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REDINGTON SHORES — An increase in the county sewer rate will be passed on to residents, town commissioners decided at their Jan. 8 meeting. The rate hike is 9.5% each year for the next four years. By the fourth year, the rates will be 43% higher than they are now.

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INDIAN SHORES — There is “A Way Out” of domestic violence. The critically acclaimed documentary by the same name will be presented on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Shores Municipal Center in the 4th floor community center. It is open to the public.

GULFPORT - Last year, while looking through discounted holiday decorations at Lowe’s after Christmas, Julie Stenstrom and her wife, Veronica Dasilva, found a large mailbox designed for letters to Santa.

“It was on sale, a really good deal, and the last one they had in the store,” Stenstrom said. “We didn’t go looking for it, but there it was. We looked at each other and said, ‘This might be fun.’”

REDINGTON BEACH — The qualifying period for candidates aspiring to the Town Commission closes Friday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m.

INDIAN SHORES — Keeping up with technology is not always easy for a small town. On top of that, Indian Shores is located on a barrier island subject to evacuation. As such, the town moved from an onsite server to a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning system in 2017 to keep the business …

If you own beachfront property in Redington Shores, you have probably received a letter from town officials urging you to install sea turtle-friendly lighting or pay a fine. Property owners quickly learn that bringing that lighting into compliance can be expensive. That's where the Sea Turtle Conservancy can help, offering a grant program to aid property owners pay for the special lighting.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — IRB runoff elections are officially a thing of the past. At last month’s meeting, the City Commission voted to amend the process for runoff and tied elections. Commissioners reasserted that amendment to the Code of Ordinances by a unanimous vote of 5-0 at the item’s seco…

INDIAN SHORES — Sand erosion on Florida’s beaches is an ongoing concern. Three speakers addressed subjects relevant to Florida’s beaches and industry at the Dec. 4 meeting of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council held in the Indian Shores Municipal Center.

TREASURE ISLAND — The city hopes to be awarded a $350,000 Forward Pinellas Transportation Alternatives Grant, promising a $40,000 match, that will allow it to add a pedestrian boardwalk along the north side of the eastern portion of Treasure Island Causeway.

Nothing says Florida quite like a holiday boat parade. And, boy, does Pinellas County have plenty to choose from. So get in the holiday spirit and check out our list of parades on the horizon.

A chilly weekend (by Gulf beach standards) didn’t deter thousands of tourists and locals from visiting the sand sculptures, retail and food tents, children’s play area and main stage at the Sanding Ovations event in Treasure Island Nov. 20-24.

GULFPORT — When ceramic artist Brenda McMahon moved to Gulfport in 2008, she discovered the city’s vibrant arts community. She was surprised to learn, though, that nobody had ever organized an open studio tour there.

McMahon knew that such a tour would be successful in Gulfport, which already enjoyed a thriving arts scene. So she decided to start one, and three years ago launched ArtJones.

SEMINOLE — As a child raised on John’s Pass in the 1940s, the area was like “an outdoor playground for kids,” said Roger Wilson.

The Seminole resident added, “It was beautiful. There was fishing, swimming, running around outside. You could just go spend the whole day outdoors and never get bored.”

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Although the legal battle between the town of North Redington Beach and Sweet Sage Café over that restaurant’s parking was settled last spring, resolving the town’s off-street parking space requirements, in general, was not. A new ordinance amending off-street parking…

MADEIRA BEACH — The current phase of road construction that has closed Madeira Way at 150th Avenue for months is coming to an end, City Manager Robert Daniels said at the Nov. 19 workshop meeting.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Mayor Cookie Kennedy, for the second year in a row, took time from a regular commission meeting to honor the city’s veterans. Just as she did a year ago, Kennedy called half-dozen select veterans from the audience and presented them with a lighted candle out of respect f…

INDIAN SHORES — The town is priming for a festive yuletide. From holiday fire safety to scheduling upcoming events at town hall to special closings of the municipal center for the holidays, the agenda for the Nov. 12 town council meeting was filled with special preparations.

ST. PETE BEACH — At a recent strategic planning meeting, city officials were adamant that they don’t want St. Pete Beach known as a Spring Break mecca like Clearwater Beach — but they also don’t want the city to have a reputation as a sleepy bedroom community like Redington Beach.

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