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Treasure Island OKs deal with Hubbard
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TREASURE ISLAND – A deal by Mark Hubbard to take over two beach cabana rental businesses was approved unanimously July 15 by Treasure Island commissioners.

Hubbard is purchasing Cabana Dreams and TI Cabanas from Anthony Hutto and Jon Quinn. Commissioners gave the thumbs up for the transfer of the two nonexclusive license agreements to Hubbard with stipulations.

Hubbard will be allowed to rent cabanas, chairs, kayaks, paddle boards and nonmotorized bicycles from 99th Avenue behind the Island Inn Resort to 104th Avenue. He will be permitted three sandwich boards and two kiosk pop-up tents for concession operations on the beach.

The agreement calls for Hubbard to pay the city a first-year fee of $9,000 with monthly installment payments of $750.

Hubbard will be permitted to use one vehicle to set up, break down and maintain the equipment, using the 103rd Avenue beach access.

All rental cabanas must be a minimum of 8 yards apart and no equipment can be stored within 20 feet of a sand dune.

In addition, Hubbard must provide a certificate of insurance, naming the city of Treasure Island as an insured for no less than $1 million.

In other action, commissioners:

• Postponed second reading on an ordinance concerning revisions to the Treasure Island Downtown Special Area Plan until Aug. 19.

• Passed a resolution to finalize negotiations and execute an agreement for $15,000 with Akerman Senterfitt for bond counsel related to city financing of the cost of the Gulf Boulevard underground utilities project.

• Passed on first reading an ordinance concerning administrative waivers on land development regulation amendments. The ordinance would give city staff the option to grant relief in cases where there is a minor error by builders in distance between structures, parcel dimensions or setbacks, as long as those mistakes do not surpass 10 percent or a maximum or one foot of the allowable maximum. The purpose of the ordinance is to make the construction process go more smoothly within the city.

• Approved the Fall Fly at TI kite festival Nov. 8-9 behind the Bilmar Beach Resort. Organizer Joe Fala of Windworks plans to have two fields 300-feet by 300-feet, and two other fields, 90-feet by 90-feet each. No vehicles will be allowed on the beach.

• Approved a renewal of the city’s health care plan through the group insurance pool PRM.

• Passed a resolution to amend the employee manual to read pre-employment drugs screenings be used only with job applicants in safety sensitive positions, such as operators of heavy equipment.
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