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TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island City Commissioners moved forward June 21 on a request by Sunset Beach residents to craft an ordinance that will eliminate abandoned property left on the beach overnight.

The ordinance, which will be presented by City Attorney Jennifer Cowan at the July 19 City Commission meeting, is expected to mirror a Madeira Beach ordinance that prohibits beachgoers from leaving tents, tent frames, umbrellas, chairs and other related beach gear on the beach overnight. Items left one hour after sunset in Madeira Beach are confiscated by city officials or the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The problem area in Treasure Island is Sunset Beach, where short-term vacationers often set up tents and chairs, leaving them in place overnight for use the next day. Residents of the area are tired of the eyesore but more importantly, they point to environmental issues it causes by blocking sea turtles from laying eggs on the beach.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island attorney Ken Weiss filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court June 28 against the city of Treasure Island alleging the city issued a building permit for the new Treasure Island Beach Resort in violation of the city’s setback requirements.

The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment against the city.

The lawsuit states that in January 2015, the city issued a building permit for the hotel based on a site plan submitted by the hotel developers.
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Alice Radcliffe died suddenly at her home on June 17, 2016.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County Utilities crews have scheduled maintenance work on a 16-inch water pipe beginning the evening of Tuesday, July 5, through the morning of Wednesday, July 6.

To complete this work, crews will temporarily shut down water service for customers along Pass-A-Grille Way from 37th Avenue to 24th Avenue. Additional customer impacts, such as low water pressure, are possible in the Tierra Verde community area.

Crews scheduled maintenance work during overnight hours to limit the impact on Pinellas County Utilities customers.
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ST. PETE BEACH - The city of St. Pete Beach began its annual pavement marking and line striping June 28, which is scheduled to run through Friday, July 1. Work will be performed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting.

If needed, the city's contractor will resume the work Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 8.

This will be a mobile operation with a truck mounted spray unit painting the pavement lines in the following areas: Captiva Circle, Vina Del Mar, Gulf Way, Belle Vista, Gulf Blvd from 93rd to 75th Avenue and 76th Avenue.
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REDINGTON BEACH - Several bills passed by the Florida Legislature this session may impact cities across the state, says an attorney who provides legal services to a number of Pinellas County communities.

Jay Daigneault outlined nine of the bills he felt “may be of importance” in a June 9 memo to Redington Beach City Clerk Missy Clarke. Daigneault is contracted to provide legal services for the town.

The issues range from public corruption to alcoholic beverage permits, and building codes to medical uses of marijuana and competitive bidding.
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Wednesday, June 22
REDINGTON BEACH - A resident couple accused the Redington Beach Building Department of threatening them over a dispute with their neighbor and asked town commissioners to intervene.

“Our rights are not being enforced because of fear of this person,” Marcia McClure charged during the commission’s June 15 meeting.

McClure, of 511 161st Ave., said her neighbor, Mary Ann Standish, had landscaped her yard at 509 161st Ave. in such a manner that large amounts of water flowed onto McClure’s property.
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ST. PETE BEACH - The second reading of a proposed city ordinance that would raise city fees across the board turned into a heated discussion by St. Pete Beach City Commissioners over the price to charge for beach weddings.

After more than an hour of debate on the issue, commissioners voted unanimously June 14 to pass the ordinance, which bumps the permit cost for a nonresident beach wedding involving 20 or more people from $20 to $250 (an 1,150 percent increase). The permit for weddings involving less than 20 guests is now $75 (a 275 percent increase).

Recreation Director Jennifer McMahon said the average beach wedding involves 50 people or less.
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INDIAN SHORES - Bid specification packages for the construction of six new town signs were unanimously approved by the Indian Shores Town Council at the June 14 regular meeting.

Bob Brotherton, the town’s engineer, presented and explained the contents of the packages that will go out to contractors wanting to bid on the project.

The packages include demolition, landscaping, electrical and site development for six signs on Gulf Boulevard. These monuments with the new Indian Shores logo will be erected at the town’s south entry, gateway, Nature Park, north entry, and municipal center, as well as on a separate municipal center marquee.
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Thursday, June 16
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MADEIRA BEACH - The Madeira Beach City Commission at its June 14 meeting approved two major developments that have been a center of controversy in the city.

The approvals followed the tossing out of petitions signed by more than 1,000 residents whose intent was to force a referendum vote on the city’s planned development ordinance that allowed the developments.

Also, the evening’s events included the unexpected resignation of a longtime commission member and civic contributor who strongly supported the developments.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Robin Sollie, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, recently was appointed to serve on the Visitor Services Committee of Visit Florida. The term will go into effect July 1 and run through June 30, 2017.

The Visitor Services Committee is an advisory group comprised of Florida tourism industry representatives dedicated to guiding the marketing efforts of Visit Florida’s five official welcome centers and frontline operations.

Joining Sollie will be Malinda Horton, chair; and Therrin Protze, vice chair.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomes all to its monthly After Hours Networking Events, presented fourth Thursdays.

Each event features drinks, appetizers, door prizes and a raffle along with the opportunity to meet local business colleagues and neighbors. Chamber ambassadors will distribute business cards, flyers and information for those who cannot make the event.

The focus of the events this summer will be on networking collaboration. Following is a list of upcoming networking events:
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