The mayor of this Gulfside city Tuesday hammered his gavel, declared the city commission meeting adjourned and walked out on an angry crowd of about 30 city employees and 40 residents. They were upset by allegations made last week when workers delivered a petition to Mayor Walter Stubbs and the four commissioners calling for dismissal of Public Works Director Ronnie E. Owen. The petition alleged racist, unsafe and corrupt practices. The commission directed City Manager Peter G. Lombardi to investigate _ even though Lombardi was implicated in the workers' allegations. "We are convinced the city manager is not and will not conduct a thorough investigation," said Jeff Moss, a public works employee. Before ending the meeting, the mayor responded: "We are not investigating the city manager; we're investigating one of his employees. The deck in this room is stacked." As Stubbs left the chamber, an audience member yelled: "That's our mayor!"
St. Petersburg Beach seeks
loan for reclaimed water
ST. PETERSBURG BEACH _ City commissioners cleared the way Tuesday night to apply for a state loan to bring reclaimed water to its residents. After nearly three hours of debate, city commissioners voted 4-1 to seek a $12-million low-interest loan that would pay for construction of a pipeline delivering reclaimed water to residents in St. Petersburg Beach. Mayor Terry Gannon cast the dissenting vote, saying the city doesn't have enough information on the project. The city would apply to the state Department of Environmental Regulation for the loan.
Pinellas County to regulate
lingerie modeling shops
Pinellas County commissioners Tuesday quietly added lingerie modeling shops to the list of adult entertainment businesses now under regulation. For the second time in as many weeks, the County Commission held a public hearing on an amendment adding lingerie shops to an adult-use ordinance that regulates adult lounges, bookstores and other entertainment outlets. No one spoke for or against the proposal, and the amendment was approved unanimously.