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Park owner agrees: "A deal's a deal'

The rent situation is okay again at Westshore Mobile Home Park.

Residents found out at a meeting at the park last week that they were right: They don't have to pay rent for January or February, and they will be able to stay until Feb. 29 _ as they had been promised by the park owner, the Weis Group.

Weis is selling the land to Phillips Development, a North Carolina company that is planning to remove the aging trailers and build upscale apartments.

Earlier this month, some of the dozen or so renters who remain were told by park officials that they had to continue paying rent but would be reimbursed after they left. They were also told to move by Jan. 31.

City Council member John Dingfelder called last week's meeting. He had wrangled the free-rent concessions from Weis last year when the company approached the city about giving up nearby right of way.

Weis officials did not attend the Jan. 21 meeting, but a Phillips representative did.

"It turned out pretty good," said resident Cathy Kelly. The man from Phillips said, "a deal's a deal."

Note cards on sale

at libraries, museum

DOWNTOWN _ The 100th anniversary edition of the Gasparilla Burgert Brothers note cards are now on sale.

The black-and-white note cards feature six photographic images of Gasparilla and provide a simple, artistic way to share a glimpse of Tampa's celebrated tradition with friends and family.

The cards are available at any Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries and at the Henry B. Plant Museum Store, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. A box of 12 costs $10 and includes two cards of each image. For information, call 273-3616.

Super "Bowl' party to benefit soldiers' children

CHANNEL DISTRICT _ The 13 Ugly Men are hosting their first Super "Bowl" party from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Splitsville in Channelside.

Proceeds from the party will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships and counseling to the surviving children of Special Operations soldiers who have died during a mission.

Admission is $20 per person at the door and includes free bowling, billiards, Budweiser, Jack Daniels and appetizers from Splitsville. For information, visit www.13uglymen.com.

Gandy leaders endorse Dale Mabry beautification

GANDY/SUN BAY SOUTH _ South-of-Gandy civic leaders agreed Tuesday to ask city officials to jump start plans to beautify the south end of Dale Mabry Highway.

Several years ago, the city applied for a state grant to spruce up Dale Mabry from Gandy Boulevard to MacDill Air Force Base, but the effort failed and interest waned.

"Quite honestly, it's not on the burner," Roy Collins, the city liaison to MacDill, said Tuesday during a meeting of the Interbay Peninsula Partnership, which includes business and neighborhood leaders with interests south of Gandy.

Members did not realize the grant application fell through but said they would begin prodding the city again to make beautification efforts a priority.

When international visitors come to MacDill, they noted, the gritty stretch of Dale Mabry is their first visual taste of Tampa.

_ RON MATUS, OLIVIA GIFFORD, GRACE AGOSTIN, DENISE WATSON BATTS

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