TREASURE ISLAND — A lively debate over whether to establish a no/minimum wake zone in the area of St. James Bridge, adjacent to and behind the new Fusion Resort boat dock, was sunk by city commissioners.
ST. PETE BEACH — The Community Development Department’s attempt to address requests by residents wishing to install ornamental structures in their front yard, by amending the Land Development Code, was sent back to the drawing board by the City Commission, with Commissioner Melinda Pletcher …
ST. PETE BEACH — Developers of the proposed Miramar Beach Resort, at 4200 Gulf Boulevard, are planning to be the first in this beach city to open a full-service hotel since the Florida Department of Environmental Protection forced St. Pete Beach to enact a building moratorium six years ago.
REDINGTON SHORES — The annual Town Picnic, which had been reinvented due to COVID-19 into a drive-thru format where food trucks would deliver hamburgers and hot dogs, beverages and desserts to the neighborhoods, has had another remake.
TREASURE ISLAND — The Rosselli Park playground will soon become Treasure Island’s first recreation facility refurbished with synthetic turf and stingray-shaped shade structures, while the Treasure Bay playground will get a much-requested sun protection feature.
ST. PETE BEACH — It will take an ambitious, costly public-private partnership using state and federal funds over several years to protect the Don CeSar neighborhood peninsula from tidal surge and stormwater flooding.
INDIAN SHORES — As Indian Shores has done through most of the pandemic, the Town Commission and budget meeting Sept. 9 was done virtually. Highlights of the meeting included passage of the fiscal year 2020-21 budget, an illustration of the enhanced drainage project on Gulf Boulevard, and rec…
ST. PETE BEACH — A plan to work together with a local restaurateur envisions the western end of Corey Avenue at Sunset Way to include a mini-marina at the eatery and fishing pier at adjacent city-owned Fisherman’s Park.
MADEIRA BEACH — The city will spend up to $60,000 to do a cost and revenue study to find out if a long-discussed high-and-dry boat storage facility at the city marina is financially feasible.
TREASURE ISLAND — In an effort to help residents who might be financially struggling as a result of the pandemic, city commissioners Sept. 3 voted to delay a property tax increase this next fiscal year.
ST. PETE BEACH — Sometime next fall, library patrons from Treasure Island may become part of a cooperative utilizing the newly renovated St. Pete Beach Library.
MADEIRA BEACH — The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is the area’s most popular event, normally drawing thousands of visitors to the Village for its three-day run in October. This year it is being moved to January, due mostly to COVID-19 concerns.
Labor Day weekend is typically a fun and busy one around Pinellas County beaches, including fireworks shows and Gulfport’s GeckoFest.
INDIAN SHORES — COVID-19 arrived this past March just in time for Chief Rick Swann’s first anniversary on the job at the Indian Shores Police Department. With a small police presence of about a dozen officers, the chief had his hands full with the onset of the pandemic.
REDINGTON BEACH — Residents here will have a chance to comment soon on their town’s proposed 2021 budget whose anticipated revenue has been dented by the effects of the ongoing pandemic.
TREASURE ISLAND — When it comes to erosion rates from tidal action and rising sea levels, an Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Storm Risk Management Study predicts some coastal areas along Treasure Island could see the highest levels of dune and beach loss in the county.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — For well over a year, Forward Pinellas, the county’s planning organization, has been working with residents and city leaders on a visioning process aimed at discovering what they want their city to look like five, 10 or 15 years down the road.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Seven ordinances passed on first readings during the Aug. 13 Town Commission meeting. One ordinance dealt with fireworks, two with changes regarding pervious areas, two with parking, and two more with conduct in public places.
ST. PETE BEACH — While it will still take months to obtain required federal, state and county permits, city commissioners moved closer to once again allowing anglers to cast their line into Pass-A-Grille channel from the First Avenue Fishing Pier.
TREASURE ISLAND — Municipal financial planners warned city leaders that COVID-19 will likely plague city budgets next fiscal year.
MADEIRA BEACH — City Hall will get a significant expansion, double the present size, from a planned enclosure of the building’s ground floor, which is currently undeveloped. The added space will house the Building and Planning departments.
MADEIRA BEACH — City commissioners have tentatively decided to increase the proposed millage rate for next year, in the first of a series of meetings before setting the final rate in September. The decision was seen as a precautionary move. The rate can be lowered, but not raised, at future …
ST PETE BEACH — City commissioners moved to put the brakes on heavy trucks and buses traversing residential streets in most of the city with the adoption of a revised ordinance that strictly regulates vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds.
MADEIRA BEACH — For more than 30 years, the annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival has been a destination for thousands of visitors from across the country. That tradition remains intact with the announcement that the 39th annual Seafood Festival will be rescheduled for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Parking in the city has been an issue for as long as anyone in city government can remember. Now, an effort is being made to find a solution that will be acceptable to the residents who complain they have no more room on their streets, and visitors who complain there is …
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — For the first time in 19 years, the IRB Action 2000 Oktoberfest folk festival has been canceled. The event, which was scheduled for Oct. 17, at Kolb Park in Indian Rocks Beach, draws about 5,000 attendees each year.
TREASURE ISLAND — The city of Treasure Island has scored a marketing touchdown worthy of one of NFL star Rob Gronkowski’s famed spikes.
TREASURE ISLAND — For the third consecutive year, the city manager is proposing a slight property tax increase in order to fund the rehabilitation of the Treasure Island Causeway and Bridge.
MADEIRA BEACH — The most significant amendment to the city charter being proposed to voters for approval in November has been pulled from the ballot. The amendment, if approved, would have changed the current citywide vote of all residents for all commissioners to residents of each district …
REDINGTON SHORES — After months of discussion, the Town Commission gave initial approval to an ordinance regulating short-term rental properties. Its main intent is to control “party houses” where large groups of people gather and become loud and unruly. It does this by limiting the number o…
SEMINOLE — The Rotary Club of Seminole Lake hosted its 40th installation banquet at Chapel on the Hill on June 28.
Several leaders of local governments and organizations in Pinellas County had been patiently waiting with fingers crossed on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make his final decisions on the state budget.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Former City Commissioner Connie Allen died June 17, 2020, after a short illness. Allen, who was 68, was active around the city and was especially involved in the Pinellas County Historical Society and Heritage Village.
ST. PETE BEACH — City leaders gave the green light June 23 to new rules that would help keep large buses and trucks off residential streets, which some residents say have created a “nightmare” for their neighborhoods.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Pinellas County’s beaches are typically packed with revelers for the Fourth of July. But if you’re planning on heading to Indian Rocks Beach in hopes of celebrating Independence Day with some fireworks, city officials have a message for you: Don’t even think about it.
ST. PETE BEACH — City Manager Alex Rey said four years of efforts to cut down on sewer overflows are working and now he wants some flexibility on a development moratorium that has hindered small businesses from setting up shop in the area.
ST. PETE BEACH — COVID-19 has affected many things this year, but property assessment is not one of them. At least not yet.
TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners were disappointed June 2 when they decided to cancel the July 4 fireworks show. There was a silver lining, however, as they learned that they could spend that $25,000 for displays later in the year.
REDINGTON SHORES — The second Saturday of October is a special date for residents of Redington Shores. That’s the day of the Town Picnic. Held in Constitution Park, the picnic features plenty of food and a good time for all ages, on a usually sunny, pleasant day. It’s a popular event, typica…
ST. PETE BEACH — When City Manager Alex Rey was hired, commissioners were optimistic but unsure about how he would handle the position. After 14 months on the job, Rey has erased any doubt any of those commissioners may have had, and they showed their gratitude June 9 by unanimously voting t…