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Treasure Island OKs car show
Beach event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project on March 9
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TREASURE ISLAND – The Wounded Warrior Project will be the beneficiary of a classic car show set Saturday, March 9, on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort.

Treasure Island City Commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 6 to approve the one-day event, which is being organized as a fundraiser by American Legion Post 158 through Premium Car Shows.

Originally, organizers asked the city for permission to leave the cars overnight on the beach at the conclusion of the event but that request was denied. Commission Alan Bildz followed up last week before the vote and was reassured the car owners would have their vehicles off the beach when the event concludes at 8 p.m.

Legion officials said they expect between 100 to 300 cars for the show, as well as 40 vendors.

Legion members will operate a beer truck and a barbecue station. They will provide portable restrooms and provide cleanup.

The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s help for the needs of injured veterans, help injured veterans aid and assist each other and to provide programs and services to meet their needs.

In other action, the commission:

• Passed an ordinance on second reading that sets a citywide referendum question in March concerning a 2-foot change in height of buildings above the base flood elevation. According to the FEMA, the change will result in a substantial savings in annual property insurance rates.

• Passed an ordinance on first reading that provides for four referendum questions on the March ballot concerning residential density of the planned mixed-use redevelopment of the downtown core Gulf Boulevard districts.

• Passed a resolution approving the purchase of a 2013 American LaFrance Condor rear-loading truck for $216,216. The truck will be used to unload Dumpsters.

• Passed a resolution authorizing Flags and Wags Inc. to stage Pooches in the Park Parade Saturday, Dec. 1 at Treasure Island Park. Flags and Wags is a nonprofit organization that pairs rescue or shelter dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, depression or other mental disorders.

• Passed a resolution allowing a fireworks display in conjunction with the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce Light up the Sky event Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Community Center. The event is being staged to honor people who have died and blessed the lives of the living.
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