BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Bids have been received and a winning bidder recommended for construction of the next phase of Belleair Bluff’s massive drainage and road reconstruction project. The bid package was presented to the city commission at their Aug. 11 workshop meeting.
Public Works Director Robert David said in a comment following the meeting that receiving the bid proposal was “a huge step” toward getting the long-delayed project started.
A vote on selecting the winning bid will be taken at the Aug. 18 regular commission meeting. The six bids received for what had been seen as an $800,000 project had a wide variation, ranging from $787,000 to nearly $1 million. Half of the funding will be paid by a Southwest Florida Water Management District grant.
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair has been designated a Florida Certified Local Government.
The CLG Program is a partnership among local governments, the state of Florida and the National Park Service, which designates CLGs through this national historic preservation program.
“The town of Belleair has taken an important step in the preservation of its historic resources by seeking designation as a Certified Local Government,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner, in a press release. “As a certified local government, the town will create a process for the survey, designation, and protection of its historic resources, and will join a network of 64 other Certified Local Governments around Florida which have made historic preservation a public policy priority.”
BELLEAIR - On and off for weeks it has been warm and stuffy in the main auditorium of the Belleair Town Hall. Town Manager Micah Maxwell thinks he has the answer to the problem. Cut the auditorium in half or at least wall it off across the middle.
Maxwell revealed the cause of the problem at the town commission meeting on Aug. 5. The air conditioner was broken and would take thousands of dollars to repair.
BELLEAIR BEACH - Contracts for critical city services were renewed at the Aug. 4 Belleair Beach City Council meeting.
Law enforcement services for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will cost $434,347 over the coming fiscal year, an increase of 2.62 percent over the current contract. The increase of $11,000 is needed to provide a wage increase to members of the Sheriff’s Office, who have not had a raise in the past five years, according to a letter from Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
Mayor Rob Baldwin asked Gualtieri about complaints related to problems on the beach. Gualtieri said beach patrolling was being stepped up, using a new Gator utility vehicle.
Senior ice cream social SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Center will offer an ice cream social for senior citizens on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St..
Purchase tickets in advance for $3. “The Monuments Men” starring George Clooney and Matt Damon will be shown.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber business mixer TREASURE ISLAND – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and John’s Pass Business Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Bazzie’s Beach Bar, at Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the chamber’s work in these communities while networking with other businesses. There will be snack and drink specials.
Gaming Club INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available.
This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.
Historical Society meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.
Refreshments will be available.
Call 541-6206 for more information.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Pricing for Profit Workshop SAFETY HARBOR – The Pricing for Profit Workshop will be presented Thursday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
The workshop, presented by Larry Hunt of SCORE, will cover the cost of doing business and relating these costs to an understanding of gross profit, margin and markup. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about setting a product at the right price for business success.
The Safety Harbor Public Library partners with SCORE to bring free and confidential small business advice to the community. Hunt has an M.B.A., has owned several businesses, has consulted for more than 50 businesses and has written books on business operations.
Seminole Chamber Business Power Luncheon SEMINOLE – Congressman David Jolly will speak at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s Business Power Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m., at St. Petersburg College’s Library Conference Center, 9200 113th St. N.