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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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MADEIRA BEACH — The search for a city manager will continue, following the rejection of the job by Lee Staab from Colorado, who had been the City Commission’s number one choice. But this time, there will be an important difference as the search process moves forward.

ST. PETE BEACH — The city’s popular Freebee on the Beach shuttle will soon extend its service from its northern terminus at Pinellas County Beach Access Park, 47th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, to 75th Avenue off the Corey Causeway.

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This tiny beach town of about 1,500 people is engaged in a potentially epic political and legal battle between beach residents and the town’s government over who has the right to use the dry sandy portion of its gulf-front beaches. “Yes, this could go as far as the U.S. Supreme Court,” says Redington Beach Town Attorney Robert Eschenfelder.

REDINGTON SHORES — Town Attorney James Denhardt, who has represented Redington Shores for the past 43 years, submitted his resignation effective Sept. 30. Denhardt’s resignation followed a decision by the town to seek new bids for the town attorney position. Commissioner Michael Robinson sai…

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MADEIRA BEACH — After a weeks-long city manager selection process that reduced the candidate list from 28, to seven, to four, and then two, and the final selection of Lee Staab from Colorado, the City Commission is now back where they started.

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MADEIRA BEACH — Following an extensive and exhaustive selection process that started with 28 candidates, the City Commission met in a special meeting Sept. 7 and made the final decision for city manager. In a close vote, a sharply divided commission picked Lee Staab, a Colorado resident with…

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ST. PETE BEACH — Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, at 107 16th Ave., had its prayers answered when a judge ruled in January that it could use its parking lot to collect donations from anyone, including beachgoers looking for a parking spot.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The choices for city manager have been reduced to two finalists. In a special meeting on Sept. 7, the city commission will decide whether to keep current City Manager Bob Daniels or pick Lee Staab, a Colorado resident with a military background, as his replacement.

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The legendary Beach Theatre, which in its heyday saw moviegoers line up to see early talking motion pictures and then, a generation later, attracted costumed fans to be part of the action at showings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will get a sequel with new owners.

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MADEIRA BEACH — After having decided in a close vote not to extend the contract of City Manager Bob Daniels, and to advertise the position, the City Commission on Aug. 11 narrowed down the applicants for the job to seven finalists from a field of 28. That voting was based upon commissioners’…

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SEMINOLE — Tampa Bay Newspapers Associate Publisher Jay Rey has been named publisher for the organization, which includes publications in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties.

MADEIRA BEACH — The planned Schooner Hotel development has taken the next step in the approval process for it to be built. During a quasi-judicial hearing at the July 14 city commission meeting, the city determined that the project meets the legal requirements to qualify for Planned Developm…

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TREASURE ISLAND — The local real estate market’s “rocket ship” helped Pinellas County property values shrug off the pandemic and continue their steady climb — but homeowners shouldn’t expect that to translate to much relief in their tax bills.

INDIAN SHORES — In the arsenal of non-lethal force, law enforcement has a new tool: the BolaWrap remote restraint device. The Indian Shores Police Department sponsored a demonstration of the innovative apparatus May 25 at the town’s Municipal Center.

TREASURE ISLAND — Commissioners declined to accept a proposed interlocal agreement regulating the Gulf Beaches Public Library, stating their concerns have not been addressed and they are not satisfied with why their suggested contract changes were denied.

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TIERRA VERDE — Geysers of white water exploded into the air last week as underwater explosives shattered supports of the 60-year-old Tierra Verde bridge, now replaced by a new fixed-span bridge connecting the island communities of Tierra Verde and Isla del Sol.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Weekend visitors who can’t find a parking space on Indian Rocks Beach find hope at Cavalry Episcopal Church on First Street, where parking can be had after putting a few dollars in an outdoor donation box.

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Beachgoers likely won’t have to dodge electric bikes on the sand. The flashing yellow safety beacons at crosswalks aren’t going anywhere. A vacation-rental effort that some feared would turn quiet beach neighborhoods into “Jersey Shore” episodes every spring break has evaporated.

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TREASURE ISLAND — During a commission meeting to consider selecting Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Amy Davis for the city’s top administrative post, it was revealed that friends of a controversial former beach city manager lobbied to open up the search for applicants.

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