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Oldsmar developer envisions big beach

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

March 14, 1925

OLDSMAR _ With the advent of the new Community Methodist Episcopal Church, the 1,000-foot pier, the Spanish Mission gateway and the children's recreation beach, this city's next development move lies in the direction of dredging operations for an extensive general beach.

The Harry E. Prettyman organization is hopeful that the dredge he has contracted will be available by the first of the month or shortly after and that they will develop on the 10-mile waterfront as fine a beach as the west coast possesses.

The creation of the general public beach is the next step in the program of converting a large section of the bay shore area into a public playground that is to pass to the use of the city in perpetuity. The plan is to make certain that a substantial portion of the waterfront shall always be safeguarded against it being privately held.

March 27, 1964

Clearwater to allow parking on beach

CLEARWATER _ The city of Clearwater will take a pointer from Daytona Beach and park cars directly on the sands to help relieve some of the weekend and summer parking congestion on Clearwater Beach.

An area more than 200 feet square is being prepared at the south end of the city-owned beach land for parking. It's in a section where the city has been building out the beach width by dumping rubble and then covering it with sand.

City manager James Stewart said the city will continue dumping concrete rubble on the Gulf of Mexico side of this area and since the dumping makes it unsuitable for swimming, it will be put to use for parking.

March 9, 1938

Highways to span Pinellas length

CLEARWATER _ Walter P. Fuller, state representative and president of the Gulf Coast Highway Association, predicted to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce governors last night that Pinellas County will be forced in the next few years to have in operation two separate highways extending the length of its islands.

Fuller said his organization is now urging counties to acquire the 200-foot rights of way that will be necessary when the proposed superhighway is constructed to connect Everglades National Park at the tip of the state with the Georgia line.

Fuller also said that only one link is missing in the scenic gulf coast highway and that he has hopes for construction of that link by the state road department in 1938-39. That highway connects Perry and north Florida with St. Petersburg.

March 19, 1943

Man claims medium put a spell on him

CLEARWATER _ A petition for an injunction was filed in circuit court yesterday by J. Burton Rayfuse against Mary Deacon Bramall and the Spiritualist Temple of Love, Truth and Light, a Florida corporation.

The petitioner, who lives in St. Petersburg, alleged that Bramall, a spiritualist medium, induced him to transfer and deed his home to her and also to purchase property now occupied by the church.

Rayfuse asked the court for an injunction to restrain the defendant from interfering with his property and asks that the various deeds and mortgages be declared null and void and the property be restored to him.

_ Julie Church compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or