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Pinellas County dentists will offer free care to kids at offices in Clearwater and Largo this month. The locations for "Give Kids a Smile" are Clearwater Dental Associates, 2226 Druid Road E, and the Health Department clinic at 12420 130th Ave. N, Largo. Dentists will be there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. Most who will be treated have already been selected, but dentists will see additional patients. Service will be first-come, first-served.

Times staff writer

Man receives two-year sentence on sex charges

A 42-year-old Largo man has been sentenced to two years in prison for committing lewd acts in a community pool's locker room.

Scott Martin Weigand pleaded no contest in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Wednesday to three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Between May 2006 and August 2007, Weigand exposed himself to boys at the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center in Clearwater, authorities say. He attached a large artificial penis to his own sexual organ and wrapped a towel around himself. He then pretended to walk to or from the shower. When he saw the boys, he unwrapped the towel and exposed himself and videotaped theencounters.

Times staff writer

Chamber of Commerce names Mrs. Clearwater

Longtime community leader Holly Duncan was named Mrs. Clearwater by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce at its 86th annual meeting Thursday at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

Friends and colleagues said Duncan, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation for the past dozen years, was deeply deserving of the recognition.

"I would describe her as the consummate fundraising professional," said Philip Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

"She has the unique ability to understand the wants or needs of her donors, and she's passionate about her role, not only with donors, but also with this community."

Past honorees of the Mr,/Mrs. Clearwater award, the chamber's highest honor, include Jack Eckerd, Dr. William Hale, Dan Carlisle, Gus Stavros, Charles Rutenberg, Alan Bomstein and Ed Droste.

Christina K. Cosdon, Times staff writer

Condo developer sues the city of Dunedin

DUNEDIN - The developer of a condominium complex rejected by the city is suing because he said city staff and commissioners led him to believe his project would be approved.

Developer Kelly Prior wanted to build an upscale five-story, 12-unit condo complex at 715 Edgewater Drive.

The preliminary site plan was approved by the City Commission, but the project was rejected at a final hearing in August 2006 because commissioners deemed it was incompatible with its surroundings.

Prior and his Clearwater attorney, Ed Armstrong, argue city officials changed their position at the last minute, causing Prior financial damage.

On Jan. 24, Circuit Court Judge Nelly N. Khouzam denied the city's request to immediately dismiss Prior's claim.

Armstrong said he's confident the case is going to trial.

Tamara El-Khoury, Times staff writer