INDIAN SHORES — Emotional support dogs are not service dogs. Kathy Saunders, the area coordinator for Southeastern Guide Dogs, explained the differences between real and fake service animals at the Jan. 14 Indian Shores Town Council meeting.
REDINGTON SHORES — An increase in the county sewer rate will be passed on to residents, town commissioners decided at their Jan. 8 meeting. The rate hike is 9.5% each year for the next four years. By the fourth year, the rates will be 43% higher than they are now.
TREASURE ISLAND — Sewer manhole covers in the 115th Avenue roadway will probably never become a location for a photo opportunity spot, but the town’s specially designed sewer hatches could get into the public works record books for their distinctive specifications.
INDIAN SHORES — There is “A Way Out” of domestic violence. The critically acclaimed documentary by the same name will be presented on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Shores Municipal Center in the 4th floor community center. It is open to the public.
When Krista Clark moved to Florida several years ago, she had never seen the ocean. Although she landed in Orlando, far from the coasts, she decided shortly after her move that this was something she wanted to change.
TREASURE ISLAND — Two candidates, a criminal defense attorney and civil engineer, are vying to represent District 4, an area encompassing Sunset Beach and Gulf Boulevard northward to 112th Avenue, in the city’s March 17 municipal election.
Each of the 3,763 white wooden posts represented a tree that had been removed with permission in one of Pinellas County’s 13 municipalities that have received a Tree City USA designation.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to pass two ordinances that address overflow beach parking Dec. 12.
MADEIRA BEACH — A new law regulating live-aboard boats on waterways within the city’s jurisdiction moved closer to becoming a reality at a special City Commission meeting Dec. 17.
ST. PETE BEACH — It will soon be cheaper for food truck vendors to sell treats during special events in downtown districts of the Community Redevelopment Area.
GULFPORT - Last year, while looking through discounted holiday decorations at Lowe’s after Christmas, Julie Stenstrom and her wife, Veronica Dasilva, found a large mailbox designed for letters to Santa.
“It was on sale, a really good deal, and the last one they had in the store,” Stenstrom said. “We didn’t go looking for it, but there it was. We looked at each other and said, ‘This might be fun.’”
INDIAN SHORES — Keeping up with technology is not always easy for a small town. On top of that, Indian Shores is located on a barrier island subject to evacuation. As such, the town moved from an onsite server to a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning system in 2017 to keep the business …
ST. PETE BEACH — St. Pete Beach officials unveiled their Sustainability Action Plan to address the effects of global warming, sea level rise, king tides and tropical storms during a special strategic planning work session Dec. 11.
If you own beachfront property in Redington Shores, you have probably received a letter from town officials urging you to install sea turtle-friendly lighting or pay a fine. Property owners quickly learn that bringing that lighting into compliance can be expensive. That's where the Sea Turtle Conservancy can help, offering a grant program to aid property owners pay for the special lighting.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — IRB runoff elections are officially a thing of the past. At last month’s meeting, the City Commission voted to amend the process for runoff and tied elections. Commissioners reasserted that amendment to the Code of Ordinances by a unanimous vote of 5-0 at the item’s seco…
REDINGTON BEACH — Redington Beach commissioners declined Dec. 4 to apply for money to upgrade a town street, saying the fast-approaching deadline left no time to get input from residents.
INDIAN SHORES — Sand erosion on Florida’s beaches is an ongoing concern. Three speakers addressed subjects relevant to Florida’s beaches and industry at the Dec. 4 meeting of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council held in the Indian Shores Municipal Center.
TREASURE ISLAND — The city hopes to be awarded a $350,000 Forward Pinellas Transportation Alternatives Grant, promising a $40,000 match, that will allow it to add a pedestrian boardwalk along the north side of the eastern portion of Treasure Island Causeway.
TREASURE ISLAND — Commissioners here plan to take a cautious approach when it comes to submitting a permit application to the state Department of Environmental Protection to clear beach vegetation from 103rd to 119th avenues.
GULFPORT — When ceramic artist Brenda McMahon moved to Gulfport in 2008, she discovered the city’s vibrant arts community. She was surprised to learn, though, that nobody had ever organized an open studio tour there.
McMahon knew that such a tour would be successful in Gulfport, which already enjoyed a thriving arts scene. So she decided to start one, and three years ago launched ArtJones.
ST. PETE BEACH — Mayor Al Johnson and Commissioner Ward Friszolowski will retain their seats for another term while Commissioner Terri Finnerty will have an opponent in the March 17 municipal election.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Although the legal battle between the town of North Redington Beach and Sweet Sage Café over that restaurant’s parking was settled last spring, resolving the town’s off-street parking space requirements, in general, was not. A new ordinance amending off-street parking…
REDINGTON BEACH — Town officials quickly dispatched the evening’s business Nov. 20, hearing an update on the renovations to Friendship Park and giving final approval to an ordinance banning live-aboards.
TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners are poised to revise weekend alcohol consumption restrictions on Sunset Beach during tourist season to be more in line with the times.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Mayor Cookie Kennedy, for the second year in a row, took time from a regular commission meeting to honor the city’s veterans. Just as she did a year ago, Kennedy called half-dozen select veterans from the audience and presented them with a lighted candle out of respect f…
INDIAN SHORES — The town is priming for a festive yuletide. From holiday fire safety to scheduling upcoming events at town hall to special closings of the municipal center for the holidays, the agenda for the Nov. 12 town council meeting was filled with special preparations.
REDINGTON SHORES — A resident’s complaint against a town commissioner questioning his business qualifications, professionalism and conduct toward her brought a strong rebuttal from the accused commissioner.
ST. PETE BEACH — Food truck vendors may soon feel more welcome in town after city commissioners reduce the first-year permit fee for them to serve residents.
ST. PETE BEACH — At a recent strategic planning meeting, city officials were adamant that they don’t want St. Pete Beach known as a Spring Break mecca like Clearwater Beach — but they also don’t want the city to have a reputation as a sleepy bedroom community like Redington Beach.
GULFPORT — When Caroline Duvoe was laid off from her job at IBM in 2009, she knew one thing: she was done with corporate America.
TREASURE ISLAND — Rules and regulations governing the city’s 14-slip municipal marina, behind the City Hall complex on 108th Avenue, will likely be updated for the first time in 19 years.
REDINGTON BEACH — Residents here have pressed town officials for months to change the property area that could be built on. Commissioners took the first step in that direction Nov. 6, but residents found the gift came with strings attached.
TREASURE ISLAND — This year’s Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl and Beach Invasion events will be packed into one big day of island revelry, as the city joins ESPN Sports for beach games, cheerleader competition and marching bands.
REDINGTON SHORES — A requirement that waterfront homes in this coastal community be built a minimum of 25 feet behind the Coastal Construction Control Line must be followed. There will be no exceptions, and the town code will not be changed to reduce the setback requirement.