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Merchants discuss new street names

March 3, 1946

The Clearwater Merchants Association on Wednesday night discussed the project of changing the street names in Clearwater to numbers.

Association president W.R. Havener and R.R. Orcutt, association member and member of the Board of Governors of the Chamber of Commerce, pointed out advantages of this system. Numbered streets would be an asset to the city, enabling merchants, permanent residents and winter tourists to locate many of the duplicated streets. This would apply especially in the newly developed districts such as Hillcrest and Crest Lake.

A committee is to confer with the City Planning Board about the advisability of the change.

Dec. 4, 1884 No, not a city yet

Clear Water has never claimed to be a city, or even a village. We read, however, almost every day, of cities and towns in our rapidly growing State that can hardly show so good a claim to such a title.

Within 200 yards of our office are two hotels, and several boarding houses and private dwellings are near by. As neat a school house as can be seen in the county, where a large and flourishing school is now in progress, and a splendid new church, almost completed, are within less than five minutes walk. Our printing-office is in a fine new building _ perhaps the finest building for a store, and rooms for other purposes, in all West Hillsborough. When we talk city, our readers will find one here to talk about.

March 13, 1946 County will reconsider beach road

County commissioners probably will reconsider their decision not to eliminate one of the curves in the beach road immediately north of Johns Pass bridge.

The decision to abandon the project came after an appraisal indicated that it might cost the county upward of $10,000 for a quarter-mile stretch of right of way.

County officials made it plain yesterday that they still are eager to straighten and widen the beach road if rights of way can be obtained at reasonable figures.

Some of the lots we needed are assessed at $5 and appraised at $1,600, said County Clerk Ray E. Green. "So as much as we favor the project we can't see our way clear to spend that much money for a right of way to eliminate only one of more than a dozen curves in the road."

Some of the lots appraised at more than $1,500 each are underwater, County Engineer W.A. McMullen asserted. McMullen added that both the north and south projects are "perfectly feasible" from an engineering standpoint.

Officials recalled that on April 18, 1944, a committee of beach residents told the commission it would agree to obtain rights of way free of charge if the commission would agree to build the road. Because of the war and illness of key members the committee apparently was unable to carry out this commitment.

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