INDIAN SHORES - Plans to close the Park Boulevard Bridge for needed repairs have been moved back a minimum of two months.
The estimated $800,000 job was originally scheduled to begin June 1 and last about 30 days. The latest target date to begin is Aug. 1, at the earliest, according to Pinellas County engineer Thomas Menke, who is the project manager.
Menke said last week the project has yet to be advertised and a contractor selected.
INDIAN SHORES - After nearly two weeks in Largo Medical Center with a lung infection, Indian Shores Mayor Jim Lawrence is now home recuperating, according to Town Clerk Elaine Jackson.
In Lawrence’s absence, Vice Mayor Joan Herndon was at the helm for the April 8 Town Council meeting.
From communication with Lawrence’s wife Alice, former town councilor Carole Irelan relayed that Lawrence is sleeping most of the time but doing well. During public well-wishing to the mayor from both residents and council members, Councilor Pat Soranno remarked, “We (the town) need the captain (mayor) on the flight deck (back in action).”
MADEIRA BEACH - The city of Madeira Beach’s building department has apparently become the major moneymaker that had been predicted when it was created, just a year and a half ago.
The department’s revenue producing status was evident at the April 8 City Commission meeting, when a resolution was passed increasing the budgeted building permit revenue for the current fiscal year by $260,000. Another resolution took out $15,000 in expenses to run the building department.
REDINGTON SHORES - Police service costs have remained nearly steady in Redington Shores over the past several years. A modest 4.5 percent increase in the current budget year was the first in four years for the town, where neighboring Indian Shores provides police services.
Police Chief Terry Hughes of Indian Shores told Town Commission members at their April 9 meeting he had good news for them this time. Policing costs would remain the same for fiscal year 2015.
Hughes presented a budget prepared in February by former Police Chief E.D. Williams that showed decreases in personnel costs related to Williams’ retirement, offset by increases in administrative costs and operating expenses.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Two students from the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, Tanner Guy and Scott Valentine, attended the April 10 Town Commission meeting as part of their work toward a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration.
Guy and Valentine made presentations to commissioners regarding a selected ordinance up for approval. The presentations were a prerequisite for preparing essays to submit to their policy and leadership class.
Guy said that the assignment was to give the students the actual experience of “interacting with government officials so we (students) have an idea of what it’s like (to do so).”
GULFPORT - The board of the nonprofit 501c6 Gulfport Merchants Association has announced the composition of its board of directors for the 2014-15 term.
Lori Rosso will serve as president of the board, following several years of leadership by the previous board president Mike McCue, manager of Domain Home Accessories & Gallery. Rosso also previously served for several years as president of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and remains on the board of the chamber as its vice president. She is the owner and innkeeper of Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn and is active in a number of local and national tourism organizations.
McCue will stay on as a member of the GMA board. Other board officers for the coming term are Owen Pach of Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, vice president; Biff Lagan of Gulfport Beach Bazaar, treasurer; and Marsha Warner of Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, secretary. Other board members will be Daniel Hodge, freelance writer and promotions; Suzanne King, SIK Promotions; Michael Knettel, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery; Scott Linde, Mangia Gourmet; Larry Musfelt, Beach Haus; and Richard Radovic, Gecko Ball coordinator.
GULFPORT - The board of the Gulfport Merchants Association recently selected Susan Blankenship and Chris Spencer as co-managers of the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market.
The market, sponsored by GMA, is in its eighth year. The appointment of the new co-managers follows the resignation of the previous manager, Laura Garrison.
Blankenship is experienced in events management in Gulfport. She has been a member of the SIK Promotions team for over a year and has worked on other Gulfport events, including Art Walk, Gecko Fest, Spring Fest, Get Rescued as well as other large events elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area. Spencer has most recently been a volunteer at SIK Promotions, and has gained volunteer experience in Gulfport events for the last few months. He has extensive prior experience in event organizing and management where he previously lived in South Haven, Mich.
ST. PETE BEACH - It started last summer when St. Pete Beach Recreation Director Jennifer McMahon saw the impact a robotics program at the Science Center of Pinellas had on her 10-year-old son.
She thought the concept would be great for St. Pete Beach. So McMahon, hobbyist Alan Oates, City Commissioner Jim Parent and his wife Leslie came together late last summer to kick off a youth robotics program at the Recreation Center that later evolved into a competitive robotics team called the Lego Terrestrials.
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners moved forward April 1 on a pair of resolutions targeted at upgrades to the north end of Treasure Island.
The two resolutions would allocate $284,395 for proposals by Michael Baker Jr. Inc. for the design and engineering of new lighting for Gulf Boulevard and improvements to the stormwater system along Gulf Boulevard and Lagoon Lane.
However, the allocation is contingent upon the city being approved by the Barrier Islands Governmental Council to use Pinellas County Penny for Pinellas funds targeted for Gulf Boulevard upgrades. The city wants to use its $3.7 million share of the funds to underground utilities along Gulf Boulevard.
REDINGTON BEACH - Tying up loose ends and voting on several ongoing matters was the order of the day at the April 1 Redington Beach Commission meeting.
With the Florida summer just weeks away, attention has been turned to Town Hall’s aging air conditioning system.
After receiving several bids that were, according to Mayor Nick Simons, “all over the place” in terms of cost and the scope of work proposed, commissioners agreed to award the contract to Bridges Mechanical Services for $16,900.