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Exchange Club keynote speaker Caleb Francois, left, and military veteran Cassie McQuade present Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno, third from left, and City Manager Shane Crawford, right, a check for $2,000 from the Tampa Bay area Exchange Clubs during the 9/11 Memorial dedication ceremony Sept. 11 at Causeway Park in Madeira Beach.
REDINGTON BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri dropped by at Redington Beach Commission at the Sept. 2 meeting. His reason for doing so, he said, was to ensure that all is well and answer any questions.

“I just dropped by to say hello; you know you have a very safe town to live in, and the beaches are very important to us, and I want to let you know we value the town’s business,” Gualtieri said.

One of the topics the sheriff touched on was that of traffic control. He said with the start of the school year, enforcement will be ramped up and efforts to get compliance with the crosswalks and pedestrians.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The city of Treasure Island’s efforts to underground utilities along Gulf Boulevard moved forward Sept. 3 when city commissioners gave the initial approval to Hancock Bank for debt financing.

The final approval of the proposed resolution is expected on Sept. 16.

The deal, which was brokered by Larson Consultants LLC, will allow the city to immediately pay off vendors with a short-term capital improvement revenue note before being reimbursed in county funds earmarked for Gulf Boulevard beautification over the next four years.
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TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners approved on first reading Sept. 3 a proposed budget for fiscal 2015 but not without an objection from former Treasure Island Commissioner Ed Gayton regarding an increase in the fee for Water Pollution Control Fund.

Gayton contended that a recent settlement of a lawsuit with the city of St. Petersburg over sewer treatment fees would result in the city saving about $140,000 the final two months of the current budget year and about $458,000 in fiscal 2015.

Instead of passing this savings on to Treasure Island taxpayers, Gayton said the city would be increasing the sewer treatment fee by $117,000.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Seascape Enterprises has opened an upholstery shop at 206 150th Way in Madeira Beach.

Two of its owners, Charlie Wilkinson and Laurie George, are native Floridans. Laurie was born and raised in St Petersburg. Charlie was born in Jacksonville and raised locally.

Both have been in the upholstery and marine businesses for more than 20 years. Their other partners, Kara Grammen and Steve McDonald, have been beach residents for years.
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Wednesday, September 3
ST. PETE BEACH - The St. Pete Beach City Commission approved the contract for its new city attorney Aug. 27 at its regular meeting.

The commission had selected Andrew Dickman of Naples as its next city attorney Aug. 12. The Tampa native was chosen out of a field of nine applicants. Dickman plans to relocate to Pinellas County.

The commission voted unanimously to authorize Interim City Manager Elaine Edmunds to enter into the agreement with Dickman for city attorney services.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Burying all utility wires on Gulf Boulevard, once seen as an option too costly and complex for the city to undertake, may be feasible.

Steve Tart of CPWG, the undergrounding project’s architect, said at the Aug. 27 Madeira Beach City Commission workshop that putting all the overhead wires underground could be cost-effective in the city, depending on the results of a test project due to get underway early next year.

The city’s currently planned undergrounding project is more limited. Plans call for undergrounding only the east-west wires crossing the boulevard and adding more ornate light poles for the north-south lines running along the road. This coincides with the state’s resurfacing of Gulf Boulevard.
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MADEIRA BEACH - The city of Madeira Beach and the Exchange Clubs in St. Petersburg are sponsoring a pair of 9/11 projects in Madeira Beach this month.

The first event is A Toss To Remember Cornhole Tournament starting at noon Thursday, Sept. 6 at Archibald Park for enhancement of the 9/11 Memorial located on the Tom Stuart Causeway.

The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness of the memorial and the official dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m., which will be attended by local politicians, veterans groups, fire departments and students. The goal is to promote veterans awareness through these two events.
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Wednesday, August 27
TREASURE ISLAND - A 17-month odyssey for painting and repairing the city of Treasure Island’s causeway bridges came to a close Aug. 19 when city commissioners awarded an $838,999 contract to Sanford-based Wharton-Smith.

Work on the three bridges is expected to start within 45 days and will take about six months to complete.

“Are there going to be any type of lane closures?” asked Commissioner Carol Coward.
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REDINGTON BEACH - The Board of Commissioners agreed at the Aug. 19 meeting to appropriate $75,000 in capital outlay funds for potential improvements to be made to Town Park in Redington Beach.

Those upgrades, some of which were identified by the town’s Parks and Recreation Board, include enclosing the new 12,000-square-foot lot, adjacent to the park at Gulf Boulevard and 164th Avenue, with a 4-foot high fence, in addition to the purchase of a shelter; a shade sail to cover the playground equipment as well as six pieces of adult exercise equipment.

In recent weeks, the town has been soliciting bids for the various upgrades, according to Town Clerk, Missy Clarke. She said fencing quotes have come in between $3,500 to $4,800.
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TREASURE ISLAND - A proposed Countywide Plan that cuts 36 land use categories down to 11 could have a long-term negative impact, according to Paula Cohen, community improvement director for Treasure Island.

Speaking before city commissioners Aug. 19 during a discussion on the proposal, Cohen explained that because Treasure Island is defined as a Coastal High Hazard Area on the proposed Countywide Plan Map, lower residential densities would be required under the county land use plan.

For example, the city’s current Residential Urban land use designation allows 7.5 dwelling units per acre. The city’s Residential Medium, Resort Facilities Medium and Resort Facilities High designations allow 15 dwelling units per acre. Under the county’s new “Neighborhood” designation, it would drop to 5 units per acre.
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TREASURE ISLAND - When the phone calls started coming in from places like California and New Hampshire, Diane and Monty Null, owners of the Super Scoop ice cream shop in Treasure Island, were caught off guard.

Much to their amazement, their shop, located at 11025 Gulf Blvd., had been selected as the No. 3 ice cream shop in the country, according to a poll of customers on the travel website TripAdvisor.
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