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Old Southeast

Spring cleaning and a giant garage sale are happening Saturday. Not only are homeowners invited to participate, but the association also will have bargains to sell in waterfront Lassing Park, Beach Drive and 18th Avenue SE. Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but hurry at 2:05 the Salvation Army gets all that is left.

New scrolled metal street signs bearing the neighborhood's blue heron emblem are now in place on 11 corners. The signs cost $860 apiece and are described by president Mike Hill as "totally awesome." Plans include landscaping around them; however, residents have been slow to volunteer to maintain it. Call 898-4100 to assist.

Proceeds from the association sale will purchase more signs or distinctive period lighting. The lights are $1,800 apiece with a 26-year maintenance agreement. They are similar to ones recently installed on the Snell Isle Bridge. Twenty are in place. Initial funding came from $100,000 allocated through Operation Commitment, a city program to revitalize targeted neighborhoods.

After the weekend cleanup, sanitation will make a special collection on March 24. Old Southeast boundaries run from Fourth Street S to Tampa Bay between 25th Avenue S and Salt Creek. The pickup will include Driftwood Neighborhood and areas south to 30th Avenue.