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Jack Latvala saves Showtime Speedway from wrecking ball for Gateway Expressway project

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After more than 50 years in Pinellas County, Clearwater’s Showtime Speedway and Dragstrip was spared the wrecking ball this week, thanks to State Sen. Jack Latvala. The Clearwater Republican announced Friday he has secured assurances from the Florida Department of Transportation that the speedway and dragstrip will not be closed. At one point, the FDOT – which owns the land off Ulmerton Boulevard – plan to close the quarter-mile track and dragstrip to make room for the $705 million Gateway…

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Multi-million dollar Gateway Express project gets the go ahead

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Pinellas County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to sign an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for a project designed to improve transportation in the Gateway area. “It’s going to greatly improve transportation in mid-county,” Commissioner Karen Seel said. “Hooray.” Commissioner Dave Eggers agreed, saying, “This is truly an exciting day.” Seel “enthusiastically” made the motion to accept the deal. The Gateway Expressway has been under development for 15 to 20 years, officials said. Construction is expected to cost about…

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