotary Club, Beach Art Center and others continue to sponsor excellent family events throughout the year. Most people take for granted the huge amount of volunteer efforts that go into the preparation and staging of these events. One is familiar with the sage remark that, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Perhaps, a joint meeting to include representatives of these organizations and the city may be scheduled to consider possibilities. Dealing with the three-mile long beach area for holidays like New Years Eve and the 4th is a challenge. I believe that, with some old-fashioned brainstorming, something will be done. Ralph E. Montgomery Indian Rocks BeachThe ups and downs of bridges Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words.What do you think? Carl Hiaasen Tom Germond story here of how the bridge got its name, but you can find out more about it at www.portofcascadelocks.org/bridge. Or just go there, enjoy the scenery and surroundings and learn about Sam Hill, a famous innovator in the Pacific Northwest. Closer to home, I enjoy the view of brawny Jacksonville from the bridge on I-95 over the St. Johns River. I didnt enjoy the view decades ago when you had to pay a toll on the bridge to cross the river. And what the Sam Hill is up with the proposal to convert the Howard Frankland Bridge into a toll bridge? (You knew Id work Sam Hill in somehow). Not sure whos the brainless bureaucrat that decided that would be a good idea, but he probably runs with the same crowd that decided we need a state university in Lakeland. The Howard Frankland is my least favorite bridge. Im never sure on how much time to allot for a trip to Tampa International Airport because of the traffic frenzy, which is akin to the running of the wildebeasts across the Maui River. Might be easier to leave your car at St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and book a flight to Tampa International. I pray to Manito I never have to do that.The Aerial LIft Bridge in Duluth, Minn., in May 1996.

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When theyre off-balance, its tempting to embrace the meditative philosophy that nothing is good or bad. It just is. The idea that events are neither good nor bad is one way to see life at sea, whose natural rhythms have recently unfurled a gripping series of events. Overall, the number of dolphins using our area is generally consistent but we find them less often now. Perhaps theyre behaving differently, which conceivably corresponds to a classic feature of warming seas: novel new dolphins. Novel new dolphins include the seven babies born so far. Six have resident moms (Club, J, Face, FM, Slightwin and LA Stick). The remaining mom is nonresident Osiris, whose appearance with her tiny shiny newborn reaffirms Johns Pass waters as vital dolphin nursery grounds. New moms tend to scatter, roaming alone to teach the newborn her unique whistle while avoiding the potential confusion of competing sounds, whether other dolphins or boats. FMs newborn didnt survive tropical storm Debby. But like the sunshine that followed her havoc, its loss was an unexpected silver lining for FMs previous calf Fennel, born in 2009. When a mother dolphin with an older calf at heal gives birth again, it usually triggers the older calf to wean. But its strong ties with its lifelong companion arent always broken with a resolute snap. Weanlings often trail their mom for several weeks after the birth of the rival sibling or are found in bays adjacent to her. Little Fennel haunted his moms vicinity in the days following the appearance of her June newborn, giving us a glimpse of the tough side of life. Fennel is small for his age. He got bit on the back by a shark last summer, which healed to a conspicuous dent behind his dorsal fin. Wounded calves pour resources into healing instead of girth and often stay small. You dont want to be small and alone at sea. It attracts the wrong company. When FM appeared without the newborn after the storm, Fennel swam sturdily at her side once again. Speaking of the hazards of small lone dolphins at sea, poor Split emerges with an increasingly somber reproductive record. She successfully raised her zesty 2005 son Steve to weaning. The loss of her 2008 newborn revealed the grave fact that dolphins mourn their dead. Split gave birth in 2010 but the newborn was lost within the month. She had Seville in 2011, who was doing beautifully through Memorial Day this year. Five days later, reports of Split once again tending the corpse of her dead baby ended all that. The cosmic tide pushed back with a spring parade of bulls that, like Treasure Islands Fourth of July fireworks, included many charming surprises. A number of young and mature bulls have returned after years of absence along with two novel new dolphins. One of the new dolphins is a husky character we call Xiphos. He spent May and June haunting the vicinity of mom-calf groups but never joined them directly that we saw. However, he not only joined local bulls N and Rippington directly, he found it necessary to pepper them with an extensive big fish handling display, perhaps as an exercise in intimidation. Over Memorial Day, three dolphins sprinted off the shadows of a seaside school before vanishing into the wake of a passing yacht. One was a dolphin we call Hoffman. Weve seen it only once before. Hoffmans return is another reflection of the rhythm of freeranging dolphin movement patterns. Hoffmans companions were new to us. One