A group of about 20 small-business owners in an area just west of the Florida Suncoast Dome are backing an ordinance regulating people who sell metals for recycling. The ordinance would require sellers to tell buyers where the metal came from. It also would require people buying the metals to keep records of where they were purchased. The ordinance does not regulate aluminum-can sellers. The issue came up because business owners in the area complained that vandals have been stealing aluminum and other metals from their buildings and automobiles, then selling the materials elsewhere. The proposed ordinance, which was drafted by the city's Housing and Economic Development Department, the Police Department and legal staff, is scheduled to be presented to City Council members Nov. 5. For a year the business owners, who call themselves the CORE Group, have been trying to focus attention on the area just west of the Dome, the oldest industrial sector of the city.
Matching relief fund set up
TAMPA _ In an effort to encourage continued support for victims of Hurricane Andrew, Lykes Bros., First Florida Banks and the Tampa Bay Suncoast Chapter of the American Red Cross have created a $150,000 matching fund. Lykes and First Florida have pledged to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to the fund up to $150,000. Make contributions to Lykes/First Florida/Red Cross Fund, c/o First Florida Banks, P.O. Box 26107, Tampa, FL 33623-61097. Contributions also may be made at any First Florida Bank. For information, call Jerri Franz at 224-1972 or Dan Samborn at 251-0921.