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woman sues nightclub over clerk's actions
A Clearwater Beach nightclub has been sued after its desk clerk was charged with sexually assaulting a woman who was waiting for a ride home. The 21-year-old woman was intoxicated outside the Shephard's Beach Resort nightclub and waiting for a taxi when the clerk fondled her just after midnight one weekend in April, police said. The woman's lawsuit alleges that the club was negligent in hiring and supervising the clerk, Jason Rapp, who is also named in the suit. The suit states that the club failed "to provide adequate safeguards" to prevent this kind of assault. Rapp, 36, was charged with three counts of battery and has remained in jail since April. The Times is not naming the plaintiff because police said she was the victim of sexual assault.
AARP official will speak to Dems
On Aug. 9, the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will hear Jeff Johnson, state director of AARP, speak about how the organization helps its 2.7 million Florida members to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for all generations and lobbying to keep the issues of aging at the top of politicians' lists. He will also discuss how AARP's Life Tuner program helps young adults plan their financial futures. Guests at the meeting also will get to meet Democratic candidates. The meeting, which will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, will start with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30. The cost for dinner is $15. Reservations are requested; call Betty Morganstein at (727) 360-3971. The club invites anyone who might be interested in the program topic or the club to attend.
Show to feature housing program
Pinellas County's newest housing initiative for veterans, Proud Ground Pinellas, will be the featured topic on the radio show There's No Place Like Home on Thursday. The featured guest is Ed Courtemanche, a housing specialist for Pinellas County Community Development, who will provide an overview of the renovations and environmental features of the Proud Ground Pinellas program. The program offers opportunities for veterans and active military personnel to purchase quality homes at reduced prices. Participants benefit from free homebuyer education classes and the program provides ongoing tools and support to ensure successful homeownership. The radio program, which features different issues each month, is sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. It airs the first Thursday of each month from 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. on WRXB 1590 AM. The show can also be viewed on Pinellas County Connection Television, YouTube, or online at pinellascounty.org/ community/hfa/Media.htm.