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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Pinellas County wants to buy the city of Indian Rocks Beach’s sewer system and city commissioners are considering it.

The proposal to purchase the system was made by Kevin Becotte, the county’s manager of plant operations. He appeared before the commission at a special meeting July 24.

The county is offering to pay the city just shy of $2 million with a closing date of Oct. 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.
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BELLEAIR - The Florida League of Cities recognized Belleair Commissioner Tom Shelly with a 2014 Home Rule Hero Award July 19 during a Suncoast League of Cities event. This award was presented to Shelly for his dedication to support and advance the League’s legislative agenda, protecting home rule powers for Florida’s cities during the 2014 legislative session.

Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials - both elected and nonelected - who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.

“Commissioner Shelly embodies the definition of a Home Rule Hero. By his actions, it is clear that he has devoted himself to the citizens of Belleair and this state,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley, in a press release. “Commissioner Shelly is an active advocate for the Florida League of Cities and is always ready and willing to contact legislators on important issues. He is a true asset for the Town of Belleair and the League.”
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Wednesday, July 23
BELLEAIR - The days of the Belleview Biltmore hotel could be numbered. Those numbers add up to 103, the days left until the Town Commission’s first November meeting, when it is possible they could approve all that is needed to turn the century-old hotel into townhouses and condos.

Town Manager Micah Maxwell confirmed that the various applications aimed at demolishing the hotel and replacing it with the new construction were received on July 18 and that’s when the clock began ticking.

Maxwell explained that in fact there were three applications received from the Ades brothers of Miami the owners of the hotel.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - In a move to satisfy residents and opposed commission members, the City Commission chose to reduce a proposed utilities tax by 50 percent and leave the millage rate unchanged.

The action came at the commission’s July 21 regular meeting, where residents again showed up to oppose the utility tax. Unlike last week’s workshop meeting, where they were not allowed to speak on the issue, the residents and business owners present were permitted to freely give their views and even were allowed to exceed the three-minute comment limit.

The tentative proposal coming out of the workshop meeting was to impose a 10 percent utility tax on electricity and lighten the impact by reducing the property tax millage rate from 5.35 to 5.06 mills, the rollback rate.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Former big-city hair stylist Chad Malm is now conducting business under his name in the Indian Rocks Beach community.

Malm apprenticed at the Manhattan salon, Bumble and Bumble. During his time there, the California native owned and operated Claude Nine at 9 Claude Lane in San Francisco’s French Quarter.

According to a press release, “Malm’s sheers have worked their magic on a star-studded list of celebrities and models, earning him a coveted following among fashion editors at such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Allure, Harpers Bazaar and Modern Bride which have featured his work.”
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Thursday, July 17
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - A 3-year-old who almost drowned in a hotel pool on Indian Rocks Beach was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries Thursday afternoon.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a near drowning at the Holiday Inn near Jimmy Guana’s restaurant, 401 Second St. in Indian Rocks Beach, about 3:53 p.m. July 17.

According to deputies, Dominic A. Cicco of Tallahassee was swimming in the hotel pool with his father, Vincent Cicco, 42, when another child nearby noticed that Dominic was unresponsive in the water. 11-year-old Riley Cooper, 11, of Plant City assisted in pulling Dominic from the water and nearby adults administered CPR and 911 was called.
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Wednesday, July 16
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Donna Valery knew something was amiss when she felt a pinprick on her toe while walking on the beach recently. Valery, who walks the beach practically every morning, looked down and discovered, covered in seaweed, a fisherman’s 9-inch lure with six barbed hooks. She was upset and concerned enough to bring the matter up at a recent meeting of the Indian Rocks Beach Commission.

“That lure had six barbed hooks. Why would you need something that big; it is scary,” she said.

Valery said barbed hooks are outlawed in Washington State and in Ontario, Canada.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Adoption of a controversial 10 percent tax on electric utilities is very likely to happen, based upon comments made by Belleair Bluffs Commission members at their July 14 workshop. The added tax will probably be combined with a .29 mill reduction in the ad valorem tax rate.

The millage rate reduction was offered by Mayor Chris Arbutine as a compromise with residents who had packed city hall to oppose the utility tax hike. The residents were not allowed to speak on the subject, with the mayor declaring the meeting had become “too emotional.” Several of his earlier comments had been jeered by the crowd.

Arbutine said citizens had “verbally abused” the commission when the utility tax topic had come up at last month’s meeting, and he did not want to see that repeated. He invited residents to submit their comments and suggestions in writing to city hall.
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BELLEAIR - Belleair City Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed tax rate for the coming year at 6.02 mills, which is the same as last year. They approved the rate at their July 15 meeting.

By law Florida municipalities must inform the county tax collector of their maximum tax rate in advance of a final budget. This means that the rate in Belleair cannot be any higher than the 6.02, but it could be less once a balanced budget is established.

The rate is based on the property taxes from taxable property valued at more than $608 million. Because that amount is greater than a year ago it means actual revenue to the town will be increased by just more than 4 percent.
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BELLELAIR - The Belleair Rotary Club’s installation of officers and awards banquet was held June 28 at the Belleair Country Club.

Outgoing President Charles “Chuck” Holloway spoke about events in the past year. One of the high lights was the Wine & Tapas event that grossed nearly $30,000.

Joyce Baskin is the president for the 2014/2015 term. Herb Brown from Clearwater Rotary Club installed her. Herb is the former International Rotary president and told all members about the worldwide efforts by Rotary to end the Polio disease through vaccination.
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• Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum
BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email wattsp7@aol.com or Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com. Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards. A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
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Chili’s Food & A Flick Blood Drive
Select Chili’s restaurants will host the Food & A Flick Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 1, 3 to 8 p.m. Donors receive a $5 Chili’s coupon, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket. For a complete list of locations, call 888-936-6283 or visit www.oneblood.org /chilis.

The following Pinellas locations will participate in the event: 5430 East Bay Drive, Clearwater; 13359 Seminole Blvd., Largo; 7250 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park; 40584 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs; and 6798 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.
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Scottish American Society social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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• Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Back-to-school blood drives
Select Walmart stores will host Back to School blood drives over the tax free weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. For a complete list of Florida locations, visit www.oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 2: 1111 Missouri Ave., Largo; 10238 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg; 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; 1794 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg;  and 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 3: 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater and 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.  

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Community garage sale
SEMINOLE –The Seminole Warhawk Marching Band Boosters will host a community garage sale, Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. This fundraiser supports the band. For more information, email farmerb@pcsb.org.  
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Indian Shores library book sale
INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.  

To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.  

For more information, call Alice Lawrence at 542-9742 or email pipers@tampabay.rr.com.
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Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping
ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.  

During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.  

Registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic
PINELLAS PARK – The World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic & Big Latch On 2014 will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, at Girls Inc. of Pinellas, 7700 61st St. N., Pinellas Park.

La Leche League of Pinellas County will sponsor the free event. The celebration will include a silent auction and raffles. Proceeds will help raise funds for annual LLL leader dues, books and print materials used to help mothers.

La Leche League is a nonprofit organization and all of its leaders are volunteers. The organization’s mission is to provide support, information and education to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. Call 692-7009.
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• Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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