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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach welcomed special guest speaker Bob Griffin of Griffin Publications who spoke to the group Aug. 19 about the 1985 hurricane season and its destructive effects to our area in addition to the importance of general hurricane preparedness.

The 1985 Atlantic hurricane season

Thirty-years ago, a very busy hurricane season took place in which six hurricanes and two tropical storms struck the continental United States. The first year of its kind since 1916. The collection of storms included: Tropical Storms Ana, Fabian, Henri and Isabel and Hurricanes Bob, Claudette, Danny, Elena, Gloria, Juan, Kate, and other storms. Hurricane Elana did not come ashore but caused severe disruption to the Apalachicola oyster industry and property damage including extensive beach erosion damage to our area. It took an estimated 10 years to fully replenish our beaches afterwards. Rick Walker, a member of the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach, was serving his fourth year as firefighter in the Indian Rocks Beach Fire District during this time and recalls how the “Psychology of Evacuation” evolved and improved following Elena. The significance of this includes development of policies and procedures to improve the safety and mobilization of goods, services, and people during times of disaster and need.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - After listening to about two hours of protests against manatee protection zones, Indian Rocks Beach City Commissioners agreed Aug. 25 to ask a state agency to exclude three areas from its low-speed boating regulations.

About 100 people packed the City Hall auditorium, the majority speaking against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s intent to limit boat speeds in most of the city’s waterways, excluding the Intracoastal Waterway, from April to October.

Commissioner Phil Hanna proposed that the commission ask the FWC to keep open three basins that lie roughly between Harbor Drive South and 20th Avenue. The motion, adopted by a 3-2 vote, reverses a position the commission took last year to include the basins in the low-speed zones.
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Thursday, August 20
BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair officials will examine ways to take on more capital improvement projects in addition to the $21 million in roadway, drainage and aesthetic work from 2011 through 2017.

“Accomplishing that additional $20 million in work will require a combination of creative thinking, prioritization and patience,” Town Manager Micah Maxwell said in a memo.

He discussed the infrastructure fund with town commissioners at their meeting Aug. 18, saying the town is transitioning from a time that it doesn’t have loan dollars anymore.
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Wednesday, August 19
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The city of Belleair Bluffs’ current code governing business signs would, if enforced, make virtually every business in the city a lawbreaker.

That startling assessment came from Public Works Director Robert David at the Aug. 17 city commission meeting. It caused the commission to direct a committee composed of David, City Clerk Debra Sullivan and Commissioner Taylour Shimkus to come up with changes in the sign code that would bring most of the businesses into compliance.

That could be a difficult task. The committee was directed to “tweak,” i.e. make minor changes in the sign code. But photos of businesses in the city’s major shopping areas handed out to the commission members by David showed multiple and major violations that would need to be fixed.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Jakub Prokop, assistant director of the St. Petersburg campus of Pinellas Technical College, visited the Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club Aug. 12. He discussed the school’s role in providing a variety of programs to prepare and train students in becoming qualified members of the workforce, ready to meet the needs of the changing climate of the economy and its occupational makeup.

There are full time certificate programs, apprenticeships and short courses available at PTC’s campuses in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and online. There are more than 40 programs available in workforce education and credits earned can transfer to the university level. Examples of full time courses include: Accounting Operations, Applied Welding Technology, Cabinetmaking, Early Childhood Education, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts, Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing, Practical Nursing, Web Development, and many more. You can check out all available courses and more on their website at
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The recent Belleair Bluffs Business Association monthly after hours mingle was hosted by Lisa Farmer of Coastal Properties and Blaine and Kristin Cardinale of Mosquito Joe.

The event included elections for next term’s officers and the board of directors. Following is a list of those elected:

- President - Bonnie Trembulak, Tampa Bay Newspapers
- Vice president - Dr. Kimberly Bender, Bender Chiropractic Center
- Secretary - Sondra Bober, PartyLite
- Treasurer - Suzy Sofer, Cody’s Original Roadhouse Belleair Bluffs
- Events - Marya Flurnoy, Creative Design Team
- E-Services - Gary Fustino, Design for Communication
- Ambassador - Karen Rodowicz, JK Flowers
- Membership - Victor Lucas, C1 Bank
- Director - Dr. Kathie Erwin, Changepoints for Living
- Director - Christina Dickson, US Ameribank
- Director - David Allen, Dirk Pershing Magician
- Director - Liza Campa-Flanagan, Raymond James
- Director - Dr. Patrick Lepeak, Belleair Dental
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Wednesday, August 12
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Chaplain and President Herb Schluderberg and Randy Koser from Fresh Start Ministries & Mentoring visited the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach Aug. 5 to share information about the nonprofit organization that serves inmates and probationers who have recently exited the jail system.

There are three programs in current operation: volunteer mentoring of probationer clients in the five probation offices in Pinellas County, ReEntry to Independence clients in and outside Pinellas County Jail, and a pilot program for Sixth Judicial Court, court ordered violators of probation.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Dozens of residents, young and old, feel they are about to be deprived of one of the great joys of living in Indian Rocks Beach - use of the waterways for boating activities.

After hearing from residents and others for about 90 minutes, city commissioners decided Aug. 11 to hold a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., to discuss actions taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to create no wake zones to protect manatees.

Residents complained that they had not been given sufficient notice by the city on the status of regulations, scheduled to take effect in the next several months, and that city commissioners were given wrong information by the state agency on which they made their recommendations regarding the zones.
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BELLEAIR - Work has started on the Bayview Drive Roadway Project, which is expected to be finished in June.

The project includes paving and drainage improvements from the bridge on north end of Hallet Park to the intersection of Bayview and Manatee roads.

Storm pipe will be installed along Bayview Drive through the intersections of Orlando, Sarasota and Ocala roads. The length of the project is about a half mile.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Bonefish Grill is celebrating summer in an incredible way with the unveiling of its newly remodeled Belleair Bluffs restaurant located at 2939 West Bay Drive.

The new contemporary interior design offers a warm and elegant space that is sophisticated and inviting with a blend of earthy tones, golden hardwood accents and embellished wood flooring.

The main dining room showcases a bonefish sculpture made of stainless steel and sequined scales that glisten in the light. Dining tables, sharing tables, booths and circular pods welcome parties of all sizes.
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