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Wal-Mart hearing postponed

A public hearing originally scheduled for Monday on the proposed Wal-Mart on U.S. 19 has been postponed. The city's Planning and Zoning Board is now scheduled to consider the site plan and a proposed development agreement for the Wal-Mart at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 inside City Hall, 324 E Pine St. City officials said Monday's hearing was postponed because Wal-Mart representatives have not submitted the development agreement. At the October meeting, the board is expected to look over Wal-Mart's proposal, listen to public comments and make a recommendation to the City Commission. Wal-Mart has proposed building a a 210,000-square-foot supercenter on 75 acres on the east side of U.S. 19, just south of the Anclote River. For more information, call the city's Planning and Zoning Department at (727) 938-3711.

A 3-foot-long alligator floats in the retention pond behind the Publix at Brooker Creek on Friday. Many species move to ponds when wetlands are destroyed. PAGE 8