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TREASURE ISLAND — Treasure Island residents and local business owners Michele Smith and Laurie Davidson-Smith, along with business partner Paul Ingledue, are planning to renovate a former laundry facility into an upscale event space.

MADEIRA BEACH — The Madeira Beach 14u Riptide softball team went undefeated at the Babe Ruth World Series on July 15-23 in Jensen Beach. In eight games, they allowed only 12 runs and scored 59. The championship game was played against the Jefferson Parish Department of Parks and Recreation t…

MADEIRA BEACH — In December 2017, the city experienced a cyberattack. Its computer system was hacked and compromised. That prompted a contract with the city’s information technology provider, Network People Inc., which took corrective actions and made recommendations to avoid future incidents.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — City commissioners July 23 tentatively approved the city’s tax rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year of 1.83 mills, the same as this fiscal year’s figure.

ST. PETE BEACH — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and TradeWinds Island Resorts recently announced a multiyear partnership agreement that features a wide variety of collaborative marketing initiatives focused on enhancing the in-game stadium experience for Buccaneers fans at Raymond James Stadium.

MADEIRA BEACH — In a 4-1 vote, the City Commission agreed to an employment contract with Robert Daniels of Melbourne Beach. Daniels had been the commission’s choice to serve as interim city manager until James Drumm becomes city manager Aug. 1. The start date for the interim city manager was…

REDINGTON SHORES – The town’s July Fourth fireworks display that was almost called off when the usual vendor pulled out, then saved in an effort by the mayor, failed to happen after all. A fireworks delivery foul-up doomed the show in Redington Shores, Mayor MaryBeth Henderson said at the Ju…

The Fourth of July was not kind to Indian Rocks Beach. In fact, city commissioners found the holiday revelry disgusting and didn’t hesitate saying so. At a recent commission meeting, they voiced their displeasure at the mess left behind by the hundreds of beachgoers who gathered to watch fireworks and to set off their own.

MADEIRA BEACH — Choosing a city manager in this divided city apparently becomes more difficult as the list narrows. After the commission’s first choice, Michelle Neuner, turned down the job because one commissioner voted against her appointment, an even more divided commission has made its s…

REDINGTON BEACH — Town leaders are proposing to trim the times during which residents can legally make loud noises, such as late-night celebrations or do-it-yourself home renovation projects.

MADEIRA BEACH — Fantasy Planet, a retail shop that sells mostly T-shirts and tourist-related items, as well as ice cream and other goods, has been a major tenant at John’s Pass Village for more than 20 years. Its long-term lease agreement with the city expires in September, and commission me…

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — For the first time in several years, black skimmers are now calling Indian Rocks Beach home. A colony of skimmers is now nesting on the beach and will be there for months, at least until the end of August.

Residents are being given the opportunity to have a say in how they want their city to look in the years ahead. They are taking advantage of it. More than 80 people showed up at the City Hall auditorium on June 19 to take part in a visioning process led by Forward Pinellas, the county’s planning organization.

ST PETE BEACH — The war of words between PSTA, the county agency that wants to bring Bus Rapid Transit into St. Pete Beach, and city officials got even more heated during a special City Commission meeting June 13, fueled in part by a letter from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman that island…

REDINGTON SHORES — A unanimous approval of the job description for Building Code/Floodplain Administrator at the June 12 commission workshop was overshadowed by the larger issue of how the job will be filled. The person or firm hired would replace former Building Official Steve Andrews.

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