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TV station confuses Safety Harbor and Safe Harbor homeless shelter



On this one, former Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold was right.


He went to battle in 2011 with Public Defender Bob Dillinger and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster over the name of Pinellas Safe Harbor homeless shelter in an unincorporated area near Largo.

The names Safe Harbor and Safety Harbor are too similar, Steingold said. People will be confused.

Dillinger and Foster responded with something like: Thanks but don't worry. It's not that confusing.

Tell that to ABC 7 (Sarasota) television news, which reported at least twice today that local leaders were touring a Safety Harbor homeless facility.

The channel posted online that "Dr. Robert Marbut, who was hired by Sarasota to study the homeless issue and offer solutions, helped create a facility in Safety Harbor addressing the needs of homeless."

Later, the station's broadcast told viewers to join reporter Max Winitz for his live report at the homeless shelter in Safety Harbor.

The problem, of course, was that Winitz was not in Safety Harbor at all. But on 49th Street N, near Largo.


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 7:32pm]


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