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After federal criticism, Safety Harbor to revisit group home law

SAFETY HARBOR

after criticism, city to revisit group home law

After recent criticism from the U.S. Department of Justice, the city is moving toward amending a controversial code. City commissioners agreed Monday to examine the local law that mandates 1,000 feet between group homes for six or fewer disabled people unless conditional use approval is sought. Issues with the code arose after a home for autistic men filed a housing discrimination complaint against the city, which barred it last year from opening less than 300 feet away from an assisted living facility in Harbor Woods Circle. The Justice Department asked the city in a letter last week if it plans to repeal the spacing and conditional use rule, writing, "No similar burdens are imposed on housing for people without disabilities." A federal investigation remains open. City Attorney Alan Zimmet said the Justice Department will pause the investigation while the commission discusses changing the code. The city is likely to look in November at eliminating the restriction, he said.

Harbor Sounds set for this weekend

The city's marina hosts the annual Harbor Sounds music festival this weekend. The event features live music and a children's play area with Radio Disney. Vendors will sell food, arts and crafts. Put on by the city and the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, admission and parking are free. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Safety Harbor marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. For information, including the full band line-up, go to safetyharborevents.com or call (727) 724-1572.

DUNEDIN

Zumba Gold class this morning at 9

The city is offering a free Zumba Gold class at 9 a.m. today at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Zumba Gold has the same Latin and international dance rhythms as the original Zumba with easy-to-follow moves. Preserve and restore range of motions and posture as well as your overall health. Beginners are welcome. Monthly classes start 9 a.m. Oct. 10. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $16 with a city recreation card and $24 without. Call (727) 298-3299 for information.

British pub benefit to 'Cut Cancer Out'

Help raise money this weekend for cancer patients during a three-day parking lot party outside Cricketers British Pub and Restaurant, 2634 Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin. Pub owners Mike and Lisa Ioannou said they are cancer survivors who started the event, "Cut Cancer Out," five years ago. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, there will be bands, face painting, a dunk tank and a silent auction. There also will be a hair donation drive on Friday and a cancer walk along the Dunedin Causeway on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Cancer Center of Tampa and the Morton Plant Foundation's mammography voucher program. Visit facebook.com/cricketers pub or call (727) 736-1322 for information.

After federal criticism, Safety Harbor to revisit group home law 10/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:03pm]

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