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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Shepherd’s Village has been providing housing, life skills, education and other services for single mother families since Dr. Phyllis Alderman founded the faith-based ministry in Clearwater in 1992.

Today, the non-denominational nonprofit is located in a 12-unit apartment complex in Belleair Bluffs, where more than 280 families and 650 children have sought safe shelter and domestic stability since the organization relocated there in 2002.

And while a recent remodeling project, assisted by former Buccaneer Shelton Quarrels, helped improve the décor in the ageing apartments, the ministry has outgrown the facility, leading Alderman and her staff to actively search for a new location where they can expand their outreach.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - More landscaping requirements. Mixed-use developments. Increased setbacks. Incentives. These are just a few of the thoughts on city commissioners’ minds as they mull over the future of Gulf Boulevard.

Commissioners discussed a variety of uses and requirements for development along the corridor during a workshop at their Feb. 14 meeting, hearing suggestions from residents and other interested parties.

City Manager Greg Mims said the meeting is one of several pertaining to land-use code regulations that staff will have involving city commissioners, the Planning and Zoning Board and the public before any decisions are made.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The intersection of Walsingham Road and Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach has been named “Project of the Year” by the Florida West Coast branch of the American Public Works Association.

Gregg Mims, city manager for Indian Rocks Beach, in a memo to city commissioners, quoted the award letter as noting, “this is a special honor that is reserved for the elite of public works professionals, projects and vendors in the Tampa Bay region.”

“These awards,” the Florida chapter of APWA said on its website, “recognize the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.”
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Monday, February 20
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - City commissioners and Indian Rocks Beach residents continue to criticize the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District and believe it should be subject to an oversight review process.

Some commissioners expressed disappointment Feb. 14 that a change in the state law in 2014 brought to their attention by city attorneys would nullify any request for county officials to conduct a review process similar to one done in 2008.

They informally asked City Attorney Randy Mora to see if they can get help from local legislators in starting an oversight review process since such authority is now confined to the Legislature.
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Wednesday, February 15
BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair officials will discuss priorities for the improvements to infrastructure and ways to finance them at a joint board meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m.

At the Town Commission meeting Feb. 7, Commissioner Tom Kurey encouraged residents to attend the joint meeting of the Infrastructure and Finance boards. Kurey is liaison to the Infrastructure Board.

“I think it’s a great meeting for residents, commissioners. Hopefully, we will come to some decisions on priorities or reiterate priorities,” Kurey said. “We will be talking about the funding and financing.”
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The owner of the bait house on the Belleair Causeway bridge would like to turn a little used patio deck area into “a neighborhood place for people to come, watch the sunset and hang out for a while.”

Owner Justin Pagliuco presented his plans for a “neighborhood lounge” at the Feb. 13 City Commission workshop meeting. He said the back patio on the bait house has the best views of the Intracoastal Waterway in the area.

Pagliuco also wants to serve beer and wine on the patio, which he is currently not allowed to do. “I want to create a place where people can hang out on the water, grab a glass of wine or beer, before they head out to a restaurant around here,” he said.
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Wednesday, February 8
BELLEAIR BEACH - The city of Belleair Beach’s only public Gulf-front park is reopening this weekend, Community Services Director Lynn Rives said at the Feb. 6 City Council meeting.

The park had been shut down to add what the city hopes will be the final number of public parking spaces needed to qualify for future beach nourishments.

The parking issue has been discussed for some time, and city officials will welcome its resolution. Council member Mitch Krach asked City Manager Nancy Gonzalez whether the city had been officially notified that the parking space requirement for beach sand replacement had been met.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - City Commission candidates on Jan. 31 emphasized the need to keep the city’s beaches kept cleaner with less litter and cigarette butts.

The four candidates for two seat on the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission in the March 14 election were asked by an attendee at a forum Jan. 31 at the Beach Art Center what is the one thing they would do to improve the city.

Phil Wrobel took issue with visitors who leave their trash on the beaches. He emphasized encouraging visitors to respect the beaches and the city.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The city of Indian Rocks Beach prides itself in being a comfortable place where people can live and not be bothered by a fast pace - a place where the old Florida cottages still dominate the landscape, particularly along the beach and Gulf Boulevard.

To that end, the city has rules and regulations aimed at keeping things the way they are. Yet some of the rules and regulations are unclear and often misunderstood.

On one hand there are developers and builders who want to get the most out of their property, and on the other hand are residents who push back against any development they see as threatening their small town way of life.
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Wednesday, February 1
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Conditions on three city streets that were bad enough to slow down and prevent emergency vehicles from responding to calls have been fixed.

Commissioner Taylour Shimkus reported at the Jan. 23 city commission meeting that quick action by county work crews to check out and make repairs where needed on Marlin and Dolphin drives and Pine Tree Lane have made the streets safe again for vehicles responding to emergency calls.

The repairs were done in lightning fast time and came quickly after Largo Firefighter Dave Hagadorn reported the roads’ condition at the Jan. 9 City Commission workshop meeting. At that session, Hagadorn said there were “holes up to a foot deep” on Marlin Drive, with the necessity for a firefighter to walk ahead of the fire truck to watch for the holes.
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Wednesday, January 25
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BELLEAIR SHORE - A solution has been reached between town officials and Philadelphia Phillies ballplayer Ryan Howard and his wife on a fence to protect their property from repeated intrusions.

The issue has been an ongoing one.

An illegal construction fence put up as Howards’ mega-mansion home was being built two years ago has never been taken down. The fence, which is on the beach side of the property, violates the town’s property code.

But the Howards have claimed the fence is needed for security purposes, including multiple break-ins and intrusions on the property. Town Attorney Regina Kardash said at last month’s Town Commission meeting that she had spoken with Howard’s wife Krystle and told her she could seek a variance to construct a fence tall enough to provide the protection the Howards feel they need.
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BELLEAIR BEACH - Priority infrastructure issues for the city to address were set at a Belleair Beach City Council workshop held Jan. 23.

The council decided the most pressing needs were repairs to the Harrison Avenue Bridge and associated seawall, stormwater system improvements along with road resurfacing, and determining the condition of other seawalls throughout the city.

Council members agreed that the Harrison Avenue Bridge and its seawalls are the first priority.
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BELLEAIR - For someone who will be 70 on her next birthday Belleair resident Lil Cromer looks and acts years younger. In fact, she has been described as a non-stop bundle of energy.

Cromer is well known in her community as an active person. She volunteers her time at community events and can be seen parking cars on a chilly evening in January for the annual 5K run, or in December at the annual Holiday parade. In addition to that she volunteers at the Largo library and with other organizations that need somebody to help.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - IRB Action 2000 has announced the following dates and projects for Service Saturdays in 2017:

Feb. 25: Beach access (location to be determined)

March 18: Help with the Great American Clean Up. Meet at 18th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.

April 29: Mulch 10th Avenue mini park and clean Key West-style bus shelters.

May 27: Beach access (location to be determined)

June 24: Beach access (location to be determined)

July 22: Clean Key West-style bus shelters

August: Off
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