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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Recently we brought you the story of the Plein Aire Cottage Artists, a trio of accomplished painters who have produced a calendar featuring classic local cottages for the last 20 years.

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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — During the last hour of the last session of the Florida Legislature in 2021, a bill was passed that invalidated many Florida municipal ordinances regarding certain zoning districts. At a Jan. 13 commission meeting, the Town of North Redington Beach passed an ordinance…

MADEIRA BEACH — A new version of the long-planned beachfront Schooner Hotel project got unanimous approval at a Jan. 12 city commission meeting. It was the first reading of an ordinance to designate the project as a Planned Development (PD), which allows more height and density than would no…

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Dozens of colorfully decorated watercraft participated in the 35th annual Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 18, with the entrants ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre.

TREASURE ISLAND — A discussion to determine if there is a need to adjust voting boundaries so that each of the city’s four commission districts is roughly equal in population, commonly known as redistricting, ended in an exchange of views as to whether hoteliers are ignored or under-represen…

ST. PETE BEACH — Gulf Winds Drive, which stretches north from Gulf Boulevard near 60th Avenue and connects to Boca Ciega Drive at 70th Avenue, will be totally reconstructed into a much narrower and safer roadway, if plans come to fruition in the next few years.

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TREASURE ISLAND — When it comes to drafting an ordinance that regulates e-scooters and e-bikes, Treasure Island will study how micromobility users can safely share roadways with motorists and bicyclists — but it won’t be easily done.

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“We’re just going ahead and acknowledging what’s happening,” said Community Development Director Linda Portal, in proposing that most of John’s Pass Village officially be made a wet zone, where people can carry their alcoholic drinks outside.

MADEIRA BEACH — The city’s wide and sandy beach has been built up and maintained largely with the aid of groins, rather than beach renourishment. But now, of the 37 groins, 23 are exposed, aging and wearing out, and the system needs to be rebuilt.

MADEIRA BEACH — In an unexpected, but welcome, turn of events for the city, it now appears certain a new city manager will be at work, in his office at City Hall, on Monday, Dec. 20.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us it’s that life is too short. Decisions that used to take weeks or months or years to make, including home purchases and career choices, are regularly done on the spot, with phrase “it’s now or never” often serving as a spri…

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MADEIRA BEACH — The city commission has picked a new city manager. At a special meeting on Nov. 22, the sharply divided commission chose Anthony J. Carson Jr., most recently city manager of Forney, Texas, as the city’s new chief executive.

Thousands took to the Treasure Island beach the weekend of Nov. 19-21 to catch “Sanding Ovations,” the city’s signature art and music event. Sculptors from around the world created sand creatures great and small, which can also be viewed during an encore weekend Nov. 27-28. 

TREASURE ISLAND — For the next seven months motorists will see, and sometimes endure, construction taking place on the East Causeway Roadway and Drainage Improvements Project, scheduled for completion in May 2022.

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Organizers of Sanding Ovations, Treasure Island’s signature beach festival, predict the four-day “Sandlantis,” a sand-sculpting competition with musical concerts and an additional encore weekend, will attract tens of thousands of visitors to this barrier island city.

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MADEIRA BEACH — A popular waterfront seafood restaurant in John’s Pass is not only back, it’s better than ever. Sculley’s Waterfront Restaurant was recently purchased and renovated by St. Petersburg-based hospitality group Sun Pubs, which also owns the Caddy’s Waterfront brand.

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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Since last spring, the five municipalities that comprise the Gulf Beaches Public Library have been haggling over the library’s budget, reserves and representation. North Redington Beach followed Treasure Island’s lead in accepting the newly revised Interlocal Agreemen…

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INDIAN SHORES — The stunning logo of the Tocobaga Indian casting a fishing net in the sun’s glow now officially belongs exclusively to the town of Indian Shores. The Town Council voted unanimously 5-0 to amend a design services agreement between the town, Sara Lynn Westmoreland Mullins LLC, …

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The group of IRB Action 2000 volunteers had barely gathered in the 17th Avenue public beach access parking lot around 9 a.m. Oct. 2 before splitting into teams and springing into action, pulling weeds, laying mulch, and picking up trash under the strengthening early morn…

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REDINGTON SHORES — A year ago, “free” parking for residents at town-owned lots got a lot more costly. The town commission decided to replace a hang tag costing $3, which would allow residents to park annually at no charge, with a $50 sticker. Now the town is looking to reverse that decision.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The city commission decided at a special meeting on Oct. 4 to appoint Recreation Director Jay Hatch as interim city manager. He will replace current City Manager Bob Daniels, whose contract expires Nov. 1. Hatch will serve until a new city manager is hired.

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