INDIAN SHORES – The site plan to construct a single story pavilion and playground area behind the Indian Shores Municipal Center at 19305 Gulf Blvd. was approved at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Town Council.
The old pavilion and playground were demolished at the end of July in anticipation of the new construction.
Architect Steven Vinci’s plan rendering and survey is on file with the town. Brotherton Engineering of Dunedin reviewed the documents on behalf of Indian Shores.
Bidding for the project will close Sept. 6, followed by bid selection, and construction to commence by the end of September.
In addition to the aesthetics of the new pavilion being more cohesive with the new Indian Shores Municipal Center, the playground will have all new equipment, be gated and closer to the seawall and shade.
Also part of the project, the Public Services building will have an addition built on to include bathrooms, a serving kitchen and storage area.
“Hopefully, we’ll have our new pavilion by Christmas,” said Mayor Jim Lawrence.
Staff members retire
The Aug. 13 meeting was the last formal meeting with James Yacavone as town attorney and Mary Karayianes as director of finance and personnel.
Lawrence commended both on their service to the town.
Yacavone began his tenure as Indian Shores’ town attorney in 1990.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have been with the town for 23 years,” said Yacavone.
Karayianes is retiring after accumulating 40 years in municipal government and 19 years in Pinellas County.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve in Indian Shores,” said Karayianes.
Fire department receives award
Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue, has been recognized as District of the Year for 2013 by the Florida Association of Special Districts.
Fire department rep Larry Schear displayed the plaque that the PSFR&D won in competition with more than 1,700 other districts.