Hundreds of local car buffs turned out April 19 for the third annual Classic Car Show and Taste of Tierra Verde in the Tierra Verde business district at 1101 Pinellas Bayway S. The event, sponsored by the Tierra Verde Business Partnership, attracted more than 100 classic car owners.
ST. PETE BEACH - In a surprise move, city commissioners voted 3-2 on April 22 to pass a preliminary motion to terminate the contract of St. Pete Beach City Manager Mike Bonfield, which was followed by the resignation of Commissioner Jim Parent.
Mayor Maria Lowe made the motion to remove Bonfield, which received a second from Commissioner Terri Finnerty.
Lowe, Finnerty and Melinda Pletcher voted in favor of the motion while Parent and Greg Premer voted against it.
TREASURE ISLAND - Reconstruction of a stairway leading to a beach area at the south end of Sunset Beach next to Blind Pass will soon get underway.
After a discussion on whether the responsibility lies with the city or residents of Mansions by the Sea, city leaders decided the best solution would be to rebuild the stairway at city expense on city property next to an existing city parking lot immediately north of the former stairway.
REDINGTON BEACH - Town Commissioner Dave Will told fellow commissioners April 15 he is still in the process of fielding potential prospects to handle Redington Beach’s code enforcement cases.
Will said he recently spoke with the Madeira Beach town officials who said they would be willing to share their code enforcement officer with Redington Beach in the event the town is unable to make a decision as to whom it wants to hire.
The most likely scenario, according to Will, would be to hire a code enforcement official on a part-time basis.
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners tabled a pair of resolutions April 15 relating to the undergrounding of utilities and new street lights on the north end of Gulf Boulevard.
Both resolutions were for appropriations to consultant Michael Baker Jr. for engineering and design work totaling $222,255.
Both proposals were delayed to May 6 at the request of Commissioner Alan Bildz until the city can get a cost estimate for undergrounding of electrical utilities from Duke Energy on the south end of Gulf Boulevard from 105th Avenue to Blind Pass Road.
TREASURE ISLAND - City leaders moved forward on a resolution April 15 to approve an expanded version of the annual Suncoast Kingfish Classic fishing tournament.
The 23rd edition of the event is planned Thursday, May 29 through Saturday, May 31 off Kingfish Drive next to Gator’s Café.
Tournament organizers Sid Rice and Ryan Farner said this year’s event will include 15 food and non-food vendors, along with 23 display boats, most of which will be in an 8,750-square foot area south of Kingfish Drive and Charlie’s Dock. There will also be live music on Thursday evening during the captain’s meeting and during weigh-ins on Saturday afternoon.
INDIAN SHORES - Plans to close the Park Boulevard Bridge for needed repairs have been moved back a minimum of two months.
The estimated $800,000 job was originally scheduled to begin June 1 and last about 30 days. The latest target date to begin is Aug. 1, at the earliest, according to Pinellas County engineer Thomas Menke, who is the project manager.
Menke said last week the project has yet to be advertised and a contractor selected.
INDIAN SHORES - After nearly two weeks in Largo Medical Center with a lung infection, Indian Shores Mayor Jim Lawrence is now home recuperating, according to Town Clerk Elaine Jackson.
In Lawrence’s absence, Vice Mayor Joan Herndon was at the helm for the April 8 Town Council meeting.
From communication with Lawrence’s wife Alice, former town councilor Carole Irelan relayed that Lawrence is sleeping most of the time but doing well. During public well-wishing to the mayor from both residents and council members, Councilor Pat Soranno remarked, “We (the town) need the captain (mayor) on the flight deck (back in action).”
MADEIRA BEACH - The city of Madeira Beach’s building department has apparently become the major moneymaker that had been predicted when it was created, just a year and a half ago.
The department’s revenue producing status was evident at the April 8 City Commission meeting, when a resolution was passed increasing the budgeted building permit revenue for the current fiscal year by $260,000. Another resolution took out $15,000 in expenses to run the building department.
REDINGTON SHORES - Police service costs have remained nearly steady in Redington Shores over the past several years. A modest 4.5 percent increase in the current budget year was the first in four years for the town, where neighboring Indian Shores provides police services.
Police Chief Terry Hughes of Indian Shores told Town Commission members at their April 9 meeting he had good news for them this time. Policing costs would remain the same for fiscal year 2015.
Hughes presented a budget prepared in February by former Police Chief E.D. Williams that showed decreases in personnel costs related to Williams’ retirement, offset by increases in administrative costs and operating expenses.