ST. PETE BEACH - The characteristics and face of a redesigned Corey Avenue business district are quickly taking shape.
After endorsing a new roadway couplet concept to control traffic flow, city commissioners passed an ordinance Nov. 26 that defines the types of businesses that are allowable once the area is redeveloped.
The permitted uses within the Town Center core downtown district include:
Residents in St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island should be advised that the Boil Water Advisory was rescinded on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Normal water use can resume immediately.
Water samples confirmed that there was no contamination from a reduction in water pressure that occurred between 45th Avenue in St. Pete Beach and 116th Avenue in Treasure Island. Pinellas County issued the Boil Water Advisory on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as a precautionary step pursuant to the Florida Department of Health regulations after a reduction in water pressure occurred. The loss of water pressure was caused inadvertently during the upgrade of a potable water pumping station in the area.
Pinellas County Utilities thanks all of its customers for their cooperation during this event. For more information, call Customer Service at 464-4000.
MADEIRA BEACH - More than 100 residents showed up at the Nov. 19 Madeira Beach City Commission meeting with a common goal. They want the city to put an end to what they claim is a rampant disregard for the residential rental property law.
City ordinances require a minimum six-month rental for single-family homes and three months for multi-family residences. Resident spokesman Drake Philbrook told the commission that an estimated 50 houses, cottages, apartments and condos in Madeira Beach were available on the Internet for rent by the day, week or month.
Commissioner Elaine Poe, in a later comment, put the estimate at closer to 400 homes and a total of more than 1,000 residential properties available for short-term rental.
ST PETE BEACH - The Friends of the St Pete Beach Library’s annual holiday book basket silent auction will conclude bidding Friday, Dec. 13, at 5:59 p.m.
There are 13 baskets with themes including two children’s books and toys baskets, Chanukah mysteries, Florida authors (including several autographed books), Civil War, World Wars I and II, holiday books and cookbooks.
Bidding on the baskets is during St. Pete Beach Library hours at 353 75rd Avenue, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A reduction in water pressure has occurred in the cities of St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island, between 116th Avenue and 45th Avenue, including the Isle of Capri neighborhood.
The loss of water pressure was caused inadvertently during the upgrade of a potable water pumping station in the area. Nearly normal water pressure has been restored, however; Pinellas County has issued a precautionary boil water notice for residents in the area.
Microbes, if present in the water, can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you have specific health concerns, please consult your doctor.
TREASURE ISLAND - Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday, Nov. 27, that two additional suspects had been arrested in connection with a possible methamphetamines lab at a residence in Treasure Island.
The lab was discovered when Treasure Island Police Department conducted a welfare check about 8 a.m. Nov. 26 in the Village of Paradise Island Condominiums. As the officers approached the condominium, an unidentified man fled from them, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.
TREASURE ISLAND -Treasure Island Police Department were conducting a welfare check about 8 a.m. Nov. 26 in the Village of Paradise Island Condominiums when an unidentified man fled from them.
As officers chased the man into a residence at 511 Sandy Hook Road, they noticed substances and containers used to manufacture methamphetamines. After seeing the hazardous materials, they left the location and called for help.
Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, including members of the Narcotics Division, Negotiator Response Team and the SWAT Team.
TREASURE ISLAND - City Manager Reid Silverboard told Treasure Island Commissioners Nov. 19 that additional funding or possible cuts in the Recreation Department programs at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis may be needed when city leaders consider the fiscal 2015 budget next summer.
“The mayor has asked me when we come up to budget next year to be prepared to have a discussion about Treasure Bay, what we offer out there and what changes or how we can enhance it or add things,” said Silverboard.
REDINGTON BEACH - One area of town may soon get some relief from the threat of flooding.
The Redington Beach Commission, at the Nov. 19, workshop and meeting, agreed to solicit bids and information from companies for the replacement of a faulty storm drain located near 155th Avenue and Redington Drive.
Money from the town’s stormwater fund would be used to pay for the project, a line item, the town had anticipated when drawing up the 2013-14 budget.
Art At The Plaza open house
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Art At The Plaza, at 100 Indian Rocks Road N., will host an open house during the annual Christmas at the Plaza evening, set for Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
This family business will make this year’s Christmas At The Plaza evening extra special by having internationally acclaimed fashion designer and artist Michael Vollbracht in the store presenting “A Few of My Favorite Things.” Also featured will be works by premier artists such as Will Dexter, Rocky Bridges, Duncan McClellan, Glen Tarnowski and pieces from Interiors by Sharman.
