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Housing discrimination case may reach settlement

Housing discrimination case may reach settlement

Safety Harbor's City Commissioners could come to an agreement this week on a settlement with a group home for men with mental disabilities.

Last March, TBGH, LLC and its managing member, Bonnie Jo Hill, applied with the city to run a family care home at 59 Harbor Woods Circle. A family care home typically serves residents who are clients of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or other state agencies, and the homes provide a group living environment for up to six people who are unrelated.

Tampa Bay Rowdies agree to stadium deal with Al Lang

Tampa Bay Rowdies agree to stadium deal with Al Lang

Saint Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies will be staying at Al Lang Stadium. The club announced Wednesday they signed a 4-year agreement keeping them at the stadium starting with the 2013 season.

Pinellas County lowers interest rate for homebuyers

Pinellas County lowers interest rate for homebuyers

The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County has lowered the interest rate on its First-Time Homebuyers Program to 3.75 percent.

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage program is for individuals in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties who have never owned a home, have not owned a home in the last three years or are veterans.

Down payment and closing cost assistance is also available with the Home Key Plus 2nd mortgage. Rates and terms vary. Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 640 and are required to take a free homebuyer education class. 

Acme Sponge moves into new, modern headquarters

Acme Sponge moves into new, modern headquarters

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Acme Sponge & Chamois, Inc. has been a fixture of Tarpon Springs for decades, sending natural sponges, genuine chamois leather, synthetic sponges, natural loofah and loofah products around the world.

It's a trade that goes back for generations but now Acme has a new headquarters that brings the company into the 21st century.

PCHA recognized as best in Florida

PCHA recognized as best in Florida

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) announced Monday it was recently honored as best in the state by the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) at its 2012 Annual Convention & Trade Show in Orlando.

Palm Harbor has new Centre, CSA logo

Palm Harbor has new Centre, CSA logo

Palm Harbor, Florida -- The facility, formerly known as the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, has been renovated and is ready to re-open as The Centre on Aug. 11.

But before the grand ceremony on Aug. 11, the call is out for volunteers to sign up to help. The need is for people who can help set up equipment on Aug. 10 and then sell beverages, oversee the craft center and direct traffic on the 11th.

Find out your property's value at Real Estate Forum

Find out your property's value at Real Estate Forum

Seminole, Florida -- On Thursday, Aug. 9, Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov will talk about the value of residential and commercial in Seminole, past, present and future at a forum, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Seminole Library Conference Center.

Also providing information will be Realty Executives, Victor Adamo & Associates, and David B. Bennet, CEO Pinellas Realtors Association.

RSVP required. Free to Chamber members; $5 per person for non-members, includes Continental breakfast.