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Proponents of less stringent dimout regulations on Clearwater Beach were encouraged yesterday by reports from Miami that the Dade County Defense Council had permitted modified illumination in residences there.

According to a news service bulletin, property owners along the Atlantic coast in Miami Beach, which is considered much more vulnerable to enemy attack than the Gulf Coast, have been allowed to turn on house lights, providing the reflection does not show far outside the dwelling.

In spite of the optimism pervading Clearwater Beach residents, officials of the local defense council offered little hope of getting any relief from current dimout rules.

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Sept. 13, 1933

Attorney diversifies into hot sauce

CLEARWATER - John S. Blocker, attorney for the Board of County Commissioners, has added to his activities the manufacture of pepper sauce.

Beautifully corrugated red bottles containing a fiery mixture were exhibited at yesterday's meeting of the county board. Research revealed that this tabasco fluid was put up by the Blocker Products Co., St. Petersburg, according to the label.

No samples of the product were furnished to the newspapermen. The sauce is said to be intended to add a special piquancy and extra kick to beer.

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Sept. 28, 1936

Liquor permit issued over protests

CLEARWATER - Over the protests of Commissioner William J. Christie, Sheriff E.G. Cunningham and the state beverage commissioner, the County Commission yesterday afternoon approved a liquor store permit for Al Ketchel, who operates the Referee Inn at Treasure Island.

The first protest came in a letter from Holland McCormick, state beverage commissioner, who sent the commission a copy of a communication he wrote Ketchel.

Charging Ketchel's "attitude has been defiant of the law," McCormick wrote that he did not favor a liquor license for him. He pointed out the island operator has been arrested three times on liquor violations during a period of 18 months.

But Commissioners Beckett, Carter, Harris and Thomas voted for Ketchel's permit anyway.

Permits also were approved for Clearwater Country Club and Louis Pappas' Riverside Cafe, Tarpon Springs.

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Sept. 20, 1933

Storm washes away lots at Blind Pass

CLEARWATER - Storm damage at Blind Pass was reported by the assistant county engineer and explained with the aid of a sketch yesterday afternoon.

It appears that Blind Pass has almost filled up and a new pass has broken through the key about midway between the old pass and the bridge at the northern end of the channel. Commissioner Carter said that 160 lots had been washed into the gulf during the recent high tide and northwest wind, making an island of the former peninsula that had been subdivided and many lots sold.

A new blueprint shows that Gulf Avenue in the subdivision is now many feet offshore and could easily be used as a marine speedway by motorists.

It is estimated that an expenditure of between $25,000 and $30,000 would pay for a breakwater and fill, which would solve the erosion problem. It would also protect the bridge across the pass.

A resolution that the federal government be asked for financial assistance in closing the pass was adopted by the commission.

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Sept. 15, 1933

Liquor search warrant declared faulty

CLEARWATER - Liquor possession charges filed on July 17 against Eason Sever, member of a prominent mid-county family, were quashed yesterday by Magistrate F.I. Gates. Sever's representative, J. Locke Kelly, argued that the search warrant on which Sever was arrested was faulty, that it was based on hearsay evidence.

At the time of his arrest by Constable Walter Freeze and Maurice Green, county traffic officer, Sever posted $100 bail which was estreated when he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing. Subsequently, County Prosecutor H.S. Baynard announced he would issue a capias to bring Sever into county court for trial.

However, Sever's attorneys yesterday surrendered him to the magistrate's court and moved that the search warrant be quashed.

Sever was charged with ownership of 90 gallons of moonshine liquor, which the officers found at a place near Clearwater said to be under his control.

Looking back

Headlines through the years

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.