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Signs like this one are coming to Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island. The 23 new signs will show beach access locations.
TREASURE ISLAND – If all goes to plan, Gulf Boulevard will be adorned with new signage later this year that directs folks to the closest public beach access.

The project is being funded by a $380,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Trustee Council in connection with the 1993 oil spill that damaged Pinellas County beaches.

“This is provided from the folks who were responsible for the spill,” said Public Works Director Jim Murphy. “The result is the $380,000 grant.”

The project is being coordinated with the NOAA Trustee Council through Volkert, a Tampa-based engineering, planning and consulting firm.

Plans tentatively call for 23 double-faced architectural street signs that will be mounted in the right-of-way off Gulf Boulevard from John’s Pass south to 99th Avenue. The signs will designate beach access locations.

The decorative signs, which measure 3-feet wide by 4-feet tall, will be mounted on 7-foot poles. Icons on the bottom of the signs will indicate sites with car and bicycle parking.

A larger sign, measuring 48 inches by 108 inches, will be mounted at the 104th Avenue Park, identifying the park by its new name, which will be announced soon by city officials.

Plans also call for 39 new solar-powered, “turtle-friendly” lighting bollards at the designated beach access locations. The bollards will produce normal white light illumination most of the year but will be switched to amber light during turtle nesting season.

There also will be at least 18 educational signs at the beach access sites to educate beachgoers about native vegetation and wildlife. Plans also call for 21 new “wave-style” bicycle racks at various beach access locations.

The project also includes 21 36-gallon trash receptacles and four new pedestrian crosswalks along Gulf Boulevard.

The crosswalks will be at 126th Avenue, between 122nd and 123rd avenues, 102nd Avenue and 101st Avenue.

The city is budgeting a fifth crosswalk at Gulf Boulevard and 119th Avenue.

Installation will begin in early July and be complete by early October.
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