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Indian Rocks Beach will continue to support the Historical Museum and will sign a 10-year agreement to do so.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – City commissioners agreed to give the Historical Society extra help in operating the newly expanded museum.

After much discussion at their meeting May 13, Indian Rocks Beach Commissioners gave City Manager Gregg Mims the green light to pay the $275 a year for telephone service for the facility.

Discussion on the issue came as museum representative Carol McGlaughlin asked the commissioners to continue to pay for the telephone service and the Internet service, which would have amounted to about $1,300 a year. She said the museum needed the help.

“Since the museum was expanded the society has paid over $50,000 for exhibits,” she said. “We have put another $10,000 in it since the opening to improve the lighting and now we need to upgrade the kitchen. We’re asking for help to be able to save for the kitchen.”

Commissioner Jim Labadie reminded McGlaughlin that a year ago the commission agreed to pay for the telephone and Internet service for one year only.

“It is difficult to say no but this is a repeat performance,” he said. “You said last year this was it. If we say yes now I’m betting you’ll be back next year.”

McGlaughlin responded by saying that could be avoided by the city agreeing to pay everything for the next 10 years.

“Just do it and be done with it and let’s move on,” she said. “Put it in the 10-year lease and we won’t ask anymore.”

The entire issue was obviously a tough one for the Commissioners. Both Mayor R.B. Johnson and Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin are on the board of the Historical Society.

“It would be easy to say yes we’ll pay it,” said Hamilton-Wollin. “We’ve just come out of some tough financial times and we’re going to have to dip into our reserves to pay for this. I have to ask what the taxpayers of Indian Rocks Beach want me to do.”

Commissioner Cookie Kennedy said she would be in favor of paying both the telephone and Internet for another year.

In the end they agreed to pay for the telephone for the museum, but not the Internet, which, if the Historical Society wants it, will cost them over $1,000 a year.

The city will continue to pay more than $4,300 annually for the upkeep of the building.

Mims will now negotiate a 10-year contract with the Historical Society, which will include the city paying the $275 a year for the telephone service.

Appointments made

Commissioners OK’d several appointments to city boards.

The Planning and Zoning Board has a new member. Resident Johnny Patronis was selected to the board, replacing outgoing member Ronald Sacra, whose term had expired. Two other board members, Patti Muneio and Robert Clark, also had come to the end of their terms but agreed to serve again.

The Finance and Budget Review Committee also had a member whose term had run out, but there won’t be a change on that board. John Hourican agreed to serve again and was accepted by the commission.


Johnson issued a proclamation identifying May 4 to May 10 as Municipal Clerks week. The proclamation recognized City Clerk Deanne Bulino O’Reilly for the service and dedication she shows to her job.

Johnson also issued a proclamation declaring the month of May as civility month. The proclamation calls upon all citizens to show civility to one another, and it lauded the benefits of people being civil to one another.

“Civility can assist in reaching consensus on diverse issues and allow for mutually respectful ongoing relationships,” it read. “Civility can uplift our daily life and make it more pleasant to live in an organized society.”
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