REDINGTON BEACH – Town commissioners gave their approval Dec. 17 for the use of Town Hall for a JumpStart Fit Camp.
The camp is an all-day event that begins at 6:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.
Most of the activities will take place on the beach, but event organizer, Jodi Jantomaso, a former Redington Beach resident, came before the commission seeking permission to use Town Hall, in particular its kitchen facilities, for food preparation and storage.
The Redington Beach Commission was amenable to the request but had asked that certain requirements be met before agreeing to donate the space.
Although Jantomaso was not present at last week’s meeting, she prepared a proposal in which she agreed to pay the town a refundable $200 cleaning and damage fee and a $22 per hour staffing fee for a maximum of four hours.
The cost to attend is $99 and most of the day’s proceeds, according to Jantomaso, will go toward the Caregiving Youth Project, a nonprofit organization that offers help and support to teenagers who are the sole caretakers of their terminally ill or disabled, single parents.
Included in the day’s events are a beach hike, exercises, games, prizes and a cooking demonstration plus a 45-minute post-event fitness evaluation.
There will be morning energy snacks, an organic brunch and an afternoon smoothie bar.
Dr. Stacey Robinson, a St. Petersburg physician in private practice, will deliver a talk on “Gut Health and Reducing Inflammation.”
The itinerary is geared for participants at all levels of physical fitness.
In other matters, Public Works Director Mark Davis informed the commission via memo that he recently contacted additional contractors for bids on replacement of the storm drain near 155th Avenue and Redington Drive.
The current drainpipe is 12 inches wide and 120 feet in length and considered undersized and outdated in design.
Compounding the problem is that it empties into a thicket of mangroves instead of Boca Ciega Bay. The pipe fills with sand and other debris, causing street flooding during heavy rains.
State laws protect mangroves and removing or cutting them often requires going through much red tape.
The new pipe also will need a new seawall for proper support – an additional factor that will be included in the project’s overall cost.
Keystone Excavators, last month, tendered a bid of $34,200 for the project.
In addition, Davis has cited a problematic drain located on Sixth Street, which also will need to be addressed at the same time.
The commission plans to discuss the project and entertain any additional bids after the new year.
Another matter requiring attention, though not as imminent, is the need to replace the north seawall at the 161st Avenue causeway.
For this, the town recently received a bid of $164,750 from Gibson Marine Construction; this estimate was acquired by happenstance while the company was working nearby on another project.