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Boot landmark near intersection

EAST LAKE - A 17-foot-tall concrete cowboy boot, long a landmark in northeast Pinellas County, has been moved to its final resting place near the intersection of East Lake and Tampa roads. The one-ton boot, which has marked the Boot Ranch for nearly four decades, will become the centerpiece of a landscaped island near a shopping center, said Timothy Lanier, vice president of Rosewood Property Co., the company that purchased the ranch. The white, green and red boot had been moved to a temporary resting place in September while the shopping center, which has a Jewel Osco food and drug store in it, was being built.Other development on the ranch property will include a rental

retirement community, offices and homes.

Bridge repairs jam traffic CLEARWATER - Traffic jams and delays occurred in downtown Clearwater on Tuesday when some lanes were closed during repairs to the Memorial Causeway Bridge. The traffic snarls stretched for blocks around Pierce Boulevard and Cleveland Street at the city's waterfront. Some lanes leading to and from the drawbridge were closed to allow maintenance crews to work on the span leading to Clearwater Beach. Repairs are expected to be completed sometime today, said Dewey Oliver, state Department of Transportation district bridge inspector. During the weekend, an underwater cable linked to the drawbridge controls broke.

The bridge was unable to close properly and caused delays during heavy

weekend traffic. Maintenance crews will finish replacing the cable, and divers will string the cable under the bridge today.

Motorist flees after accident ST. PETERSBURG - Investigators are searching for a motorist who drove a small, dark car into a man riding a bicycle Sunday night. Melvin V. Griffin, 24, of 2936 DeSoto Way S, was killed instantly when the car struck him, tossing him in front of a second vehicle at 37th Street and 19th Avenue S, police said. They said the driver, who fled after the accident, was southbound on 37th Street when the car struck Griffin, throwing him in front of a northbound 1986 Pontiac. The driver of the Pontiac, Alfred Maruggi, stopped his vehicle and wasn't charged in the incident. Griffin apparently was headed east on 19th

Avenue S when he was struck by the cars.

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