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Florencia developer honored at meeting

JMC Communities of St. Petersburg, developer of the Florencia, a condominium in the city's waterfront district, last month was honored with an Aurora Award for water-wise design and construction at the Southeast Building Conference in Atlanta. The conference included builders, developers and others involved in the construction industry from 11 states. The Florencia's drought-tolerant plants, minimum use of lawn grass, along with the plumbing and weather-controlled irrigation equipment contributed to the honor.

New personal chefs heat up competition

Within the past month, two new personal chef businesses have opened in south Pinellas County _ Maggie Sonia Willocks has started Food for Thaw't in the Tyrone area and Lorena Gaskill has launched the Healthy Gourmet in Pinellas Point. For approximately $150, personal chefs such as Willocks and Gaskill will buy and prepare one week's worth of dinners for two in your home.

For information, call Willocks at 420-6920 or e-mail her at; call Gaskill at 867-1751 or e-mail her at

Christine Sandstead, owner of Savory Seasons Inc. in the Feather Sound area, also reports news on her personal chef business. She will be a featured guest of "On the Job," a Sunday talk show on WHNZ-1250 AM at the end of this month. Sandstead's business has been open since January. You can reach her at 813-245-7507 or

CBB Architects names new division director

Jack L. Bowersox has been named director of the senior care division at CBB Architects in St. Petersburg. Bowersox specializes in designing retirement centers. Bowersox is also president of MAG-NET Healthcare Environments, a national alliance with architectural firms specializing in senior care facilities.

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