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Gov't diet? After the ballgame

Clwbaseball450Clearwater city leaders have talked for months of budget cuts. But one thing not on the block: an all-expenses-paid baseball trip to Philadelphia.

Council members and two city managers will meet with Phillies owners and watch Mayor Frank Hibbard (pictured) throw out the first pitch of a game.

It's an annual ritual since the Phillies made Clearwater their spring training home 61 years ago. But this year's two-night trip, expected to cost taxpayers at least $4,700, comes as council members bemoan the city's fiscal future. Story here. (Times photo Scott Keeler/2005)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:25pm]


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