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Qualifying period opens for Clearwater mayor, council seats

Learn his secret to longevity

Meet "Pappy," an independent Palm Harbor 105-year-old who's survived a lot. Good For You, Page 3


Mayor, city council seats up for grabs

Mayoral and City Council hopefuls can file to run for office on Thursday, the first day to qualify for the 2012 election. Candidates will compete for the seats of Mayor Frank Hibbard and council member John Doran, who are term-limited, and Vice Mayor George Cretekos, who has announced he will run for mayor. Candidates must be registered voters, at least 18 years old and have lived in the city for at least one year. To qualify, candidates must submit 250 voter signatures to City Hall as well as a financial disclosure form, a loyalty oath and fees of about $300. The mayor and council members serve four years. The mayor earns $23,794 a year; council members, $19,800. The city election and Florida's presidential primary are scheduled for March 13.


Up for discussion: Eliminate fluoride?

The City Commission will hold a workshop at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss the possible elimination of fluoride from the city's drinking water. Commissioners also will discuss Dunedin's downtown waterfront illustrative plan. The public meeting will be held at City Hall, 542 Main St.

Learn about acrylic's merits

Carol Rosefelt is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free "Coffee and Conversation" series. Rosefelt is a longtime DFAC faculty member and instructor of DFAC's "Acrylic Painting for All" class. At noon Thursday, she will demonstrate the versatility of acrylic paints on canvas, paper and Yupo, covering styles from abstraction to post-impressionism. Call the DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., at (727) 298-3322.

Safety Harbor

Honoring residents who stand out

The Safety Harbor Library Foundation announces Treasures of the Harbor: The Red, White and Blue Event at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the library, 101 Second St. N. Several Safety Harbor residents who have demonstrated support of civic, nonprofit, educational or religious enterprises will be honored. Tickets are $25 and available either online at or at the library. For more information, call Linda Marshall, (727) 434-1617 or e-mail

Local sports

More than 600 racers at the second annual Morton Plant Mease Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Race in Clearwater were greeted with storm clouds. Page 5

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    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

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