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North Pinellas briefs: Residents can play Clearwater's budget game


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Residents can play city's budget game

It's game time again. And if you want a say in what the city should keep in next year's budget then be at the Main Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. City leaders are asking residents to play a game where they divide 48 chips representing community spending priorities into "keep" and "cut" piles. The chips represent everything from fire stations, recreation centers and libraries to police substations, beach lifeguards and cultural affairs (plus a whole bunch more). Although the city is looking to cut roughly $10-million, or about 10 percent, from its budget, officials will keep the math simple. That means the chips will add up to $20,000 and groups of eight to 10 residents will cut $2,000 from the pot. The game takes place at the downtown Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Call (727) 562-4881.

Developer appeals zoning designation

City leaders have said no big development on the site of the little Shoppes on Sand Key. But attorneys for the 3-acre strip mall say don't be so sure. As expected, D.A. Bennett Co. has appealed a City Council decision denying the company's request to zone its property "tourist," which could have led to a much-rumored hotel. The land was previously zoned "business," but the designation expired last year. At the time, the city's development code and future land use plan said "tourist" was the only allowable designation. But residents strenuously urged the City Council to give it another zoning in an attempt to block a new hotel. On March 20, the council sided with residents. The appeal was filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court and will go before a three-judge panel.


School signups will start Wednesday

Registration for kindergarteners and new students on the Pinellas County school district's new Student Reservation System will begin Wednesday. Parents can call the student assignment department at (727) 588-6210 or the district call center at (727) 587-2020.


A choice of safe boating courses

The Tarpon Springs Coast Guard auxiliary is offering two safe boating courses in the auxiliary room at the Landings Marina, 21 Oscar Hill Road:

• A one-day course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $35.

• A course from April 29 to May 20. The classes meet from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $50.

Call (727) 938-8568.

Pinellas deaths

Bernsee, Jana Marie

Camacho, Julia

Cannizzaro, Concetta

Deaconson, James Nicholas "Jim"

Demko Miller, Julia (Dichauzi)

Franck, Dorothy E.

Gressman, Bert A.

Hague, Alan

Hough, William C.

Kress, Marion E.

Marston, Wallace R. Sr.

Maust, Dean E.

Quinn, Elizabeth Marie

Richardson, Joanne M.

Rose, Charles A. III "Butch"

Rozzi, Barbara E.

Sherm, John M.

Smith, Eleanor "Teenie"

Taylor, Donald Keith

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

North Pinellas briefs: Residents can play Clearwater's budget game 04/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 3:48pm]
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