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The long-awaited demolition of the historic Redington Pier has begun, bringing an end to what has been considered a historic treasure. The wooden pier dates to 1962 and is the only such structure left on the Pinellas beaches. Check out our gallery as we chronicle its dismantling in photos.

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REDINGTON SHORES — The town’s fireworks display, a Fourth of July tradition witnessed by thousands, fizzled out this past year. The show’s failure to happen was a classic case of “everything going wrong that could go wrong.”

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SOUTH PASADENA — A resident of Bay Island Condominiums in South Pasadena has tested positive for the coronavirus. He lives in the Ambassador building and the other occupants in his unit are in self-isolation until April 5, stated a March 25 notice from the Board of Directors and management o…

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REDINGTON SHORES — The long-awaited demolition of the historic Redington Pier has begun. A “notice to mobilize on-site and to proceed with demolition” has been given to the contractor hired to do the work.

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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — When Town Attorney Jay Daigneault administered the oath of office to Commissioners Corey Thornton and Kevin Kennedy at the March 12 town hall meeting, the board of commissioners looked exactly the same as it did before the swearing in.

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MADEIRA BEACH — Asphalt, rather than pervious pavement that had been seen as an environmentally friendly choice, will be used on upcoming roadway and drainage projects in the city. The City Commission, in a 3-to-1 vote, rejected an ordinance that would have approved use of the porous surface…

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TREASURE ISLAND — A lack of action and communication by Community Improvement Department staff over Verizon’s placement of cellular antenna tower poles in Sunset Beach brought to light what some city leaders say is an even larger issue of discontent over how that department handles customer …

REDINGTON BEACH — The evening started well for Redington Beach commissioners March 4 as they voted unanimously on second and final reading to raise the impervious surface ratio from 40 to 65%. The change in the amount of allowable hard surface homeowners could build on had been sought by a n…

The future leadership of several Pinellas County beach towns and cities will be decided March 17 when voters cast their ballots during municipal elections. Six seats, including one for mayor, are up for grabs on five boards. Here’s a breakdown of the races and a quick glimpse at the candidates.

MADEIRA BEACH — Candidates for mayor and City Commission expressed their views on traffic problems and other issues Feb. 25 with one participant advocating that the Tom Stuart Causeway drawbridge be put on a timer.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — High among barrier island hurricane concerns is loss of power from a storm. Duke Energy’s efforts to strengthen reliability were discussed during the Feb. 26 meeting of the Barrier Island Government Council at North Redington Beach Town Hall.

MADEIRA BEACH — Illegal parkers at John’s Pass Village and throughout the city could soon face substantially increased fines — double the previous amount in most cases.

In past beach nourishment projects, the Army Corps of Engineers gave towns and cities some leeway if some property owners failed to cooperate. That won’t be the case this time, Pinellas County officials say. If even one shoreline property owner refuses to sign an easement for the Sand Key Beach Nourishment project slated for 2023, an entire town could forfeit its portion of the allotted sand. And plenty have not.

MADEIRA BEACH — For owners of houses with small lots in the city, setback requirements have been an obstacle to improving or redeveloping their property. Those requirements were adopted after many of the lots were already developed. As a result, many of the homes in the city’s R-2 district, …

TREASURE ISLAND — The 21st Annual Rotary Tennis and Golf Challenge gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center, 10315 Paradise Blvd. The Tennis Challenge will be a men’s and women’s doubles round-robin for players of all playing levels and abilities startin…

Around 45 jury-selected artists from throughout the Tampa Bay region will showcase their art during the 2020 Gulfport Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Veteran’s Park, 5350 31st Ave. S.

ST. PETE BEACH — City officials moved to improve sometimes confusing, misleading or unenforceable signs directing boaters and operators of watercraft on city waterways.

MADEIRA BEACH — City commissioners awarded a $12.6 million contract to begin a long-awaited roadway and stormwater control project on Crystal Island. The city will pay $10.5 million of the cost and Pinellas County just more than $2 million relating to utilities.

MADEIRA BEACH — The city and the John’s Pass Merchants Association appear ready to approve an agreement that would keep the popular Seafood Festival at John’s Pass Village for the next three years. This would be the first multiyear agreement in the festival’s 34-year run, and it comes on the…

GULFPORT — As Gulfport residents decide who will represent Ward 1 on the City Council in the upcoming municipal election — incumbent Daniel Liedtke or challenger April Thanos — they also have another important choice to make: which furry friend will be named the city’s first honorary pet mayor?