ST. PETE BEACH – City leaders took the next step toward creating a plan for a community redevelopment agency by contracting with Tindale-Oliver and Associates for economic development services.
St. Pete Beach will pay Tindale-Oliver $36,638 to help with updating and implementing a plan to help the city ultimately to redevelop its downtown and Gulf Boulevard tourist and commercial areas.
“This is a joint city-county effort,” said City Manager Mike Bonfield. “It’s a tool provided by state statute for redevelopment purposes.”
A Community Redevelopment Agency has the power to acquire, develop and dispose of property, construct streets, parks and other public improvements and rehabilitate buildings. It is funded through a tax increment finance district.
“This is just a natural progression to what you recently did a few months ago with the resolution where you reaffirmed the need and confirmed the City Commission as the CRA board,” said Community Development Director George Kinney.
Tindale-Oliver will help city officials craft the final CRA plan and conduct negotiations with Pinellas County officials for approval.
The CRA plan will include a review of the goals and capital improvement projects that were identified in the city’s initial CRA plan that was completed in 2010. That plan, however, was never adopted.
Final adoption of the updated plan is anticipated in December.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a one-year agreement with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority for Beach Trolley and Demand Response Transportation (DART) services. The city’s cost is $415,975.
• Authorized a one-year extension of the Advanced Life Support First Responder Agreement with Pinellas County. The city will receive $1.317 million for providing the service.
• Approved a five-year extension of the city’s interlocal agreement with the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative for coordination of countywide library services.
• Approved a $16,665 contract with Michael Baker Jr., for a subsurface utility survey in connection with the upcoming Blind Pass Road reconstruction project.
• Approved a 2.5 percent rate increase for solid waste services with WSI.
• Authorized banners to be hung over 75th Avenue at Boca Ciega Drive and over the Pinellas Bayway at Granada Avenue for Corey Area Business Association events in 2014. Also approved banners for the October concert series at the same locations.