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REDINGTON BEACH — Residents were vocal in their disappointment after commissioners postponed a meeting that was anticipated as a step toward resolving questions about the amount of hard surface allowed on individual lots.

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MADEIRA BEACH – Clara VanBlargan was wrapping up a typically busy morning at City Hall on June 3 attending to her duties as City Clerk of Madeira Beach, when she was visited by Mayor Maggi Black along with City Manager Jonathan Evans.

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MADEIRA BEACH — A discussion of the city’s upcoming Fourth of July fireworks display erupted in fireworks of its own, with the City Commission’s May 28 meeting ending in an explosive grand finale.

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ST PETE BEACH — St. Pete Beach may consider contracting with a transportation vendor to provide electric golf cart or trolley service along Gulf Boulevard in the city, with PSTA buses only ferrying riders to a transfer station.

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MADEIRA BEACH — Stand-alone parking lots in the city operated by private firms have been growing in size and number in recent years. They have become a lucrative business, responding to the city’s growing tourist economy.

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TREASURE ISLAND — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, says the fight against red tide must continue. Speaking to the regular meeting of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council on May 29, Crist announced that he was able to secure $10 million for research into red tide.

INDIAN SHORES — Chief of Police Rick Swann was sworn in two months ago, and now that he has his sea legs, he is doing some “housekeeping” at the Indian Shores Police Department. At the chief’s recommendation, two resignations, two new hires, and a pay increase were all unanimously approved b…

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — The town of North Redington Beach on May 1 reached a settlement with John Messmore, the owner of Sweet Sage Café, regarding the last unresolved segment of Messmore’s ongoing lawsuits against the town.

REDINGTON BEACH — Town commissioners approved a controversial land development ordinance May 1 that residents protested as too restrictive. Even as they voted unanimously, commissioners hinted that a more acceptable change would soon be coming.

MADEIRA BEACH — The Old Salt 26th Annual Spring King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is underway and continues through May 4.

ST PETE BEACH — The last two months of summer promises to be a challenging time for businesses along Corey Avenue at Blind Pass Road. That’s when the city will close the intersection for two months to install a 16-inch water pipe and other new utilities.

REDINGTON SHORES — Since January, during the illness and later resignation of former Building Official Steve Andrews, building services have been handled by an outside firm. Town officials and commission members have been pleased for the most part with how that arrangement has worked.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Vice Mayor Ted Dahl delivered his handwritten letter of resignation to the town of North Redington Beach the afternoon of April 17. The resignation goes into effect May 9, the day of the next scheduled town hall meeting.

REDINGTON BEACH — Town commissioners were urged to add “no parking” signs to several park-like areas along Second Street by a resident who said conditions along that street raise concerns about child safety and “future crime.”

MADEIRA BEACH — An agreement between the city and the John’s Pass Village Association to continue the Seafood Festival for another year was approved by the City Commission at its April 9 regular meeting. The vote confirms a proposal worked out at previous commission workshop sessions.

INDIAN SHORES — Landscape architect Jonathan Toner of Terra Tectonics and Town Engineer Bob Brotherton worked together to come up with an alternate design to correct the drainage issue at Sand Castle. The drainage situation occurred as a result of the Gulf Boulevard Beautification Project.

ST. PETE BEACH — After being in office just a few weeks, St. Pete Beach’s new City Manager Alex Rey’s first big assignment will be to come up with an interlocal agreement with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials over the Rapid Transit issue.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — City commissioners April 9 gave City Manager Gregg Mims the go-ahead to have several new crosswalks installed along Gulf Boulevard and move others to more practical locations.

GULFPORT — The Gulfport Historical Society will introduce its newest historic walking tour, which retraces part of the historic Veteran’s City trolley line, Friday, April 19, following the dedication of Trolley Market Square, 4900 Tangerine Ave. S., at 7:15 p.m.

ST. PETE BEACH — A last-minute email from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, asking for time to plead their case for the Rapid Transit Project, caused city commissioners to delay adopting a resolution opposing the plan.

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