Members of the Holiday Isles Elks Club in Madeira Beach deliver 64 Webster’s dictionaries to third-grade students at Orange Grove Elementary School on Oct. 7. In front, from left, are students Jaden White and Ella Flye. In back are Holiday Isles publicity director Jackie Homer and third-grade teacher Laura Kuenn.
ST. PETE BEACH - An Ohio man in town for a family wedding fell to his death early Saturday morning at a condominium in St. Pete Beach.
Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical personnel responded to Sand Seair Condominiums, 3805 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach, about 2 a.m. Oct. 18.
Deputies said that Cody D. Conley, 23, and his brother, Nicholas R. Conley, 17, both from Centerville, Ohio, went to the sixth floor landing of the condominium about 1:40 a.m. Cody removed his clothes, except for his boxer shorts, and tried to climb up to the roof, which deputies said is several feet from the landing.
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners passed a motion Oct. 7 to offer a settlement agreement to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit involving special events and parking on Treasure Island beach.
Three Treasure Island motel operators - David King, Arthur Czyszczon and Kevin McInerney - claimed in a 2013 lawsuit that the city is in violation of Florida Statute 161.58, which prohibits vehicular traffic on coastal beaches. Treasure Island has a local ordinance that allows vehicles and events on the beach but it was passed after October 1989 when the state law went into effect. The city denies all claims in the suit.
The Treasure Island settlement offer is to limit city-sponsored events with vehicle parking on the beach to four per year between May 1 and Dec. 31. These would include Bands on the Sand on Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July fireworks and the Sanding Ovations Master Sand Sculpting Competition in November.
TREASURE ISLAND - After a number of complaints by business owners, commissioners plan to discuss Treasure Island's growing homeless problem at a future workshop.
Commissioner Phil Collins made the suggestion Oct. 7 after Phyllis McMillan, general manager of Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina, 11125 Gulf Blvd.; Cherie Leal, owner of CJ’s on the Island, 115 107th Ave.; and Sandy Romano, a property manager of the Treasure Shores Beach Club, 10360 Gulf Blvd., all spoke about various encounters they have had with homeless people next to or on their property.
McMillan related how she came to her hotel recently at 6:30 a.m. and found a homeless person sleeping on the grass. McMillan said she contacted the Treasure Island Police Department and the person was trespassed.
REDINGTON BEACH - The Redington Beach Town Commission passed and adopted on first reading a series of revised code amendments Oct. 7.
Some of the revisions made to several ordinances consist of little more than a slight rewording of language to better reflect the changes within the personnel chain of command while an ordinance that outlines the rules governing nighttime lighting seeks to encourage what has been called, a “good neighbor” policy.
The board has also added a new ordinance aimed at providing guidelines for fireworks displays
REDINGTON SHORES - Funding for capital improvement projects over the next five years was approved by the Redington Shores Town Commission at its Oct. 8 regular meeting. Focus of the spending is on wastewater management and the parks.
New in the Capital Improvement Plan this year is a $50,000 outlay for the town’s parks over the upcoming fiscal year. The parks are the responsibility of Commissioner MaryBeth Henderson. Henderson said after the meeting she will be getting input from residents as to what improvements they would like to see in the parks.
“I want to get out there and find out what the people want,” she said. Henderson said the parks need handicap equipment. She also mentioned canopy “sails” that provide shade, a much-appreciated amenity in the Florida climate. The sails are expensive, she said.
TREASURE ISLAND - A Winter Haven was arrested and charged with home solicitation sale without a permit and scheme to defraud Oct. 10 by Treasure Island Police.
Treasure Island police officers responded to a residence on Paradise Island in Treasure Island when a resident called to report a possible fraud case involving a contractor. An investigation revealed 44-year-old Sean Kean Davis solicited business without a permit when he arranged to complete work on the victim’s seawall. The victim paid the defendant a sum of money, and the work was never completed.
The investigation has also revealed Davis may have been involved in similar criminal activity in St. Pete Beach after he defrauded the Treasure Island victim.
TREASURE ISLAND - Three Treasure Island runners participated Oct. 12 in the 14th annual Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon as members of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team.
Janet and John Peterson, along with their daughter Laura Peterson, were among more than 570 Dana-Farber team members in the event, which raises funds for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. Each runner solicits a minimum of $750 to support adult and pediatric patient care and research at Dana-Farber.
“My parents and I decided that we wanted to run a half-marathon together, so we decided on Boston,” said Laura Peterson, a student at Harvard University. “We ran the race as part of the Dana-Farber team last year, too. We decided to do it because it meant helping a great cause while also getting in shape ourselves and running the half-marathon as a family.
ST. PETE BEACH - City commissioners ended a three-month search for a new city manager Oct. 14 when they selected Wayne Saunders, a former city manger in Clermont.
After three ballots, the St. Pete Beach City Commission voted unanimously to have executive recruiter with Colin Baenziger and Associates offer the position to Saunders. Commissioners also voted unanimously to give City Attorney Andrew Dickman the authority to begin initial contract discussions.
Commissioners expressed hope that Saunders, who is not currently working, could be on the job as soon as possible.
ST. PETE BEACH - Faulty steering could be to blame for a crash of a 31-foot cabin cruiser on St. Pete Beach Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen Watkins, 54, of Treasure Island was driving the Searay when it struck the rock jetty as he entered Blind’s Pass. Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit responded to 7308 Sunset Way about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Deputies said Watkins reported that the steering stopped working, causing the vessel to crash into the rocks.
Watkins was transported to the Palms of Pasadena Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. There were no other passengers in the vessel and no other boats involved in the crash. Deputies said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.