Despite cries from lawyers and civic leaders in St. Petersburg, a new federal courthouse complex is likely to land in Tampa within four years. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives' public works committee approved the project. U.S. Rep. Sam Gibbons, D-Tampa, said that will allow Congress to appropriate the $84.5-million expected to be spent on the project. Meanwhile, supporters of a federal courthouse for St. Petersburg are undeterred. "I don't see the House approval of that construction either supplanting or interfering with our efforts to get a courthouse here in St. Petersburg," said Catherine C. Prats, chairwoman of a St. Petersburg Bar panel seeking a federal courthouse for the city. "We need a courthouse, and we're going to keep asking for a courthouse until we get one."