REDINGTON BEACH — Residents here object to a drainage plan that would result in large swaths of their front yards being dug up to reduce pollution runoff into Boca Ciega Bay following heavy rain.
LARGO — Fire Station 28, which is 45 years old and in a metal building on 94th Avenue in the Oakhurst area, must be evacuated in the event of any hurricane.
LARGO — The president of the association representing Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue employees has lashed out in a lengthy letter at the fire chief over a variety of issues.
TREASURE ISLAND — While a unanimous consensus of city commissioners voiced the strong belief that Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Amy Davis is the best choice for Treasure Island’s next city manager, at least two board members felt the need to indulge a few constituents who want …
Beach communities are getting ready to participate in one of nature’s yearly miracles that takes place from May 1 through Oct. 31 — the hatching of sea turtles and their struggle to survive the perilous trek to the sea. Some Pinellas beach cities are giving them some help with new turtle-friendly lighting.
Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach say it is past time for a project planned in 2003 to be completed — or at least be given higher priority.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Residents dissatisfied with proposed parking rules thanked city commissioners for proposing fixes at the commission’s April 13 regular meeting. The commission has struggled to write parking rules for more than a year.
ST. PETE BEACH — It’s just a matter of time before someone walking or bicycling to Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School, at 8600 Boca Ciega Drive, gets hit by a speeding motorist, residents told city officials.
REDINGTON SHORES — Despite COVID restrictions, this year’s spring break season has been especially busy, and will likely not end until September, according to town and law enforcement officials.
The latest proposal is for a mixed-use development in two phases. The first phase would be a seven-story beachfront building with a 56-room hotel and rooftop restaurant, with surface parking under the building and additional parking across the street.
TREASURE ISLAND — In a surprise announcement he called bittersweet, City Manager Garry Brumback told city commissioners April 6 he would like to retire by June 1.
The tour, a joint effort between the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum and IRB Action 2000, includes stops at several cottages, restaurants, the Narrows and other destinations.
Local traffic planners fear that proposed legislation intending to make lighted crosswalks safer for pedestrians will have the exact opposite effect.
INDIAN SHORES — The swearing-in of Mayor Patrick C. Soranno for his next three-year term by Town Attorney Regina Kardash was the first order of business at the March 23 meeting of the Indian Shores Town Council. This was followed by the election of the new vice mayor and then the designation…
ST. PETE BEACH — City manager Alex Rey opened up a can of worms over what to do with $188,000 in unused beautification funds left in the city budget when he offered a series of compromises, including one that would have the commissioner from each of the city’s four districts decide how a por…
ST. PETE BEACH — City Manager Alex Rey received unbridled praise, along with a 5% salary increase and $500 a month housing stipend, when commissioners voted unanimously to extended his employment contract another two years.
ST. PETE BEACH — The city has been forced to suspend its memorial bench program after it became the victim of its own success and popularity.
TREASURE ISLAND — Sometime by spring 2022, the eastern portion of the Treasure Island Causeway should be totally redesigned, with landscaped drainage swales, palm trees and a colorfully designed median strip.
ST. PETE BEACH — Bright and retro-colorful after a $2.6 million restoration and renovation, St. Pete Beach’s public library has recreated the mid-century modern feel designed by its original architect, Glenn Q. Johnson, famed for his 1960s “bird-cage homes.”
REDINGTON BEACH — Adieus and accolades were in abundance March 17 as longtime members of the board of commissioners were bid farewell and newly elected members were welcomed and sworn in.
TREASURE ISLAND — The local Chamber of Commerce promotes tourism and assists beach businesses to prepare for traditional hurricane season or even the occasional red tide — but no one could have envisioned helping restaurants and retail shops survive in the wake of a global pandemic.
The ghost town on the south side of John’s Pass is coming back to life. The site of the former Gator’s Café, a vacant symbol of the coronavirus pandemic, is about to become the 11th restaurant on the Beachside Hospitality Group roster, opening around mid-April under the name Crabby’s on the Pass.
ST. PETE BEACH — The Merry Pier restoration project will be $299,204 more expensive than initially anticipated when the city approved the project in April 2020.
REDINGTON SHORES — This year’s fiercely fought election race has been decided, with Mayor MaryBeth Henderson winning a new three-year term in a decisive victory over Commissioner Jeff Neal.
