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Treasure Island townhomes get approval
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TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners passed a pair of ordinances on final reading May 16 that opens the door for the construction of 11 new townhomes on First Street East, just north of 117th Avenue.

The move plats two vacant lots at 11715 and 11725 First Street East into six townhome lots on a development that Suth Homes has named Aqualina. The homebuilder also received approval to convert a lot at 18001 First Street East into five townhome lots, which will be called Aquavita.

Both sites are on a canal that separates the city from the Isle of Capri.

Aqualina is a 0.45-acre tract that was originally called Tarpon Landing and was approved as a 5-unit townhome project before being sold to Suth Homes, which added a sixth home site.

According to plans submitted to the city, each unit in Aqualina will be 2,570 square feet.

Aquavita, which will sit on a 0.32-acre lot, will consist of five townhome lots measuring 18fourby 73-feet each.

In other action, commissioners:

• Passed an ordinance that revises the hours businesses can sell alcoholic beverages. The revision allows the sale of alcohol from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The previous ordinance didn’t allow Sunday alcohol sales until after 10 a.m.

• Passed a resolution approving a $45,000 grant from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance for the development of plans, agreements and policy recommendations to address climate change vulnerabilities. The city will provide a 50 percent match that will be met through staff time totaling $22,500.

• Moved forward on an ordinance amending the city code to avoid redundancy with the city charter and Florida statutes.

• Approved the purchase of a 2017 Broyhill Load and Pack garbage truck for $189,280. The vehicle will be used for beach garbage and recycling collection. The truck has the capacity for 6.5 tons when full with low-pressure turf tires and a four-wheel drive transmission, which provide better traction in the sand.

• Heard a presentation from Public Works Director Mike Helfrich on the city’s sanitation system.

• Heard a presentation by Information Technology Director Mark Santos on the city’s information communication systems.
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