Gulfview Blvd. reopens today, with fanfare
So long, beach traffic congestion. We hope. The new S Gulfview Boulevard opens this morning. Mayor Frank Hibbard, Vice Mayor George Cretekos, City Council member Paul Gibson and former Mayor Brian Aungst will be the first to cruise down the major north-south thoroughfare a little after 8 a.m. Officials and residents are encouraged to meet at City Hall at 8 a.m., then head to the beach. Other vehicles can follow. The BeachWalk revitalization promenade, which is nearing completion and was one of the reasons S Gulfview has been closed, will open on both sides of S Gulfview, except for the east section in front of the Hyatt Aqualea construction site.
Banker to discuss leadership Friday
Bill Short, chairman of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and Old Harbor Bank president, will discuss leadership at an Emerge Tampa Bay breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Naples Room of the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. Short is a founding director of Old Harbor Bank, where he also has worked as a senior lender and chief operating officer. The event is open to chamber members, business associates, friends and family members. The cost is $20 in advance for Emerge Tampa Bay participants or $30 at the door. The cost is $30 in advance for nonparticipants or $40 at the door. To register, visit tampa chamber.com and click the Emerge Tampa Bay icon.
Peek at Belleview Biltmore makeover
Want a peek at the renovations under way at the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa? A walking tour, followed by a lunch, is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The tour is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $5. The lunch is from 11:30 to 1 p.m., includes a question and answer period and is $30. Built by railroad baron Henry B. Plant and opened in 1897, the resort was sold last year to Legg Mason Real Estate Investors of Los Angeles for $30.3-million. The $100-million restoration is to include new underground parking, new tennis courts and health spa. The event is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects of Tampa Bay and Celebration '08. For reservations, visit aiatampabay.com or call (813) 229-3411.
Feller, Christopher A.
Gipe, Robert Eugene
Laitila, Edward Elias
Maier, Joseph E. Sr.
Monahan, Helen C.
Olt, Lorraine A.
Peters, William F. Sr.
Plyler, Alta Esther
Robertson, Marion K.
Schmitt, Kay Louise
Smith, Joan Eleanor Kirby "Smitty"
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B