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Airstrip's neighbors want flier grounded

A flier who tows advertising banners over St. Petersburg Beach and Clearwater Beach has angered the neighbors of the tiny North Pinellas airstrip he uses east of Lake Tarpon, and now they want Pinellas County officials to shut down the operation. The 2,200-foot airstrip dates back to 1969, before many of the homes in East Lake were built. But in the last six months, Brian Garner has begun using the strip owned by his friends, Charles and Lynda Jamison and Ruth Huff, as the takeoff and landing spot for his turbo-prop powered advertising business. The planes make too much noise, according to neighbors, and the people who live near the strip are concerned about whether it is safe. A zoning hearing is scheduled Monday, and Jamison said he will present a plan to make the takeoffs and landings quieter.

Clinic brings treatment closer to patients

PALM HARBOR _ One day while looking at a map, Dr. Alan Tralins noticed that a third of the cancer patients he was seeing at the Lykes Center at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater were driving 15 miles or more for treatment. They were traveling from North Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. So Tralins and several other doctors have built the Cornerstone Cancer Center at Tampa and East Lake roads. The center, which officially opened Friday, offers state-of-the-art technology and a focus on healthy attitudes, said Tralins, a Miami native whose mother died four years ago this week of leukemia. "Our goal is to offer a cure for the people we can cure," he said. "And for the cancers we can't cure, we want to make them (the patients) comfortable and happy." The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call 789-0200.

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