remains mysterious. The others dorsal finNewer but fewer dolphins pattern was so distinct that it was an obvious new addition to our photo ID catalogue, the compendium by which we recognize and document local dolphin dramas. Were calling it Gem, a sparkly gender-free combination of Jen and Jim. A couple of weeks later, three bulls pestered local lady Front Slash as she tried to hunt along a private section of seawall. Bulldozed into open waters, she communicated her response to the bothersome bulls by launching into a series of aerial maneuvers and then rocketing away at top dolphin speed. The trio harried her as a pair and a singleton. The pair was a surprise. Lax is a local Bowery Boy who usually swims with Midface so it was peculiar to see him swim in careful synchrony alongside Dune. Dune is an occasional visitor insofar as weve seen it only once in August of 2009, when it and companions fought with local bulls. The singleton who worked alone is a bull we identified during our 2004 pilot work. His name, Square Bite Face, is a rough description of the notch pattern on his dorsal fin. We saw him annually before Johns Pass Bridge construction began but only three times since. His buddy Two Lips was nowhere around, maybe lost in the tides of time. But a fourth dolphin trailed the bulls who trailed the lady. It was Keyhole Plus, another occasional visitor bull we saw annually before Johns Pass Bridge construction began but only three times since. New babies, Xiphos and Gem push the number of identified dolphins in Johns Pass to 290! Yet between newer dolphins and fewer dolphins, its not easy to watch the tentative imbalance with meditative neutrality.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled@tam pabay.rr.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore.com. Read her award-winning DolphinWatch column weekly atwww.TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-4338299. Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver Photo by ANN WEAVERLocal lady DD1 arches to avoid a particularly bothersome bull.Largo youth gets scholarshipLARGO Taylor Cook of Largo recently received a $500 scholarship from the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida. The scholarships, called the Kelley Awards, are presented to tennis players who display good character, good attitude, tennis ability, a desire to improve their tennis skills and participate in local United States Tennis Association Junior Team tennis programs. Established in 1962, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers support for the development of youth tennis in Florida.Kids can play golf for $5LARGO The Largo Golf Course is offering youth ages 17 and younger the opportunity to play golf this summer for $5. Youths 17 and younger can beat the summer boredom blues by walking 18 holes at Largo Golf Course any day of the week after 11 a.m., a city news release said. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult throughout the round. Nonplaying adults can walk with their child for free or choose to rent a cart for a small fee. Largo Golf Course is located at 12500 Vonn Road. Call 518-3024. Triathlon planned for Aug. 4LARGO The Bardmoor YMCA Youth and Adult sprint triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 a.m. to noon, at the Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Road. All proceeds from the triathlon will benefit the YMCA People Helping People Assistance Program and the Livestrong Cancer Survivor Program at the Bardmoor branch. Ages 13 and over will start at 7 a.m.; ages 5 to 7 will start at 8 a.m. and ages 8 to 12 will start at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 for participants who register by Aug. 3. Call 394-9622.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, July 21, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Briefs See BRIEFS, page 10A

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We Specialize in Family Law: Divorce Custody Child Support Modification Adoption Criminal Wills Free ConsultationTODD LAW OFFICES5315 Park Boulevard, Suite 3 Pinellas Park 727-545-8633www.toddlawoffices.com Jennifer ToddAttorney By BRIAN GOFFCLEARWATER Twenty-seven years ago, Russ and Marilyn Jones moved from New Jersey to Florida, bought a home in the Clearwater Cascades Mobile Home Park in Pinellas Park and immediately went looking for a ball game. They discovered the Florida State League, and they have been hooked ever since. Marilyn says it is all because of Russ. I always liked baseball, she said. But Russ was a real fan of minor league baseball, and we began to go to games. Does she still like it? Absolutely. I am hooked. The people are so nice, she said. Back in 1997, the couple began to go to Florida State League games in St. Petersburg and Dunedin. Then in 2003, they began to go see the Clearwater Phillies in Jack Russell Stadium. They have been season ticket holders ever since. The team, now called the Clearwater Threshers, plays out of Bright House Field in Clearwater. Marilyn and Russ are familiar fixtures in the same seats in Section 114. To Marilyn the seats are home and the people around them are family. They are our baseball family for sure, she said. Not only in the stadium, but we have become friends outside the stadium too. The players over the years have become near and dear to Marilyn and Russ too. Marilyn says when the mood strikes she will bake a double batch of cookies and send them to the clubhouse for the players. They appreciate that, believe