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REDINGTON SHORES – Rusted, worn out exercise equipment at Del Bello Park is being replaced. The Town of Redington Shores Commission approved spending nearly $15,000 on six new exercise pieces for the park at the Dec. 12 meeting.

The equipment includes two Air Walker Plus machines, two Air Striders, a rider and a rowing machine.

Replacement of the 17-year old equipment is good news to the many residents who regularly use the exercise machines. The existing equipment has been taken out and is missed.

“It’s used frequently,” said parks commissioner Tom Kapper. “People used to have to stand in line to get on it.”

Commissioner Casey Wojcik said his constituents welcome the replacement of the old equipment.

“It does get used,” he said. “My people thought (the replacement) was a good idea.”

Park hours to change

Vandalism, rowdiness and other reported disturbances at Spitzer Park caused the commission to look at changing the operating hours of the park, which currently is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The other two town parks, Constitution and Del Bello close at dusk, except fishing is allowed later at Del Bello.

The commission passed an ordinance that would close all the town parks from dusk to dawn. Kapper said he favored leaving Del Bello open later for fishermen only.

The ordinance can be amended when it comes up for a second and final reading next month, Town Attorney James Denhardt said.

TV options presented

Commissioner Casey Wojcik presented a plan to replace the currently inoperable town cable TV system. He said the recommended replacement system would improve the services offered and allow room for future growth.

The existing Tri-Center system is no longer available and replacement parts may not be available, Wojcik said.

The contemporary system being recommended, Stream Breeze Mini, would “do what we do now” – broadcast commission meetings live and scroll messages from the town – plus have Internet capabilities.

Meetings and messages could be streamed over the Internet, and the commission meetings can be archived so they could be viewed at any time, Wojcik said.

The modular system also allows for other services to be added as the town’s needs grow. Wojcik foresees the broadcast of prerecorded media events in two years, online programming with guest speakers and interactive services in four years, and adopting social technologies such as Facebook and Twitter to government uses within six years.

Wojcik said he would get bids for the new system and provide options to the commission.
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