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Bait shop that's fought Clearwater over fish mural will auction First Amendment banner on eBay

CLEARWATER

The complete angler putting banner on ebay

The owners of the Complete Angler, a bait and tackle shop at 705 N Fort Harrison Ave. that's in a legal spat with the city of Clearwater over a fish mural, spent part of Memorial Day taking down a banner displaying the text of the First Amendment that had been covering up the mural. They intend to auction it off on eBay and donate the proceeds to a charity, the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits severely injured service members. A federal lawsuit on the mural case continues to make its way through court.

Palm Harbor

Senior health fair is Wednesday

The YMCA of the Suncoast-North Pinellas Branch, 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor, will host a senior health fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The free event will feature screenings in vision, hearing, blood sugar and oxygen levels as well as spine scans. For information, call (727) 772-9622.

CLEARWATER

Last farmers market until fall

Wednesday is the last day until fall that shoppers can buy fresh produce and enjoy local merchant offerings at the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., special events will take place at the farewell gathering on Cleveland Street between Garden and Fort Harrison avenues. Along with free ice cream all day, complimentary Jolley Trolley service will begin at 10 a.m. and run every half-hour from the Island Estates Publix. Live entertainment will be performed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (727) 461-7674.

Largo

New Holiday Inn hosting reception

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce invites the business community to a preview and business after-hours reception at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Largo Central Park, 210 Seminole Blvd. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Bay Star Hotel Group of Tampa also owns Hampton Inn & Suites-Largo Central Park around the corner at 100 East Bay Drive. Although the event is free, advance registration is required. Call the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail events@largochamber.org.

CLEARWATER

Driver pulled from bay after crash

A woman was rescued from Old Tampa Bay after her single-car accident blocked at least one southbound lane of the Bayside Bridge around 6 a.m. Monday. Sixteen units, including three marine and one from the Coast Guard, were originally called to what the Florida Highway Patrol initially described as a "suicide attempt." The woman was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, authorities said.

Largo

Local Democrats sought for group

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club recently submitted paperwork to the Florida Democratic Party. The group, made up of 46 members, is looking for interested people living in the area to join. Contact the club organizer Rich Piper, rpiper3404@aol.com.

In Sports

State baseball semifinals, 3C

Pinellas deaths

Local and regional obituaries are in Section B.

Bait shop that's fought Clearwater over fish mural will auction First Amendment banner on eBay 05/25/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 25, 2009 6:42pm]
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