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St. Pete Beach seeks grant to upgrade Don Vista Building
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ST. PETE BEACH – City commissioners voted June 13 to go ahead with a grant request to the Florida Division of Natural Resources that, if granted, would enable the city go forward with upgrades to the Don Vista Building at 3300 Gulf Blvd.

The city is seeking $100,000 that will help pay primarily for stucco work on the exterior of the building.

“We found that we have an opportunity to request a grant from the State Division of Natural Resources that would help with the restoration,” said City Manager Wayne Saunders. “We did an inspection to the building earlier this year and there are a number of things we need to do to help that building.”

Recreation Director Jennifer McMahon said the list includes HVAC work, electrical upgrades and improvements to the elevator, which floods whenever there is a heavy rain.

In other news:

• State Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, told commissioners she was successful during this past legislative session in getting the city $1 million for its sewer upgrades.

• Commissioners passed an ordinance on final reading that allows the sale of alcohol within the city limits seven day a week, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Previously, it was prohibited on Sundays before 11 a.m. The ordinance echoes a recent change to the same hours by Pinellas County.

• Passed an ordinance on final reading that updates the city’s land development code. According to Community Development Director Jennifer Bryla, the amendments correct scrivener’s errors, responds to citizen initiatives and updates building patterns inconsistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.

• Approved an agreement with Hub City Ford of Crestview for $18,656 to purchase a 2017 Ford Escape S that will be used by the Community Development Department.

• Approved Pinellas County Department of Public Works to replace the traffic signal infrastructure at 21st Avenue and Pass-A-Grille Way for $31,671 under the existing maintenance contract between the city and county.

• Saunders said city budget workshops would be held July 20-21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.

• Staff noted if the proposed third homestead exemption passes at the ballot in November 2018, the city would lose about $213,000 in annual tax revenue based on current values.
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