me, she said. Russ recalled getting a call one evening from one of the players whose car had broken down. He just wanted some advice about a repair shop, he was looking to find someone who wouldnt rip him off, said Russ. When you go to as many games as Marilyn and Russ, it is inevitable that the players get to know you. And Russ isnt quiet during games. He is always yelling encouragement to the players. Russ recalled talking to pitcher Scott Matheson one day. Matheson, who now plays in Japan, played briefly for the Phillies, and Russ asked him if he ever heard him yelling from the stands. He recalled Matheson saying, Russ, if I were on the mound in Philadelphia in front of a packed house and you called out, Id hear you! Marilyn said the couple went to Fort Myers to watch a game and Kyle Kendrick, who now pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies, threw a shutout. He too had heard Russ yelling encouragement during the game. As he walked off the field he tossed the game ball to Russ and later autographed it. It is one of Russs prize possessions to this day. Russ countered with his wifes story with the evening they went to watch a Devil Rays game at Tropicana Field. As he and Marilyn walked down by the dugout, catcher Toby Hall spotted them and came over and gave Marilyn a big hug. This fall, Marilyn and Russ are going to British Columbia to attend the wedding of Thresher player Chris Kissock. Three years ago, a young woman sat next to Marilyn at a Threshers game and struck up a conversation. They became friends. The young woman was Kissocks girlfriend Shauna, now his wife-to-be. Kissock is still in the Phillies organization, pitching for their Double A Reading affiliate. The Jones relationship with the players is something that theThreshers front office peoplenoticed quickly. Jason Adams, assistant general manager-ticketing, knows Russ and Marilyn well. They bring a family, a warm feeling towards the ballpark, and that makes it easier for the players, he said. It is nice when they hear their names called from the stands, and not only here. Russ and Marilyn travel all over the States to support the team Adams said the couple also has an intimate knowledge of baseball. They know what it takes for a player to make it to the majors, he said. With us, it isnt a business-client relationship. When I see Marilyn, I get a big hug and Russ always has a hand shake and a pat on the back. Russ said the love and knowledge of baseball was instilled in him early in life. I grew up in the (Washington) D.C. area, and my Dad was a diehard Washington SenatorsOur baseball familyPinellas Park couple love the Threshers games fan, said Russ. Every year before we went on vacation, he would take us to a game, any game, anywhere, high school, college, minor leagues, wherever. It was a tradition, and Ill never forget it. That history translated to his love for the game today. Marilyn and Russ seldom miss a game. They have only missed five this year, all afternoon games. I sunburn very easily and Im superstitious, Russ said. I have to sit in my same seat every time. But that is in the sun during day games, so I cant take the chance. They also travel all over the state to watch the Threshers play. The fact that they are season ticket holders in Clearwater allows them to get into any League park for free. Still Marilyn said she prefers Bright House field. Oh my gosh, it is absolutely the best stadium in the Florida State League and weve been to many of them, she said. Their loyalty to the Threshers was paid back to them in 2004 when they were making a trip to Pennsylvania and planned to go to a Philadelphia Phillies game on July 4. The game was sold out, and no matter how they tried they couldnt get tickets. They mentioned it to their contact with the Threshers who, in a matter of minutes, scored them four tickets right behind home plate. Russ didnt ask how it happened but said he and Marilyn, their daughter and son-inlaw had one of the best Fourth of Julys ever. Both Marilyn and Russ intend to keep their love of baseball and the Threshers going for a long time. Well be watching every year, absolutely, as long as our health holds out, said Marilyn. Russ is even more adamant. As long as the good Lord keeps me breathing, even if Im in a wheelchair Ill keep going, he said. As long as I can get to the ballpark Then he added perhaps the most important part of his love for the game. Im very fortunate I married a woman who loves baseball.Photo by BRIAN GOFFMarilyn and Russ Jones of Pinellas Park enjoy the Fourth of July Threshers Game in Clearwater. They have been season ticket holders for 10 years.Hot air temperatures for a couple of weeks now have warmed our inshore waters to a balmy 85 degrees, and mid-day temperatures on the shallow flats can be close to 90 degrees. These warm temperatures can make for some pretty tough fishing. Targeting deepwater flats and structure in and around the passes will definitely put you in position to catch more fish. Trout and mackerel can be found just inside the passes hanging on grass edges that have good concentrations of bait. Productive areas can often be located by the presence of diving pelicans and dipping terns. Newly hatched sardine and threadfin fry is the cause for all the commotion. Most of this bait is too small to be cast-netted and used for bait. Your better option would be the use of small artificial lures, soft plastic or buck tail jigs in white or silver should do the trick. Deep bridges with good current are good places to find snook, gag grouper, black drum and flounder. Targeting the first couple of hours of the tide change with a variety of baits can be very productive. The snook and grouper love big pinfish and grunts. Be sure to drop them down on some heavy tackle at least 50-pound test with an even heavier leader. For the flounder try fishing a small grunt or live shrimp on a jig head. Offshore gag grouper fishing remains good despite the warm water temperatures; depths of 30 to 60 foot are loaded with gags. Natural limestone ledges and artificial reefs are both holding plenty of fish. The grouper have been responding quite well to big frisky pinfish. Until next week get bent! Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Move to deeper water to beat the heat Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Weedon to offer archaeology campST. PETERSBURG Archaeology Summer Camp will be presented Monday through Friday, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This summer camp is designed for children ages 7 to 11 with a strong interest in prehistory and history while learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. The camp will include guest experts, a tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, an atlatl adventure and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist. Cost is $150 per camper. For information, contact Florida Public Archaeology Network at 813396-2328 or email crharper@usf.edu. Visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org. Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursday, July 26, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fo urth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500. BRIEFS, from page 9A

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Community 11A Leader, July 19, 2012 Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions030812 Obituaries William L. Stapleton ("Bill"),83, of Clearwater and Southborough, MA, died on Saturday, July 7, 2012. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Marianne S. (Barth) Stapleton for 59 years. In his youth Bill raced flat head Fords and flat track motorcycles on the Eastern Circuit. He was the owner and operator of the former Bill & Larrys Texaco, Inc. in Nobscot (then dba Southboro Mobil in Southborough) where he spent many hours running a successful full automotive repair facility. Bill was dedicated to his family and will be remembered by many as a terrific teacher, wonderful father and a great friend. In addition to his wife he leaves his children, William L. Stapleton, Jr. and his wife Kristin of Southborough, MA; Laura McPherson and her husband Kirk of Old Lyme, CT; Linda Derosier and her husband Jay of Shrewsbury, MA; Leslie Tasse and her husband John of Ballston Spa, NY; Lisa Stapleton of Boxford, MA ; Lorraine Charman and her husband John of Atlanta, GA; Will Colon of Worcester; and 12 grandchildren. Burial and funeral are private. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118, apdama.org. To send words of condolence to the family, please go to Morrisfuneralparlor.com.Danielle Daisy Lewise Fox,Danielle Daisy Lewise Fox, born April 25, 1980 in Hugoton, KS, but lived her life in St. Petersburg, FL, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2012, at the age of 32. Danielle is preceded in death by Donald Rochefort and Bradley Rochefort. She is survived by Michael Hudley, her fianc; her two children, Jada Rose Towns and Thomas Hudley; her brothers and sisters, Michelle Haluska, (Missy), Shawna Lincicome, Jeffrey Haluska, Mathew Haluska, Wayne, Dusty and Shane Fox; parents Sherrie and John Davis; Aunt and Uncle Don and Mary Lynn Farry; Aunt Dana; Cousin, Matt Farry, Maggie, Liegh Ann, Kellie, Daniel (Ducky), and Kate; grandmother Lillian Rochefort and father Robert (Sonny) Fox. A Facebook page has been posted by Amber Parker; we invite people to post their names and messages. The link to this Facebook page is Danielle_Daisy _fox@yahoo.com. Funeral Services will be held at M.E. Rodriguez Funeral Home on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 1pm to 9pm. Church And Temple DirectoryL071212 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Tell the Public About Your Services Call397-5563 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 070512070512 022312 71212 Noon 71912 AIR DUCTCLEANING$4995One Week OnlyUNLIMITED VENTSIncludes 1 Main & 1 ReturnIs Your Home Making You Sick? 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The group of 49, 20 of which are dancers ages 7-20, were invited to perform for U.S. troops at the U.S. garrison in Grafenwor. They will take a dance workshop in Munich and also perform at the horticultural show in Bamberg. The group will travel to Austria and take the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, where the movie was filmed. Since the dancers were headed to Europe, they submitted an audition video to Euro Disney in Paris and received a formal invitation to perform in the Disney theme park. This is such a fantastic opportunity for the dancers and their families. It is such an honor for these students to have the chance to perform for our U.S. Troops. Its just a small way to bring a little bit of home to them and show them how much we appreciate all that they do for ourDance group plans trip to EuropeThe Tutterow dancers will perform for the U.S. troops in Grafenwar, Germany.country, said Debbie Kennedy, director of the Tutterow Dancers, in a press