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Here’s mud in your eye
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Photo courtesy of DANIELLE FELTEN
The town of Belleair brought four teams to the Teen Mud Wars at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg. One of the town’s teams came in first place, winning $500 for the Dimmitt Community Center. Shown is Kelsey Coletti, 16, of Belleair, enjoying the events.
BELLEAIR SHORE - The town’s tax rate for the upcoming year has not been officially set, but Belleair Shore Mayor Bob Schmidt is saying residents will see no increase.

Schmidt’s comment came following a review of the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year at the July 19 Town Commission meeting.

Preliminary budget numbers showed increases for legal expenses (up $7,000 due to the hiring of a new attorney), $5,000 more to buy or lease a new computer, and an increase of $700 in the police services contract.
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Monday, July 25
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - City officials are making plans for a new 1.1-acre park at the southern end of East Gulf Boulevard off Seventh Avenue in Indian Rocks Beach.

City Manager Greg Mims said they are discussing the design for a nature park, including having a trail through an open right of way that would go to the Intracoastal Waterway. Other amenities may include a small canoe and kayak dock, parking spaces and a picnic area.

Mims said July 21 there is a good possibility that the city could obtain grants for construction. He estimates the project would cost $100,000 or less.
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Wednesday, July 20
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Planning for a new fire station on city-owned property across from Belleair Bluffs City Hall continues to move forward.

Design of the station is now being finalized, and the construction phase will come next, said Largo Assistant Public Works and Facilities Manager Chas Jordon at the July 18 Bluffs commission meeting.

Jordon is heading up the fire station project. Concerns expressed by residents at last month’s meeting about the station design have been taken into account, Jordan said. In response to residents’ worries about noise coming from the station’s air-conditioning units, Jordan has made a change in their placement. He said the units would be recessed into the roof instead of outside the building, so the noise would travel upward instead of outward to the neighborhood.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - City of Indian Rocks Beach officials may lower the property tax rate for the next fiscal year.

City Manager Gregg Mims gave a preview July 12 of the budget he intends to present to city commissioners at an upcoming meeting. The budget will feature good news for residents and city staff alike.

“For the past eight years we have had a millage rate of 2.0,” he said. “I’m proposing we lower that rate to 1.93 mills. In addition I am proposing that we give an across the board 3 percent increase in pay to city employees.”
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BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair commissioners unanimously approved several new signs to be erected regarding the new Belleview Place development, on the site of the old Belleview Biltmore Hotel, and the Belleair Country Club.

There are five new signs and four of them will be erected off the property.

The signs will serve to direct visitors to the development site and the Country Club.
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Wednesday, July 13
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BELLEAIR BEACH - A plan to do $1 million in improvements and enhancements to Bayside Park next to Belleair Beach City Hall will go forward.

The City Council July 11 gave the go-ahead for the project after a presentation by the landscape designer. The concept already has the approval of the city’s Park and Recreation Board.

Drew Copley of Copley Design Associates said the park’s redesign would include improvements to existing areas such as the basketball court and playground, plus the addition of bocce ball, a horseshoe court, fitness equipment trail, and an amphitheater where events could be held. A hard surfaced boardwalk loops around the park and will connect all the elements.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Suncoast Fire & Rescue Chief Sal D’Angelo made his pitch for a new form of funding for his fire district at the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission meeting July 12.

He was greeted with plenty of love from the residents in attendance who said they appreciated him and his department but made it clear they weren’t in favor of paying any more money to keep it running.

D’Angelo explained that the district’s equipment and facilities were hopelessly outdated, right down to the borrowed copier they must use, and they couldn’t afford to do anything about it.
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