REDINGTON SHORES – Town residents and businesses will see a 9 percent increase in their water bills beginning next month.
The Redington Shores Town Commission unanimously passed a sewer rate increase at their Sept. 12 regular meeting. Mayor Bert Adams said the rate hike is a pass-along of an increase the county is charging the town.
Last year, the county upped its charge for sewer services by 9 percent, and the town paid it, Adams said. This year, he said, “The rate went up another 9 percent and we’re going to have to pass it through.”
The town’s budget for sewer services in the upcoming year is $820,000, up from $750,000 previously.
Residential sewer charges will go up from $22.86 to $24.92 per household per month, which will amount to about $25 per year.
Hotels and motels will see that same increase per hotel unit. Tourist accommodations and restaurants also will see a 9 percent hike in the fees related to swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and restaurant seating.
The rate increase is effective Oct. 1.
Proposed supermarket concerns residents
A Sweetbay Supermarket planned for the property currently occupied by the Wine Cellar restaurant has nearby Redington Shores residents concerned.
The restaurant is in North Redington Beach, but two adjoining lots that are part of the site are in Redington Shores.
The property is close to 174th Avenue, and Adams said some residents living there fear an increase in traffic, especially from large trucks making deliveries to the supermarket.
Adams said he is working with North Redington Beach officials to get some sound barriers for homes that back up to the supermarket property. There has also been discussion of not letting the grocery store traffic exit onto 174th, he said.
Town Attorney James Denhardt said walls for adjacent properties, and ingress and egress on 174th Avenue are among the issues being addressed.
Town officials will be fully involved in the supermarket project, Adams said, since two Redington Shores lots are part of the property.
“So, any site plan will have to come through us,” he said.
The site will need to be rezoned to allow construction of the supermarket, Denhardt pointed out.
A Planning Zoning Board meeting on a proposed land use change was scheduled at North Redington Beach Town Hall on Sept. 19.
“We want (the supermarket owners) to take into consideration surrounding property owners, and we have a right to make sure they do,” Adams said.
Boat parade judge needed
A judge is needed for the town’s holiday boat parade, to be held this year on Sunday, Dec. 23. Anyone interested should contact Town Hall at 397-5538.