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Treasure Island City Clerk Dawn Foss displays a plaque commemorating her 10 years of service to the city. Foss is retiring effective Aug. 3. Standing next to Foss are City Commissioner Tim Ramsberger, left, and Mayor Bob Minning.
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners and Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard are at odds on whether the city should contract with a land use attorney to get a legal opinion on its proposed planned development zoning district.

The city wants the opinion to ensure the “PD” concept will withstand a possible legal challenge in the future. The opinion is critical for the city to move forward with its proposed PD district, which would open the door for necessary redevelopment of older properties along Gulf Boulevard.

“Not doing this is a mistake,” said Silverboard. “What I want this person to do is to look over the course we took and make sure we have a sustainable set of land use regulations and a sustainable set of comp plan uses.”
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REDINGTON BEACH - The Redington Beach Planning Board presented a Gulf Boulevard beautification proposal at the July 21 Town Commission meeting.

The planning board is toward the end of funding from a grant it received in 2010.

“We’ve been discussing it for months now and we’d like to try to do something with it,” said Planning Board chairman Ed Fernandez.
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TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners voted unanimously July 21 to set the tentative tax rate for the 2015-16 budget year at 3.3368 mills.

The rate marks the third year Treasure Island leaders have not increased the millage rate. Final approval of the tax rate is expected at public hearings on Sept. 3 and Sept. 15.

The millage rate, which is used to determine ad valorem property taxes, is a major revenue source for the city’s general fund. The proposed general fund for 2015-16 is $10.75 million, which is a 3.57 percent increase over the current budget year.
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Wednesday, July 22
MADEIRA BEACH - The Florida Department of Transportation plans a $2.8 million maintenance project to the Tom Stuart Causeway Bridge, which will require occasional lane closures during evening hours over the next year.

The work is expected to begin this month and last through the fall of 2016.

According to an FDOT release, construction will include concrete restoration of support beams and the bridge foundation, repairs to the bridge decks and pedestrian railings.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Ordinances passed in 2012 to encourage redevelopment of deteriorating, derelict properties are beginning to have an impact.

Plans to replace aging apartments with upscale condos on three properties were approved at the July 14 City Commission meeting. All are on Gulf Boulevard. In each case, the existing structures are in a deteriorating condition, said city Planning Director Lynn Rosetti. The plans have been previously approved by the city planning board, she said.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Dog owners who have been walking their pets on a small bayside beach in Pass-A-Grille will have to find another place to do it.

City commissioners voted unanimously July 14 to amend a city ordinance banning dogs on sand beaches anywhere in the city limits.

The amendment updates an ordinance that previously addressed only beaches that fronted the Gulf of Mexico.
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Wednesday, July 15
TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard and Finance Director Amy Davis have put together a proposed $18.45 million budget for fiscal 2016 based on the city’s current millage rate of 3.3368.

The budget reflects no increase in sewer, stormwater utility, garbage and recycling rates.

The proposed budget is $7.47 million, or 29 percent, less than the current budget due to an $8.05 million drop in capital improvement costs.
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REDINGTON SHORES - The town’s Fourth of July fireworks display was a booming success again this year, thanks to donations from residents, local businesses and the adjacent town of North Redington Beach. The money given totaled $6,000, half of the $12,000 cost.

The money given by residents came from a donation box at Town Hall set up for that purpose.

The Independence Day celebration was “very successful,” Mayor Bert Adams said at the July 8 Town Commission meeting. Parking space was found for around 800 extra vehicles that were in town for the fireworks, Adams said.
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REDINGTON BEACH - Deeming rainwater runoff and drainage to be a “public nuisance,” Redington Beach Town Commissioners were unable to reach a consensus regarding a proposed ordinance designed to address the problem at its first reading at the July 7 meeting.

At issue was the wording included in the ordinance that some commission members thought excessive and overly restrictive while others favored language that leaves little doubt as to the intentions.

The town’s building official, Bob Welch, and the town attorney in keeping with the Florida Building Codes and other governmental agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency crafted the proposed ordinance, consisting of seven pages with drawings.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Driving a car in certain areas of the city should be a much smoother ride soon.

City commissioners moved forward July 7 on a resolution to award a $272,369 contract to Ajax Paving Industries of Florida to mill and repave 17 roadways. Final approval is expected July 21.

The streets targeted this year are:

- First Street East, from Gulf Boulevard to the cul-de-sac
- 98th Avenue from First Street East to Harrell Avenue
- 99th Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to Boca Ciega Bay
- 105th Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to Park Place
- 116th Avenue from the bridge to Third Street East
- Third Street East from Capri Boulevard to 126th Avenue
- 125th Avenue from Third Street East to the cul-de-sac
- 126th Avenue from Third Street East to Second Street East
- Fifth Street East from Capri Boulevard to the cul-de-sac
- Sixth Street East from Capri Boulevard to the cul-de-sac
- 120th Avenue west from Gulf Boulevard to the end of the road
- 120th Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to Lagoon Lane
- 121st Avenue west from Gulf Boulevard to the end of the road
- 121st Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to Lagoon Lane
- 122nd Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to Lagoon Lane
- 126th Avenue west from Gulf Boulevard to the end of the road
- 127th Avenue west from Gulf Boulevard to the end of the road.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island City commissioners passed a resolution July 7 that will allow a longtime beach vendor to drive a vehicle on the beach to remove rental equipment when threatening weather approaches.

City leaders voted unanimously to amend the city’s license agreement with Greg Taylor of Taylor Beach Service to allow one pickup truck to be driven on the beach in the event a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service.

Taylor’s license was amended in late 2014 to eliminate vehicle use on the beach, following a judge’s order in November that bans the use of motor vehicles on the public beach.
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