Kids' museum sued over debt on copy machines
Financial problems continue to nag Great Explorations Children's Museum. According to a lawsuit filed this month in Pinellas County, the museum owes $126,000 for copying equipment. The suit, filed by Lyon Financial Services, alleges the museum hasn't made a monthly payment on its lease for copying equipment since October. Scott Wagman, a museum board member, said Great Explorations has returned three copy machines to Lyon in the past two weeks. "It's insane that Great Explorations would have $120,000 in debt for three copiers," he said.
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Corey Avenue sees rebirth of old bar
The Swigwam's coming back to life on Corey Avenue. Walk in and find rocks to hold down cash on the bar, dollar bills posted on the wall, and four bartenders who spent decades behind the former Travelodge on Gulf Boulevard, now Postcard Inn on the Beach. Rob Williams, 49, a fixture at the old Swigwam since the '80s, owns the new place at 336 Corey Ave. "We're just hoping to make a nice little neighborhood bar for people to feel comfortable," he said. It's open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. most weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call (727) 363-7944 or visit swigwam.webs.com.
Blood center's move is now complete
Florida Blood Services' donor center at Martin Luther King Jr. Street N near Gandy Boulevard just finished its first week at a new location. It has moved one block south, to 9900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. For more information, visit fbsblood.org or call (727) 568-5433, ext. 2112.