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1967: Schools lift ban on unwed mothers

Sunbathers enjoy the scenery at Clearwater Beach in the 1920s.

Courtesy of Mike Sanders

Sunbathers enjoy the scenery at Clearwater Beach in the 1920s.

CLEARWATER — Unwed mothers are no longer banned from attending public high schools in Pinellas County under a policy change adopted by the School Board.

The change, which ended at least eight years of ostracism from regular high schools by unwed mothers, was passed unanimously by the School Board on recommendation of Deputy Superintendent Gus Sakkis.

Sakkis failed to recommend lifting a similar ban on young married couples from the high schools, but was asked by board members to study the possibility.

Until yesterday, policy confined unwed mothers and school-age married couples to gaining high school education in evening classes.

Sakkis said the policy originally had been invoked as a "deterrent."

"We found it effective in cutting down on young marriages," Sakkis said, but added "it has been no deterrent to the unwed mother."

Sept. 11, 1970

St. Petersburg man sues chimp attraction

CLEARWATER — The father of a St. Petersburg boy is seeking more than $5,000 in damages from the owners of Monkeytown U.S.A., contending that one of its chimpanzee's "attacked and injured" the child.

In a Circuit Court suit, Howard Isaacs said his son Scott suffered mental trauma and was injured Feb. 28 by a chimpanzee at Monkeytown, 12425 19 N in Clearwater. He was seeking an award for himself and for his son.

Lester M. and Arlyss P. Powell are the owners of Monkeytown U.S.A. Mrs. Powell had no comment in the case, saying their insurance company would handle it.

Sept. 11, 1970

Police warned of communist threat

TARPON SPRINGS — A former Cuban businessman warned Tampa Bay police chiefs they're facing "open aggression" from the communist movement in the United States.

Referring to violence and other problems raging across the nation, Richard J. Veranes, now a Holiday resident, said police are encountering the "first impact" of a planned move to infiltrate and take over the country.

"Your problems as police chiefs are new to most of you, but not to the rest of the world," Veranes told members of the Tampa Bay Police Chiefs Association at Pappas Restaurant.

Veranes said he was the owner of a printing company in Havana taken over by Fidel Castro.

"These people are trying to take over your country," he said. "They boasted about how they took Cuba, would soon take over Central America and how they would eventually take the U.S. by infiltrating groups and agencies."

Veranes pointed out how a minority group can gain control.

"We in Cuba as citizens were very apathetic," he said. "The biggest mistake in the world is when you don't vote. The Cuban people were too busy. They forgot their country."

Sept. 6, 1937

Buker's mansion nearly complete

TARPON SPRINGS — Work is progressing rapidly on the Edward Buker residence under construction on Florida Avenue S. The structure is to be completed early in October when Mr. and Mrs. Buker are to arrive from Chicago to make this city their home.

The residence is to be a showplace. Work began more than two months ago. The house, of semi-Spanish architecture with one wing two stories high, is being built on a 6-acre tract overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. A low part of the tract was dredged into a lake connecting with the gulf.

Mr. and Mrs. Buker were here this summer for a short time, supervising the planting of trees and ornamental shrubs. An underground sprinkling system was being installed, and the grounds were to be landscaped.

Buker, president of the Coach and Car Equipment Co., is an ardent yachtsman. He and his wife are planning to have an open house and housewarming during the Christmas holidays, when they plan to bring about 20 guests here from Chicago in a private car.

Sept. 9, 1937

Man first to obtain hunting license

CLEARWATER — Gerald Durrance, citrus grower and wildcat hunter in Palm Harbor, had the distinction of taking out the first state hunting license this season.

In some counties there was an early short season for deer.

Mud or marsh hens could be hunted in Pinellas, but were hard to find.

The regular hunting season opens Nov. 20 and closes Feb. 15. Birds are reported to be plentiful.

Sept. 19, 1944

Fortune tellers face stiff license fee

CLEARWATER — City commissioners served notice last night that fortune tellers and others of similar profession are not wanted in Clearwater.

On recommendation of City Manager F.L. Hendrix, the commissioners amended the license ordinance, increasing the fees from $250 to $1,000. In Tampa, the fee is $500.

In the $1,000 license class are to be astrologists, clairvoyants, divine healers, mental healers, palmists and phrenologists. The manager said one fortune teller attempted to buy a $250 license yesterday and he refused to issue it. "If Tampa is running them out, that's enough for me," said Mayor George R. Seavy.

After Commissioner Jesse Smith asked the reason for discouraging these professionals, Mayor Seavy said he had been told fortune tellers so influence some women that they get as bad as dope fiends.

Sept. 3, 1937

'Bedroom burglar' taken to asylum

CLEARWATER — A man, said by police to be the "bedroom burglar" who terrorized Belleair and Country Club residents in a series of minor robberies several months ago, today was in the state hospital for the insane at Chattahoochee.

Although it was nearly two months since a sanity commission declared him subject to illusions and mentally unbalanced, it was not until this week that sufficient room was obtained in the state hospital for his admittance.

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