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Ordinance: Work or face possible jail time

Feb. 20, 1945

Residents of Clearwater above the age of 16 years must be gainfully employed or face possible jail sentences pursuant to a drastic "work or fight" ordinance adopted last night by the city commission.

Discretionary powers in interpreting the ordinance were vested in Municipal Judge C.E. Ware and the measure does not apply to persons proving crippling disabilities. The law strikes particularly at persons whose refusal to accept employment can be considered as hampering the war effort.

Acting at the request of officers of the Clearwater Junior Chamber of Commerce, the commission approved the use of the Jaycees clubhouse on Clearwater Beach as a recreation center for Army bomber crews from Drew Field. The property is owned by the city.

Approval also was voted to the construction of a section of seawall on Clearwater Beach, north of the trailer park. The board declined an invitation to attend a Tampa Chamber of Commerce meeting at which representatives of Florida West Coast Cities will confer with Arnold Oil Co. interests about proposed test drilling in this section of the state.

Feb. 18, 1975

Council to meet in new chambers

OLDSMAR - The City Council will usher in a new era when it meets in new council chambers at 8 p.m. today.

The council has moved its meeting place from the crowded city hall to the remodeled Oldsmar State Bank building next door.

The council is leasing the building with an option to buy, but hopes eventually to purchase it and have it designated an historical monument.

The bank, chartered in 1916, was one of the first buildings constructed in Oldsmar. The council chambers were opened officially Monday with an open house planned by City Councilman Ella Campoli.

During tonight's meeting, City Attorney John Hubbard will give his opinion on the legality of the city's stand against issuing a manufacturing permit to businessman Roger Kumar. He wants to start operation of a branch of his Cavalier Carton Co. at 202 Shore Drive, but the city has refused to issue a manufacturing permit on the grounds that the industrial zoning of the tract has reverted to residential.

Feb. 22, 1945

Tarpon man says he fought in Civil War

CLEARWATER - County officers were handed a tough question yesterday when George Gross, a wizened, legless and aged Tarpon Springs man, held for advertising an unlicensed medical practice, told County Judge Jack F. White that he lost both legs fighting for the South in the War Between the States. That would make Gross 131 years old and he actually looks it. White probably will place Gross on probation if he can find him a job in an upholsterer's shop. In so far as Gross's story of serving under Gen. Robert E. Lee is concerned, deputy sheriffs suspect him of imbibing too freely of his own "elixir of life."

Feb. 22, 1945

Local athlete decorated in Italy

CLEARWATER - Award of the Legion of Merit to Lt. Col. Floyd T. Christian, who resided at 1163 Grove St., Clearwater, before entering the armed forces shortly after Pearl Harbor, was announced by the War Department yesterday. The decoration ceremony was held just behind the lines on the Italian front. Brig. Gen. Edward S. Ott, artillery commander, 15th Army Corps, pinned the medal on Christian's battle tunic. The citation reads, "For exceptionally meritorius conduct in the performance of outstanding services in Italy from Jan. 20 to Aug. 20, 1944. Through his resourcefulness, aggressive leadership and professional skill, he developed tactical principles which added power to the artillery arm."

Christian was an outstanding football and basketball player at both St. Petersburg High School and the University of Florida. He became an assistant coach at Clearwater High School after leaving the university and was head coach at Fort Myers High School when he entered the service.


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.