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MADEIRA BEACH - The pending purchase of a new ladder fire truck for the Madeira Beach Fire Department will significantly increase the safety of residents by aiding in fire suppression and rescues, city commission members were told at their Jan. 26 meeting.

The new fire engine, which will cost around $700,000, is well worth the purchase price, said Madeira Fire Lt. David Childers.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Isle of Palms resident and past Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce Board member Larry Lunn was selected by the city commission Tuesday night, Feb. 2, to serve as District 2 commissioner, filling the seat left vacant by the resignation of Commissioner Tim Ramsberger in January.

Lunn was selected from a field of four candidates, including Mitchell Shenkman, chairman of the city’s Vision Steering Committee; Tim Butler, a former Planning and Zoning Board member; and Hugh Ruckdeschel, a former St. Petersburg city councilman in the 1970s.
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Wednesday, February 3
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - In a move to improve medical emergency and fire response times in the Redingtons, Pinellas County is planning to build a new fire station in North Redington Beach.

The facility would be located on county-owned property behind the former Wine Cellar restaurant building on Gulf Boulevard.
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ST. PETE BEACH - St. Pete Beach City commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 26 to allow dog owners to walk their pets on a leash at a popular dog beach in Pass-A-Grille.

The ordinance, which must still pass a second reading Feb. 9, establishes a legal dog beach on a small strip of sand south of the Merry Pier, between First and Third avenues. City staff, depending on the time of the year, will set the hours of operation. But city commissioners seemed to be interested in a schedule revolving around dawn to dusk, give or take two hours.
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ST. PETE BEACH - Over the next few weeks, residents of St. Pete Beach will make a decision as to who will fill a pair of City Commission seats that are up for grabs in the March 15 city election.

Incumbent Terri Finnerty will face former city commissioner Lorraine Huhn for the District 1 seat and former Mayor Ward Friszolowski will take on businesswoman Deborah Schechner for the District 3 seat.
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REDINGTON SHORES - Officials of the Redingtons have agreed to work together to come up with a plan to beautify their portion of Gulf Boulevard.

Mayor Bert Adams of Redington Shores said at the Jan. 27 Town Commission meeting that he has held a series of meetings on the topic with the mayors of Redington Beach and North Redington Beach.
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Sunday, January 31
ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County crews have rescheduled a water main replacement on Pass-A-Grille Way in St. Pete Beach to Monday, Feb. 1. 

About 4,000 water customers in the areas of Pass-A-Grille, Vina Del Mar and Tierra Verde may experience brief periods of low water pressure overnight Monday as crews install a new 16-inch water main. 
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Friday, January 29
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TREASURE ISLAND - Timothy Ramsberger, the District 2 Treasure Island City Commissioner Tim Ramsberger has resigned effective Thursday, Jan. 28.

“I am officially resigning my seat today on the Treasure Island City Commission in order to accept a position with Pinellas County,” said Ramsberger in an e-mail to his fellow commissioners and city staff. “I truly wish it possible to continue serving on the commission, but understand the necessity to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.”
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Wednesday, January 27
About 4,000 water customers in the areas of Pass-A-Grille, Vina Del Mar and Tierra Verde may experience brief periods of low water pressure overnight Thursday, Jan. 28, as crews install a new 16-inch water main.

Pinellas County crews plan to begin installing the new main along Pass-A-Grille Way at 9 p.m. Thursday and the work is expected to be finished by Friday morning. The new section of pipe is being installed on Pass-A-Grille Way between Cabrillo Street and 32nd Avenue.
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TREASURE ISLAND - A voluntary ban on the use of plastic straws on the beach in Treasure Island will continue for six months. However, if positive results are not evident at that point, city leaders will consider an ordinance adding plastic straws to the current litter law.

After a one-hour discussion Jan. 19 during a city workshop, commissioners decided to continue an education program with beach bars and other vendors who routinely use plastic straws and stirrers in adult beverages.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Over the next few weeks, Treasure Island residents will vote via mail-in ballots or at the polls on March 15 to elect a District 4 city commissioner.

District 4 consists of Sunset Beach, First Street East in the area of Blind Pass, 98th Avenue, 99th Avenue, 104th Avenue, 105th Avenue, 106th Avenue, Park Place, First Street East from 104th Avenue to the south side of 108th Avenue, the east side of Gulf Boulevard from 96th Avenue through the south side of 108th Avenue and the west side of Gulf Boulevard from 96th Avenue through 110th Avenue.
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REDINGTON BEACH - Town of Redington Beach Commissioners should begin thinking about how and where to spend $1.5 million in Gulf Boulevard beautification money, Mayor Nick Simons says.

The official made the appeal Jan. 19 during a presentation by an engineering firm involved in placing utility lines underground along the main thoroughfare for other beach communities.
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