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Q&A: Treasure Island Fun Center name followed business' move to Seminole

Established name part of move

When I am heading south on Missouri Boulevard in Seminole, there is a business called the Treasure Island Fun Center. Why isn't the Treasure Island Fun Center in Treasure Island? Why isn't it called the Seminole Fun Center?

The Treasure Island Fun Center was a longtime beach play spot at 103 104th Ave. in Treasure Island. After years of getting offers for the property, owner Robert Noell Jr. finally decided to sell to Publix in 2005, for $4.4 million, according to Pinellas County records.

In March 2006 Noell bought an old A&P grocery store at 7770 Seminole Blvd., and in early 2007 moved the business to the new site, which is about four times larger than the old one.

Jenny Noell, the owner's daughter and center's manager, said at that time that the center would retain its Treasure Island pirate and parrot theme and its already-established name, despite the geographical confusion.

Definition of session varies

It seems that for every holiday, Congress closes shop for a couple of weeks. Could you tell me how many days out of a year Congress is actually in session?

In 2010, the Senate was in session 158 days and the House 127 days.

Through May 19, 2011, the Senate was in session 53 days and the House 56 days.

On its website, the Library of Congress defines legislative days this way:

"A legislative day is defined as beginning when a house of Congress meets and ending when it adjourns." The House of Representatives almost always adjourns at the end of a daily session, so its calendar day and legislative day coincide. In contrast, the Senate often does not adjourn at the end of a daily session, but instead "recesses," so when the Senate next meets, it continues in the same legislative day. As a result, a legislative day in the Senate may extend over days, weeks, or even months. The Senate practice is a time-saving device, allowing the Senate to circumvent the requirement of a "morning hour" at the beginning of each legislative day. (Morning hour is a two-hour period in which the Senate conducts routine business, known as "morning business," calls the calendar of bills awaiting floor consideration, and allows senators to deliver "morning hour speeches" on any subject.)

To track the days the House and Senate are in session, visit

Another way to look at the schedule is to see scheduled time off. Visit

That schedule shows that on the next holiday, the Fourth of July, the Senate plans to be off July 4-10, and the House is scheduled to be off June 27-July 5.

Q&A: Treasure Island Fun Center name followed business' move to Seminole 05/30/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2011 4:12pm]
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