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REDINGTON SHORES — The annual Town Picnic, which had been reinvented due to COVID-19 into a drive-thru format where food trucks would deliver hamburgers and hot dogs, beverages and desserts to the neighborhoods, has had another remake.

REDINGTON BEACH — Residents here could face new rules for garbage collection and the recycling of it in an ordinance under consideration by the Town Commission.

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INDIAN SHORES — As Indian Shores has done through most of the pandemic, the Town Commission and budget meeting Sept. 9 was done virtually. Highlights of the meeting included passage of the fiscal year 2020-21 budget, an illustration of the enhanced drainage project on Gulf Boulevard, and rec…

REDINGTON BEACH — A 2021 budget that maintains the current tax rate while increasing revenue was informally approved by town commissioners during a public hearing Sept. 3.

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INDIAN SHORES — COVID-19 arrived this past March just in time for Chief Rick Swann’s first anniversary on the job at the Indian Shores Police Department. With a small police presence of about a dozen officers, the chief had his hands full with the onset of the pandemic.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — For well over a year, Forward Pinellas, the county’s planning organization, has been working with residents and city leaders on a visioning process aimed at discovering what they want their city to look like five, 10 or 15 years down the road.

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MADEIRA BEACH — City Hall will get a significant expansion, double the present size, from a planned enclosure of the building’s ground floor, which is currently undeveloped. The added space will house the Building and Planning departments.

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MADEIRA BEACH — City commissioners have tentatively decided to increase the proposed millage rate for next year, in the first of a series of meetings before setting the final rate in September. The decision was seen as a precautionary move. The rate can be lowered, but not raised, at future …

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MADEIRA BEACH — The most significant amendment to the city charter being proposed to voters for approval in November has been pulled from the ballot. The amendment, if approved, would have changed the current citywide vote of all residents for all commissioners to residents of each district …

INDIAN SHORES — Mayor Patrick Soranno opened the July 14 Town Council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Nothing unusual about that — except that the meeting was being held online via the Zoom platform.

REDINGTON SHORES — After months of discussion, the Town Commission gave initial approval to an ordinance regulating short-term rental properties. Its main intent is to control “party houses” where large groups of people gather and become loud and unruly. It does this by limiting the number o…

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Pinellas County’s beaches are typically packed with revelers for the Fourth of July. But if you’re planning on heading to Indian Rocks Beach in hopes of celebrating Independence Day with some fireworks, city officials have a message for you: Don’t even think about it.

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REDINGTON SHORES — The second Saturday of October is a special date for residents of Redington Shores. That’s the day of the Town Picnic. Held in Constitution Park, the picnic features plenty of food and a good time for all ages, on a usually sunny, pleasant day. It’s a popular event, typica…

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ST. PETE BEACH — When City Manager Alex Rey was hired, commissioners were optimistic but unsure about how he would handle the position. After 14 months on the job, Rey has erased any doubt any of those commissioners may have had, and they showed their gratitude June 9 by unanimously voting t…

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ST. PETE BEACH — Officials from Pinellas County and St. Petersburg were thrilled May 28 when President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement via Twitter that the U.S. Department of Transportation was committing the final $21.8 million to the PSTA’s $43.9 million bus rapid transit project.

MADEIRA BEACH — The need for the city to seek new sources of revenue had been a major campaign theme for John Hendricks when he ran for mayor in March. Then, Hendricks had said the city marina was “a gem in the rough” that had been largely overlooked for its revenue-producing potential.

Parking fees are some of the largest and most reliable revenue sources for the cities along Pinellas County’s beaches. Unfortunately, much of that revenue vanished in March and April when the county closed the beaches in an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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