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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 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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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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Wednesday, July 6
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BELLEAIR - Developer Mike Cheezem of JMC Communities was upbeat when asked recently how the work was going on the former Belleview Biltmore property, soon to become home to dozens of condos and townhomes.

“I’m sure you’ve seen the transformation has begun,” he said. “We’re very excited to be turning that property into the glory that it enjoyed when the hotel was here in the initial years of that operation.”

The transformation that he referred to is the completion of the roadway into the property. It has been topped with brick pavers and lined with palm trees. It all ends at the newly constructed sales office.
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BELLEAIR - Town of Belleair Commissioners have agreed to consider an offer from the Belleair Country Club to buy a piece of town-owned land adjacent to the club land at the end of Bayview Drive.

Club COO Ed Shaughnessy told the commissioners at their regular meeting on July 5 that the seawall along both the club land and town land in the area was deteriorating and the club would buy a small strip of land owned by the town and fix the seawall.

Shaughnessy said the club was going to fix its part of the seawall, but if the town’s wasn’t fixed at the same time, it could impact the entire project.
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