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Dec. 4, 1950: Electric gates planned for Memorial Causeway

State road department officials have agreed to install electrically operated gates at the approaches to the drawbridge on Memorial Causeway at a cost of $4,900. City Manager Boyd Bennett will advise the City Commission on Monday night on this matter.

The improvements, long-sought by the city, will supplant the present manually operated gates.

In addition to the state road department project, city commissioners also will face a long docket listing 21 items. Bennett will report on a recommendation to the Philadelphia Phillies baseball club that it pays for 500 new bleacher seats at the Clearwater athletic field. Also, consideration will be given to a request by police Chief George McClamma for a special appropriation of $700 to cover the cost of purchasing nine parking meters for Waterson Street.

Dec. 6, 1935

County seeks WPA funds for frost dam

LARGO — Believed the first in the citrus section, county officials are planning to ask the Works Progress Administration for funds to build a frost protection dam just south of here in the center of Pinellas County's citrus groves.

C.E. Burleson, county engineer, has made frequent trips here during the past week surveying the proposed site for the novel project.

The county will seek $28,000 in WPA funds to build the dam.

Burleson said today a dam would be built to flood 10 square acres during cold weather from November until spring. The water, following a natural elemental tendency, would absorb the cold and prevent a freeze within the radius of 10 miles.

Although the theory is an old one, it has not previously been applied to the citrus belt. Last year, owners lost considerable crops by failure to have frost protection.

Facing this season with thoughts of last year's crop disaster, grove owners in this section petitioned the County Commission this fall to sponsor the project. As a result an application was made to the WPA. Recently it was returned to Burleson for certain adjustments.

The dam would branch off Long Bayou in the Seminole section just south of Largo's limits.

Dec. 7, 1937

Clearwater demands courteous police

CLEARWATER — "If Clearwater police officers can't be courteous to everyone, permanent residents and tourists alike, we'll get rid of our civil service law and fire the first officer who is discourteous," Mayor R.E. Green told police Chief Joe Russell at a meeting of city commissioners last night.

Other commissioners joined in the warning. It was the second time that the matter of courtesy by officers has been discussed, and the mayor said he has received many complaints about one officer.

Green suggested last night that a brief training school for officers explaining the points of courtesy be set up and officers instructed in proper dealings with motorists.

"There is no reason," he said, "for an officer to bawl out a driver just because of a minor infraction."

Green added that a "warning card" explaining the violation of which a visitor is guilty should be handed the latter on his first violation noticed by an officer.

The opinion of the commission will be prepared in the form of an order to be posted at police headquarters and the civil service board is expected to take a similar action in view of the mayor's ultimatum that the Police Department will return to its former status without civil service unless the attitude of some officers is changed materially.

Dec. 6, 1937

Mysterious skeleton investigated

CLEARWATER — Pinellas officers checked records of missing persons today seeking clues to the identity of a man whose skeleton was found near the shore of Long Bayou between Largo and Seminole yesterday.

Dr. William S. Dews, Largo, who examined the skeleton, said the man was apparently more than 50 years old and that his height was about 5 feet 9. The bones bore no sign of violence or foul play, said the physician and Deputy Sheriff Drayton McMullen, who investigated, and it appeared that the man died at least a year ago.

The skeleton was partially covered by old clothing worn by the man, a rough khaki shirt, gray trousers, brown coat and gray sweater indicating the weather was cold at the time of the man's death.

The bones, McMullen said, could have been washed ashore from the bayou. There were only a few teeth in the upper jaw, none in the lower.

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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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