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Martha Thorn and her team are joined by many children at their annual lemonade stand fundraising event for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation at The Thorn Collection office Sept. 13.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Even though Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Ed Hoofnagle is suing the Pinellas Suncoast Fire District to force a change in the wording of the referendum question on funding, it appears nothing is likely to change before the Nov. 8 election.

Hoofnagle is unhappy with the wording of the referendum question, which will ask the residents of the Fire District to approve allowing the district to use property taxes to fund the Fire Department. In addition, the residents will continue to pay the $260 flat fee they currently pay.

Hoofnagle said the wording is confusing and is almost aimed at tricking the residents to vote yes. The wording, which will be on the ballot, will read this way:
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Code enforcement in the city of Belleair Bluffs should get a boost with the addition of a police deputy who will focus on the issue. The City Commission Sept. 19 approved hiring an officer for that purpose from the Sheriff’s Office on a trial basis.

The trial period is three months. The tentative plan is for the deputy to work 12 hours a week, at the standard rate of $42.13 per hour, which would cost about $26,000 on an annualized basis.

A savings of $14,000 a year from a shift change program at the Sheriff’s Office would be used to partially fund the position, leaving about $12,000 added expense if the city decides to continue the new deputy after the trial period.
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BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair commissioners approved several variances Sept. 20, including action that will allow signage pertaining to the Biltmore property development.

Much of the time was taken up with sign variances. Developer Mike Cheezem was on hand as Town Planner David Healy outlined Cheezem’s request to have a number of signs placed outside his property leading people to the development office on the site of the old Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Cheezem is developing the property with townhomes and condos. The development is called Belleview Place.

The plan requested to have two signs at the corner of Belleview and Fort Harrison, and another at Alexander and Druid roads. The signs would direct traffic to the Belleair Country Club and the Belleview Place development.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Indian Rocks Beach Library will be closed beginning Oct. 1 for renovations for a minimum of 30 days.

Current library members who are residents of Indian Rocks Beach may continue to use their library card at any library that’s part of the Pinellas County cooperative system.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Volunteers are needed to work two shifts during Oktoberfest 2016, Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at 11 a.m. at Kolb Park.

Volunteers are needed for Kinderfest, ticket and T-shirt sales, silent auction, beer and wine ten 50/50 raffle and more.
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Belle’s Olive Branch opens in Belleair Bluffs
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Michelle Orvis, owner of Belle’s Olive Branch, hosted a grand opening party to celebrate her new business and cut the ceremonial ribbon that celebrates her membership in the Bluffs Business Association.

Belle’s Olive Branch specializes in ultra premium olive oils and true balsamic vinegars imported from Italy. The business is at 100 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs.

Creative Design Team relocates to larger location

BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Creative Design Team recently moved to a larger studio location at 321 N. Indian Rocks Road, Suite F, Belleair Bluffs.
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Wednesday, September 14
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BELLEAIR - Belleair resident Keith Harter will be the last person to say he is a hero, but others, particularly a Belleair police officer, strongly disagree.

Right in the middle of Hurricane Hermine Sept. 1, a fire broke out in the home of Michael and Patricia Shade on Mehlrose Avenue. A neighbor across the street, Tim Harris, saw smoke coming from the house and ran to get his neighbor, Harter, to come and help.

While Harris’ wife called 911, he and Harter went across the street to help, knowing that Michael Shade was likely home because he was recovering from a recent surgery.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - For the first time in years, the tax rate in Indian Rocks Beach will drop in the next fiscal year. The new rate will be 1.93 mills, down from the 2 mills it has been for the past eight years.

The city commission approved the new rate at the first of two special commission meetings on Thursday, Sept. 8.

In addition, the commission approved the planned budget for the coming year. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy praised the staff for both the millage rate and the budget.
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THE VILLAGES - James Patrick Burns Jr., M.D., 89, formerly of Belleair Bluffs, Florida, passed away peacefully under the care of Cornerstone Hospice at The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

Born Nov.14, 1926 to James P. and Ada Lee Burns in Washington D.C., he graduated from George Washington University Medical School in 1949 at age 23 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

He married Louise Barron in 1950, and the couple later moved to Winnebago, Nebraska, where he served three years with the U.S. Public Health Service.
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