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Walgreens may build on Wine Cellar site
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Walgreens in considering the site of the former Wine Cellar restaurant, located at 17307 Gulf Blvd. in North Redington Beach. The restaurant closed April 30, 2013 after nearly 40 years of operation.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Mayor Bill Queen said Aug. 14 that Walgreens has a contract to purchase the Wine Cellar property at 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach.

According to Kai Sonnenshein, son of Wine Cellar owners Ted and Liesel Sonnenschein, Walgreens intends to build a two-story pharmacy like the one it recently built in Clearwater Beach.

No details on the deal were available.

A deal with a developer to construct a Publix grocery store on the site fell through a year ago due to the limited size of the 2-acre site.

The Sonnenschein family previously had a deal with AG Development Group, which was interested in purchasing the site to build a Sweetbay Supermarket. That deal fell through last fall when the Belgian Delhaize Group put a freeze on new development of grocery stores. Sweetbay has since been purchased by Winn-Dixie.

The Sonnenscheins closed the Wine Cellar permanently April 30, 2013 after nearly 40 years of operation.

In other action, the Town Commission passed two resolutions at the Aug. 14 meeting that came from last month’s budget meeting.

One resolution adopted a policy manual change, which forbids town employees who are issued a work cell phone from carrying a personal cell phone during working hours.

The other resolution forgave a debt of $187,243 owed from the town’s general fund to its sewer fund.

“Over the years – more than the 11 I’ve been here – the general fund borrowed from the sewer fund, building up liability,” said Town Clerk Mari Campbell.

This liability grew and was carried over year to year. Town auditor Paul Crawford suggested forgiving the debt as a way to clean up the liability. The resolution results in no substantive change to the town’s overall financial position.

During new business, beach concession licenses were renewed for 2014-15. Two businesses, Beach Services West and Windsurfin International applied for and were granted their renewals. Both firms have held beach concession licenses for more than 20 years each.
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