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North Pinellas History: Old wooden bridge slated for destruction in 1929

1925: Clearwater’s North Ward School kindergarten class takes a field trip to Clearwater Beach on  Dec 14, 1925, with their teacher, Miss Strich.

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1925: Clearwater’s North Ward School kindergarten class takes a field trip to Clearwater Beach on Dec 14, 1925, with their teacher, Miss Strich.

Destruction of the old wooden toll bridge from the drawbridge west to Clearwater Island will start immediately. Clearwater Island Beach Co. will remove the bridge by burning it or by another method.

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Officials of the bridge company and the city reached an agreement last night whereby the city will take over the structure from the drawbridge to the mainland. The bridge company will start immediately tearing down the remainder of the structure.

The city plans to keep intact a portion of the bridge extending about 500 feet from the mainland. It will be used as a pleasure fishing pier and also a site for fish houses. Two fish houses are already on this section of the bridge.

The old wooden bridge was built many years ago, and until the opening of the new causeway was the only means of access for automobiles to reach the island.

June 16, 1929

Another fruit fly infestation discovered

CLEARWATER — Another infestation of the fruit fly has been discovered in the grove of R.T. Cullen, about a quarter-mile west of the L.B. Skinner grove in the Curlew district.

The announcement by E.F. DeBusk, plant board official in charge of eradication work in this district, came two days after an infestation was found in the Skinner grove, which is more than 3 miles east of a grove in Ozona, where flies originally were found.

June 8, 1937

Group rescued from disabled boat

CLEARWATER — A group of local pleasure seekers had a harrowing experience Sunday when they were held captive in a disabled cruiser after the craft ran aground near the mouth of the Anclote River.

The rudder and propeller were badly damaged, and the party of 12, including five small children, were removed from the boat more than three hours after the accident.

They were taken to Tarpon Springs aboard another cruiser.

June 19, 1959

Tarpon Springs sewer need is stressed

TARPON SPRINGS — The need for a more adequate sewer system for the city was brought before the City Commission on Tuesday night by City Manager H.M. Salley, who said that unless sewer service can be provided to Bee Bee Togs factory, it will be forced to close.

Salley said the county and state health departments have notified Bee Bee Togs that the septic tanks being used are not acceptable and the factory, which is on Live Oak Street, has asked the city for sewer service.

The board agreed that the city must provide the sewers, and Salley was authorized to work out a plan with the factory owners.

June 19, 1959

15 juveniles accused of vandalism

CLEARWATER — Police reported yesterday that they apprehended 15 juveniles involved in a vandalism rampage at Belleair Elementary School on Lakeview Avenue.

The juveniles, boys and girls ranging from 9 to 13 years old, threw rocks through 10 windows and destroyed a mechanical merry-go-round on the school playground, according to Detectives Sgt. E. Lester Marston and Richard Harding.

Marston said police received an anonymous call reporting the incident and identifying three of the juveniles involved.

Parents of the boys and girls involved have agreed to pay for the damages, and the case will not be taken to Juvenile Court.

The children, when asked why they committed the act, replied they didn't know, according to a school official who questioned them.

Damage to the windows was estimated at $30. It was uncertain whether the merry-go-round, a favorite with the children, would be replaced.

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