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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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Wednesday, April 27
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BELLEAIR - Many years ago the town fathers wanted to make sure that people knew when they were in Belleair. They wanted the town to look different, more elegant, than neighboring communities so they passed an ordinance requiring that Indian Rocks Road and some others be lined with palm trees.

Thus it was, until time took its toll. While there were still plenty of palms on each side of Indian Rocks, it wasn’t what one might call an unbroken line of trees.

Belleair’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Eric Wahlbeck, said over time many of the original palms disappeared. Some died and others were ripped up by storms. They had to be replaced and now is the time.
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BELLEAIR SHORE - Wrapping up 18 years of service, John Elias announced he is retiring as the town’s attorney in July.

“I want to enjoy the good life,” Elias told the town commissioners at their April 19 meeting. Elias said he first became Belleair Shore’s attorney on a six-month trial in 1998.

“I drew up a contract of 6 month intervals, and it’s never been modified,” Elias said. “Since then, it’s been 18 years of six month deals.”
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Wednesday, April 20
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - City commissioners and the public will have their first opportunity to hear from the architect and other officials involved with construction of the new Belleair Bluffs fire station. The session will be held following the May 16 City Commission meeting.

The public information meeting is the first of two to be held on the fire station. Belleair Bluffs elected officials have been excluded from preliminary discussions of the station, which have been attended only by Public Works Director Robert David.

“It is important to be very clear on that,” David said. “You have not seen anything regarding these meetings. You are hearing it for the first time just as the public will be.”
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - A decade after introducing its signature blends to the taste buds of Tampa Bay coffee drinkers, Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company recently announced plans to open its 10th café at 2919 West Bay Drive in Belleair Bluffs.

The new café will be the locally-owned coffee roaster’s first location in Pinellas county outside of St. Petersburg.

“Call it kismet,” said owner Raphael Perrier in a press release. “We didn’t plan it that way, it just happened to be the case.”
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Thursday, April 14
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Blue laws are becoming difficult for many communities to swallow, including some in Pinellas County.

Spurred by comments by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Indian Rocks Beach commissioners took action April 12 to ask county commissioners to eliminate the county’s blue law that bans the sale of alcohol on Sunday mornings until 11 a.m.

“I’ve never wanted to be in charge of how people lead their personal lives,” Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin said.
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