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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The line to speak at a Nov. 15 meeting on short-term rentals stretched from the front of the City Hall auditorium to the back and out the door, as hundreds showed up to vent on the hot-button subject.

INDIAN SHORES — The Indian Shores Police Department landed a bargain this year when it purchased a surplus military Humvee valued new at $100,000 for only $1,000. The catch was that it needed a lot of work.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Ever since Joanne “Cookie” Kennedy was elected mayor, she’s honored area veterans during the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission meeting nearest Veterans Day, and this year was no different.

ST. PETE BEACH — The city’s Public Works department is studying the use of a colorization product in roadway asphalt to reduce the heat signature, so people don’t burn their bare feet and pets don’t risk seared paws.

REDINGTON SHORES — Former town commissioner Jeff Neal collapsed from a heart attack at a Town Commission meeting in September, so those on hand in Town Hall for a Nov. 9 meeting were pleased to see Neal on his feet and shaking hands with those who had helped him.

ST. PETERSBURG — Under a still-dark, early morning sky, Tampa Bay’s first bus rapid transit system rumbled alive Oct. 21, opening to the public 15 years after local transportation leaders first pitched the project as a potential antidote to the city’s growing congestion and parking woes.

TREASURE ISLAND — Circumstances have never been easy for the 0.256-acre Isle of Palms Park, also known as “Triangle Park,” on the northeast corner of 112th Avenue A and Third Street East, but finally a streak of good luck has come its way.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Commissioner Gary Curtis has been an elected official in North Redington Beach for a long time — so long, if fact, that he received the John Land Award for his 23 years of continuous public service. at the Oct. 13 town hall meeting. 

MADEIRA BEACH — The city commission decided at its Oct. 5 workshop to keep its recycling program, although there will be some changes coming, including a new vendor and an increase in costs.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The turnout for Indian Rocks Beach’s annual Oktoberfest was in question leading up to the Oct. 8 event, just two weeks after Hurricane Ian. But amid clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures, attendees showed up at Kolb Park in force for IRB Action 2000’s signature event.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Let the drooling begin! Last month John and Barbara Messmore, husband-and-wife owners of Sweet Sage Café & Boutique, discovered via WFLA-TV that their restaurant made Yelp’s list of top 100 dog-friendly restaurants in the United States. The restaurant, at 16725 Gu…

TREASURE ISLAND — Fees charged for certain recreational activities and beach gatherings, public parking and plan review permitting were all raised during a special Sept. 19 budget hearing.

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This year’s tribute to beer, brats and all things Bavaria is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at Kolb Park, and will again feature all the fan favorites, including the beer stein race and keg toss as well as traditional German food, dancing and live entertainment.

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For a small community, Indian Rocks Beach features a slew of drinking and dining options, with breweries, beach bars and restaurants dotting the 2-mile island. One thing the city does not have following the demise of several popular watering holes is a true sports bar.

ST. PETE BEACH — City commissioners deliberated whether to enact bans on smoking, plastic foam coolers, bicycles and fishing on the beach during a work session to draft an all-encompassing beach ordinance.

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