REDINGTON SHORES – Having enacted a controversial ban on skating in portions of the town, the Redington Shores Town Commission will now take up an even more contentious topic.
The creation of a skateboard park within town limits will be discussed at a workshop meeting on Oct. 30.
Commissioner Casey Wojcik has pushed the skateboard park issue, after he failed to prevent the passage of an ordinance that prohibits skateboarding, and also roller and in-line skating, in the Commercial Tourist Facility district west of Gulf Boulevard.
Wojcik has had little support for his skateboard park idea from other commission members, but Commissioner Tom Kapper and Mayor Bert Adams joined him in agreeing to hold the workshop session to discuss it.
Wojcik brought up the topic at the commission’s Oct. 9 regular meeting. Possible locations he mentioned for the facility include the town’s three public parks, green space adjoining the old town hall parking lot and green space planned in front of the LaVistana condominium addition on Gulf Boulevard.
Commissioner Lee Holmes and Vice Mayor John Branch were opposed to even talking about a skateboard park for the town.
“I am absolutely against this,” Holmes said, adding, “I don’t want a place that draws undesirables into the town.”
But Commissioner Tom Kapper said the issue should at least be discussed.
“I think there should at least be a workshop,” he said. “Advertise it, and see how many people want this in town.”
Even with the workshop taking place, approval of the creation of a skateboard park within the town would appear to be a tough sell. Adams said he was willing to hold the workshop meeting, but added, “I don’t see a place in town to put this.”
Wojcik insisted a skateboard park is needed, “since it is now a crime for kids to skateboard in front of their houses.”
“I want to give them an opportunity to skate without violating the law,” he said.
Wojcik passed out drawings of possible skateboard park designs.
Out of town lot goes on market
A piece of property in Redington Beach owned by Redington Shores will be put up for sale. The commission decided to sell the land after getting an appraisal of its worth.
Redington Beach had expressed an interest in acquiring the property, which would be used to expand an adjoining park, and had made an offer of $215,000. Redington Shores was asking $350,000.
Adams and Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons had agreed to hire an appraiser to evaluate the land. The appraised value came back at $330,000, which pleased the Redington Shores commission.
The two parties originally thought the property was zoned Residential Medium, but further research revealed it is zoned Residential-Office-Retail, which is more valuable.
“Put it up for sale,” said Kapper.
Holmes said, “Have Simons make us an offer.”
The commission agreed to put the property up for sale. Wojcik said Redington Shores should hold on to the land, which he jokingly said might make a good skateboard park site.
Speed limit study continues
A county study of speeding by motorists on 175th Avenue is continuing, Adams said, though preliminary results show most are obeying the law.
An earlier decision to lower the speed limit town-wide, from 25 mph to 15 mph, was put off while Pinellas County did the study to determine the extent of speeding in the area where most problems have occurred.
Preliminary results are showing the average speed driven to be 24-25 mph, said Adams. Based on that, he said, “It looks like 20 mph would be a good speed limit through there.”