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City may let sponge boat rule slide

The city probably will wait until next spring to begin enforcing a regulation that requires sponge boats to take regular sponging trips in order to dock free of charge at the city's dock. Sponge boat operators met with city public services director Juan Cruz on Thursday night and discussed their concerns about the regulation, Cruz said. Some boat owners have said they want to take sponging trips, but they simply don't have enough workers. Cruz will ask the city manager to let him delay enforcing the regulation until spring "to allow them time to solve the problems prior to enforcement," he said.

Charges dropped against couple

TARPON SPRINGS _ Charges against two people who had been accused in a home break-in were dismissed this week due to insufficient evidence, the State Attorney's Office said Friday. Susan Scott, 25, and her boyfriend Michael Barrs, 26, were arrested after a break-in at Louis and Mary Georgeo's home on Pasaje Way in Tarpon Springs. The Georgeos were on vacation when someone broke in and stole at least $20,000 in cash, jewelry and a .38 caliber handgun, authorities said. Scott and Barrs were later arrested and charged with second-degree grand theft and armed burglary of a residence. The charges were dropped on Wednesday because of a lack of physical evidence, said Assistant State Attorney William Loughery. "Our decision at this time is that we cannot go forward with the charges," Loughery said. "However, if we find more information . . . we'll bring the case back up." Barrs also was charged of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That charge was also dropped because of insufficient evidence, Loughery said.

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