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From left, Madeira Beach Fire Chief Derryl O’Neal, City Manager Shane Crawford and Rob Alexander, general manager of the new Marriott Courtyard hotel in Madeira Beach, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 22 at Archibald Park. Dumping the water, from left, are Madeira Beach Recreation Director Doug Andrews, Cheryl Rodde, executive assistant to Crawford; and Mary Alexander.
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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INDIAN SHORES - The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce recently opened a new satellite office at 19305 Gulf Blvd.

The new office will service the needs of businesses in the north beaches. The new TBBCoC location will be staffed Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We believe this new location will give us the opportunity to better serve our businesses on the north beaches,” said Maureen Lucido in a press release. Lucido is TBBCoC board chairwoman. She also serves as director of human resources of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Plans were unveiled last week at city hall for a 3,000-foot memory park that will be added to the city’s new $10 million municipal complex.

ROC Park, which stands for Remember Our Children, is the concept of Bill Karns of Indian Shores. Plans call for a linear park along Boca Ciega Bay that will feature a waterfall, splash pad and a butterfly reflection garden connected by a brick paver walkway with plenty of benches along the way.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Mayor Bill Queen said Aug. 14 that Walgreens has a contract to purchase the Wine Cellar property at 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach.

According to Kai Sonnenshein, son of Wine Cellar owners Ted and Liesel Sonnenschein, Walgreens intends to build a two-story pharmacy like the one it recently built in Clearwater Beach.

No details on the deal were available.

A deal with a developer to construct a Publix grocery store on the site fell through a year ago due to the limited size of the 2-acre site.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Motorists who get hit with parking tickets in St. Pete Beach now have a way to get the slate wiped clean.

St. Pete Beach city commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 12 to approve a new parking ticket amnesty program for motorists who can produce a receipt showing they spent $30 or more at a local business or restaurant on the day of the infraction.

The new program, which is modeled after a similar program in the city of St. Petersburg, applies to metered parking and pay station violations. Only first-time violators are eligible.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Parking around the Hotel Zamora is going to get more difficult for nonresidents of the city.

After receiving complaints from neighborhood residents, city commissioners passed an ordinance on first reading Aug. 12 that amends the code relating to parking of vehicles, making the area available 24 hours a day for those with city “D” parking permits.

The streets affected are:
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MADEIRA BEACH - Residents packed city hall to cheer Commissioner Elaine Poe as she received the Home Rule Hero Award, the highest honor given by the Tallahassee-based Florida League of Cities.

Poe received the award for her work in combating illegal short-term rentals, a growing problem locally and statewide. Florida League of Cities representative Kathy Till presented the award to Poe at the Aug. 12 City Commission meeting.
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