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1950: NEW NOVELTY FIRMS THRIVE

DUNEDIN - More than 400 toy cats, dogs, monkeys and bears are turned out by one of two business firms that opened here during the past month. The other new business is making cut paper dolls for an Atlanta company.

Both firms are in the old citrus concentrate plant on Douglas Avenue.

Wyckoff Industries is owned by Paul B. Hitchins of Dunedin and Dick Wyckoff of Clearwater. The company manufactures wooden toy animals in a variety of colors being sold in Macy's and many other large department stores.

Art Press Printers is owned by Hitchins and Peyton Stone Jr. of Dunedin. Most of its $100,000 business will come from northern markets.

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May 15, 1950

Pinellas County's plea for spoil is rejected

BRADENTON - Pinellas County lost an attempt yesterday to get spoil from the Inland Waterway pumped along the public-owned Belleair Causeway.

The West Coast Inland Navigation District voted down the request 3-2, saying a $21,000 expenditure of district funds couldn't be justified, according to the three members voting against the request.

A.L. Anderson, a member of the board from Pinellas County who voted for the expenditure, said that pumping the spoil to the Belleair Causeway would help eliminate two spoil islands in open water.

"The $21,000 cost is but a small part of what Pinellas contributes to the district," he said.

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May 18, 1962

East drawbridge may never reopen

CLEARWATER - The troublesome draw span of the East Memorial Causeway Bridge will be welded tight Monday and may never open to boat traffic again.

City Manager James R. Stewart yesterday informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the draw span will be closed indefinitely for emergency repairs to ensure access to Clearwater Beach.

The city plans to remove the center span when the new east bridge is completed early next year.

Stewart said that most boats can get under the new west causeway bridge and that any that can't will have to travel the gulf side of Clearwater Beach.

Mechanical trouble with the old draw span has plagued the city in recent years.

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May 15, 1962

New signs warn about dangerous currents

CLEARWATER - Warning signs have been erected on the south finger of Clearwater Beach. City commissioners asked that the signs be posted after a 6-year-old girl was swept out in the Gulf of Mexico by strong currents in Clearwater Pass a week ago.

The area had been posted before, but vandals tore the signs down, city officials say.

The signs, which say, "WARNING dangerous current beyond this point," were erected along the north road right of way as most of the beach on the south side is privately owned.

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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

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