Today, fluoride flows in city water system
After more than a year of preparations, city officials will switch on equipment to add fluoride to the city's drinking water today.
Officials have talked for years about adding the mineral to boost dental health. Then last year, the city won $386,000 in state and county grants to make the project a reality. An official reception is set for 10 a.m. today at the strawberry tank at Cherry Street and Wilder Road.
The move bucks a trend from nearly two years ago when Pinellas County officials debated then stopped adding fluoride to county water supplies. The move became a campaign issue there and was later reversed.
Plant City, meanwhile, has seen little opposition to its fluoride plans.
Trash talk: Pricey new hauler is on the way
Who knew a trash truck could be so expensive? After advertising in January for a new trash hauler, city officials on Monday settled on a $245,000 front-end loader model. But hey, it's only $210,000 with a trade-in.
Officials say their existing 2005 Mack trash hauler was getting too costly to maintain.
Police to get bargain on guns and ammunition
On Monday, City Commissioners backed a department plan to dip into the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to buy 30 new or nearly new surplus semiautomatic rifles and bulk ammunition.
Because the guns are surplus federal weapons, the department will get a bargain price: $2,100 or roughly $50 per rifle. The trust fund is made up of money seized in illegal operations.
Woody Wright delivers concert Sunday at First Church of God
Here's an alternative to the Florida Strawberry Festival.
Gospel performer Woody Wright, who has worked with Charley Pride, the Gaither Vocal Band and other noted musicians, will offer a free concert Sunday at the First Church of God, N Gordon and E Baker streets.
The show starts at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5. A love offering will be collected afterward. Call (813) 752-6438 for more information.