NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – North Redington Beach, Redington Beach and Redington Shores are proposing to band together to build a multipurpose municipal facility that all three towns will share.
The town of North Redington Beach unanimously passed a resolution on its first reading during new business at the Nov. 8 meeting to initiate the project.
The proposed multipurpose facility will be designed to provide collective fire/EMS, law enforcement, sewer and election polling services for the three Redingtons. According to the resolution, North Redington Beach has conducted community outreach that determined “its citizens are largely in support of the project and have encouraged the town’s Board of Commissioners to continue to pursue it.”
An architectural rendering of the proposed building is available for residents to view at the North Redington Beach Town Hall. Canerday, Belfsky and Arroyo Architects Inc. is the architectural firm that prepared the rendering. The firm has recently done a variety of local municipal projects, including the Water Resources Administrative Building for the city of St. Petersburg, Fire Station 2 for Zephyrhills, and the Clearwater East Community Library. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, the firm has been in business since 1984.
The current North Redington Beach Public Works Building that is adjacent to the North Redington Beach town hall will be demolished as part of the project. The proposed new construction will replace it. Currently, the timeline for the new building is permitting in 2019, construction in 2020, and completion in 2021.
In other town matters
• Another resolution was unanimously passed on its first reading during new business regarding an interlocal agreement between NRB and the cities of Seminole and Madeira Beach. The agreement continues the previous agreement between the municipalities for fire suppression and EMS services for another 10 years.
• An ordinance amending the town’s comprehensive plan was passed unanimously during its first reading during new business. The action reflects capital improvement fund revenues for the upcoming five years.
“The only difference is the undergrounding along Gulf Boulevard,” said Mayor Bill Queen. The change is the addition of $881,120 derived from Penny for Pinellas money for the undergrounding project.
A special meeting was scheduled for Nov. 14 for the second reading of the ordinance adjusting the capital improvement funds segment of the town’s comprehensive plan. Also at that meeting, the second reading of the capital improvement plan itself will be presented. The mayor said the follow-up was delayed due to Pinellas County still “working out the details” regarding the new multi-purpose facility.
Also, the timing for the special meeting is based upon the need to pass the ordinance (for a second reading) relating to the municipal election and qualifying periods prior to the start of the qualifying period. Town Clerk Mari Campbell explained that these three ordinances needed to be passed on their second reading prior to the December meeting.
During miscellaneous business, the mayor announced that the town’s holiday tree lighting will be Friday, Dec. 7. The town’s House Decorating Contest will be Dec. 13.