NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Hurricane Michael only bypassed the fringes of Pinellas County, but the storm surge was enough to bring beach renourishment to a screeching halt in North Redington Beach.
Commissioner Kevin Kennedy reported on the stoppage during the Oct. 11 town hall meeting.
Beach renourishment did not get very far along the property line of NRB when work was interrupted by the storm surge.
“One-half of what was done was lost,” said Kennedy, “and we (NRB) are hoping that the sand will be replenished.”
The good news is that “the baffles worked,” said Mayor Bill Queen.
Streets that usually flooded did not because of the new baffles that had been installed just before this year’s hurricane season began.
Other places that usually didn’t flood in the past flooded this time. Impressed with how well the baffles worked where they had been recently put in, the mayor said he will be looking into installing them in other places like South Bath Club. Another factor that helped the situation was no rain fell during the surge, which would have exacerbated the problem.
The mayor asked Kennedy if the storm stirred up the Gulf, making the Red Tide worse. “Still smelling the (algae) bloom?” asked the mayor. “Yes, indeed,” said Kennedy.
Also during miscellaneous business, the mayor discussed the town’s annual holiday food drive to benefit the Beach Community Food Pantry at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach. Donations may be dropped off at the North Redington Beach Town Hall between Thursday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily. Donations will be delivered to the food bank on Friday, Nov. 16, to aid the community through Thanksgiving.
Items in need include powdered milk, instant potatoes, flour, coffee, butter/margarine, oil and sugar as well as canned vegetables, fruit, tomato sauce, tuna, ham, sardines, beans and soups plus boxed foods like cereal, pasta and rice. Personal items, toiletries, and monetary gifts will also be accepted.
In other matters:
• An ordinance regarding business licensing and tax procedures was approved unanimously again final reading. John Messmore, the owner of Sweet Sage Café, said that rates needed to be included in any ordinance according to state statutes. Mayor Queen asked the town attorney, Jay Daigneault, to check into that.
• An ordinance was adopted unanimously adopting the capital improvement plan for the years 2019-2023. Another ordinance on the agenda amending the town’s comprehensive plan was tabled because the board of commissioners had not heard from Pinellas County in time.
• An ordinance was approved relating to the municipal election, establishing the date of the annual election, periods for qualifying, and authorizing the town clerk to perform all legally related necessary paperwork. The election will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 12.
The election will be to elect the mayor and commissioners seats 1 and 2. Those positions are currently held by Mayor Bill Queen, Commissioner Gary Curtis, and Commissioner Richard Bennett. Any resident who wants to be a candidate will need to file paperwork with the town clerk between 8 A.M. on Dec. 7, 2018, and 1 p.m. on Dec. 21, during the town hall’s regular hours of operation.