REDINGTON SHORES – Live streaming of commission meetings and other town information will begin next month, Redington Shores Commissioner Casey Wojcik announced at the May 8 regular meeting.
Broadcasts of the monthly meetings over the town’s cable TV system resumed last month following an absence of several months due to an equipment breakdown. New media equipment was purchased that allows for expansion of the media coverage to include the Internet.
Beginning with the June 12 regular meeting, residents can view the proceedings on either cable TV or the Internet. The meetings also will be archived so past sessions can be seen as well.
The Internet service will cost the town nothing, but it is a limited bandwidth, which permits only a few people to watch at one time, Wojcik said. When the number of viewers exceeds the system’s capacity, it becomes inaccessible to additional users, Wojcik pointed out. Next year’s budget will include funding to buy more bandwidth if warranted.
“We get so much bandwidth for free, and we’re going with that for now,” Wojcik said. “We’ll see how well-accepted the Internet streaming is, and then buy additional space if we need to.”
When the streaming of commission meetings goes live next month, the town’s website (TownofRedingtonShores.com) will have two pages relating to meeting videos. One will contain a link to the live meeting feed. A second page will be an archive of past commission meetings. Residents can search for the meeting they want to revisit, then click on that link to see it.
The website user statistics will be checked to see how many people are viewing it, Wojcik said.
New law targets skateboarders
The commission has decided to handle an ongoing issue with errant skateboarders by creating a new ordinance that deals specifically with the problem, Mayor Bert Adams said.
Adams was responding to the latest skateboarding complaints, which came from residents living in the 177th Terrace West and Lee Avenue area.
Commissioner Lee Holmes, whose district includes that neighborhood, said residents there were reporting unsafe conditions and damage to personal property and real property caused by the skateboarders. The residents are being told to call the police when skateboarders are seen on their property, but they are often gone by the time police arrive, Holmes said.
Some residents fear retaliation if they contact the police, a concern resident Mary Beth Henderson said is justified.
Adams and Holmes also witnessed skateboarding incidents when they dropped by to check out the complaints.
The skateboarding issue also came up at a workshop early last year.
Wojcik reported problems in his district.
“The skateboarders are, in a number of cases, trespassing on private property because they like to ride the slope of driveways,” Wojcik had said. He also said the skateboarders “are a growing concern on side streets. They go up the driveways because they like the angles.”
Holmes mentioned skateboarding off of picnic tables at Constitution Park at that meeting.
An ordinance is needed so the town has a law that targets unacceptable skateboarding activities, Adams said. Ordinances dealing with the problem in other cities are being looked at, and are being forwarded to the town attorney, who is working to develop the law, he said.
“We are pursuing it,” Adams promised the residents, several of whom were at the meeting.
The ordinance is planned to be introduced at the May 29 commission workshop.
Pavilion dedicated to former mayor
The pavilion at Constitution Park will be renamed the James R. “Dick” Feimster Pavilion in honor of the former mayor, who passed away on March 24. Feimster served as mayor for 15 years (1979 to 1994), and a proclamation read at the meeting praised his “dedication, reliability, professionalism, fairness and ‘hands-on’ work ethic.”
Feimster helped build the pavilion, so naming it in his honor is especially appropriate, Adams said.
“He was quite a man,” said Adams.
“He was one hell of a man,” said Commissioner Tom Kapper. “He is probably up there taking care of the clouds right now. God bless him.”
“He loved this little town,” Feimster’s wife Faith said in tribute to her husband.
Donations in Feimster’s memory may be sent to the Dick Feimster Memorial Fund at Ivy Ridge Memory Care, 7179 40th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709.