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A familiar name walked away with first place Nov. 19 in the eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup sand sculpture competition at Treasure Island when Jobi Bouchard took top honors with his creation, “Biological Link.” Bouchard won out over nine other sculptors to win for the fourth time in eight years. He also won first place in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
ST. PETE BEACH - Effective June 1, a new ordinance will help to prevent the city’s wastewater lines from getting clogged from a buildup of grease and fats.

The ordinance, which passed unanimously on second and final reading Nov. 15, affects all food service and automotive related businesses in St. Pete Beach that discharge fats, oils and grease.

The “FOG” ordinance, as it is known, requires affected businesses to obtain a commercial wastewater discharge permit from the city, which calls for restaurants to update grease traps and automotive businesses to use oil/water separators that comply with the Florida Plumbing Code. The permits will be renewable on a two-year basis.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Bay’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded St. Petersburg-based Wannemacher Jensen Architects with the region’s highest design honor at its flagship annual event last month.

The H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence recognized WJA’s design of the Madeira Beach City Hall. Notably, a city hall had never won any design award in the Tampa Bay region. The 14-acre municipal complex also includes a fire station, recreation center, and large community park and event space.

“It's often difficult to do inspiring civic design,” said WJA principal Jason Jensen. “Politics can easily get in the way but Madeira leaders have a vision for a truly unique destination.”
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, together with co-sponsors The Club at Treasure Island, St. Pete Wealth Management Group of Raymond James- Marcia Person, Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco and Hadassah of St. Petersburg, recently joined hands for the second annual Mega Challah Bake.

More than 150 Jewish women took part in the age-old ritual. It was an evening celebrating Jewish femininity - where women mixed and kneaded dough by hand, separated and designated a small piece of the dough as sacred, and carefully braided their own challah loaves. It was also an evening for women to reflect on the power Judaism entrusts to them to shape not only bread, but the fabric and tone of their families, homes, and the entire nation, as centuries of female ancestors have done before them. Most significantly, it was an evening of bonding and unity.
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Tuesday, November 22
MADEIRA BEACH - Public parking rates in city-owned lots will apparently be raised once again.

The Madeira Beach City Commission discussed the issue at a workshop on Nov. 15. Parking revenues have grown to the point that they now rival ad valorem taxes as a source of income for the city, Finance Director Vince Tenaglia pointed out.

Commissioner Terry Lister proposed raising the rate from the current $2 an hour to “the $2.50 to $3 range.”
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TREASURE ISLAND - After nearly an hour of discussion, Treasure Island City Commissioners narrowly agreed Nov. 15 to move forward on a resolution that puts the wheels in motion for a possible return to tolls on the Treasure Island Causeway.

During a workshop presentation, commissioners voted 3-2 to move forward on a proposal to enter into a contract with Orlando-based Atkins Consulting to formulate a long-term financial plan for the Treasure Island Causeway. Mayor Bob Minning, along with Commissioners Phil Collins and Larry Lunn, voted to move forward with the study while Commissioners Ken Keys and Patrick Jeffares voted against it. The measure must still be passed during a future City Commission meeting to go into effect.

The study is the first of four phases to help city leaders make a decision on whether to return tolls to the causeway. If the measure receives commission approval, Atkins will take a look at financial needs of the causeway, complete a traffic analysis, provide funding alternatives to meet the causeway’s needs and deliver a long-term financial plan for the roadway and three bridges.
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REDINGTON BEACH - The assembly room at Redington Beach City Hall has been packed in recent weeks by residents upset with what they allege are commissioners’ reluctance to enforce the town’s much-violated ban on short-stay rentals.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, however, all the verbal fireworks emanated from the room’s dais.

Discord sprang up as Commissioner Mark Deighton argued the wording of engagement letters offered by two law firms to advise the commission on the validity of the ordinance did not go far enough.
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Thursday, November 17
INDIAN SHORES - One applicant was appointed to the Indian Shores Police Pension Board and two incumbents were reappointed to the town’s Board of Adjustments and Appeals at the Nov. 9 Town Council meeting.

Three qualified candidates applied to fill a vacancy on the Police Pension Board. The opening is a result of the resignation of William Priakos effective Jan. 1, for a term that expires in October. The board appointed applicant Daniel Bauer to fill the position.

Bauer served as a police officer in Hamburg, New York, for 26 years before working as a senior training instructor at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy for 12 years until 2012. Bauer has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Buffalo State College and an associate’s degree in police science from Erie County Technical Institute. A member of the New York Army National Guard in the 1970s, Bauer has an impressive list of achievements throughout his career in law enforcement, including numerous commendations and a bravery award.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - With the holidays fast approaching, North Redington Beach is preparing for its many festivities.

They include the annual holiday tree lighting, home decorating contest, holiday food drive, and holiday boat parade. Mayor Bill Queen made the announcements during miscellaneous business at the Nov. 10 Town Commission meeting.

The town’s holiday tree lighting will be in the gazebo at Radcliffe Park Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Queen said rumors have it that the jolly old elf himself may join in the festivities.
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Wednesday, November 9
TREASURE ISLAND - The future of redevelopment in Treasure Island remains in limbo following the defeat of a series of referendum questions Nov. 8 by voters.

Treasure Island residents were asked to vote yes or no to six questions that would have been the final step in establishing a Planned Development Zoning District.

Had the six questions been approved, the new district would have made it more attractive for developers to propose new, financially feasible site plans. The "PD" district would have comprised everything north of 127th Avenue and the west side of Gulf Boulevard from 104th Avenue north to 119th Avenue.
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Wednesday, November 2
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TREASURE ISLAND - It is said cats have nine lives and nothing else can match that. Perhaps an old fire truck in Treasure Island can come close.

The truck, an American LaFrance Cosmopolitan pumper, had its first life when it came off the assembly line in 1927. Its next life was in service in Pennsylvania for many years until it was retired.

But it wasn’t finished yet. It was given new life when George Dewar of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, bought it and moved it to his new home in Treasure Island. For a time it was stored in the garage of Dewar’s condo building until he moved it to the 19th hole of his business, Gulf Golf, a mini-putt attraction on Gulf Boulevard.
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TREASURE ISLAND - If all goes as hoped, a new program will make pedestrian safety along Gulf Boulevard a priority.

Members of the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club, in conjunction with Walkwise Tampa Bay and the Center For Urban Transportation at the University of South Florida, have launched an awareness and educational campaign aimed at making both motorists and pedestrians more cognizant of safety along the busy beach thoroughfare.

Over the next two weeks, members of the Rotary Club will begin visiting businesses along Gulf Boulevard to ask them to display a sign that states “Safety: A Shared Responsibility; Walk With Care, Drive Aware.” The focus will be from Madeira Beach south to St. Pete Beach.
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