The Trails End Beach Motel, 11500 Gulf Blvd., is having a liquidation sale of old furniture and office equipment following the sale May 30 by Trails End Inc., to Treasure Island Palms LLC for $4.5 million.
ST. PETE BEACH - A North Port man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while crossing Gulf Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. June 15.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Eric Jack Hampton, 58, of North Port, was crossing Gulf Boulevard from east to west just south of 46th Avenue in St. Pete Beach at the time of the crash.
Witnesses told deputies with the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team that Hampton made it to the median. But as he ran across the other side, he was struck by a 2004 Mini two-door traveling southbound in the curbside lane driven by Susan W. Carlson, 69, of St. Pete Beach.
ST. PETE BEACH - The Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor, Orion Marine, will close the eastbound travel lanes on the Pinellas Bayway Bridge Thursday, June 13, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., to continue the removal of the low level bridge.
Approximately 30 percent of the old bridge has already been removed.
The removal of the two drawbridge foundations will require a minimal underwater explosive detonation. Local residents will hear a loud boom, however there will be virtually no visual impacts since the detonation will occur underwater.
TREASURE ISLAND - Don’t look for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to take over law enforcement services in Treasure Island any time soon.
After a brief discussion led by City Commissioner Tim Ramsberger on June 4, commissioners decided against moving forward on Ramsberger’s request to get a cost proposal from Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
“As I mentioned at the last meeting, I’m just curious,” Ramsberger said. “It’s not a question of the quality of service that we currently have here. My motivation is simply driven by fiscal responsibility.”
TREASURE ISLAND - City commissioners are considering a move of the city’s emergency dispatch services from the Treasure Island Police Department to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that, if approved, would become effective July 21.
Police Chief Tim Casey told commissioners June 4 that the switch would involve four city employees, who would retain their jobs and perform the same duties with the sheriff’s office.
When the new Pinellas County Public Safety Communications Center opens next year in Largo, they would have the option to work there.
MADEIRA BEACH - Add undergrounding of utilities on Gulf Boulevard to the list of civic improvement projects the city of Madeira Beach may be undertaking soon.
That topic had not previously been discussed, with millions of dollars already being spent for stormwater system repairs and upgrades, seawall replacements, street resurfacing, a new civic center and park enhancements.
But an opportunity to tie in with a road improvement project the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently working on would save the city significant dollars, City Manager Shane Crawford told the commission at their May 29 workshop.
REDINGTON BEACH - Weary of issuing unheeded warnings and fines for front yards that scream, “Moe’s Boat Yard,” Redington Beach commissioners are taking action.
The county court system is often the venue of last resort in bringing scofflaws to heel but has been deemed ineffective. So the commission at its June 4 meeting voted unanimously to appoint Herbert Langford Jr., a special code enforcement magistrate in hopes of achieving better compliance and collecting fines within a framework closer to home.
Langford was tapped for the job and recommended by Town Attorney Brandon Huffman.
ST. PETE BEACH - Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio is adding lessons and a show on Friday nights.
The evening will include a beginner’s belly dance lesson, live musical and dance entertainment, a featured professional dancer, and an international dance party later in the evening.
The first 1001 Nights event is set for Friday, June 14, with the dance lesson at 7 p.m., the live belly dance show at 8 p.m., followed by the dance party with live music by Boris & Sax, all at St. Petersburg Nights Russian Restaurant and Dinner Theatre, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach.
TREASURE ISLAND - The scars left by Tropical Storm Debby a year ago are still very noticeable at Sunset Beach and Pass-A-Grille Beach.
But thanks to a $37.5 million allotment from the Florida Legislature, both locations will be repaired this fall and Long Key will likely follow, Pinellas County Coastal Manager Andy Squires said May 29 at the monthly meeting of Barrier Islands Governmental Council.
Alateen meetings for teens SEMINOLE - Al-Anon for teens is offered Wednesdays, 8 p.m. at Oakhurst United Methodist, 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole. Al-Anon members who are interested in becoming an Alateen sponsor are also needed, and they must meet three requirements. They must have been in Al-Anon for three years and attend regular meetings. They must be at least 23 years old, and they must attend training with details of the WSO Safety and Behavioral Requirements. An Alateen sponsor is a trained AMIAS who facilitates the Alateen meeting. They do not sponsor Alateens. Only trained AMIAS’s are allowed in Alateen meetings. It is not open to adults.
For information, contact Laurie at email@example.com or 954-3607.
Aqua Zumba Classes
LARGO – The Largo Aquatics Division now offers Aqua Zumba, a high-energy water exercise class, on Wednesday evenings, 6:15 p.m., beginning April 3 at the Southwest Aquatic Complex, at 13120 Vonn Road.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio dance workout with music that conditions and tones the body. Adding water resistance to Zumba allows individuals to receive a more intense cardio-based workout in a low-impact environment.
Instructor Angelique Renaud will lead the class in 4 feet of water, so no swimming skills are required. However, participants should be comfortable in waist-deep water and must be at least 12 years old. As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before starting. A lifeguard will be on duty during all class times.
Aqua Zumba is a drop-in class; no preregistration required or punch cards accepted. Classes are $5 per person for Largo residents, $6.25 for nonresidents or $9.25 for guests.
For more information, visit LargoPools.com or call 518-3126.
Chamber after-hours mixer
OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce plans an after-hours mixer Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m., at the Salt Rock Tavern, 3689 Tampa Road. The cost for both chamber members and nonmembers is $5.
Call 813-855-4233 for a reservation.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
ST. PETE BEACH – The City of St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, plans water aerobics classes beginning Tuesday, April 30. Classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Water Aerobics offers a great muscle-toning and cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
Cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for non-residents. The classes are free for all SilverSneakers members. Join anytime.
Weekly line dancing classes PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Elks Lodge No. 2217 holds line dancing classes on Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., at 7550 40th St. N.
The class, taught by instructor Ann Splain, costs $4.
Bingo CLEARWATER – The American Legion Turner-Brandon Post 7 offers bingo every Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., at 1760 Turner St. Call 442-5293 or visit www.alpost7clw.org.
Bluffs Business Association meeting
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Bluffs Business Association will meet Thursday, June 20, at Petal and Vine Garden Shop and Market, 596 Indian Rocks Road. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will end at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – A discussion on “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald will be held Thursday, June 20, 2 p.m., at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.
The novel “is magnificently indicative of the 1920s post-war celebration that came to a halt with the 1929’s stock market crash. Glamour, glitz, and anything goes is joined with the quest for wealth, happiness, and an attempt to remake the past,” a library press release said.
Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. For information, call 596-1822.