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A day for Damien
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Photo by JAY RICHMOND
Damien Lamb, 2, checks out one of the many motorcycles Aug. 20 during a charity block party at American Legion Post 119 in Largo. Damien suffers from neuroblastoma, a cancer that is commonly found in the adrenal glands, and all the proceeds went to supporting the family to minimize expenses during his treatment.
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Kent Ward of Largo is one of about 518,000 residents who live in age-restricted communities in Florida.

The president of the condominium association for Villas De Golf and his wife own a condominium only steps away from the Largo Golf Course.

However, Ward said his 174-unit development offers plenty of other things for residents to do besides playing golf.

“That’s one of the reasons we picked this one, because it was an active community,” Ward said.
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Wednesday, August 17
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LARGO - Many neighbors of a proposed tree adventure course at Highland Recreation Complex said they felt like the city didn’t properly inform them about the project. Largo Parks and Recreation officials hoped to make up for that Aug. 15 during a public information meeting at City Hall.

More than 50 residents attended the meeting to voice their concerns and to view an alternate version of the proposal that city staff hoped would satisfy some of their noise and traffic concerns.
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LARGO - As Largo city commissioners and department directors discussed the proposed budget Aug. 12 during a work session, it was clear that several changes - and challenges - lie ahead.

The county and city continue to pull themselves from the depths of the Great Recession, and the budget reflects the turnaround. An 8.84 percent increase in property values allowed City Manager Henry Schubert to propose keeping the property tax rate at 5.3705 mills, which means taxes on a $125,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption would cost about $537. Commissioners gave early approval of the rate July 19, and the county will send out Truth in Millage notices Aug. 22, so the rate cannot exceed the proposed amount.

The recovery is proving to be a double-edged sword, however.
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LARGO - Mayor Woody Brown and Vice Mayor Jamie Robinson will remain on the City Commission for four more years after the candidate qualifying session ended Aug. 12 without anyone coming forward to challenge for their seats.

Commissioner Curtis Holmes, however, will face a challenge for Seat 3 from local businessman Neil McMullen.

“Congratulations to the mayor and vice mayor on their tough campaign,” Commissioner John Carroll quipped Aug. 16 during the City Commission meeting. “And I hope the other candidates for office will not take examples from the national election.”
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LARGO - In 2010, the city purchased a parcel of land on First Avenue Southwest in downtown Largo for $775,000. On Aug. 16, it sold that same piece of land for $50,000.

The buyer, however, helped soften the blow for city commissioners.

The commission, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved the sale of the former Largo Hotel property to Tara Lynn Disalvo, owner of the West Florida Dance Center, so that she can expand her growing studio.
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LARGO - Craig Kiesel, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Largo, has achieved parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status.

Kiesel joins a group of top-performing managing partners recognized this year for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, while making a difference in the lives of guests, team members and in their community. This is the second time Kiesel has received this recognition.

“Craig is committed to his restaurant team members, and to creating a superior dining experience for all our guests,” said Todd Burrowes, president of LongHorn Steakhouse, in a press release. “This honor is a true testament to Craig’s dedication to always delivering friendly, attentive service, paired with our signature boldly seasoned and expertly grilled steaks.”
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Wednesday, August 10
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LARGO - When Kaitlin Adams heard the diagnosis, she dropped her phone out of shock. The 20-year-old mother of a young son couldn’t believe it was real. She was already pregnant with another boy and her life was just starting to get settled. So, how could this happen?

How was she going to cope with the words that are every mother’s worst nightmare: Your child has cancer.

“When you hear those words, you feel like you’ve already lost your child,” she said. “You feel like it’s over. At first, anyhow. You hear your child has cancer and you think your baby is already gone. It’s a really crazy feeling.”
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