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.
TREASURE ISLAND — An arborist advised city commissioners that Rosselli Park’s popular old bottle brush tree — which the Recreation Department wanted to send to the chopping block — is nearing the end of its life cycle, but is also “salvageable.”
INDIAN SHORES — Mayor Patrick C. Soranno will serve another three-year term starting in March as a result of running unopposed. A resolution declaring Soranno to have been elected mayor passed unanimously 5-0 at the Jan. 12 Town Council meeting.
ST. PETE BEACH — In a surprise statement via Zoom at the start of the Jan. 12 meeting, Commissioner Doug Izzo announced his resignation from the St. Pete Beach City Commission serving District 2 to take a job as executive director of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce.
The John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival, which has provided arts, crafts, music, beer and, of course, loads of local seafood to hundreds of thousands of partygoers since the 1980s, has been recast as the “John’s Pass Arts Weekend,” taking place Jan. 22-24.
The Don CeSar Hotel set the picturesque stage Jan. 9-10 for the second Game of Kings 2021 Beach Polo Classic. Guests and locals gathered to watch horses run on St. Pete Beach during the two-day event.
REDINGTON SHORES — A new policy, passed by the Town Commission at a special meeting Dec. 28, will for the first time allow single-family homeowners to repair damage from storms and put their homes back into pre-storm condition without having the repair costs count against the town’s five-yea…
REDINGTON BEACH — Working page by page, Redington Beach commissioners tweaked several proposed ordinances in a meeting that lasted about three hours Dec. 16.
SEMINOLE — The living symbol of strength, pride and grace didn’t seem so majestic when Richard Rushing went out to the back yard of his Seminole home earlier this month.
REDINGTON BEACH — Campaigns for seats on this town’s board of commissioners are often rather humdrum events, with elections being infrequently contested since 2010.
TREASURE ISLAND — An old bottle brush tree that has been a favorite climbing spot for generations of children in Rosselli Park will be saved for now, with further inspection determining its longevity.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The City Commission on Dec. 8 gave Nicholas Rapisardi, owner of the popular VIP Mexican American Cuisine in Treasure Island, permission to sell beer, wine and liquor at a second location he’s opening at 213 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach. He must now apply to the state…
INDIAN SHORES — With nearly $4 million in debt, the Town of Indian Shores decided to avail itself of the low interest rates currently available. A resolution passed unanimously 5-0 at the Dec. 8 Town Council meeting to restructure the town’s debt at the exceptional interest rate of 1.21%.
REDINGTON SHORES — The Town Commission sent a clear message to the estimated 200 owners of homes damaged by Tropical Storm Eta. Help is on the way for those needing restore damaged homes to pre-storm conditions, and will, in a number of instances, allow homeowners to return home from tempora…
ST. PETE BEACH — A week after city commissioners voted not to fund the purchase of decorative street signs for Pass-A-Grille and Corey Avenue, it was decided a scaled-down version of the issue will be put back on the agenda for consideration sometime next month.
INDIAN SHORES — Only Santa could have grown a better-looking beard than the ones Indian Shores’ police officers were sporting for the department’s second year of “No Shave November,” a fundraiser capped by a “Best Beard Contest” on Dec. 1 at Town Hall.
REDINGTON BEACH — Elections and crime got the attention of Redington Beach commissioners Dec. 2 as they continued their review of the town code.
TREASURE ISLAND — Some of the cost that will go into transforming the former Allied Insurance building at 10451 Gulf Blvd. into Treasure Island’s City Hall Center will be unseen, but necessary in a modern era where officials have to plan for the unforeseen and unthinkable.
ST. PETE BEACH — By a narrow margin, a majority of city commissioners decided neighborhoods outside the historic district should have flooding problems fixed and potholes paved before the city spends $125,000 to install decorative street signs in Pass-A-Grille and along parts of Corey Avenue.
TREASURE ISLAND — City and county officials are scrambling to see if beach nourishment can be expedited after Tropical Storm Eta scoured the Sunset Beach area.
In case they haven’t been pounding the table long enough and loud enough, backers of the $45 million beach nourishment project designed to shore up the Gulf coast from Clearwater to Redington Beach had some bleak words for the area’s mayors.
REDINGTON BEACH — An “error” in the wording of the town’s dock ordinance drew a large number of residents Nov. 18 charging that the code’s language prevented them from improving their docks.
GULFPORT — When Brenda McMahon founded ArtJones Open Studio Tour, the idea was simple. Gulfport artists would open their personal art studios to the public for tours, demonstrations and conversation.
It’s one of the perks of living near the water: Viewing lines of boats bearing holiday lights, Santa figures, snowmen, and even Peanuts and Grinch characters while crew members dance to blaring Christmas carols.
ST. PETE BEACH — After dealing with bleak news over the COVID-19 pandemic for several months, a ray of hope was given to city commissioners by City Manager Alex Rey, who advised that St. Pete Beach actually ended its fiscal year with a $900,000 revenue surplus.
INDIAN SHORES — After more than a year of deliberation, multiple design submissions and several workshops, the Town Council unanimously accepted a monument project concept plan at a Nov. 10 meeting by a vote of 5-0. The concept, “Family Future,” by artist Steve Graff, was chosen.
MADEIRA BEACH — Early on a Wednesday morning, dozens of local fishing captains iced down fresh fish at Wild Seafood in Madeira Beach as tourists and local workers watched.
MADEIRA BEACH — The fill-in of sand at John’s Pass, which has been worsening recently and has become an urgent issue to resolve, will be getting another study, this time by a USF professor, “to find the exact cause” of the problem.
INDIAN SHORES — With the mayor under quarantine and the extension of the governor’s executive order allowing an exemption to physical quorum requirements due to COVID-19, the Nov. 10 Indian Shores Town Council meeting was conducted as a hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting.
ST. PETE BEACH — Earlier this year, Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Awards named St. Pete Beach second-best beach destination in the U.S., and ranked it 16th greatest in the world, but at least one commissioner is not happy with Instagram acclaim that dubbed Pass-A-Grille as having one of Pi…
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — City commissioners have nixed a plan for controlled parking in neighborhoods east of Gulf Boulevard where beachgoers and other visitors leave their cars in the daytime — at least for now.