Girl Scout Troop 612 plans a brunch Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Church by the Sea, 495 137th Circle, Madeira Beach. The menu includes pancakes, casseroles and more. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will go toward Hope Greeno and her fellow Scouts’ Silver Award Project, which consists of rehabilitating a therapy garden at The Vineyard Inn assisted living facility in Largo. For more information, email email@example.com.
TREASURE ISLAND - The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Treasure Island have agreed to not throw up any legal barriers to two events later this year on the beach.
While Bands on the Sand will not take place Memorial Day weekend on the beach in Treasure Island, three motel operators suing the city over the use of vehicles on the beach said through their attorney last week that they would not stand in the way of a Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the popular Sanding Ovations sand sculpture festival Nov. 18-22.
City officials said March 17 they planned to go ahead with Sanding Ovations and the fireworks display in spite of a November injunction by Circuit Court Judge Pamela Campbell prohibiting the use of vehicles on the beach.
REDINGTON SHORES - Voters in District 2 will elect their representative on the Town Commission in a special election Tuesday, April 21. Absentee voting is already underway.
The race matches incumbent Commissioner John Branch against challenger Christy Herig, a former commissioner. The postponement became necessary when candidate John Bickerstaff abruptly withdrew from the race Jan. 12. Branch, who had previously announced his retirement, re-entered the contest. As there was not enough time to reprint the ballots, the election had to be rescheduled.
REDINGTON SHORES - The internet is providing a new tool for the town to maintain “Constant Contact” with its residents.
Announcement of a new email system called Constant Contact was made by Commissioner MaryBeth Henderson at the April 8 Redington Shores Town Commission meeting. Henderson said the system is now “up and running.”
Henderson and Town Clerk Mary Palmer are operating the system.
MADEIRA BEACH - Congressman David Jolly took a walking tour of the John’s Pass waterfront April 8 to discuss the impact illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has had on the local fishing industry.
Jolly, R-Indian Shores, recently became one of 20 co-sponsors on a bi-partisan bill, HR 774, which was introduced in the National Resources Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that would implement the Port State Measures Agreement, also known as the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act. The U.S. Senate approved the bill unanimously last year.
REDINGTON SHORES - Most beach communities are happy places and why not? The people who live there are close to the water and the sandy beaches and the steady influx of people on vacations and in good moods.
Yet among them all is a neighborhood in Redington Shores that the residents consider the friendliest of all and they have the stories to prove it.
“I have been here for 18 years and it is quite unique,” said Casey Wojcik, longtime resident and former town commissioner. “Although we have a lot of residents, both full time and part time, they have a special bond.”
GULFPORT - The Gulfport Merchants Association recently announced its selection of recipients for 2015 Community Support Grants.
Four organizations were chosen to receive grants that will be funded by a portion of proceeds from the GMA’s trio of Gecko events in late summer. The events include the Gecko Pub Crawl, Saturday, Aug. 8; the Gecko Ball, Saturday, Aug. 29; and GeckoFest, Saturday, Sept. 5. Grant amounts will be determined after conclusion of the events.
The recipients chosen by the GMA board of directors are nonprofit organizations, which are either based in Gulfport, or include Gulfport in their service area.
TREASURE ISLAND - Maudie Gurak, a longtime volunteer and 44-year resident of the city of Treasure Island will turn 100 Friday, April 24.
The city is planning a parade and reception April 24 in honor of Maudie’s landmark birthday.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center, 10315 Paradise Blvd., and end at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue. A reception will follow at the Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m.
MADEIRA BEACH - City officials and staff gathered March 30 on the walkway outside the new city hall, part of the City Centre municipal complex.
They watched and several participated in the demolition of the city hall building that had served the city for almost 50 years. The structure had been in use since April 1965.
Behind the group was the symbol of a new Madeira Beach, the shining cornerstone of the new municipal center. Its gleaming façade, reflected in the bay waters which it fronts, stood in contrast to the rubble of what had once been a state-of-the-art facility for its own era.