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Crews clear way for new pharmacy

Crews last week demolished a small shopping center on Bearss Avenue at North Boulevard to make way for a CVS pharmacy. It will include a drive-through window and is scheduled to open in December. The center had housed a Super Seven convenience store and a Ramon's Fresh Mexican Grill, among other stores.

Development rezoning delayed

NEW TAMPA _ The Tampa City Council will wait a few more weeks to make a final decision about a zoning that would allow for more stores, homes and traffic along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

The second reading for property owners known as the Scala/683 Group was continued from July 19 until Aug. 2 at the developer's request.

Despite a 90-minute hearing on June 14 that focused on the unbearable traffic in New Tampa, the council voted 5-2 in favor of the request to rezone 213 acres west of Bruce B. Downs and south of County Line Road for residential and commercial development. A second hearing is required before it becomes official. A revised development agreement, which has yet to be submitted, was requested by council before that final vote.

The postponed hearing also coincided with Mayor Dick Greco's vacation. Chairman Charlie Miranda, who must stand in as mayor during Greco's absence, would be away from the vote. Miranda was among the five member to approve the zoning.

Lower curb adds access to library

CARROLLWOOD _ Handicapped customers at the new Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library will have easier access to the building now that a curb cut has been added to the sidewalk at the front entrance.

While customers will have better access to the library, it will take at least another month before book buyers can start browsing the bookstore in the library's lobby, said Stephanie Losurdo, the branch librarian.

The bookstore run by the Friends of the Library won't be open to the public until members of the charitable group can establish bylaws, create a non-profit organization and set up hours of operation, Losurdo said.

So far 12 people have signed up and paid the $10 annual membership fee; membership is open to everyone. The fee and money from the book sales allow the Friends of the Library to sponsor special programs like magicians and storytellers.

_ Bill Coats, Michael Sandler and Tim Grant

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