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March 22, 1946: Veterans line up to obtain free lots in Tarpon Springs

early land boom:  Land surveyors stake out property in Tarpon Springs for land speculators in the 1880s.

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early land boom: Land surveyors stake out property in Tarpon Springs for land speculators in the 1880s.

A miniature land boom hit Tarpon Springs on March 21 as a steady stream of ex-servicemen seeking free building lots kept City Clerk W.D. Fletcher's office filled most of the day.

By 3 p.m., 66 lots had been allotted to the veterans, and more applications were being filled throughout the afternoon.

City Manager Henry Salley said that he and Mayor Fred Howard received calls this week from as far away as Dade City requesting information on the choice lots being given to veterans by the city.

Lots are given to ex-servicemen and women tax-free and with no strings attached. But they must be used for home construction and building must begin within six months and be completed within two years. The bulk of the building sites are in the desirable Sunset section surrounding Sunset Lagoon.

Under the plan approved by the City Council, the veteran recipient of one free lot may buy a contingent lot from the city for $200. The majority of veterans are taking advantage of this offer, the city manager said.

The second lot need not be used for a building. Rather, it is considered part of the original free lot.

March 22, 1965

Off-shore fishing reef nears completion

CLEARWATER — The marine division of the Chamber of Commerce announced last week that the fishing reef now being built off Clearwater Beach is about one month away from completion.

The idea of building an off-shore reef came to the chamber two years ago when a large consignment of scrap metal was dumped about 3 miles from the beach. Similar reefs, both man-made and natural, have been used with success in Japan.

Completion of the reef is due for mid April if expenses can be met to transport the pill box blocks out to the site of the proposed reef. Five thousand dollars is needed to complete the reef.

March 21, 1950

Officials support rabies ordinance

CLEARWATER — City commissioners indicated March 20 that the proposed new ordinance regulating dogs and cats would be for the protection of the public rather than for the animals.

Commissioner B. Casler, who has been studying the matter, said he was alarmed over the danger of rabies and would rather lose every dog in Clearwater than lose one human life.

The County Health Department apparently would not object to the city having a law to regulate stray animals.

March 9, 1940

Nuisance roadhouse to continue operations

The Hi-Hat roadhouse, between Clearwater and Largo and the subject of a controversy in Circuit Court, will continue to operate under an order of Circuit Judge John U. Bird.

But Bird warned Mrs. Clara Snyder, who operates the roadhouse, it must not be operated in a manner annoying to residents of the surrounding community.

The roadhouse, said Bird, must be closed no later than 1 o'clock each morning. The judge pointed out at the end of a lengthy hearing yesterday that since Mrs. Snyder's establishment was licensed as a beer parlor and dance hall, she could, under the law, operate the Hi-Hat if she does so without creating noises that disturb nearby residents.

State Attorney Chester B. McMullen filed a bill to abate a nuisance against Mrs. Snyder, acting at the request of a large group of property owners. Cyril Pogue, McMullen's law partner, was engaged by the property owners to assist the state attorney in conducting the prosecution, while St. Petersburg attorney Laurence D. Childs represented Mrs. Snyder at the hearing yesterday.

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