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Photo courtesy of R.O.C. PARK INC.
This aerial photograph taken recently from a drone shows the Madeira Beach City Centre site. Clockwise from lower right is the library (not part of the project), fire station, old city hall site, new city hall, commission hall (oval) and all-purpose building, R.O.C. Park, the recreation center and softball fields.
ST. PETE BEACH - City leaders went back to the drawing board May 12 following a public outcry over a proposed amendment to city code affecting the consumption of alcohol on St. Pete Beach.

The proposal initially passed on first reading April 28 and needed a second vote to become law. But before that could take place, members of the City Commission were bombarded with emails expressing disfavor.

The proposal would have amended the city’s code relating to public consumption or possession of alcohol on the beach. It would have required both temporary lodging businesses and homeowners to obtain a conditional use permit to serve or consume alcohol on the beach, public or private.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Sales of public land for development and other uses could in the future be decided by the Madeira Beach City Commission rather than the public.

Ordinances passed on first reading by commissioners May 12 remove a requirement that the sale of land owned by the city be determined in a referendum vote. That decision would be given to the commission. A super-majority (four-fifths of members) vote would be needed to approve a sale.

The approvals can range from vacations of alleyways in John’s Pass to the sale of parkland or the library.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Three substantive ordinances relative to North Redington Beach’s Planning and Zoning Board passed on their first readings at the May 14 town hall meeting.

The ordinances, in sequence, formally identify the PZB as the town’s local agency, set up the board’s administrative review of the appeals process, and amend the board’s procedure for appeals.

According to Town Attorney Jay Daigneault, the ordinance specifically identifying the PZB as the town’s local agency was a housekeeping issue that he “just wanted to clarify in the code.” Daigneault said the town was already in compliance with state law, but the ordinance was simply a clerical amplification.
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REDINGTON SHORES - Visitors are noticing and complimenting the look of the new grass cover at Redington Shores Town Hall.

The grass is exceptionally green, lush and vibrant.

It will be virtually maintenance-free and retain its richness regardless of rainfall.
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INDIAN SHORES - It’s that time of year for spring cleaning and sprucing up, and the Indian Shores Town Council did just that by approving some upgrades at the May 12 Town Hall meeting.

LED light fixtures for the municipal center’s sally port, tongue and groove ceiling for the park pavilion, replacement of carpeting for the police department and a 5-year contract for a new website were all given the green light.

The purchase of LED light fixtures with motion sensor controls for the Indian Shores Municipal Center sally port was approved at a cost of $6,292. The purchase has a return on investment of 4.2 years.
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ST. PETE BEACH - The Thrift Shop at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will conclude its 56th year of service to the community on Saturday, May 31.

Prices on all inventory will be reduced 50 percent. In addition to men’s and women’s sections, a large inventory of kitchen ware, small appliances, jewelry, drapes, bedspreads, housewares, wall pictures, books and games are available.

All proceeds support local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, AmiKids Pinellas and church missions.
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ST. PETERSBURG - A team from TradeWinds Island Resorts were among those on hand May 15 for the dedication of a new Habitat For Humanity home they helped build.

TradeWinds employees contributed 350 volunteer hours toward the construction of the home at 531 51st Ave. N. in St. Petersburg that Salondia Joyce and her teenage daughter moved into a few hours later.

The property was donated by Bank of America to Habitat For Humanity of Pinellas County and construction funding was provided TradeWinds Island Resorts.

“I am extremely proud of the more than 40 TradeWinds employees and their families who volunteered over 300 hours to this worthy cause,” said TradeWinds CEO Tim Bogott. “And we look forward to the day when one of our employees qualifies for home ownership through the Habitat program, so that our employees can volunteer to help build a home for a member of the TradeWinds family.”
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Wednesday, May 13
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REDINGTON BEACH - Illegal short-term rentals and one in particular have given the town of Redington Beach a run for its money.

Now, after two years of litigation and nearly $50,000 in lawyer’s fees, it appears an out-of-court settlement between the town and a homeowner is in the making - the terms of which cannot be disclosed until the deal is finalized.

The Town Commission voted 4-1 on May 5 to authorize Mayor Nick Simons to execute the agreement. It will then go to the property owners for their signature.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst was named Tourism Person of the Year by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce during the group’s annual Tourism Luncheon May 7 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach.

Aungst was introduced by Pinellas County restaurateur Frank Chivas, a partner in the annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championships in Clearwater Beach.

“This is a pleasant surprise and really a great honor,” Aungst said. “Frank and I support tourism and tourism events throughout Pinellas County from Tarpon Springs down to the beaches, and we’ll continue to do that. We believe in regionalism. We believe if an event is successful, no matter where it is in the county, it helps the entire destination.”
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TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners moved forward May 5 on a revised version of a proposed Planned Development Zoning District ordinance that ultimately would open the door for redevelopment along the beach in Treasure Island.

The proposed ordinance would create two specific areas where height and density levels would be increased to make redevelopment projects more financially feasible for developers. However, before it becomes law, it would have to pass the test of two public hearings and the approval of voters.

Earlier in the process, the proposed district was called a “floating zone” by one resident, which caused commissioners to send the proposal back to city staff to be tweaked with more definition.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The restrooms at Gulf Front Park in Treasure Island will soon be getting a new roof.

Treasure Island City commissioners voted unanimously May 5 to award a bid for $44,488 to Manson Roofing Inc. of Bradenton to replace the restroom roof, as well as the roof on the Public Works maintenance warehouse and the maintenance garage.

A total of five companies bid for the job and Manson Roofing was low bidder by more than $1,700.
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