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North Pinellas History: Army Corps studies Lake Tarpon flooding in 1960

Circa post world war II: Fish nets dry at the Ozona Fish House.

Courtesy of North Pinellas Historical Society

Circa post world war II: Fish nets dry at the Ozona Fish House.

TARPON SPRINGS — Hope that help might be forthcoming to control the water level at Lake Tarpon was given to lake area residents when it was revealed that a survey of the condition had been made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For the second time in six months, residents around Lake Tarpon have been harassed by flood conditions.

Recent rainfall caused a recurrence of last September's problem, when the water rose and flooded streets and homes around the lake.

Tom Parsley of St. Petersburg, owner of a development on the lake, asked for help from the office of Sen. George Smathers. An engineer from Jacksonville made the survey.

Parsley said the study was made to estimate the damage and the number of persons affected by the high water.

For the past several days, many residents have used boats to get from the highway to their homes, but none have been forced to leave their homes.

Several fish camp owners, who keep records of the lake's water level, said the level this weekend was the highest ever recorded and was at least 10 inches above last summer's high.

Bill Benhart, owner of Lake Tarpon's Marina, said the lake was at a low level before the rain started, but within days had risen 54 inches.

After last summer's rain, a group of lakefront property owners petitioned officials for help to prevent floods.

It was pointed out then by residents that the lake's water level is a year-round problem that becomes acute when there is heavy rain. A spokesman for the group said the high water in the lake restricts the natural drainage of the surrounding land, thus causing water damage to streets and septic tanks.

March 27, 1942

Scrap material sought in salvage drive

CLEARWATER — Mayor George R. Seavy issued a proclamation urging all Clearwater residents to cooperate in the "Unified Salvage for Victory" program.

Previous efforts will be expanded to make available for war use all materials the Clearwater area can provide.

Collection centers for scrap metal, old rubber and rags have been established at the Parker Paper company, 921 Lakeview Ave., and at the Gulf service station, Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue. Boy Scouts will collect waste paper.

The program is under the supervision of the upper Pinellas County Defense Council, of which R.R. Orcutt is chairman for the Clearwater area.

Materials wanted include waste paper, old newspapers, wrapping paper, cartons and boxes, paper bags, magazines, advertising material and old rags. Also wanted is clothing, especially shirts and underwear, draperies, mattresses, pillows, flour and sugar bags, carpets and burlap bags. Everything made of metal, except tin cans, is valuable to war industries.

March 7, 1924

Tampa druggists open in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — Harry E. Prettyman of Oldsmar has announced that negotiations have been completed with McKelvey and Williams, Tampa druggists, to open an up-to-date store on the corner of Park Boulevard and State Street in the very near future.

McKelvey and Williams have been in Tampa for a number of years, and, according to Mr. Prettyman, have been studying Oldsmar's growth for the past year with the idea of locating there should the town's promised development go through. The new drug firm will carry a full line of fresh drugs and other accessories of the modern day pharmacy.

G.W Bishop, who for a number of years has occupied the present location of the drugstore, has moved his dry goods line to a new location adjoining the Swanson Grocery Co., about one block east.

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