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REDINGTON SHORES - Phil Waldman, a Redington Shores resident, has been inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.

Waldman is a former president of Florida Globe Aero, a Lakeland company that ferries general aviation planes all over the world. As a ferry pilot, Waldman crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over 250 times in small planes, which is a near record. From 1975 to 1979, he ferried about 400 planes a year and had 27 pilots on his payroll.

“I never thought I was doing anything special,” Waldman is quoted as saying after learning he was chosen for the Hall of Fame.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Mayor Maria Lowe recently confirmed she will step down as mayor of St. Pete Beach at the end of the year.

Lowe, 39, will join her husband Gerald who was selected recently as the deputy director of cemetery operations for the American Battle Monuments Commission, which tends the graves of fallen soldiers worldwide.

ABMC is headquartered in Paris where Lowe and her family will relocate. She said her husband’s primary responsibility would be to maintain operations at the U.S. cemetery for military personnel near Normandy, France.
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Wednesday, May 25
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners tabled a resolution May 17 that would allow city staff to seek bids for fire and EMS services.

Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard wants to send out a request for proposals but commissioners voted unanimously to wait until the language of the RFP can be tweaked and Commissioner Ken Keys can be present for the vote. Keys was out of town May 17 due to a family emergency.
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REDINGTON BEACH - A Redington Beach commissioner says he will seek advice on whether to invest some of the town’s spending money in long-term bonds.

Mark Deighton, who serves as the town’s finance commissioner, said at the panel’s May 18 meeting the money could earn several times the interest from bonds than the town’s current reliance on certificates of deposit.

In a verbal report, Deighton put forth a confident vision of the town’s financial position. Deighton reported that in the first six months of the fiscal year, the town had collected about 71 percent of expected revenue and spent 48 percent of the projected budget.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - An ordinance regarding a change in the number of pets allowed per household and another ordinance that revised the definition of a “vicious dog” both passed on first reading at the May 12 North Redington Beach Town Hall meeting.

The previous ordinance regarding the number of pets allowed per household limited the number to “three dogs and/or cats in any one dwelling.”

The new ordinance increases the allowable number to “four dogs or cats or any combination thereof.”
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INDIAN SHORES - The Indian Shores Town Council reluctantly accepted a letter of resignation from Malcolm Green, the town’s building official, at the May 10 meeting. Green’s resignation will become effective June 29.

Green’s letter of resignation cites “medical conditions within (his) family” as the reason for his departure. Green has served as the town’s part-time building official since Oct. 1, 2014.

The town’s last full time building official, Larry Nayman, died during the summer of 2012. During the two-year interim between Nayman and Green, the town shared a building official with Redington Shores. When Indian Shores’ portion of the annual cost for the shared building official rose to $70,000, the town opted to hire Green at substantial savings to the town.
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Thursday, May 19
ST. PETE BEACH - City officials are gearing up for a large crowd Sunday, May 22, next to the Don CeSar Hotel where rapper Forgiato Blow plans a “float party.”

Blow, whose real name is Kurt Jantz, is using social media to promote the event.

According to city officials, The performer’s Blue Wave Float Party has already generated more than 100,000 views on Facebook and Twitter with hundreds of people planning to attend.
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Wednesday, May 18
MADEIRA BEACH - The Madeira Beach City Commission has taken actions that would allow two major developments planned for the city’s eastern gateway corridor to become a reality.

At their May 10 regular meeting, commissioners gave second approval to a rezoning ordinance and development agreement, signaling a go-ahead for development on the Holton property, long-vacant land on the west side of the causeway bridge. Another vote will be needed next month due to an amendment that was added to the development agreement, City Attorney Thomas Trask said.

Also at the meeting, commissioners took their first action on the Madeira Beach Town Center development on Madeira Way and 150th Avenue. They voted, on first reading, to approve an ordinance rezoning the property from Retail Commercial (C-3) to Planned Development District, and also approved a development agreement with Madeira Beach Development LLC, headed by William Karns.
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ST. PETE BEACH - St. Pete Beach City officials took another step toward filing a malpractice lawsuit against their former legal counsel May 10 by agreeing to a contingency fee arrangement with a Sarasota law firm.

Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into a deal with Dickinson and Gibbons, P.A. By doing so, the city agrees to pay the costs for managing partner James Rolfes to seek an expert opinion and advise the city on whether or not his firm would accept the case. Rolfes told commissioners the initial cost should not surpass $10,000.

A decision is expected within a few weeks. If Rolfes’ opinion is to move forward, commissioners will make a decision at that time whether or not to do so.
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TIERRA VERDE - The Tierra Verde Community Association is reviewing the possibility of applying for incorporation.

During the May 9 board of directors meeting, TVCA president Jerry Frulio explained the history of Tierra Verde’s consideration of applying for incorporation. When TVCA considered incorporation a few years ago, “[Florida State] Sen. Jeff Brandes was opposed to big government and said he wouldn’t support [Tierra Verde] becoming incorporated,” said Frulio. Even with approximately “80 percent of the residents in support of becoming incorporated [at the time],” the TVCA believed it would not be possible without the backing of Brandes.

Frulio said that at that time, Brandes told the TVCA to make a list of its dealings with the county and state where being unincorporated was a disadvantage.
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TREASURE ISLAND - It was Thursday, April 21. Police Officer Kathi Lovelace had just finished some business at the Animal Hospital of Treasure Island.

She had taken a stray dog, a young pit bull, to have it checked over in the hope that it might have a chip that would identify it and enable Lovelace to bring it back to its owner.

It was a fairly routine piece of business for Lovelace, who is an animal-lover and would never see someone’s pet run wild. She had to make every effort to see that the dog and its owner were reunited.
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