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WE WILL NOT RESOLVE: At a County Commission meeting last week, Commissioner Sallie Parks asked if fellow commissioners would endorse sending a resolution to Congress requesting a ban on some types of assault weapons.

Nobody liked the idea.

"It would make it harder for us to say no to somebody else's request for a resolution to Congress," Commissioner Bruce Tyndall said. "It might open some wounds in this particular case."

"Would that be by assault weapons?" Parks quipped.

YES THERE IS A TAPE, AND NO YOU CAN'T HAVE IT: Last November, state Rep. Mary Brennan, D-Pinellas Park, complained about the campaign literature of her Republican opponent, Carl Neuman.

She filed a complaint with the Pinellas County Fair Campaign Practices Committee, a bipartisan, non-governmental group that seeks to eliminate mudslinging from local campaigns.

The committee scheduled a hearing in Pinellas Park City Hall and ultimately agreed that Neuman's literature was misleading; he denied that.

Not long after the hearing, Neuman said, he went to City Hall and asked for a tape of the hearing. He paid $20 for it and figured that was the end of it.

But Neuman since has heard from the

committee; it would like a copy of his tape. Somehow, Neuman got the original, and there is no copy.

But Neuman said he refuses to hand over the tape to the committee he thinks handled his case improperly.

"I'm not cooperating with them," he said. "To me, they're a nonentity."

THE LAST LAUGH: Dunedin Mayor Tom Anderson and Commissioners Tom Osborne and Jack St. Arnold _ the three city officials who voted to replace Dunedin police with sheriff's deputies _ are caricatured in a new political leaflet put out by the Save the Police Committee.

"We don't care what you want," says a caption below the drawings, in which headshots of the three are tacked onto cartoon suits. Their hands are drawn and appear to defiantly hug their waists.

St. Arnold wasn't too amused. "I don't agree with attacking people," he said. Anderson and Osborne could not be reached for comment.

But Bill Douglas, police committee public relations chairman, said the leaflet has been well-received.

"Several people have commented that it hits the nail right on the head," Douglas said.

PASSING THE BILL: Kenneth City Town Council members recently discussed raising fees for occupational licenses charged to businesses within the town's limits.

A resident at the meeting asked if town attorney Andrew Salzman, whose office is in Clearwater, had to pay a fee.

Salzman said he wasn't sure, but his office manager would know. And, he added, he would gladly pay it.

"Bill me. I'll make sure our office manager pays for it," Salzman said.

Mayor Harold Paxton joked: "He'll probably bill us for it anyway."

NO FAX: If you should need a copy of an Indian Rocks Beach public document, be prepared to get in your car and drive to City Hall to get it.

City employees are not allowed to fax them.

According to City Clerk Deanne O'Reilly, that's because the city charges 15 cents a page for copies. If they were faxed, the city might never collect.

Perhaps one could pay with a faxed check.

DIVE IN: The Cartoon Network was sending out faxes last week to promote "The World Premiere Toons Dive-In Theater" over the weekend at Largo's Southwest Recreation Center. The idea was for kids to float around in the pool and watch cartoons.

But maybe the folks at the Atlanta-based network need a little geography lesson. Their fax said the event was in Tampa.

And, at least for Largo, it wasn't much of a premiere.

For years now, Largo's children have watched movies from the pool in the summer. A perennial favorite: Jaws.

_ Times staff writers Cheryl Ross, Mike Jackson, Amelia Davis and Curtis Krueger contributed to this report.

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