REDINGTON SHORES – Land donated to the town by the developer of La Vistana condominiums to be used as park space will be developed using town officials and employees, rather than an outside professional.

The commission decided at their Nov. 29 workshop session that the town had enough talent “in house” to do the job well, and at far less expense than a general contractor.

Mayor Bert Adams pointed out that two of the commission members, Commissioners Tom Kapper and Jeff Neal, are contractors. They could hire subcontractors, mainly a landscaping professional, who could use existing layouts of the park space to develop the two small parks planned for the property.

Commissioner Mary Beth Henderson said that approach “could definitely save some money, if you guys (Kapper and Neal) are up to the task.”

Neal said he and Kapper were ready to do the job. “We already have a layout to use. We just need to pick some plants. Collectively, we’ll get it together,” Neal said. 

The town also has employees such as Building Official Steve Andrews and maintenance people who work for him who could help with the park project, said Adams.

Development of the two green spaces that make up the parks has been talked about for several years. The land was obtained by the town as part of a development agreement with the developer of the La Vistana condominiums. The property is small, about 9,500 square feet, and the plan is for “pocket parks” with more passive features than the larger, more activity-intensive Constitution and Del Bello parks. 

The La Vistana condominium association has agreed to maintain the parks.

In April, the commission rejected a proposal to develop the parks at a cost of over $100,000, including a $30,000 clock tower.

Garage sales to be limited

After hearing complaints of too many garage sales in town, the commission decided to place a limit and require permits for private sales.

There will continue to be two public garage sales a year. Private sales, which have not been regulated, will now be limited to two per year per residence, and will require a permit. There will be no charge for the permits.

The law is similar to one used in North Redington Beach, Adams said.

Gulf Boulevard code to be updated 

The commission looked at making changes to the special land development codes that apply to properties on Gulf Boulevard. Andrews, the town’s building official, proposed the changes based on comments he has received from city officials, residents and business owners in the area.

The code for the Gulf Boulevard Overlay District, adopted in 2004, has sections that are never enforced, such as requiring a Mediterranean look for new or upgraded structures with retail businesses on the first floor. The idea at the time of the code’s adoption was to give the business district a consistent look.

The requirements and recommendations “really don’t work with what we’ve got now,” Adams said, or are “a large city type of thing.” 

The changes being proposed by Andrews would bring the code up to date and in line with the current reality on Gulf Boulevard, plus do away with regulations that duplicate what’s in the standard code.

“This would be an ongoing process, changing this, eliminating a lot of stuff,” said Adams. He said the proposed changes would go to the town attorney first and then to the county for further review.