MADEIRA BEACH - The pending purchase of a new ladder fire truck for the Madeira Beach Fire Department will significantly increase the safety of residents by aiding in fire suppression and rescues, city commission members were told at their Jan. 26 meeting.
The new fire engine, which will cost around $700,000, is well worth the purchase price, said Madeira Fire Lt. David Childers.
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Retail Federation says that the average consumer will spend almost $150 per person this year for Valentine’s Day on flowers, jewelry, candy, apparel, nights out and more, an increase over 2015.
Total spending nationally for this consumer holiday is expected to reach close to $20 billion, a survey high.
SEMINOLE - A 23-year-old Tae Kwon Do instructor was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation Friday, Feb. 5, according to a media release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Andrew Jim Kim of St. Petersburg was being held without bond in the Pinellas County Jail as of Saturday afternoon.
Detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit said the incidents occurred between 2014 and 2015 at Oh’s Tae Kwon Do, 7520 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole. At the time, the two female victims were 6 and 7 years old.
CLEARWATER - Despite a clear policy to preserve industrial land in Pinellas County, Commissioners unanimously approved a land use change from Industrial Limited to Residential Low Medium Jan. 26 and a rezoning request for a land use change from C-3, Commercial, Wholesale, Warehousing and Industrial, to R-4-CO, Two & Three Family Residential-Conditional Overlay.
The conditional overlay limits the use of the 1.1-acre parcel at the southwest corner of the intersection of 135th Place North and Palm Way in unincorporated Largo to that of a single family home and related accessory uses, such as a shed.
For years, the city has put its full force behind fostering growth and redevelopment in major activity centers. Those efforts have led to the creation of several residential and commercial projects. By using community relationships, salesmanship and economic incentives, city leaders have no intent of relinquishing that momentum. Here’s a look at some of the projects on the horizon or in the works that are creating optimism.
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Brewery may be inconvenienced temporarily by a lack of parking, but the founder of the business supports plans for a mixed-used development that is proposed for property across the street from his popular destination.
Dunedin developer and resident Joe Kokolakis plans to build 65 apartments, 11,700 square feet of retail space and a 195-space parking garage at 940 and 966 Douglas Avenue.
Michael Bryant, whose patrons often use many parking spaces on the city-leased lot on Kokolakis’ property, told city commissioners Feb. 4 that the parking garage is needed to accommodate growth and that Kokolakis has a proven track record as a developer.