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Pinellas History: Work starts on airport at Dunedin bayfront in 1930

DUNEDIN — Work has started on the construction of an airport on the bayfront of Dunedin Isles by Florida Aircraft Corp., according to B.C. Skinner, president.

A steel hangar with space for five planes is available for immediate use, and two runways are being graded and leveled this week.

One runway from northwest to southeast will be 900 feet long.

Hovey Brothers will have charge of the airport and will operate a machine shop where repairs can be made on planes and engines. Gas and oil will be supplied.

There will be a mechanic at the field all day, every day of the week to care for any repairs or need of the planes. Very few ports have this service except in larger cities.

A telephone will be installed at the field for convenience of the flyers.

Armston and Collins is in charge of the grading and leveling. According to Mr. Armston, the work will be completed by the end of the week.

Skinner will keep his plane, an Aristocrat cabin monoplane with a J6 Wright motor, at the field as soon as it is open.

It is probable that Gaylord Norton and John Edgar will keep their planes at the Dunedin field.

Norton now houses his Curtis Robin in Clearwater, and Edgar keeps his Waco 10 in Tarpon Springs. A field in Dunedin will be most convenient for these residents who have planes but have to keep them elsewhere due to lack of flying facilities.

Feb. 23, 1945

Woman laments lack of plumbers

DUNEDIN — An inquiry by Mrs. Charles W. Hulse as to why the city had only one plumber was brought up at a recent City Commission meeting.

City Manager Walter Bartholomew said anyone who can pass the plumbing board examination and pays the annual license of $12.50 can engage in plumbing.

G.D. Brooks, who recently resigned as fire chief, is qualified, should he decide to re-enter the business. At present he is serving as fire chief until a new one is appointed.

Dunedin's normal population is about 1,000 residents.

In other business, the city accepted an offer from C.H. Collins for Lots 11 and 12, Block 1, Grove Terrace subdivision for a price not to exceed $251.63. Commissioners also said they favor a three-man police force, starting with the new fiscal year, April 1, as recommended by Bartholomew.

Feb. 23, 1945

Students stage walkout over holiday

CLEARWATER — Upset because they were given no holiday on Washington's birthday, about 85 boys of the senior high school walked out yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock.

After milling around the school ground for some time, the students were told if they returned to their classes they would be given an excuse for their absence.

The strikers accepted the offer but reportedly found out that they were given pink excuses. This was reported to mean that when they return, they must be accompanied by their parents.

The girls did not participate in the strike.

W.B. Feagle, principal of the high school, could not be reached for a statement.

Feb. 19, 1930

Liquor hidden in trunk lands woman in jail

CLEARWATER — Judge Richards had a complex court calendar this morning on the municipal docket.

Rosa Simmons, who pleaded innocent to possession of liquor, had refused to open a trunk in her house but finally found the key, and the officers found about 10 gallons of liquor.

Simmons received 10 days in jail.

Ernest Green paid his fine of $25 and costs assessed for driving a car while under the influence of liquor.

J.A. Hunter, driver for a Tampa daily newspaper, was fined $25 and costs for reckless driving. He had parked in a "no parking" space near the Atlantic Coast Line depot, left his car running while delivering papers, attempted to cross ahead of an incoming passenger train and narrowly escaped being hit.

The engineer put on the air brakes, pulling a draw bar on the diner, which had to be sidetracked.

Feb. 11, 1930

Raid reveals liquor buried near casino

CLEARWATER — Forest O'Neal, proprietor of the Coral Rocks Casino, Indian Rocks, was bound over to county court under $500 bail today when arraigned before Magistrate Moore on charges of having liquor in his possession.

Constable Jack Strickland and Deputy Henry Belcher arrested O'Neal after they discovered 20 gallons of liquor buried near the casino and in the building.

Thirteen quarts of liquor, five pints of gin and several pints of "shine" were seized Saturday afternoon when county officers raided a soft drink establishment operated by John Sagonis of Tarpon Springs.

The operator, however, was out of the city, and no arrests were made.

The officers also visited the business establishment of Stamatia Sagonis of Tarpon Springs, seizing 60 gallons of wine.

Sagonis was also out at the time of the raid.

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