INDIAN SHORES – Special recognition was given to landscape architecture firm Terra Techtonics and to landscape contractor AmeriscapeUSA for their combined outstanding work in the completion of Phase I of the Gulf Boulevard beautification streetscape Project.

Plaques were presented to the companies’ representatives by Mayor Pat Soranno and Councilor Mike Hackerson, who heads the beautification project, at the April 10 town hall meeting.

Jonathan Toner, the landscape architect from Terra Techtonics and architect for the project, accepted the award for his hard work and dedication. Ralph Girard and James Eiselle accepted the town’s award on behalf of AmeriscapeUSA for their part in the successful completion of Phase I of the project.

Turn-about is fair play. The recipients of the town’s awards surprised Soranno and Hackerson with reciprocal awards for the town’s cooperation in facilitating the completion of Phase I of the project.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to Fred Strahlendorf for his 12 years of service to the town on the Planning, Zoning, and Building Committee. Strahlendort was also given a key to the city.

Special events permits awarded

Three special events permit requests were approved during the meeting. The Fallon-Pacht wedding on Saturday, June 9, at the beach access across from 19305 Gulf Blvd. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. was approved. Next, the Bejte renewal of vows ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 18500 Gulf Blvd. from 2-6:30 p.m. was authorized. Finally, the Faith-Horne wedding on Friday, Sept. 21, at 19601 Gulf Blvd. from 2:30-6:30 p.m. was also approved.

The Town Council approved a free rental request of the fourth-floor community center in the Indian Shores Municipal Center on November 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce for their first ever Festival of Trees event to be held on Small Business Saturday. Occasions when the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce has made donations in favor of the town were noted as a factor in approving the request.

Tree removal set

El Cheapo Tree Service’s proposal to remove the Australian pine tree by the playground behind town hall was unanimously approved. The cost is $2,350 and will include removal and stump grinding.

Town eyes Duke property

Indian Shores Fire Commissioner Larry Schear said the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District is potentially interested in purchasing the Duke Energy decommissioned substation property. The property is not yet formally on the market. The town is interested in the property as possible parkland since it is located on the waterfront of the Intracoastal. Asking price of the entire property is reported to be in the neighborhood of $2 million, although Duke Energy was responding favorably to the PSF&RD offer of $800,000 for the portion of the property in which they were interested.

Soranno said, as much as he would like the parkland aspect of the waterfront property, “I wouldn’t do it (purchase the property) out of (the town’s) general funds.”

The mayor said any purchase would depend on funding. “If Penny for Pinellas will pay for it (the purchase) and we (Indian Shores) can get beautification money,” said Soranno.

Town attorney Regina Kardash suggested the town get an appraisal on the property. Soranno said that he would speak with the county administrator to see what the chances of getting funding would be.