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.
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…
ST. PETE BEACH — Corey Landing moved a step closer to reality when city commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of 150 dwelling units from the city’s residential pool reserve that will allow the developer to build a 243-unit mixed-use development on 3.9 acres at the eastern end of …
For the past 20 years, a trio of local artists have raised money for local causes while preserving an important part of the city’s history on canvas.
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.
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.
MADEIRA BEACH — Alligators, lizards, fish, snakes, rescued exotic animals, and an especially large 30-year-old tortoise appropriately named Rudolph will celebrate the holidays and a special anniversary with the public this month in John’s Pass Village.
“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.
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…
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The holiday season is typically a festive time of year in the Sunshine State, with the cool, clear weather combining with a variety of special events to provide plenty of fun, family-friendly options for residents and visitors alike.
REDINGTON BEACH — Redington Beach will make itself known and lobby to get its share of the state budget pie during the next legislative session in Tallahassee.
TREASURE ISLAND — ESPN’s Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl is coming to Treasure Island with its special form of beach invasion, complete with marching bands and player competition.
MADEIRA BEACH — When 77-year-old Bill Gay bought a condo in Madeira Beach nearly a decade ago, he pictured a relaxing retirement in the walkable coastal town of about 4,000 residents.
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.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Mayor Cookie Kennedy continued her annual tradition of honoring the city’s veterans around Veterans Day during a recent commission meeting.
ST. PETE BEACH — What started out as a procedural meeting to clean up language in the city’s Comprehensive Plan opened up a sore spot over Pinellas County’s past rejection of the city’s request to establish two Community Redevelopment Agency districts. City commissioners may consider trying …
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Municipal elections will take place on March 15, and the qualifying periods for candidates were established at the Nov. 10 meeting of the town commission.
MADEIRA BEACH — The city commission has taken another step in what has been a long and difficult search for a new city manager, narrowing the top choices from 6 to 3.
INDIAN SHORES — Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District Chief Mike Burton gave his last monthly fire department report at the town’s Nov. 9 meeting. Burton officially retires on Dec. 3.
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.
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.
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.
REDINGTON SHORES — Commissioner Cinda Krouk said at the Oct. 27 town commission workshop that the residents in her neighborhood “have been riled up.”
REDINGTON BEACH — Inspection of the town’s storm drain outfalls has uncovered the need to alert residents not to dump sandbags and other unwanted items into the stormwater system.
ST. PETE BEACH — It’s official, many neighborhood streets will now have an officially posted 20 mph speed limit, down from a 25 mph maximum that few drivers adhered to.
MADEIRA BEACH — For the second time in the past three years, the city plans to increase the parking rate at all city-owned lots. In 2018, the rate was raised from $2.00 to $2.50. Now, it is going up another 50 cents to $3 an hour.
Thanks to an insurance policy, the taxpayers of Redington Shores do not have to fork over $800,000 to the owner of the now-demolished Redington Long Pier.
MADEIRA BEACH — The City Commission held a special meeting Oct. 21 to decide which candidates to interview in their latest search for a city manager.
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…
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, …
TREASURE ISLAND — A transportation service that focuses on providing traveling entertainment, rather than just standard trips between destinations, recently kicked off its inaugural service along Gulf Boulevard with rides into Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach.
Ralph T. Heath Jr., whose decades of work at the beachside bird rescue he founded in Pinellas County brought him national attention, died Saturday, Oct. 2, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary said in a statement. He was 76.
TREASURE ISLAND — A vote by Treasure Island commissioners to ratify an agreement to be a member of the Gulf Beaches Library consortium for five more years passed by a narrow 3-2 margin at their Oct. 5 meeting.
Gov. Ron DeSantis stopped by Crabby Bill’s Restaurant to make the announcement that the state will provide matching funds for a $4 million project to upgrade the pumping station.
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…
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.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A large crowd turned out for the latest Barrier Islands Governmental Council (BIG-C) meeting Sept. 29 at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall.
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.