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Tarpon Springs board stands firm on Wal-Mart site changes

TARPON SPRINGS

Board stands firm; Wal-mart can appeal

They're not backing down: the Tarpon Springs Board of Adjustment on Monday approved a written order on its ruling that site plan modifications submitted by Wal-Mart were major changes that require approval by the City Commission. Wal-Mart now has 30 days to appeal the decision in circuit court. At issue are revisions to Wal-Mart's site plan for its proposed supercenter on the Anclote River. In the nine-page document, the board said the retailer had not adhered to its original development agreement approved by commissioners in 2005.

COUNTYWIDE

Program needs advocates for kids

Pinellas County's Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers to act as the voices in court proceedings and the child welfare system for abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens. On average, volunteers spend four to six hours a month visiting the child for whom they advocate, becoming familiar with the case and making recommendations to ensure that the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. The next class for volunteers will start July 8 and meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for five weeks at the Criminal Justice Center on 49th Street in Clearwater. To attend a half-hour orientation call (727) 464-6528. For more information and an application go to

guardianadlitem6.org.

Have ideas about affordable housing?

The Pinellas County Community Development Department wants your opinions on a proposed "inclusionary housing" ordinance. If passed, the ordinance would require developers to include affordable housing units into their projects or help create them someplace else. County officials will hold a forum on the ordinance 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The public is encouraged to join elected officials, city planners and developers in discussions on key elements of the county's affordable housing program. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact Jane Muhrlin via e-mail at jmuhrlin@pinellascounty.org or call (727) 771-2112 to RSVP by today.

Pinellas deaths

Angier, Edward Herbert

Haugseth, Gloria A.

Hessley, Ruth Evelyn

Miner, Marlene

Paquette, Steven R.

Richardson, Dwayne

Steiger, Hildegard

Tobias, John M. Jr.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Tarpon Springs board stands firm on Wal-Mart site changes 05/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:02pm]
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