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Treasure Island may host Ultimate Frisbee
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TREASURE ISLAND – A national tournament featuring a fast-paced cross between rugby and football could be coming to the beach in Treasure Island.

Kevin Smith, director of sports for Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater, asked city commissioners July 17 for approval to apply to host the USA Beach Ultimate National Championship next spring. If approved, it would be held on Treasure Island beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort and the Thunderbird Beach Resort, May 1-2, 2015.

The event would feature 40 teams of 10 players each in five divisions. There would be a minimum of 12 fields, 75 meters long by 25 meters wide each, which would be either roped or coned off. The fields would be located between 102nd and 112th avenues.

“What we’re requesting is an opportunity to bid to host the first USA National Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament here in Pinellas County on Treasure Island,” said Smith. “If you’ve never seen ultimate Frisbee, it’s a cross between rugby and football. Basically, you have an end zone and you throw a Frisbee disc, you catch it, and then you play defense and offense. It’s very fun to watch.”

Smith said the sport attracts an 18-34 age demographic, which he said is a good demographic for sports tourism.

“It’s a great opportunity for us and it will be a fun thing,” said City Commissioner Tim Ramsberger. “I don’t see a down side and I support it 100 percent.”

“It sounds like fun,” said Commissioner Phil Collins.

Parking would be allowed at Gulf Front Park, Treasure Island Community Center and Park and the St. Petersburg Municipal Beach parking lot.

In other action, commissioners:

• Tabled a request for a 10-foot driveway from the parking lot of Treasure Shores Beach Club, 10360 Gulf Blvd., to Gulf Front Park. The paved driveway would make it safer for Treasure Shores guests to exit the property northbound onto Gulf Boulevard using the traffic light at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The estimated cost is $700.

• Turned down a request by Garrison Market Management to conduct a Sunday Market in Treasure Island Park from October through May. Larry Lunn of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce said the proposed event would compete with the chamber’s Friday morning market each week and noted there would not be enough available parking on the weekends.

• Moved forward on an ordinance that would amend the city’s lighting regulations. The ordinance specifies what is legal and illegal lighting. It prohibits lighting that disturbs neighboring property and states “all exterior lighting shall be installed in such a manner and shielded that the cone of light shall fall within the perimeter of the property and landward of the coastal construction line.” The ordinance specifies the types of fixtures allowable in various applications and affects only new construction.

• Authorized City Manager Reid Silverboard to sign an interlocal agreement with Pinellas County, which makes it possible for the county to relocate a 2-inch and a 6-inch potable water main, and a 4-inch reclaimed water main in conflict with the city’s road and drainage upgrades along Bayshore Drive in Sunset Beach. The estimated cost to the county is $4,970.

• Moved forward on a resolution to award a bid for $268,859 to Castro Construction for drainage improvements on Sunset Beach in an area bounded by West Gulf Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, 82nd Avenue and 84th Avenue. The city will be reimbursed half the cost through a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

• Moved forward on a resolution to contract with JTV for stormwater, manhole and wastewater relining. The resolution authorizes a blanket purchase order and gives Silverboard signature authority on projects up to $50,000.
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