NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – The Aug. 10 town hall meeting began with a moment of silence for former North Redington Beach commissioner Jerry Knight, who passed away on Aug. 1.
Knight served the town as commissioner from 2003 to 2012 and concurrently as vice mayor from 2006 to 2011.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Knight graduated cum laude from Ohio State University and moved his family to Florida in 1994. His wife, Gail, is a registered nurse and they have three grown children who reside out of state.
Knight’s work experience included business, public service and civic affairs. He spent 20 years as an executive with Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio and Indiana, and had prior directorship positions at the Regional Council of Governments (Youngstown-Warren, Ohio), White River State Park Commission (Indianapolis), and Citizens Planning Council (Youngtown). Knight also acted as chairman of Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association as well as trustee of the Indian Repertory Theatre. Locally, prior to serving on the North Redington Beach Board of Commissioners, Knight was president of the homeowners associations in Lansbrook and Villages of North Redington Beach.
Among Knight’s accomplishments on the Board of Commissioners were establishing the town’s official website, setting new design criteria for Harold Radcliffe Park, securing a $108,500 grant towards the park’s improvements, and selecting new street lights to beautify Gulf Boulevard as part of the utility undergrounding project. Additionally, Knight produced the town’s 50th anniversary brochure, and was instrumental in developing the town’s comprehensive plan that replaced the one from 1989.
Knight was a long-time member of Church By The Sea, where a memorial service in his honor will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Mayor Bill Queen will deliver the eulogy.
Beach concession licenses renewed
During new business, two businesses, Beach Services West and Windsurfin International, applied for and received renewal licenses for 2017-2018. Both businesses supplied all the required documentation and fees for renewal.
Queen asked the town clerk if there were any issues or complaints on these businesses. Mari Campbell, the town clerk, responded that there were none.
Library board members reappointed
Also during new business, Commissioner Richard Bennett and town volunteer Susan Lashlee were unanimously reappointed to represent the town of North Redington Beach on the library board. They will serve another two-year term ending in 2019.
After being reappointed, Bennett announced that the new director of the library is Vincent Gadrix.
New millage rate increase a possibility
Although the town’s millage rate was reduced to 0.7511 a decade ago, the town has utilized its reserve funds and will need to increase the millage rate to 1.0, the mayor said. If approved, the average home within the town valued at $300,000 will be taxed approximately an additional $75.
Budget meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on both Sept. 7 and Sept. 13. The regular town meeting will be held Sept. 13 directly following the budget meeting.
New Emergency Services Building is proposed
A new Emergency Services Building for the fire department that would service all the Redingtons has been proposed to replace the public works building next to NRB’s town hall. Funding for the construction is contingent upon the Penny for Pinellas passing.
Wine Cellar, Gull Harbor properties sold
The Wine Cellar property has been sold to Redington Village LLC. The building is slated to be demolished and replaced with a retail building to include a restaurant and six or so stores.
Gull Harbor’s 233 apartments have been sold to Avesta Properties. The 34 privately-owned condos on the property will remain privately owned.