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HILLSBOROUGH EPC KEEPS AN EYE ON CREEK

WESLEY CHAPEL

The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission is stepping up its monitoring of water quality at Cypress Creek.

Recent cases of construction runoff from a giant mall project polluting the creek, a state-designated Outstanding Florida Water, have alarmed Hillsborough's environmental watchdogs.

The creek feeds Hillsborough's drinking water supply.

Developer Richard E. Jacobs Group is building Cypress Creek Town Center, a 1-million-square-foot mall at Interstate 75 and State Road 56.

State, county and federal officials have charged the builder with allowing construction discharge to illegally muddy the nearby creek at least twice in the past five months.

PLANT CITY

Collision of car, truck leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

One person died and two were injured in a collision between a car and a truck at the intersection of Trapnell Road and James Redman Parkway Tuesday night around 9:45 p.m., according to Plant City police Sgt. Dale Peterson.

A red car going south on the parkway ran a red light, striking a truck with two people in it, Peterson said.

A passenger in the car was killed instantly, and the drivers of the truck and car were injured, he said.

Both were taken to by ambulance to Lakeland Regional Hospital. Information about their condition was not available.

The passenger in the truck was uninjured, Peterson said.

No names were released Tuesday, pending notification of next of kin of the deceased.

ST. PETERSBURG

Historic Baptist church faces the wrecking ball

The owners of the Princess Martha Hotel have signed a contract to buy the historic old Baptist church next door, and will seek to have it demolished.

The plan is all but certain to be opposed by preservationists.

WRH Princess Martha LLC signed the agreement Monday, said William R. Hough, an investor with WRH Income Properties.

"The intention we have is to replace the Baptist church with something that would be beneficial to the Princess Martha,'' Hough said.

Preservationists have opposed previous attempts to demolish the neoclassical building that has belonged to nearby St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral since 1990. Hough said the Princess Martha needs the property for expansion.

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