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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.

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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.

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REDINGTON BEACH — Redington Beach commissioners declined Dec. 4 to apply for money to upgrade a town street, saying the fast-approaching deadline left no time to get input from residents.

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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.

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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…

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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.

REDINGTON SHORES — A requirement that waterfront homes in this coastal community be built a minimum of 25 feet behind the Coastal Construction Control Line must be followed. There will be no exceptions, and the town code will not be changed to reduce the setback requirement.

MADEIRA BEACH — Agreements to lease rather than buy city vehicles and to use an outside firm rather than city workers to mow and maintain the City Hall lawn are providing opportunities to save money and improve the levels of service.

Thousands of people flocked to John’s Pass Village on Oct. 18-20 for the 38th annual festival John’s Pass Seafood Festival. Besides getting their fill of seafood, barbecue and other dishes, visitors enjoyed a variety of activities, including live music and a Halloween Block Party and Costume…

ST. PETE BEACH — Bert’s Barracuda and Bert’s Black Widow Harley Davidson will present the third annual St. Pete Beach BikeFest on Nov. 20-24, at TradeWinds Island Resorts – Island Grand & RumFish Beach Resort, 5500 and 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.

MADEIRA BEACH — The Madeira Beach City Commission gave final approval to an ordinance Oct. 8 that sets regulations for boaters who live on board their boats. The law requires liveaboard boat owners who dock in city waters to get a permit costing $5, and pump out at the city marina. They can …

INDIAN SHORES — After months of trying to reach a settlement, the Town Council accepted Town Attorney Regina Kardash’s recommendation at the Oct. 8 Town Hall meeting to pursue litigation against Ameriscape US Inc. regarding a Gulf Boulevard beautification project.

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