A new three-dimensional sign in front of the Indian Shores Municipal Center was recently erected with the logo in reverse. According to town officials, the sign will be corrected at no cost to the town.
INDIAN SHORES – Town engineer Bob Brotherton provided the annual update on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System at the April 11 Indian Shores Town Hall meeting.
The presentation was suggested by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Brotherton made an eight-point presentation with accompanying documentation, which included a brief summary of Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance, the value of reclaimed water to reduce fertilizer requirements, a larger map of reclaimed water locations, Pinellas County fertilizer use regulations adopted by Indian Shores, fertilizer best practices, the difference between storm drains and sewer drains, storm water regulations and illicit discharge, and pool de-chlorination safety data.
Residents should contact the Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste Operations regarding questions on disposal of fertilizers, pesticides, used oil, other chemicals, etc. Illegal dumping should be reported to the county at 727-464-4425.
There is also a 24-hour storm water hotline for non-emergency spills at 727-464-5060. Emergency spills should be reported directly to the local fire department.
Bonnie Dhonau, the town administrator, commended Brotherton on his foresightedness back when the NPDES first went into effect.
“Bob (Brotherton) recommended to then-Police Chief Williams and Mayor (Jim) Lawrence for the town to get its own NPDES designation apart from the county because it would be more cost effective and manageable that way,” said Dhonau.
Town passes memorandum
Town leaders unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding between the town of Indian Shores and the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District regarding emergency operations.
The vote authorizes Mayor Patrick Soranno to acknowledge and accept the memorandum submitted by Fire Chief Salvatore D’Angelo.
Police officer resigns
Police Chief Terry Hughes submitted a memorandum to the Town Council regarding the resignation of Officer Kenneth Smith, effective April 7. According to the document, Smith’s record will reflect, “Unfavorable – Misconduct, Voluntary Separation while being investigated for violation of agency policy not involving a moral character violation defined in Rule 11B-27.0011.F.A.C.”
“Three qualified applicants are in process,” said Hughes when asked about filling the vacancy left by Smith’s departure.
Special events approved
A request from Jean Brownell to conduct a wedding on the beach Saturday, April 29, 6 to 8 p.m., at 19601 Gulf Blvd. (Indian Shores/Tiki Gardens Beach Access), was approved pending the delivery of a notarized copy of the application.
Jason Clemens’ request for a special event permit for midget wrestling (micro wrestling) at his restaurant on Saturday, May 6, 2 to 9 p.m., was also approved pending the submission of a notarized copy of the application. This is an annual event previously approved by the town.