Pinellas Legislative delegation to meet, consider five bills
The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St.
The delegation is scheduled to vote on five local bills. One bill, if passed, would give voters in the Pinellas Park Water Management District a chance to decide whether to set a date to eliminate the district. A second bill would change the district's boundaries.
A third bill, known as the "all or nothing" bill, would require anyone who wants to annex a part of Tierra Verde to annex the entire island. Residents would have a chance to vote on whether they wanted their island to be annexed.
The fourth bill would change the boundaries of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire District. The end result would be to close the station at 13501 94th Ave. N in the Oakhurst area and allow Seminole to cover the area that would be moved into its fire district.
The final bill would allow Palm Harbor to become a city with boundaries that follow those of the Palm Harbor Fire District.
Dead Medjool palm tree will be replaced
City officials have admitted failure in coaxing back to life one of the Medjool palms along Park Boulevard.
The palm closest to Pinellas Park's faux train station had been ill for several months, losing frond after frond until, just before Christmas, only a couple of dead brown fronds dangled from the tree. The city removed the tree, one of 14 imported from Arizona at a cost of $6,360 apiece, a couple of weeks ago.
Pinellas Park officials say the tree will be replaced but should cost taxpayers nothing more because it was under warranty.
Authorities investigate a string of fires
Police are investigating what appears to be a string of related arsons.
Pinellas Park officers responded to three fires Sunday, and Pinellas County sheriff's deputies responded to a fourth. The fires all were set near the front of homes at 5929 32nd St. N, 7600 43rd St. N, 6420 68th St. N and 4700 83rd Ter. N.
In some of those, Molotov cocktails were thrown. In one, a garden structure was set ablaze. In a fifth, apparently related incident at 7061 52nd Lane, a rag was stuffed into the gas tank of a pickup. The gas tank cover melted, but there was no other damage. The initial four are thought to have been set by the same person. Pinellas Park police ask anyone with any information to call Detective R. Hunt at 541-0805, ext. 4404.