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Government meetings calendar, Dec. 6-10


St. Petersburg: Joint Land Use/Transportation Committee meeting, 9 a.m., conference room 111, 440 Court Room

Seminole: Recreation Advisory Board, 6 p.m., City Hall, City Council Chambers, 9199 113th St. N.

Largo: Community Development Advisory Board meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall, Commission Chamber, 201 Highland Ave.


Madeira Beach: Board of Commissioners workshop, 1 p.m., City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive

Seminole: Pow Wow Committee meeting, 6 p.m., Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.

St. Petersburg: Public Arts Commission meeting, 3 p.m., City Hall, community resource room, 175 Fifth St. N.

St. Petersburg: Water Resources Public Art Project Committee meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall, community resource room, 175 Fifth St. N.

St. Petersburg: Title I Parent meeting, 6 p.m., John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S.

Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District: Board of Commissioners Workshop meeting, 7 p.m., 304 First St., Indian Rocks Beach

Largo: City Commission regular meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall, Commission Chamber, 201 Highland Ave.


Kenneth City: Council meeting, 7 p.m., Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N.


St. Petersburg: City Council meeting, 8:30 a.m., City Hall, council chamber, 175 Fifth St. N.

Largo: Code Enforcement Board, 1:30 p.m., Commission Chamber, City Hall, 201 Highland Ave.


St. Petersburg: TBARTA Board meeting, 9:30 a.m., FDOT, 11201 N McKinley Drive

Government meetings calendar, Dec. 6-10 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 3:31am]
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