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Pinellas History: Cannery wants beans planted for May crop in 1924

The original grant field: The Dunedin site is shown here in a photo from the 1930s. It was built as a WPA government project to put people to work during the Depression. It was at the intersection of Douglass Avenue and Beltrees Street. The complex, now called Knology Field, is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the minor league Dunedin Blue Jays.

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The original grant field: The Dunedin site is shown here in a photo from the 1930s. It was built as a WPA government project to put people to work during the Depression. It was at the intersection of Douglass Avenue and Beltrees Street. The complex, now called Knology Field, is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the minor league Dunedin Blue Jays.

OLDSMAR — Negotiations have been begun by Frank Burkhart of Clearwater for the planting and sale of a spring stringless string bean crop here for canning purposes.

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Burkhart, who has recently completed the establishment of a cannery for grapefruit at Clearwater, is eager to have considerable acreage sown in the beans for harvest about the first of May when the grapefruit canning period will be over.

He believes that the price of about a dollar a hamper, a Florida pack, can retail anywhere at a price which will compete with the best northern canned goods. That price will allow the farmers a good margin of profit.

Beets as well as stringless beans will pack well as quality goods in this part of Florida, according to Burkhart. He has been in the canning business for 25 years.

He is negotiating with the Oldsmar Grower's Association.

Feb. 17, 1951

Crest Lake water tower work begins

CLEARWATER — Work on the $125,000 water tower for the Crest Lake area will start today with a groundbreaking ceremony at noon, according to Francis Middleton, acting city manager and director of public utilities.

Middleton said that the foundation plans for the huge structure arrived Thursday. This, he said, will enable construction to get under way sooner than expected.

All the city commissioners as well as representatives of various civic clubs have been invited to attend the brief ceremony.

Feb. 18, 1951

Indian Rocks panel may buy fire truck

A committee on the proposed volunteer fire department of Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Rocks Beach South Shore met Friday at the home of Roberts S. Klare, president of the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association, and discussed plans to buy a fire truck for $3,500.

More than $100 was raised by the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association as a payment on the truck.

Feb. 19, 1951

Church fundraising drive gets under way

CLEARWATER — For the next 10 days, a team of 100 workers will be canvassing Clearwater Beach for funds to build the first church on the beach, a non-denominational community church to be known as Chapel By The Sea.

The church organization is already a reality with a congregation of about 150 and a Sunday school which meets in the beach Civic Center.

The committee, appointed two years ago by the Beach Civic Association, was given a $15,000 tract on Clearwater Street, opposite the Yacht Club, by the Skinner family of Dunedin.

Campaign plans were laid last fall. Tonight the kickoff dinner will be held at the Roma Restaurant, Clearwater Beach, at 7 p.m. for final planning, according to Jennings Hood, general drive chairman.

For the past several weeks, neighborhood prayer services have been held weekly in homes. General prayer services have been held Friday nights at the Beach Civic Center conducted by R.O. Downie, chairman of the board of trustees.

Feb. 18, 1951

Air reservists learn about guided missiles

CLEARWATER — Members of the 9890th Volunteer Air Reserve Training Squadron, which meets weekly to keep up with new developments in warfare, learned about guided missiles Thursday night from Lt. John R. Dowd. The meeting was held in the City Courtroom over the police station.

The discussions included technical problems on trajectory and navigation of such weapons.

Feb. 15, 1924

Tarpon Springs hosts annual water carnival

TARPON SPRINGS — The second annual water carnival opened in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday for a two-day celebration with an illuminated fleet and an opera, The Mikado, staged on a barge in Spring Bayou as special features of entertainment.

Tarpon Springs was elaborately decorated for the occasion with quantities of Spanish moss, colored lights and large shields of red and yellow on which were silver tarpon.

Tarpon Avenue, the main street which extends from the bayou pier through the business section, was transformed into a truly fairy tale-like lane. When the lights were turned on, at dusk, it presented an even more gala appearance than by daylight.

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