INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – In what amounted to not much more than a housekeeping session the Indian Rocks Beach Commission meeting on Feb. 11 was over in just 30 minutes.
City Manager Gree Mims received a note of thanks from two commissioners. The thank-you mentions came because of what Mims and Public Services Director Dean Scharmen did with a couple of park benches.
First up was Commissioner Jim Labadie.
“I want to tell you about something nice that has just happened in our city,” he said. “There is a little park at Bahia Vista Drive and two older people walk around the park twice a day. I decided to talk to Gregg (Mims) and wondered if we could put a bench there for those ladies to rest. Sure enough there is a bench there now and the ladies are both enjoying it. I want to thank Gregg and Dean for making it happen.”
Then Commissioner Cookie Kennedy told a similar story.
“I know a family who spends a lot of time in the park on 12th Avenue,” she said. “They told me they often go there and have picnics. Well I told Gregg and now there is a bench and a picnic table in the park for those people and anyone else who wants to use them.”
Commissioner Cookie Kennedy then brought the commission up to date on the progress of an informational kiosk that was to have been erected in the Keegan Clair Park in conjunction with the opening of the boat docks last year. Local merchants agreed to erect the kiosk as a way of attracting visiting boaters to their businesses. Many months and many meetings later the design of the kiosk has come full circle.
“I met with the committee recently and told them that I’m getting in trouble here,” she said. “People want to know what progress we’ve made. They told me that they had decided not to go with an electronic sign and instead they are taking the original design and are going to go back to that. The sign will be simple and it will be a lot cheaper than the electronic version. I hope to have more for you at the next meeting.”
Kennedy, who operates a business in the Triangle Business District, volunteered to shepherd the development of the kiosk. She said she met with the committee in an effort to move the process along.
Changes on Board of Adjustment and Appeal
Two resignations on the city’s Board of Adjustment and Appeal mean that some shuffling has to be done. Board Vice Chair Art Torre and board member Trudy Troiano have both resigned, which means that alternate board members Wayne Lipe and Valerie Wesiner will move up to regular board member status.
Retired building official and contractor Harold Goslee was appointed by the commission to fill one of the vacant alternate positions, a second volunteer will have to be found.
Board members are appointed for a term of three years and may serve a second term. After that they have to sit out a year before being able to serve again.
Some tried and true annual community events have been given the green light for 2014.
Commissioners gave Action 2000 the go-ahead for their annual Oktoberfest Celebration. That will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Kolb Park.
The Homeowners Association got approval to hold the annual Gulfside Gallop 5K run on the beach on Friday, April 4. The whole event will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was given the green light to hold their fourth annual Walk like MADD and MADD Dash 5K on Friday, Sept. 19. That event will run from 6 to 9 p.m.