Treasure Island Police Chief Tim Casey, left, displays a proclamation presented to him Aug. 18 by Mayor Bob Minning, commemorating his 19 years with the Treasure Island Police Department. Casey is retiring Aug. 31.
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners reopened the door Aug. 18 to the possibility of hiring a land use attorney.
After deciding against moving forward on the issue two weeks earlier, commissioners decided to give it another shot. This time, the prospective attorneys will be asked to give the city a “hard quote” on what their fee would be to answer a series of legal questions related to the city’s proposed planned development zoning district.
A group of nine attorneys have expressed interest in the job. They include Edward de la Parte of Tampa, Charlie Siemon of Boca Raton, Susan Trevarthen of Fort Lauderdale, Robert Pritt of Naples, Mark Barnebey of St. Petersburg, Lonnie Groot of Lake Mary, Lois LaSeur of Santa Rosa, Robert Lincoln and Silvia Alderman of Tallahassee. Of that group, de la Parte and Lincoln said they would do the work for a maximum of $15,000. The other attorneys listed hourly rates. Alderman listed a $75,000 cap based on 215 hours of work.
TREASURE ISLAND - John Minniti of Treasure Island, a retired chef from New Jersey, was among 22 foodservice professionals nationwide to be honored with President’s Medallions at the American Culinary Federation convention in Orlando July 30-Aug. 3.
The medallions honor those who contribute significantly to the culinary profession.
Minniti has been granted the distinction of Certified Culinary Educator by ACF. He also serves as ambassador for the American Academy of Chefs, the ACF honor society. He formerly served as national vice chair and chair of the group.
TREASURE ISLAND - After months of criticism and calls for a mid-year evaluation, Maura Kiefer resigned as city attorney on Aug. 18.
Kiefer, who served in the position for 11 years, has been criticized for overuse of outside legal counsel. In addition, Commissioner Tim Ramsberger has called for a closer evaluation of her work.
Kiefer’s resignation marks the second time in 15 months she has resigned as city attorney from a municipal government. In May 2014, she stepped down from the same post at Indian Rocks Beach after a six-year run there.
INDIAN SHORES - The final site plan for Dolphin Key, a 30-unit condominium to be located at 19519 Gulf Blvd., was approved at the Aug. 11 Indian Shores Town Hall meeting.
The condominium will have five levels over parking and some parking between Gulf Boulevard and the building.
Representatives of the developer, CMLTG, LLC, had been present at all the preliminary town meetings relative to the Dolphin Key site plan, but missed the final site plan hearing due to the council’s recent change of regular meeting time to an hour earlier. Regular town hall meetings are at 5 p.m. rather than the previous 6 p.m.
MADEIRA BEACH - The past several years have set a record for the number and scope of civic improvement projects planned, underway or completed in the city of Madeira Beach.
The expense of these efforts has also been great, easily topping $20 million. A significant portion of the cost is being paid for with grant money, which lets the city do more and spend less of its own funds.
The City Commission approved spending for a number of grant-infused and other reimbursed projects at its Aug. 11 regular meeting. The projects ranged from road reconstruction and stormwater system improvements, to Gulf Boulevard beautification, boating infrastructure and dock improvements, to new playground equipment.
ST. PETE BEACH - If areas of the Pass-A-Grille business district are redeveloped, the site will not lose its historic characteristics.
St. Pete Beach City commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 11 to pass an ordinance on first reading that will help to ensure the continued ambiance of the district. Second and final reading is set Aug. 25.
The ordinance provides for a text amendment to the Community Redevelopment District - Eighth Avenue zoning district that allows new buildings along Eighth and Ninth avenues, and Gulf Way to encroach into and over the sidewalk - something that is consistent with the current historic look of the district.
REDINGTON SHORES - Maintenance of Redington Shores’ public properties, long the responsibility of public works employee Gary Windon, could be turned over to an outside lawn service. Windon is planning to retire soon, said Commissioner Tom Kapper.
The town commission unanimously approved the release of a Request for Proposal for bids “to provide services required for the town parks and medians landscape maintenance.” The action came at the Aug. 12 commission meeting.
Replacing Windon with a lawn/landscaping service company could save the town around $15,000 a year, Kapper estimated. Windon makes about $42,000 a year including benefits, the commissioner said.
TREASURE ISLAND - Beachgoers and patrons of Caddy’s on the Beach may not have to fight long lines much longer at the bar’s restrooms.
Treasure Island City commissioners are considering a resolution that would allow the new owners of Caddy’s, 9000 W. Gulf Blvd., to use a temporary restroom trailer while a new permanent restroom facility is being built.
The temporary restroom would be 20 feet long and 7 feet wide. It would contain 10 private restroom units and four washing sinks. It would be connected to public water and sewer systems, as well as power from Duke Energy.