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6B I Monday, October 5, 2009 St. Petersburg Times From tlie front paga tampabay.com for the latest newsJ )) CLOSURE continued from IB DO YOU THIS UAII CII HOST Web site offers loved ones chance for closure Largo could change that. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System is a revolutionary new Web site based in Largo that knits together disparate databases of tified. Matching the missing and the dead can provide the closure family members like Benedetto are looking for. But it's often a game of chance.

A new high-tech tool based in in a bizarre kind of way, this is worse." Scores of people vanish each year. And thousands of human remains are catalogued by medical examiners, many never iden Watt WW The Leader in Aluminum Storage Buildings since 1953 imager EJffilJ; "Miwm i 1 NOTICE LEGAL This mug shot made of a man found dead in Clearwater was put on NamUs. man taken after he was found, Miami forensic artist Saman-tha Steinberg produced an image that easily passes for a mug shot of a living man. His eyes appear to be open, starj ing directly at the camera. The mug shot is now posted on Namus.gov with the hope someone will recognize him.

"Even if they don't know his whole name, maybe they met him," Pellan said. "Maybe they know he was in a certain area, that his name was Anything." school working as a nanny when her father couldn't afford it She eventually attended Wayne State University to become a nurse, but dropped out and moved to, New Port Richey in 2006. I Nimbach eventually became entangled in an abusive relationship and got hooked on oxyco-j done. She attempted suicide. She returned to Florida in January for a court date, Benedetto said, and was staying at a domestic violence shelter when she dis-.

appeared. It took nearly six weeks for police to file a missing person's report, Benedetto said, because she was considered a transient Benedetto did what she could from Grand Junction, spending the first few months scouring Web pages dedicated to finding her sister on Craigslist, Twitter. Now with NamUs, Nimbach's life has been dissected into potentially identifiable details provided by the family and verified by caseworkers. "Head hair: Her hair as of 21709 was bleached to a light blond and very long. She straightens it but it's naturally wavycurly? "Tattoos: Lower back pink or red flower with a tribal design around it Wrist -LN" "Piercings: Tongue, Monroe, Navel and Nose." Perhaps those details can give Benedetto the closure she seeks.

"When she first came up missing, there was an overwhelming sense of helplessness, not knowing where to turn at all," she said. "This gives us hope." IT'1 missing persons and unidentified bodies across the natioa Namus.gov not only consolidates Information, but it effectively deputizes families in the hunt for the missing. It already has closed at least four cases that might have faded intooblivioa And it could provide answers for families like Benedetto's. The backlog of missing persons cases is enormous. It totaled about 100,000 in August, and only 15 percent were logged into the FBI's National Crime Information Center database.

Meanwhile, 40,000 bodies are unidentified nationwide, according to the National Institute of Justice. That number keeps growing, as about 4,400 new sets of unidentified remains are discovered each year and about 1,000 are still unidentified a year later. The NamUs system, developed at the University of Florida and the National Forensic Technology Training Center in Largo, ties those cases together for the first time. Kristina Rose, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, calls the Web site, which launched in January with a $1.6 million budget, "government at its best" "It grew out of a need to build a centralized system, and through NamUs we can provide some answers to families," Rose said. The database is still being built.

It includes 2,039 missing persons and 5,573 unidentified bodies. It grows daily with the help of law enforcement and families, all of whom can add information and analyze it So-called cyber sleuths also play a role. Five cases have been closed so far, and three were cracked by private citizens with no ties to law enforcement or a missing person. One helped police in Albu querque, N.M., in June identify the remains of Sonia Lente, who was missing for five years. Karen Edwards, a 57-year-old unemployed title clerk from Indi anapolis, made the match from her home computer by compar ing an artist's rendering to a photograph of Lente on NamUs.

"There was some satisfaction," Edwards said. "That's always At the Medical Examiner's Office, he's known as "Clearwater Unidentified from last year." He was found dead of a drug overdose, lying on his side on the concrete near a bank at 600 Cleveland St on March 8, 2008. He had no ID and no one reported him missing. He wore blue jeans, a blue sweater, tan shoes, dark socks, white underwear and a blue ball cap. He was someone's son, maybe someone's brother.

But he will remain "Clearwater Unidentified from last year" until someone identifies him. But how? William Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office, had an idea. Using a photograph of the your objective. But there wasn't the sense of elation I thought there would be. I'm glad I helped someone find closure, but then they become an actual person.

Before that they were kind of abstract" Families stand to make an even greater impact sometimes quickly. A woman in Connecticut alerted authorities after she saw similarities between a description of an unidentified dead man and her nephew. She was right: The man was later identified as Jody King, missing for two months. Donna A. Fontana, a forensic anthropologist with the New Jersey State Police, entered all 279 missing persons cases from her state into NamUs.

Early this month the number dropped to 278 when a woman scanning the Web site recognized the description and sketch of an unidentified dead man as her brother, who had been missing for a week. A DNA sample from a family member confirmed her suspicions. The identification likely would not have happened without NamUs, Fontana said, and certainly not that quickly. Benedetto hoped her sister's troubles were behind her after a series of abusive relationships and an addiction to pain pills. Growing up Michigan, Nim-bach's sisters fought over who loved her more.

