BELLEAIR SHORE - New signs listing prohibited activities on the Belleair Shore’s beaches appear to be having a limited effect. In the banned category are pets, bicycles, watercraft and alcohol use.
Despite signs being placed at the town’s beach accesses and its borders with Belleair Beach and Indian Rocks Beach, the banned activities continue. Several commissioners said at the Jan. 20 Town Commission meeting they are still getting complaints from residents of rule violations.
A problem has been that several of the activities prohibited by Belleair Shore, such as the use of bicycles and watercraft, are OK in the neighboring communities.
Commissioner Jennifer Lindsay said she has had complaints about people riding bicycles on the beach that say “For Rent.”
BELLEAIR SHORE - The mega-mansion home on Gulf Boulevard being built by Philadelphia Phillies superstar player Ryan Howard is just about completed.
A source close to the project said on Jan. 19 the house and grounds are “about done,” and that the Howards were already in residence at the time. Landscapers were at work at the time placing plantings in front of the walled property.
BELLEAIR - Town commissioners are moving toward approving an agreement that restricts development of the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club course for 20 years from the time it is approved.
Belleair Commissioners raised no objections to a draft agreement Jan. 20 that stems from previous commission discussions on ways to prevent development on the golf course property, which the town owns.
The declaration of land use restrictions, if approved, would be binding upon the golf course property and any person who may from time to time own, lease or otherwise have an interest in the golf course property or any portion thereof.
Here’s something advocates of saving the Belleview Biltmore Hotel can sink their teeth into.
Participants in the Candy Kisses for the Biltmore Contest can win pounds of Hershey chocolate kisses, “just in time for Valentine’s Day,” while contributing to the effort to preserve the Biltmore in Belleair.
The contest is underway and ends Monday, Feb. 2, 11:59 p.m.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Construction of the long awaited bait house/convenience store on the causeway bridge is due to begin on Jan. 20. The start date was announced at the Jan. 12 City Commission workshop meeting.
The marina has been without any type of concession facility to serve boaters, fishermen and other visitors since the bridge opened in 2009. So the commission members greeted the announcement of the construction start with some excitement.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The 10th Avenue Park is about to be transformed into a place where people can exercise outdoors on the latest equipment.
City Manager Gregg Mims revealed at the City Commission meeting Jan. 13 that the IRB Homeowners Association has proposed donating more than $28,000 to the city to have a number of exercise machines installed in the park.
Machines to be installed include a balance board, a cardio walker, a leg press and chest press as well as a lat pull down, a horizontal chin- up, high chin-up and low push-up stations.
BELLEAIR BEACH - Discussing issues ranging from code enforcement to beach nourishment, utility undergrounding and flood issues, Belleair Beach city council candidates responded Jan. 12 to questions on major issues facing the city.
The occasion was a candidates’ forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and held at city hall. Four candidates are seeking the three council seats up for election this year. They are incumbents Mitch Krach and Leslie Notaro, along with challengers Pamela Gunn and Stan Sofer. Council Member David Dumville has announced he is not seeking another term.
All but Notaro were at the candidates’ night event. She was out of town and unable to attend.
Chapel-By-The-Sea BeachWalk/Walk CLEARWATER – The sixth annual Chapel-By-The-Sea BeachWalk/Walk – featuring a walk along Clearwater Beach and a breakfast at the Chapel-By-The-Sea – will be Saturday, Jan. 31, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Palm Pavilion, 18 Bay Esplanade on Clearwater Beach.
This popular event supports the Religious Community Services Food Bank and The Haven Domestic Violence Center. The event begins with coffee and snacks at the Palm Pavilion at 7:30 a.m. prior to the 2-mile walk ending at Chapel-By-The-Sea where breakfast will be served courtesy of Clear Sky Cafe.
In addition, the very popular silent auction will be available during breakfast.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Palm Pavilion. All participants will receive a BeachWalk/Walk T-shirt. Preregis-tration cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 18. Children 5 and younger are free. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.
Crop Till You Drop LARGO – Join fellow scrappers to crop, trim, and embellish at this year’s Crop Till You Drop Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.
The scrapbook extravaganza begins Friday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., and will continue until Sunday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., closing from midnight until 8 a.m. each morning. Scrappers will enjoy prize drawings, giveaways and fresh new ideas from fellow scrapbookers.
The cost is $100 per person for the weekend or $60 for Saturday only for those who register by Jan. 1. After that, the price is $125 for the weekend or $75 for Saturday.
The full weekend includes six meals, snacks, drinks and a giveaway.
Evening Extraordinaire PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce will host Evening Extraordinaire 2015: Hollywood Nights, the chamber’s 18th annual gala event, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor.
The event – described in a press release as a “red carpet soiree” – will offer attendees an opportunity to enjoy the best of Palm Harbor area restaurants and businesses. Guests also will enjoy wine tasting compliments of B21 Wine.
Tickets are $50 each or two for $90. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Palm Harbor Library Raise the Roof Campaign.
For information, call 784-4287.
Quilting Under the Palms CLEARWATER – The Quilter’s Crossing Quilt Guild of Palm Harbor will present its 14th Biennial Quilt Show, Quilting Under the Palms, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Palms Drive.
Admission for the event is $7 for one day or $10 for both days.
There will be 200 traditional and contemporary quilts on display. In addition, there will be a small quilt auction, a boutique exhibit, vendors, door prizes, raffle baskets and a drawing for a free sewing machine courtesy of Sue’s Bay Area Sewing.
Opportunity quilt ticket sales proceeds benefit The Wounded Warriors Project. Tickets for the quilt may be purchased at the show for $1 each.
Rainwater harvesting workshop ST. PETERSBURG – Educators from UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County will host a free, informative workshop on Rainwater Harvesting Saturday, Jan. 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
During this 60-minute program, participants will learn the basics of how to conserve water in their landscape and how to build and care for a rain barrel. Participants also will learn how the collected water may be used for plant beds, potted plants and special plant collections.
Completed rain barrels may be purchased for $35 in advance of the event. If the rain barrel will be transported in a vehicle, it is recommended to bring something to cover the seats to protect them from possible soil or moisture. This program is intended for an adult audience.
Tarpon Springs Market TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.
Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.
The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.
The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.
Wildflower Garden Club meeting TARPON SPRINGS – The Wildflower Garden Club will meet Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be getting their gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided. There is no cost to participate.