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Thieves target pricey boats on Florida’s west coast

A criminal ring thought to be working its way up Florida’s west coast is suspected in the recent thefts of five high-priced Pinellas County boats, the type often used to smuggle illegal immigrants into the country.

“These are not random acts,” said Charlie Meacham, a Jacksonville-based private investigator working for several insurance companies to try to recover the stolen boats. “These guys are professionals. They are in and out, and before you know it, the boat is in Mexico.”

Meacham, who is investigating several of the Pinellas County thefts, just returned from Cancun, where he says he found 44 boats reported stolen in Florida.

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UFO captured on tape in Pasco county Florida

ufo.jpgWESLEY CHAPEL – An unidentified
flying object caught the attention of some
Pasco County residents early Friday.

Many described the object — a rotating
triangle of three white lights plus a flashing
red light that stayed put — as a UFO.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says
some Wesley Chapel residents called
911 around 6:25 a.m. wondering what
was up – literally.

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54 Year Old Tampa Business On The Verge Of Financial Collapse

westshore_glass1.gif Westshore Glass Corp. has filed a Worker
Adjustment and Retraining Notification
with the Florida Agency of Workforce
Innovation announcing its intention to
lay off 113 employees from its
Hanna Avenue
and West Knox Avenue
locations in

The company, which filed a petition Jan. 30 for Chapter 11 reorganization, said in the notice that its layoff would take place between Jan. 31 and Feb. 13. A call to Westshore Glass general manager Todd Elozory seeking comment is pending.Herbert R. Donica of the Donica Law Firm who is representing Westshore asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Middle District of Florida to allow it continued access to its checking accounts Friday so that it could continue to order inventory and maintain its business. A judge has yet to rule on the request.

At the time of its petition last week, Westshore Glass employed 110 people, half of what the company has had in previous years, according to court documents. The company’s biggest creditor is Colonial Bank, which is owed $3.5 million. Unsecured claims against the company totaled $9.2 million.After several buildings of its main plant on West Knox suffered $5 million in damage from a January 2006 fire, Westshore Glass relocated and consolidated to a new facility.

Westshore Glass reported net sales of $21 million in 2007 and $26 million 2006.


A Local Icon: Ile de France

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I normally don’t write stories about local news. But when I found out
that one of my favorite restaurants was closed I felt compelled to
write something about it. Ile de France was an exquisite French
restaurant that had been an icon in the Pasco county business
scene for over 23 years. 

I remember the last time I was there it was for my 29th birthday. I was treated to a delicious entrée of Chicken Au Con. The singing chef(owner) of the restaurant Gaetau sang several sets while his pianist played in the background.  

Ile de France provided a wonderful dining experience and by doing so it carved out a special niche for itself in our community. Unfortunately there are very few French restaurants in the greater Tampa Bay area that offer the quality and atmosphere that Ile de France was known for.


The restaurant will be greatly missed by many patrons myself included. The sign on the door illustrates the heartbreaking tale of another fixture in our local community which is now gone forever.