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MADEIRA BEACH - The city of Madeira Beach will play host to a college football beach celebration Wednesday, Dec. 24 on South Beach at John’s Pass.

City Manager Shane Crawford said the city will host the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Beach Bash, which will feature players and fans from the two participating college football teams in a variety of games and activities on the beach.

The game, which will be played Friday, Dec. 26, 8 p.m., at Tropicana Field, will be carried live by ESPN. As in past years, video clips from the Beach Bash will be included throughout the game or at halftime.
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MADEIRA BEACH - The city will host a presentation on the Bitcoin payment system Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive.

The presentation is free. Merchants and residents alike are invited.

“We’re happy to host this informational session and hope our business leaders and residents come out to explore the possibilities,” said Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford.
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MADEIRA BEACH - The planned undergrounding of utility lines on Gulf Boulevard got a major assist when the Madeira Beach City Commission authorized a $3.5 million bond issue to finance the project. The action came at the Nov. 12 City Commission meeting.

The bond funds will be used to get the project going, with the money being reimbursed later from county funds set aside for Gulf Boulevard beautification.

Whether all the lines on the boulevard will be buried or only those that cross the road will depend on the results of a test project scheduled to get underway early next year. That will include undergrounding a stretch from 150th to 155th avenues to determine if the lines running along Gulf Boulevard can be placed under the sidewalk.
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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri updated the North Redington Beach Town Commission Nov. 13 on the proposed new protocol for re-entry to the barrier island communities after a hurricane evacuation.

The new format involves a new hang tag system for vehicles that will be bar-coded and color-coded by city.

This is the first time all the beach communities will have had a uniform system of re-entry, making it easier for both the sheriff’s office and residents of those communities.
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INDIAN SHORES - Indian Shores Town Councilors approved a Sunday morning market Nov. 12 that will begin operation in December and continue through May.

The first market will be Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot at the Indian Shores Municipal Center.

Garrison Market Management submitted their proposal for the market as a “sister” market to its Madeira Beach market. According to Laura Garrison of Garrison Market Management, the company operates out of Sarasota and “has over 20 years of vending and event-specific managerial experience.”
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ST. PETE BEACH - Registration is underway for the St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is seeking participants for this year’s event on Friday, Dec. 5.

The lighted boat parade is a time-honored tradition, making its way past St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena residences through the waters of Boca Ciega Bay. There is no fee to enter and cash prizes are awarded to winners for best-decorated boats in several different categories.

Call the Community Center at 363-9245 or visit www.spbrec.com for more information, including the boater entry form.
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Wednesday, November 12
MADEIRA BEACH - Plans for spending $2.3 million in improvements to the city’s stormwater control system over the upcoming fiscal year were presented at the City Commission Oct. 28 workshop meeting.

The system upgrades will be financed in part by $1.6 million in grant money from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and will fund the upgrades through 2015. Additional grants also will likely be available to aid the project in future years as it progresses through the city, said Al Carrier of Deuel & Associates, the job’s contract engineer.

The work is being prioritized based on need, and includes repairing and replacing the stormwater system as well as roadway improvements.
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TREASURE ISLAND - One of the first casualties of a lawsuit against the city of Treasure Island regarding vehicles on the beach will be a charity car show.

The Sons of the American Legion, Post 158, initially requested use of the beach for its third annual Spring Salute Car and Truck Show on Saturday, March 7 but has since switched the venue to a smaller area - Treasure Island Community Park, next door to the Treasure Island Community Center, off 106th Avenue.

The event is expected to draw between 100 and 200 cars, which will be organized by Premium Car Shows and will include vendors.
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ST. PETE BEACH - City officials are considering shortening the duration of the reconstruction of Pass-A-Grille Way by combining phase one and phase two into one project.

Originally, plans called for phase one to include upgrades from Cabrillo Avenue south to 19th Avenue. Phase two, which would follow in the 2016 next budget year, would include renovations from 19th Avenue south to First Avenue.

“We sat down with the engineer, project manager and city Manager (Wayne Saunders) today to give him (Saunders) a broad overview of all the details involved with this project,” said Public Services Director Steve Hallock Nov. 5. “He (Saunders) came up with an incredible idea. One of the things we’re looking at to shorten the length of the project is to go ahead and proceed with phase one and phase two at the same time.”
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TREASURE ISLAND - Volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Sanding Ovations, Master’s Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival, Nov. 20-23.

Volunteers are needed for shifts to assist with the beer truck, T-shirt sales, merchandise, photo ops and VIP tent. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt, free parking, and beverages.

Interested volunteers should email recreation@mytreasureisland.org or call 727-547-4575, ext. 237 to schedule a time.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Registration is underway for the St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade scheduled on Friday, Dec. 5.

The lighted boat parade is a time-honored tradition, making its way past St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena residences through the waters of Boca Ciega Bay. There is no fee to enter and huge cash prizes are awarded to winners for best-decorated boats in several different categories.

Call the Community Center at 363-9245 or visit www.spbrec.com for more information, including the boater entry form.
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Wednesday, November 5
TREASURE ISLAND - Circuit Court Judge Pamela Campbell ruled in favor of three motel operators last week on a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit involving vehicles on the beach.

Campbell issued an order supporting the motion by the operators of the Thunderbird Beach Resort, Page Terrace Motel and Windjammer Resort Motel who contend the city of Treasure Island is in violation of state law by allowing vehicles to be driven on the beach seaward of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection coastal construction line, behind the hotels, during special events.

The plaintiffs argued in the motion that the case did not need to go to trial because the factual issues were heavily one-sided in their favor. Campbell agreed.
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REDINGTON BEACH - Short-term rentals have long vexed both town officials and residents, and continued to be a topic of discussion at the Oct. 28 Town Commission meeting.

Resident John McKibbon III, came before commissioners because he is frustrated with the town for not imposing the necessary fines in order to discourage short-term rentals - prohibited by ordinance for anything less than a six-month period.

It also carries a fine of up to $500 per day.
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