INDIAN SHORES — A moment of silence for the recent passing of the town’s former engineer Robert H. Brotherton and Belleair’s mayor Gary H. Katica opened the Town Council meeting on March 9. Brotherton passed away on Feb. 18 and Katica on March 7.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — After running unopposed, Mayor Bill Queen, Seat 1 Commissioner Richard Bennett and Seat 2 Commissioner Gary Curtis were sworn in by Town Attorney Jay Daigneault for their next two-year terms at the opening of the Mar. 11 Town Commission meeting.
TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners soundly rejected a planning staff recommendation to deny new owners of the Tahitian Resort two variances that would allow them to remodel the 60-year-old hotel and construct a raised pool deck and tiki bar.
Shoreline protection has traditionally been accomplished through what Jack Cox calls “brute force.” Miles-long steel breakwaters. Concrete barriers. The dredging of tons of sand or, in a Pinellas County ritual, depositing sand from the depths back onto the beach. Cox’s company, Edgewater Resources, is among a new group of coastal engineering experts thinking differently.
BELLEAIR BEACH — There will be no informational sign of any type at City Hall, at least for now. The City Council decided at its March 1 meeting to reject a bid of $55,000 to construct an electronic sign.
More than 16,300 Pinellas County residents cast their ballots Tuesday to decide who will lead their cities and towns into the future. Highlighting the races were four mayoral posts, including three in municipalities along the beaches. Check out the results.
REDINGTON BEACH — One of the biggest political events in recent Redington Beach history will take place March 9: a crowded ballot for the town’s mayor and commissioners. It’s a mix of veterans and novices, with half of the six candidates making their first try at elected office.
ST. PETE BEACH — This beach city can claim some bragging rights after not only being voted the No. 1 beach destination in the United States by travelers using Tripadvisor, but also their fifth-most favorite beach in the world.
The consensus was to get the word out to the residents of the beach towns so that citizens can let their wishes be known to their state senator and representatives.
ST. PETE BEACH — When it comes to preventing street flooding now and in the future, this city will undertake a “comprehensive water threats protection strategy,” utilizing input from five engineering firms who will make recommendations on how to address flooding from both the Gulf and bay du…
ST. PETE BEACH — Commissioners decided to play hardball with developers of the first major hotel to be proposed in St. Pete Beach in at least five years, The Miramar Beach Resort at 4200 Gulf Blvd.
MADEIRA BEACH — Caddy’s Madeira Beach, the city’s first and only full-service restaurant and bar located on the beach side of Gulf Boulevard, should be opening soon.
MADEIRA BEACH — Tampa Bay Markets will team up with the city of Madeira Beach Recreation Department to revamp the Madeira Beach Wednesday Market and give it a fresh start.
REDINGTON BEACH — Residents here will vote on a slate of candidates for the Town Commission in March, including mayor, but the result will leave one commission position empty. If you live in Redington Beach, you could possibly fill that void.
REDINGTON BEACH — Americans have avoided the risk of public events and turned to the safety of their digital devices, affecting everything from Sunday sermons to birthday parties. And for residents of Redington Beach, the coronavirus pandemic has limited their ability to hear from candidates…
TREASURE ISLAND — Commissioners here embraced the idea to join four other beach communities to restructure the interlocal agreement that governs and funds the Gulf Beaches Library.
MADEIRA BEACH — Saying they are “all over town,” are “dangerous” and “need to be regulated,” Mayor John Hendricks came down hard on electric bicycles and scooters at the city commission’s Jan. 27 workshop meeting.
ST. PETE BEACH — Experience serving as a member of the city’s planning board since 2019 gave Mark Grill, a candidate vying to fill the city commission seat vacated by District 2 Commissioner Doug Izzo, the upper hand over another candidate, Rachel Ciliberti.
REDINGTON SHORES — The town commission has suspended one of its members. In a special meeting on Feb. 1, the commission voted 3-0 to suspend District 2 Commissioner Jeff Neal without pay for “electioneering,” which is prohibited in Town Hall, and making misleading and untrue statements of a …
A bald eagle that was found severely injured in early December was back in the sky last week as staffers and supporters of the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary set the majestic creature free. Seminole resident Richard Rushing and his wife, Alisa, found the bird in their naturally-kept yard on 74th …
REDINGTON SHORES — Controversy erupted at the Jan. 19 commission meeting over “several minor changes” proposed by the town attorney to a recently enacted law governing short-term vacation rentals, which are allowed in the Commercial Tourist Facility (CTF) zoning district.