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Gas leak forces brief evacuation of Tarpon Springs motel, offices


Gas leak forces evacuation of motel, offices

A gas leak forced the brief evacuation of some office buildings and a motel, and a street closure Thursday afternoon, officials said. According to Tarpon Springs police, an underground natural gas line was accidentally struck by some people digging to install fence posts on Court Street between Banana Street and North Pinellas Avenue. The leak was called in about 12:30 p.m. A few office buildings and the SunBay Motel at 57 W Tarpon Ave. were evacuated soon thereafter and Court Street was closed to traffic. The road was reopened and people were allowed to return to the motel and businesses about 1:20 p.m., after Clearwater Gas officials stopped the leak, police said. About 20 to 25 people were affected by the evacuation, police said.


Hearing to focus on seniors' needs

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. will present a public hearing from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Neighborly Care Network dining site at the Dunedin Masonic Lodge, 1297 Michigan Blvd. Attendees will learn how federal and state funds allocated for senior services will be used, and available resources will be provided for seniors and/or family caregivers. Guests are encouraged to comment on future funding and share their concerns about seniors' needs. State Sen. Mike Fasano will be the guest speaker. Call (727) 570-9696, ext. 230 for more information.


Women sought for 'Odd Couple'

The Players of Safety Harbor Adult Library Theater Troupe is seeking actors for its October production of Neil Simon's Odd Couple, the female version. The troupe is searching for six female actors, including the two female leads and two male parts. For more information or to schedule an audition, call Mary Kay Smith (727) 724-1525, ext. 104 or e-mail


Summer reading finale is Saturday

"Novel Destinations," the Adult Summer Reading Program at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., will draw to a close at 2 p.m. Saturday. During the final program, "Cornucopia of Countries," a AAA representative will present an armchair around-the-world travel program. Participants will discuss recently read novels and enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3002.

Vendors needed for Senior Fun Fest

The Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is seeking health-related vendors for its annual "Young at Heart" Senior Fun Fest to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15. The free event will feature health screenings, pneumonia and flu shots (with proper insurance), bingo and refreshments. For more information, call (727) 771-6000.

Gas leak forces brief evacuation of Tarpon Springs motel, offices 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 8:01pm]
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