release. The dancers and families have been fundraising with car washes, tag days, Rays games, concessions at the 1-800 Ask Gary Ampitheater and even hosted their first 5K race/run in Walsingham park. They will continue the annual race with the next one scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10. Preparing for the trip has been a valuable experience for the dancers and families. We have all been working hard for the last two years to make this dream a reality. The dancers have learned about hard work in the studio as well as teamwork outside working the fundraisers. The cultural experience of the trip is one that will last a lifetime, said Gordie Kay, father of dancers Cameron and Kendall. The Tutterow Dancers have partnered with the city of Largo Recreation Parks and Art Department for the past 36 years. Classes are held at the Southwest Complex and the Largo Community Center which host three beautiful large studios with mirrors, ballet barres and floating floors. Registration for fall classes is in August. Visit www.tutterowdancers.com for more information. Julia Schirentino celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends July 11 at Palm Garden of Pinellas, 200 16th Ave. SE.100th birthday The Rotary Club of Largo honors its speaker each week by donating a book to the Largo Public Library Youth Services. Each hardbound book chosen contains a plate with the speakers name and date of presentation. Casey McPhee, director of the Largo Public Library, center, and Jen Shaffer of Youth Services, left, accept a $1,000 check from Club President Gigi Arntzen. These funds are made possible from the proceeds of the clubs Death by Chocolate A Taste of the Holidays held on the first Friday of December each year.Rotary donation 2-1-1 seeks volunteers2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential assistance for people in need of health and human services, offers several opportunities for volunteers. 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His $45 adoption fee includes vaccinations, county license, neuter surgery, microchip, 30 days of pet insurance, pre-owned carrier, litter pan, litter, litter scoop, toy, collar, and a bag of Hill's Science Diet food. Adopt Pinky at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. in Largo. Visit SPCATampaBay.org.Largo High School Car and Truck Show plannedLARGO Tri City Cruisers in conjunction with Largo High School presents the first Largo High School Car and Truck Show, located at 401 Missouri Ave. in Largo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. The event includes trophies sponsored by area businesses, live DJ and food and will benefit the Warren Back Pack Program, providing food for hungry children in the Largo area. Preregistration is $10 and the day of the show is $15. To register, contact Cheryl Younce @TriCityCruis ers@yahoo.com or call 698-6772.Exotic bird fair plannedLARGO Sun Coast Exotic Bird Fair will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N. Admission is $4; Children 12 and younger are free. The event features birds, seeds, toys, cages, live entertainment, great food and more, and a grand prize. Contact Pedro Avila at 813-361-3735. Email: my carsound@aol.com or visit www.suncoastexoticbird fair.com Financial empowerment workshops slatedLARGO Financial empowerment workshops will be held by Sarah Evans from Fifth Third Bank and hosted by Shepherds Village. The workshops will be held July 24, Aug. 14, Aug. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at New Life Solutions, 1910 East Bay Drive in Largo For reservations, call Evans at 735-2223 or sarah.evans@53.comOak Ridge Wesleyan Church LARGO Dr. Phillip Gray recently accepted the position of senior pastor at the Oak Ridge Wesleyan Church, 11000 110th Ave. N. For the past 12 years, Gray has served as the senior pastor at the New River Wesleyan Church in Fort Lauderdale, during which the church experienced significant growth. He also has served as a police chaplain with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He has an earned doctorate of ministry degree in Christian counseling with additional course work in crisis counseling. Gray has served many years as a pastor and counselor, as well as working in administration in postsecondary education. He currently serves as a consultant and teacher to colleges in Jamaica and Guyana and promotes mission trips to these countries. Gray is married to Carolyn, his high school sweetheart, for 38 years. They have three adult children Phillip II, Matthew and Carole and three grandchildren. HealthSouth to offer Aging Well SeriesLARGO The Aging Well Series will be presented Friday, Aug. 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in classroom C at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 901 ClearwaterLargo Road. The series will include the following components: Drive Able and Community Support Information, with Celisa Bonner, LCSW clinic coordinator at the Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Loss at Morton Plant Mease Community Resources and Position Duties, with officer Rayshall Poinsette, Largo Police Department Senior Services Officer Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, with Peggy Macaluso, program specialist Medication Interactions, with Dr. Vakesh Rajani, hospitalist at Mease Countryside Hospital Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 588-1865 by Aug. 1. Here and there Here and there

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