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MADEIRA BEACH - A new 46,000-square-foot Publix Supermarket at Duhme Road and Tom Stuart Causeway is scheduled to open Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 a.m.

The first 500 customers will receive Publix recyclable bags.

Store amenities include a pharmacy and liquor store, as well as a deli and bakery.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The developers of a proposed boutique hotel in Treasure Island withdrew their request for four variances Oct. 21 following a heated City Commission hearing at City Hall.

Treasure Island LLC and Ocean Properties Ltd. and Affiliates applied for the variances to build the proposed Edgewater Beach Resort on the site of the former Buccaneer Motel at 108th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.

Developers were requesting variances on height from five stories to seven stories, an additional 7 feet on the roof for equipment enclosure, a rear setback allowance from 5 feet to the property line, and a pool wall west setback allowance from 10 feet to 5 feet.
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ST. PETE BEACH - City commissioners unanimously approved a contract Oct. 21 for new city manager Wayne Saunders.

Saunders, who served 27 years as city manager of the city of Clermont, has agreed to an initial 3-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $135,000 per year with annual performance evaluations. The agreement calls for annual 1-year contract extensions unless either party gives notice.
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ST. PETE BEACH - City commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 24 to authorize their special counsel to look into filing a motion for clarification or rehearing in an appeals court decision the city recently lost.

Susan Churuti and Mike Davis of the law firm Bryant Miller Olive have until Oct. 30 to decide the direction of the motion.

On Oct. 15, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland overturned a previous lower court decision that upheld a 2011 St. Pete Beach ordinance that amended the city’s comprehensive plan.
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MADEIRA BEACH - The Florida Institute of Oceanography will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Madeira Beach City Hall Auditorium, 300 Municipal Drive, to gather public feedback on a newly funded RESTORE Act program, the Florida Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program.

FIO was designated by Congress as a Center of Excellence in the ongoing research of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

FIO staff will describe proposed rules, policies and priorities for science and technology projects to be funded by program grants. Public comments and surveys will be used to revise the program strategy and meet U.S. Treasury Department mandates for public engagement.
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Saturday, October 25
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives need help to find the next of kin of a man found dead Oct. 19 in the Intracoastal Waterway at St. Pete Beach.

Detectives with the Robbery/Homicide Unit have identified the deceased as Steven Jerald Bowen, 46, of St. Petersburg.

Bowen’s body was spotted in the waterway behind 7921 Boca Ciega Drive in St. Pete Beach by a resident who was fishing on the dock. Detectives say the death appears accidental.
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Friday, October 24
TREASURE ISLAND - Pinellas County Utilities announced just before noon Friday that an emergency repair on a 12-inch potable water main in Treasure Island is complete.

Water has returned to normal operating conditions for customers that were affected on 125th Avenue to 121st Avenue on Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island.

A storm drain shifted, putting pressure on the water main which resulted in a leak. A traffic maintenance control plan is in place for this area during roadway restoration following the repair. No boil water notices have been issued.
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Wednesday, October 22
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TREASURE ISLAND - Pinellas County Utilities will do an emergency repair on a 12-inch potable water main in Treasure Island beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

Customers within the vicinity of 125th Avenue to 121st Avenue on Gulf Boulevard could be without water until 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

A storm drain has shifted, putting pressure on the water main, which resulted in a leak. A traffic maintenance control plan is in place for this area during the repair and during roadway restoration following the repair. There are no boil water notices at this time.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Leaders in St. Pete Beach are considering their options following a court decision last week that struck down a 2011 ordinance that amended the city’s comprehensive plan.

During a public meeting at City Hall on Oct. 21, city commissioners listened to a number of different ideas and will continue their discussion on the matter Friday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m.

Last week, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland overturned a previous lower court decision that upheld a 2011 city ordinance that amended the comprehensive plan.
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MADEIRA BEACH - A multi-year plan to rebuild Madeira Beach’s aging stormwater system and refurbish the roads has gotten a major assist.

Announcement of a $1.3 million matching grant, or cooperative funding agreement, from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to be used for the stormwater drainage and roadway improvement project was made at the Oct. 14 City Commission meeting.

The money will go toward funding $2.3 million in planned improvements on or near Boca Ciega Drive.
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INDIAN SHORES - Quasi-judicial proceedings to review two site plans were approved at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Indian Shores Town Council. The same site plans had been approved just a few hours before at the town’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting.

The first request for site plan review came from Matta Architect/Builder regarding the plans for a two-story over parking, single-family home to be constructed at 20256 Gulf Blvd.
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