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A flotilla of kayaks paddles near the new Pinellas Bayway Bridge Oct. 17 during grand opening festivities by the Florida Department of Transportation.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Pinellas County Utilities will do an emergency repair on a 12-inch potable water main in Treasure Island beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

Customers within the vicinity of 125th Avenue to 123rd Avenue on Gulf Boulevard could be without water until 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

A storm drain has shifted, putting pressure on the water main, which resulted in a leak. A traffic maintenance control plan is in place for this area during the repair and during roadway restoration following the repair. There are no boil water notices at this time.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Leaders in St. Pete Beach are considering their options following a court decision last week that struck down a 2011 ordinance that amended the city’s comprehensive plan.

During a public meeting at City Hall on Oct. 21, city commissioners listened to a number of different ideas and will continue their discussion on the matter Friday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m.

Last week, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland overturned a previous lower court decision that upheld a 2011 city ordinance that amended the comprehensive plan.
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MADEIRA BEACH - A multi-year plan to rebuild Madeira Beach’s aging stormwater system and refurbish the roads has gotten a major assist.

Announcement of a $1.3 million matching grant, or cooperative funding agreement, from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to be used for the stormwater drainage and roadway improvement project was made at the Oct. 14 City Commission meeting.

The money will go toward funding $2.3 million in planned improvements on or near Boca Ciega Drive.
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INDIAN SHORES - Quasi-judicial proceedings to review two site plans were approved at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Indian Shores Town Council. The same site plans had been approved just a few hours before at the town’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting.

The first request for site plan review came from Matta Architect/Builder regarding the plans for a two-story over parking, single-family home to be constructed at 20256 Gulf Blvd.
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Sunday, October 19
ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are working to identify the body of a male found in the Intracoastal Waterway at St. Pete Beach Sunday morning.

According to the sheriff’s report, the call came in about 8:41 a.m. after the body was spotted in the waterway by a resident fishing on the dock behind 7921 Boca Ciega Drive in St. Pete Beach.

At the time of the report, detectives said no foul play is involved.
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Saturday, October 18
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.
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Wednesday, October 15
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Municipal elections to elect the mayor and commissioners for Seats 1 and 2 of North Redington Beach will be held on March 10.

The ordinance establishing the date of the annual election and the periods for qualifying was passed at the Oct. 9 town hall meeting during new business.

Currently, Mayor Bill Queen, Commissioner Richard Bennett (Seat 1), and Commissioner Gary Curtis (Seat 2) hold the positions up for election.
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