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Wal-Mart seeks meetings with Tarpon Springs boards

TARPON SPRINGS

Wal-Mart seeks meetings with city boards

Wal-Mart wants to move forward with its plans for a proposed supercenter near the Anclote River. Earlier this year, the city's Board of Adjustment ruled that Wal-Mart would have to go through more public hearings if it wanted city approval for proposed changes to its previously approved site plan. Last week, an attorney for Wal-Mart asked the city to schedule a special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board on Sept. 22 to consider those changes. The Planning and Zoning Board is expected to consider that request on July 28. Wal-Mart also wants to make its case to the City Commission on Oct. 21 and, if necessary, on Oct. 22. The company asked to reserve the second date just in case testimony on the first night goes long. And it could. You might recall that when the Tarpon Springs City Commission discussed the project in January 2005, the meeting went 121/2 hours and lasted until 6:45 a.m.

CLEARWATER

Fines, customers add up for mascot

Pierogi Guy is piling up fines, but he's also bringing customers in to 1535 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., and that's what counts with the owner of the Pierogi Grill. In recent months, city officials have cracked down on the restaurant's dancing dumpling, who stands on the sidewalk and waves a sauté pan at passing vehicles in an attempt to draw them to the grill. And so far, the business has paid two city fines totaling $276 for violating Clearwater's sign ordinance. Restaurant owner Marek Pietryniak also faces fines of $138 and $263. Speaking for the owner on Friday, Pierogi Grill server Klara Junaskova said, "Business is down and we're trying to bring it up. Otherwise, the owner would have to fire everyone and close down. It's better paying the fines than closing down the restaurant."

Party takes wraps off outdoor gallery

The public is invited to a reception to celebrate the opening of the city of Clearwater's new outdoor art gallery — Sculpture 360: Art in the Cleveland Street District — at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Atrium Building lobby, 601 Cleveland St. Light refreshments will be provided. Docents will provide information and tours of the art along Cleveland Street. The sculptures by artists Hanna Jubran of Grimesland, N.C.; Claudia Jane Klein of Lake Worth; and Bruce White of Nokomis were installed last week. The exhibition will be changed annually. Call (727) 562-4837 or visit www.myclearwater.com.

EAST LAKE

Forum provides venue for hopefuls

Candidates for sheriff and the Pinellas County Commission have been invited to a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. The program is sponsored by the Council of North County Neighborhoods.

Wal-Mart seeks meetings with Tarpon Springs boards 07/19/08 [Last modified: Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:12pm]
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