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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Six years in the planning, City Commission members and residents saw the concept for their new fire station - its look, setting and content - for the first time at a special workshop following the commission’s May 16 regular meeting.

After a presentation by the project architect, residents were able to ask questions and comment on what will be the replacement for existing Largo Fire Station 43 on Indian Rocks Road.

In addition to Belleair Bluffs, the station serves Belleair and the county unincorporated areas of Harbor Bluffs, Harbor Hills, and Oakdale Manor.
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INDIAN SHORES - Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District officials are seeking more revenue through a referendum that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Board of Fire Commissioners essentially is asking for voter approval to levy property taxes not to exceed 1/2 mill for the first fiscal year the ballot measure is in effect.

Commissioners voted 3-1 May 17 in favor of a resolution calling for the referendum vote. For more than a year fire district officials have been discussing the need to generate additional revenue and provide a more equitable means of taxation.
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BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair staff has been given the green light to begin negotiations with the Doyle Family for the sale of the town-owned Belleview Biltmore Golf Club.

At the regular commission meeting on May 17, it was disclosed that the Doyles objected to the appraisal of the property and felt that their initial offer of $3.5 million should be the selling price.

It had been agreed that their initial offer of $3.5 million would only change if an independent appraisal came in higher than that. In fact it did. The appraisal was $3.8 million. But the Doyles’ attorney Tom Nash, in a letter to the town, said the appraisal was flawed in that it didn’t take into account the lease agreement with Green Golf Partners. That agreement stipulates that if Green Golf’s lease were to be broken it would cost the golf club $276,000, thus the actual appraisal of the property would fall close to the $3.5 million offered in the first place.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies and members of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue were honored at the City Commission meeting May 10.

Commissioner Cookie Kennedy had asked several members of both organizations to come to the meeting to accept her thanks for their efforts in finding a little girl on the beach recently. Kennedy said it was an intense time and one that brought dozens of people together.

It happened April 23. Kennedy and members of her family were going to the beach to relax, but as they arrived a frantic man greeted them.
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The grand-opening weekend for Splash Harbour Water Park at Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel, 399 Second Ave. in Indian Rocks Beach, will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased directly at the park.

The park, which opened last week, features two 42-foot tall water slides: Smugglers Run, a tube slide that spins users into a huge water bowl before they shoot down into a plunge pool; and Pirates Plunge, a fast and exciting body slide.
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Wednesday, May 11
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It may take months, but the city is determined to put an end to the problem of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.

The issue was put on the table at a special workshop meeting of the commission on May 10.

City Attorney Randy Mora told the commission that it will be a difficult road to get the control needed to enact regulations governing short-term rentals.

“In 2011 the Florida Legislature passed a law restricting towns and cities from dictating how long property owners can rent their premises,” he said. “If a city desires to regulate short-term rentals in the future it must do so in a manner that does not regulate their duration or frequency.”
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Wednesday, May 4
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BELLEAIR - The young children of Belleair have a brand new playground thanks to the efforts of a 17-year-old who took it upon himself to make it happen.

Nolan Purdy is hoping to become an Eagle Scout and to do so he had to complete a community project. He decided he wanted to build a playground for the little kids. It seemed to be a natural fit for this lifelong resident of the community.

“I’ve been part of the Rec my entire life,” said Purdy. “I’ve done a lot of stuff with them; I’ve done lots since I was a kid.”
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Inside this week's Belleair Bee, readers will find a special section filled with stories and photographs of cities and towns, past and present, as Tampa Bay Newspapers commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Belleair Bee.

The Bee, established in June 1976, serves the communities of Beach Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater Beach and Indian Rocks Beach.

The commemorative edition also is available to our online readers in the e-Edition. Subscriptions are free. Sign up or log in to read all the stories and view photos from the past and modern times.
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BELLEAIR BEACH - The Belleair Beach City Council showed little interest in placing limits on catching fish on the beach. A proposed ordinance that would have prohibited surf or spear fishing in the vicinity of Morgan Park and banned fishing within city limits “in close proximity to swimmers or bathers” was tabled indefinitely by council at its May 2 meeting.

The fishing ordinance was drafted by City Attorney Paul Marino and presented to council in response to resident complaints. City Manager Nancy Gonzalez said she had received emails “from people in the condos about banning fishing at Morgan Park.”

Mayor Leslie Notaro said Clearwater has a total ban on fishing on the beach and Indian Rocks Beach has “some elaborate fishing restrictions.”
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BELLEAIR - The agenda was light, so Belleair Town Commissioners used the time at their meeting on May 2 to tie up some loose ends and look after basic housekeeping items.

Not only was the agenda light but so was the audience. The meeting was held on Monday instead of the normal Tuesday so even the diehard regulars who never miss a commission meeting missed this one. The rescheduling took place because at least two of the commissioners could not make it on the usual night.

Even the agenda, as light as it was, got lighter when two of the items had to be rescheduled. Both items had to do with honoring National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the late Belleair Officer Jeffrey Tackett who was killed in the line of duty several years ago.
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