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PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 952-Q AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE BAYBORO HARBOR COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN OF THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG, PURSUANTTO PART III OF CHAPTER 163 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES; ADDING NEW PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED BY TAX INCREMENT FINANCING; MODIFYING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS; UPDATING EXISTING CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS, WHERE NECESSARY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 953-0 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE ST. PETERSBURG CITY CODE RELATING TO RETIREMENT SYSTEMS BY (1) AMENDING SECTION 22-168 TO PROVIDE FOR MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS IN SECTION 22-175, (2) ADDING A NEW SECTION 22-175 ALLOWING ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN AS DEFINED IN SECTION 22-62 AND TO CLARIFY PROVISIONS FOR EMPLOYEES WITHDRAWING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 954-0 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 22, ST. PETERSBURG CITY CODE, RELATING TO DEFERRED COMPENSATION AND DEFINED CONTRIBUTIONS PLANS BY (1) AMENDING SECTION 22-61 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A PROTOTYPE PLAN AND TRUST AGREEMENT AND DELETING THE PROHIBITION OF DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE PLAN DUE TO A QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER, (2) AMENDING SECTION 22-62 TO ALLOW ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN UNLESS CONTRARY TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND TO DELETE THE PROHIBITION OF DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE PLAN DUE TO A QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 955-0 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING DIVISION 4 OF CHAPTER 22, ST.

PETERSBURG CITY CODE, RELATING TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL FIREFIGHTER'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM BY (1) AMENDING SECTION 22-191 TO PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUAL COST OF LIVING INCREASE (COLA) FOR PENSION ACCOUNTS ORIGINALLY ESTABLISH ED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 1 2008; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF SUCH ANNUAL COST OF LIVING INCREASE TO PENSION ACCOUNTS IF THE MEMBER FOR WHOM SUCH ACCOUNT WAS ESTABUSHED ATTAINED OR WOULD HAVE ATTAINED AGE 60 PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1 OF THE APPLICABLE YEAR; PROVIDING FOR THE SOLE FUNDING OF SUCH COST OF LIVING INCREASE FROM AVAILABLE STATE PREMIUM TAX FUNDING PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 175, FLORIDA STATUTES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 956-0 AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE SALE AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN A PORTION OF VINOY PARK FOR AN EVENT TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 27, 28 AND 29, 2009; PROVIDING EXEMPTIONS FROM CITY CODE SECTIONS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE CODE SECTIONS DEALING WITH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BEING SOLD AND CONSUMED IN CITY PARKS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 957-0 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ST.

PETERSBURG CITY CODE RELATING TO PUSHCARTS; PROVIDING FOR HOURS OF OPERATION; PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS; CLARIFYING EXISTING REQUIREMENTS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Data: October 15, 2009 Tim: 6:00 p.m. City Council Chamber City Hall 175 5th Street North St Petersburg, FL 33701 Notice Is hereby given that all interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard by City Council, with respect to the proposed ordinances) listed above. Copies of the proposed ordinances) are available in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, and may be inspected by the public. Any person who decides to appeal the decision made by the City Council with respect to these matters (this matter) will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose the person making the appeal will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings Is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, please contact the City Clerk's Office, (727) 893-7448, or call our TDD number, 892-5259, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and we will provide that accommodation for you. Eva Andujar, City Clerk, 1052009 11SJ75-0I LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING You are hereby notified that the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, has corrected violations of the vegetation maintenance standards of Chapter 16 on properties in the City of St. Petersburg and has determined the mount to be assessed against each of said properties to defray the cost thereof.

A list of said properties and of properties abutting street rights-of-way upon which violations were corrected arid the amount to be assessed against each of said properties is on file and open for Inspection In the office of the City Clerk of the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. You are further notified that the City Council of the City of St. Petersburg will hold a public hearing on Thursday. October 15.

2009 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as it may be held, In the Council Chamber at the City Hall In the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, for the purpose of hearing any and all objections that any affected party may wish to offer as to why said assessments should not be made final. Any property owner wishing to object to the amount of the assessment or needing additional Information on same should call the Sanitation Support Services Coordinator at (727) 893-7506 ten days (10 days) prior to the public hearing date mentioned above. Failure to contact the Sanitation Support Services Coordinator will make It much harder to address your concern because the necessary information will not be available at the Public Hearing. CITY OF ST.

PETERSBURG By: Tammy Jerome, Manager Billing and Collections Dept. 1052009 112739-0) LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION BY THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice Is given that the District's Final Agency Action Is approval of the Modification of permit by letter on 46 acres to serve roadway project known as SR 686, Ramp Northbound I-27S to Westbound SR 686. The project Is located In Pinellas County, Section(s) 11,12,13,14 Township 30 South, Range 16 East. The permit applicant Is Florida Department of Transportation whose address Is 11201 N. McKinley Dr.

Tampa, FL 33612. The permit number is 43018980.003. The filers) pertaining to the project referred to above is available for Inspection Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) 7601 Highway US 301 North Tampa, FL 33637. NOTICE OF RIQHTS Any person whose substantial Interests are effected by the Districts action regarding this permit may request an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code (FAC), of the Uniform Rules of Procedure.

A request for hearing must (1) explain how the substantial Interests of each person requesting the hearing will be affected by the District's action, or final action: (2) state all material facts disputed by each person requesting the hearing or state that there are no disputed facts; and (3) otherwise comply with Chapter 28-106, FAC. A request for hearing must be filed with and received by the Agency Clerk of the district at the District's Brooksville address, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 with 21 days of publication of this notice (or within 14 days for an Environmental Resource Permit application with Proprietary Authorization for the use of Sovereign Submerged lands). Failure to file a request for hearing within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may havs to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the district's final action may be different from the position taken by it In this notice of final agency action. Persons whose substantial Interests wlH be affected by any such final decision of the District on the application have the right to petition to become a party to proceeding, In accordance with the requirements set forth above.

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