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Fine set for disabled parking violation
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Commissioners Jim Labadie, left, and Cookie Kennedy and Mayor R.B. Johnson were sworn in recently as they began their new terms in office. All three ran unopposed in the most recent municipal election.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – City Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance March 26 legalizing a fine for people violating the disabled parking law.

Before the ordinance passed, Indian Rocks Beach had no legal penalty for people parking in the handicapped spaces without the proper sticker.

City Manager Gregg Mims said he discovered the oversight while going through the city’s ordinances and in talking with the Sheriff’s Office. He said each community in Pinellas County must have an ordinance providing for the penalty and Indian Rocks Beach did not.

The fine for illegally parking in a handicapped spot is $250, which Mims said is the same as the fine imposed by the county in unincorporated areas.

Vice mayor chosen

Jim Labadie, who was first elected to the commission two years ago, was appointed vice mayor at the meeting. The city selects its vice mayor on a rotating basis; other communities fill the position in a variety of ways, such as by seniority, a vote of commissioners and so on.

Labadie, along with Commissioner Cookie Kennedy and Mayor R.B. Johnson, were all sworn in for their new terms at the meeting. All three ran unopposed in the most recent municipal election.

Charter review appointment official

Commissioners unanimously appointed resident Marybeth Dunn to the Charter Review Committee. Dunn replaces Cory McBride, who resigned recently.

The committee has six months to review the city charter and make recommendations for changes to the City Commission. If any changes are accepted then they must go to a referendum at the next election for ratification.

The committee has to be formed and meet at least every 10 years to undertake the review.

Garbage truck sold

Ever wonder what happens to old garbage trucks?

Well, they are recycled it seems.

The city recently bought a new garbage truck to replace the aging 2005 model. Aging to Indian Rocks Beach perhaps, but not to Kansas City. That community bought the old truck for $36,000 and recently a representative from that city came to drive the truck to its new home.

“I hope they make it all right,” remarked city manager Mims.
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