Find out who won races for commission
See who won the city's election Tuesday night. Five candidates, including four who have never held elective office, have been vying to fill two seats on Tarpon Springs' City Commission.
Store manager accused of thefts
A convenience store manager is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his employers by skimming money off the top of bank deposits. Edgard Torres, 41, of 11393 Quill Ave., Weeki Wachee, is charged with grand theft. Police said he made four deposits at Wachovia Bank between Feb. 19 and Feb. 24 that were thousands of dollars less than the amounts marked on deposit slips and the company's deposit log. Police believe Torres kept about $5,700 for himself from money collected at the Circle K at 1001 E Tarpon Ave. Another $12,370 in deposits is missing from a Circle K in Palm Harbor which Torres also managed, according to an arrest report. Torres was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting bail Monday night.
City contributes $2,500 to shelter
Even though commissioners and residents would prefer that Pinellas Safe Harbor's name be changed to something else, the Safety Harbor City Commission approved a $2,500 contribution to the shelter Monday night. Commissioners discussed a request from St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster for a donation of $5,000 to $10,000, but decided that was a bit high for an expense outside their budget. Mayor Andy Steingold also said residents have expressed concern about the name of the shelter being too similar to the name of their city: "The community does not want it referred to as Safe Harbor." When Foster met with the commission last month, he said the shelter is commonly referred to as "the Harbor," which he said could eventually become its permanent name. "That's certainly going to be my wish, my desire," Foster said.
Director is chosen for library system
Officials on Tuesday named Phyllis Gorshe as the city's new library director. She replaces Anne Shepherd, who served in the position seven years. Shepherd left in December to run multiple libraries and a museum in Charlotte County, said City Manager Robert DiSpirito. Gorshe's 11-year tenure with Dunedin's library system includes several years as head of the youth services division and filling in as the acting director after Shepherd left.
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