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North Pinellas History: Clearwater housewives storm stores for meat during 1945 shortage

CLEARWATER — Managers of Clearwater's chain stores last night were considering joining with independent store operators to appeal to federal agencies for help with the worst meat shortage in this city's history.

Clearwater housewives are storming local stores demanding meat that is simply nonexistent.

Surveys of local markets late yesterday revealed many without beef, lamb or pork. One of the largest chain-store managers has not had a piece of beef in his icebox all week. Last week, he received only a half a carcass from Tampa wholesalers, compared with his normal requirements of five to 10 carcasses of beef alone.

Meanwhile, outlying communities like Largo and Dunedin have ample supplies. A local chain-store operator said these cities do not require meat inspection, whereas meat sold in Clearwater must be tested by local municipal inspectors.

The store manager explained, however, that he did not favor letting down the Clearwater inspection bars.

In their planned appeal to the Office of Price Administration, the Clearwater meat dealers will seek an emergency regulation that will permit Tampa wholesalers and representatives of the nation's largest packers to sell meat to Clearwater markets at the same price levels that now govern sales to restaurants.

The OPA permits restaurants to pay higher prices to wholesalers than the retail market is permitted to pay wholesalers. Under those conditions, the wholesalers naturally take care of the restaurants first and sell what is left to the retail store operators.

May 1, 1949

Tarpon citizens to plan beach

TARPON SPRINGS — Citizens of this community took a step Friday night toward establishing a bathing beach here when a planning committee was appointed at an open meeting at City Hall.

The committee is composed of George Mavros, chairman, George Emmanuel, A.L. Ellis, Stephen Koundouriotis, Archie Clement, Granville Noblit, Ed Beckett, Joe McCreary, J.Q. Lloyd and Charles Geddes. They will work on plans to be presented for government aid in building a causeway to Anclote Island, where a bathing area could be developed.

Mavros, who began the inquiry into the possibilities of a beach at a recent meeting of the City Board of Commissioners, read a telegram from Sen. Claude Pepper answering an inquiry made last week. Pepper assured Mavros that he would be willing to do everything possible to further the plan and suggested submitting a proposition to Fred Farwell, manager of the RFC in Jacksonville.

Realtor Granville Noblit presented a plan for the extension of the present municipal pier into the gulf approximately a mile and a quarter. Noblit's plan had been submitted to civic organizations last year.

Mayor Fred Howard said that Tarpon Springs was in need of a sewage disposal plant more than a beach, and he pointed out that there were approximately 23 miles of polluted waters around the city.

Noblit objected to the mayor making this statement and reminded him that the press was present.

"It is a matter of common knowledge," said the mayor. "It was in Look magazine last month.

"I do not deny that we need a beach and that it would help our city," continued the mayor, "but I also realize our needs for sewage disposal."

John S. King, local Realtor, put the final touches to the meeting by saying, "It is not a beach or new sewage disposal system that will bring tourists here to stay. It is the willingness to work together and stop knocking our town that will bring the best results."

The committee will arrange for another meeting in the near future when plans will be submitted for approval.

May 1, 1949

Largo Library needs $1,000

LARGO — Members of the Largo Library Board, meeting with the chairman, Mrs. W.A. McMullen Jr., last week discussed the budget for the new year at the annual meeting, and decided that $1,000 was needed to adequately maintain the library.

The group also unanimously agreed to establish a book memorial project, allowing contributors the opportunity to donate books in memory of friends or loved ones.

May 5, 1940

Largo societies hold barn dance

LARGO — The Largo Future Farmers and the girls' home economics class held their annual barn dance in the auditorium Friday night.

Winners of prizes were Wilton Johnson, best farmer's costume; Mrs. Robert Ivey, husband-calling contest; and Clyde Cannon, hog-calling contest.

The Angus McMullen string orchestra of Anona played.

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