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North Pinellas History: Officials see future in Indian Rocks Beach pier in 1959

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — What do they think of this fishing pier … the people who attended the opening yesterday at Indian Rocks Beach?

They think it's pretty wonderful.

Official guest Ernest Mitts, state director of Florida conservation, said, "This is certainly a progressive step and we hope it will lead to other similar constructions in different areas of the state. Piers of this type make our excellent Florida fishing available to everyone."

Mrs. Harry Gooding, director of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of an Indian Rocks south shore motel, pronounced it "beautiful" and wished it a huge success because of the "great asset it will be to the west coast of Florida."

July 6, 1949

Commissioners adopt cigarette tax

CLEARWATER — City commissioners last night adopted a cigarette tax expected to bring in $40,000 next year.

In the shortest regular meeting of the year, the board adopted the cigarette tax after eliminating all mention of cigars. The new tax, effective in September, will levy a tax of 1 cent for each 10 cent and fractional value on all cigarettes sold in the city.

One dealer last night said cigarettes are now selling for 21 cents on the counter and 22 cents in the machines.

The new tax will bring the price to 23 and 24 cents each.

July 6, 1949

Lions learn history of air conditioning

CLEARWATER — A film put out by an air-conditioning firm was enjoyed yesterday by members of the Lion's Club at their luncheon meeting.

A representative of the firm brought the film to the club.

The history of air conditioning, its development and uses were shown to the Lions.

July 7, 1949

Band shell slated for destruction

TARPON SPRINGS — Final agreement between the members of the band shell committee and the board of the city commissioners was reached Tuesday night during a commission meeting.

The committee agreed to have the band shell destroyed, provided a new band shell is erected by Jan. 1, 1950. The commissioners also agreed to match dollar for dollar money raised by the committee for the new band shell.

July 8, 1949

Autos to be sold to pay back taxes

TARPON SPRINGS — Four automobiles formerly owned by people in Tarpon Springs will be sold at auction today at Alderman Motor Co. by the U.S. Treasury Department to settle delinquent federal taxes.

The four cars are from a group of seven that was seized last month by federal agents for failure of the owners to settle delinquent withholding and Social Security taxes. Three of the original seven cars were redeemed by the owners when they paid their taxes.

The cars to be sold are a 1940 Buick four-door sedan, a 1936 Oldsmobile sedan, a 1937 Ford panel truck and a 1937 Pontiac sedan.

June 28, 1959

Judge holds ruling on kennel case

TARPON SPRINGS — City Judge Archie Clements reserved until further study a ruling in the city's case against Dr. Stanley Turner, heard Friday in City Court.

Turner was charged March 16 with violation of a zoning ordinance by operating a kennel for the sale of dogs in an area restricted to residences. He lives in Sunset Hills.

Turner, a physicist at General Nuclear Engineering Corp. in Dunedin, testified he raised dogs to exhibit in dog shows as a hobby. He stated he bred dogs to improve the strain. He testified also that he now has removed from his home all dogs other than the three he keeps for pets.

Appearing against Turner were several neighbors who previously had protested to the City Commission concerning flies, noise and odors.

Clements said he would write an opinion on the case within a week.

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