Vollbracht’s talents and career have spanned fashion, interior design, illustration and publishing – all with his unique talent and perspective. His artistic vision stands out among the best. From the earliest days of the famous Bloomingdale’s shopping bag, to his glamorous Coty award winning fashion shows, the Vollbracht signature drew attention. He has designed and illustrated for such diversified entities such as the New Yorker, Neiman Marcus, Joan Crawford, Bill Blass, Laura Bush, Janet Jackson, Saks Fifth Avenue and Art At The Plaza.
Author discussion, signing
SAFETY HARBOR – The Safety Harbor Public Library will host author Dr. Eddie C. Donnally in a book discussion and signing on Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at 101 Second St. N. Copies of his book, “Ride the White Horse,” will be available for sale and signing.
Donnally rode on racing’s fast track, lived inside its underbelly and became part of its underworld. From constant bulimia, broken bones and betrayal of Boston’s infamous Winter Hill Gang, he depicts an unseen side of Thoroughbred racing. Though none of that compared to his struggles with sibling sexual trauma, promiscuity and an addiction to crack cocaine. In seven months, the addiction took him from newspaper writing and TV show hosting to grooming horses on the backstretch. Redemption came in a jail cell, and after 17 years of Christian ministry, he holds a doctorate of ministry and serves as a hospice and hospital chaplain.
Breakfast Optimist Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Breakfast Optimist Club meets each Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Kissin’ Cuzzins Restaurant, 951 34th St. N., St. Petersburg.
PALM HARBOR – Italian lessons are offered by The Central Gulf Coast Lodge No. 2708, Sons of Italy on Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
Beginners classes are at 5 p.m. and intermediate classes at 6:30 p.m.
For further information, call 787-3344.
Oh, Florida: Capital of Weirdness
SEMINOLE – History professor and author Gary Mormino, a respected Florida historian and storyteller, will present a program titled “Oh, Florida: Capital of Weirdness” at the next Village Square dinner at St. Petersburg College on Thursday, Dec. 5. The moderator will be Earl Fratus, associate professor of political science and history at SPC. The dinner and program will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the Campus Conference Center of SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. N. Advance registration is required.
The program represents a change of pace in the Village Square’s typical menu of hot-button state and national issue debates. Recent programs have focused on immigration reform, gun control, FCAT/Common Core, and climate change/sea level rise. “Oh Florida” will be a somewhat whimsical but candid discussion of the challenges the state faces to preserve the last vestiges of Old Florida by a writer and teacher who has spent much of his career in that effort.
Mormino, professor emeritus of Florida history at USF St. Petersburg, has written extensively about how Florida has changed in the decades since World War II. His seminal book, “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida,” is a comprehensive social history of the Sunshine State as it evolved from the rural, backwoods culture portrayed in the books of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to become the mega-state that it is today – fourth largest in population, soon to become third.
The Village Square is a forum for nonpartisan debate of key state and national issues that operates under the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC. The Institute serves as a resource for academic enrichment, a nonpartisan venue for civil debate and civic engagement.
Registration for Village Square members is $25; for guests, $30, and for educators and students, $20. They can be made online at spcollege.edu/solutions, click on the Village Square tab. By mail, send checks to Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Palm Harbor Toastmasters meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
The club is open to all who are interested in perfecting their public speaking skills.
For more information, contact Jack Lynch at 542-6100 or email email@example.com.
Shoulder pain seminar
ST. PETERSBURG – A community seminar on shoulder pain will be presented Thursday, Dec. 5, noon to 1 p.m., at the Heart and Vascular Institute, 6006 49th St. N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg. To register, call 888-598-9586.
The seminar will be facilitated by Anthony Albert, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. Albert will discuss various options for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain.
Death by Chocolate
LARGO – The Rotary Club of Largo will present the 18th annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser – bringing hundreds of people with a love for chocolate together in the name of charity – Friday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.
The event will feature thousands of all-you-can-eat delectable, mouth watering chocolate creations by the local restaurants that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy complimentary champagne, a silent auction and entertainment encompassed by the holiday lights illuminating Largo Central Park.
Organized on Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” the local club anticipates raising $30,000 to serve the needs of our area’s underprivileged youth this year alone. Founded more than 50 years ago, the club has donated more than $300,000 to local youth initiatives.
Downtown merchants open house
DUNEDIN – The merchants in downtown Dunedin will be having a festive open house for the holidays, Friday, Dec. 6, 5 until 8:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, goodies and much holiday cheer. Call 733-3197.