REDINGTON BEACH - A 66-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a car about 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, “it does not appear” that Darrel Johnson of North Redington Beach was using a crosswalk when he attempted to cross the road west to east at 16333 Gulf Blvd.
A 1997 Honda Accord driven by Frederick Costantini, 50, of Largo, hit Johnson. Costantini was traveling southbound on Gulf Boulevard in the median lane. Costantini had no signs of impairment and criminal charges are not expected.
ST. PETE BEACH - Three voting precincts in St. Pete Beach will be testing sites March 11 for a new electronic poll book that the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is implementing.
Julie Marcus, deputy supervisor of elections, told city commissioners Feb. 25 one of the primary purposes of the new electronic voter identification system is to cut down on the number of phone calls poll workers have to make to the elections supervisor’s office on Election Day to confirm whether a person who previously received a ballot by mail has voted.
“Sometimes people receive mail ballots and choose to vote at the polls on Election Day,” Marcus said. “What’s happened in the past is that voters didn’t bring those (mail) ballots with them. By law we’re required to call the office to make sure voters have not voted previously in the election and then block the (mail) ballot so they can’t later go drop (the mail ballot) in a mail ballot box and vote twice.”
TREASURE ISLAND - After months of planning for its annual carnival on the beach, the Rotary Club of the Gulf Beaches will be moving its fundraiser back to Treasure Island Park March 13-16.
The decision came about last week after three hotel operators involved in a lawsuit against the city re-filed a petition with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection objecting to a DEP permit that would allow the event to take place on the beach.
MADEIRA BEACH - Candidates for mayor and city commissioner District 2 got the opportunity to express their views on a variety of topics at a forum discussion held Feb. 26 at Madeira Beach City Hall.
In the mayor’s race, Dr. Victor Cucaro, an oriental medicine practitioner, is challenging Mayor Travis Palladeno, who is seeking a second term. District 2 Commissioner Nancy Hodges is facing William “Billy” Wright, senior vice commander of the local VFW post. The mayoral term is three years, while the commissioners serve two-year terms and are elected by a citywide vote.
INDIAN SHORES - Three candidates have qualified to run in the March 11 municipal election for two Indian Shores councilor positions that will open in March when Councilors Carole Irelan and Steve Sutch retire.
The three candidates who qualified are Diantha Schear, Michael Petruccelli and Pat Soranno.
ST. PETE BEACH - Four candidates are seeking two seats on the St. Pete Beach City Commission in the March 11 election. Challenger Terri Finnerty faces incumbent Lorraine Huhn for the District 1 seat. Newcomers James Anderson and Gregory Premer are seeking the District 3 seat.
The Beach Beacon takes a look at the candidates with a series of questions designed to help voters make a better decision on Election Day.
• James Anderson
Marital Status: Married Age: 50. Education: Accounting degree, University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Number of years in St. Pete Beach: 8 years. Activities/employment: Career firefighter, Arlington County, Va.; served on Retirement Board, Arlington, Va.; former Lions Club president, former president of Pimmit Hills Citizens Association.