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Despite rain delay, Swann Avenue open again

Swann Avenue, from Fremont to Rome avenues, was reopened to motorists June 24 _ eight days behind the contractor's schedule but six days before the posted sign.

Work to lay a pipeline beneath the road began June 2 and was expected to take two weeks. But Mother Nature had other plans: a week's worth of torrential rain.

"You can't pave when you have 10 inches of rain," said Eric Weiss, project manager for the city's wastewater department. "That's called an excusable delay."

The road was closed so Rockdale Pipeline could extend a 30-inch reclaimed water pipeline into South Tampa. The contract offered the company $5,000 for each day it finished ahead of schedule and penalized it $5,000 for each day it fell behind.

Because of the rain, Weiss said the tally will probably "be a wash."

Special Olympics gets $2,500 from commissary

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE _ Hector Granado, director of the MacDill Air Force Base Commissary, presented a $2,500 check to the Hillsborough County Special Olympics on June 26.

The donation will go toward expanding the county's Special Olympics, said program coordinator Bridget Robertson.

Procter & Gamble awarded MacDill's grocery store the prize money based on the store's display and sales of P&G products. It competed against commissaries around the world.

Golf tourney raises

more than $55,000

YBOR CITY _ Golfers hit the greens for a good cause at the Cesar Gonzmart 8th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament held May 2 at Pebble Creek Golf & Country Club in New Tampa.

The tournament raised more than $55,000.

The University of South Florida Athletic Association received $25,000, the Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute received $10,000 and the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which helps USF's Latino Scholarship Program, received more than $20,000.

The tournament, started in 1995 by Richard and Casey Gonzmart, fourth-generation owner and operators of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, is held each year in honor of their father, who died in 1992 from pancreatic cancer. Cesar Gonzmart was an enthusiastic supporter of the Latin community and education.

Money was raised from entry fees and corporate sponsors. Since its beginning, the memorial golf tournament has raised more than $345,000 for charity.