REDINGTON BEACH – Redington Beach commissioners said thanks and farewell to long-time members of the Parks and Recreation Board Aug. 3 and welcomed a new member.
In a ceremony at the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Nick Simons presented plaques to Peggy Akery and Marilyn Barber, both of whom retired from the parks board July 31.
Akery joined the board in June 1991; Barber in April 1992.
“It is with sadness a little bit that you have opted, Peggy, along with Marilyn, who is not here tonight, to sail off into the sunset and let some of the younger people represent the parks board,” the mayor remarked. “But I would just tell you the years that I have known you and Marilyn and the parks that haven’t looked any more spectacular and I know the acquisition of the property, we could not let you sail off into the sunset without recognition.”
Simons presented a similar plaque to another departing parks board member, Anna Wiggers, who joined the board in August 2013. The mayor cited her “commitment to the town, to her work, not only on the parks board but more importantly, working through the various organizations, whether it be the property owners’ association or Santa’s Angels. Basically, Anna organized the holiday tree lighting, was a cast of one for a long time and subsequently was able to recruit others, and she also was instrumental in the salvaging of the Easter egg hunt benefiting the Redington Beach community.”
Later in the meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Melody Lee to fill one of the vacated positions on the parks board.
In brief introductory remarks to the commission, Lee said she moved to Redington Beach about a year and a half ago and hoped the town would be her “forever home.” Lee said she had already been involved in the community, helping clean the beach after the Fourth of July and volunteering at the food and wine festival.
Town Clerk Missy Clarke updated commissioners on the continuing revisions to the 2017-18 budget. She said final projections for the next fiscal year’s revenues had been accumulated. The only information still outstanding was rates for flood insurance on the town hall and the public works building and costs for undergrounding public utilities on the east side of Gulf Boulevard.
Clarke said she had also budgeted for a 3 percent raise for town employees.
In a related action, the commission approved a contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for continued law enforcement services in the coming fiscal year at a cost not to exceed $246,472, a 2.2 percent increase.