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…
MADEIRA BEACH — Several charter amendments coming to the voters in November could, if approved, bring significant change to the City Commission’s election process and operations.
MADEIRA BEACH — Pinellas County’s hotel industry was booming to begin the year. Record numbers of tourists were flocking to the area and bed tax numbers were setting new highs.
ST. PETE BEACH — Officials from Pinellas County and St. Petersburg were thrilled May 28 when President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement via Twitter that the U.S. Department of Transportation was committing the final $21.8 million to the PSTA’s $43.9 million bus rapid transit project.
MADEIRA BEACH — The need for the city to seek new sources of revenue had been a major campaign theme for John Hendricks when he ran for mayor in March. Then, Hendricks had said the city marina was “a gem in the rough” that had been largely overlooked for its revenue-producing potential.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Beach Community Food Pantry, a mission of Calvary Episcopal Church, is finding success with two local food drives that replaced the canceled Stamp Out Hunger program.
Parking fees are some of the largest and most reliable revenue sources for the cities along Pinellas County’s beaches. Unfortunately, much of that revenue vanished in March and April when the county closed the beaches in an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
ST. PETE BEACH — The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the season was found May 6 on Pass-A-Grille beach, and city and county officials have a question for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
MADEIRA BEACH — Bookdealer Harry Nash led a most interesting and extraordinary life, according to his longtime business partner in the used book trade, Sean Donnelly.
TREASURE ISLAND — The city has made plenty of progress in the past month toward achieving its plans of moving to a new and improved City Hall.
INDIAN SHORES — One year ago, Robert Brotherton, a member of the Clearwater branch of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented the town of Indian Shores with a certificate documenting the town’s respectful handling and displaying of the American flag at the Indian Shores Municipal Center.
Joanne Kennedy was fully prepared to open her Indian Rocks Beach hair salon this past Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order had forced her business to be closed for a month, but she was certain that was going to end when he made his announcement April 29.
ST. PETE BEACH — The public beaches of Pinellas County will reopen Monday, May 4. All public parking will also be open except for specific areas in Pass-a-Grille that city commissioners decided May 1 would be limited to residents of St. Pete Beach and businesses.
Billions of dollars of federal aid is on the way to small businesses across the country. Getting it into the hands of their owners will take precious time, though. Until it arrives, some city leaders in Pinellas County have no intention of sitting idly by while the lifeblood of their communities — small businesses and their employees — suffer. Here’s a look at how some communities are getting involved.
MADEIRA BEACH — Madeira Beach businesses rely on the beaches and tourism to keep them alive. The coronavirus pandemic has robbed them of both. Beaches are closed to the public and tourists have left town. But that doesn’t mean the rent isn’t due for many of those businesses.
REDINGTON BEACH — Officials here have hired well-known area attorney Luke Lirot to help defend the town against a lawsuit with critical significance for the community.
It's an overwhelming time for local restaurateurs as owners grapple with keeping customers and workers safe — and keeping the doors open at the same time.
Some people shine brightest during the darkest times. And times are pretty dark at the moment, which is why community leaders and groups are banding together to help those in need.
The long-awaited demolition of the historic Redington Pier has begun, bringing an end to what has been considered a historic treasure. The wooden pier dates to 1962 and is the only such structure left on the Pinellas beaches. Check out our gallery as we chronicle its dismantling in photos.
REDINGTON SHORES — Following her win over longtime District 1 Commissioner Tom Kapper, Commissioner-elect Jennie Blackburn told Tampa Bay Newspapers what issues are important to her and what she would like to accomplish during the next commission term.
ST PETE BEACH — Public Works shined a light on issues when the city installed new, and much brighter, LED street lights in Pass-a-Grille.
REDINGTON SHORES — The town’s fireworks display, a Fourth of July tradition witnessed by thousands, fizzled out this past year. The show’s failure to happen was a classic case of “everything going wrong that could go wrong.”
Across the country, healthcare professionals and at-risk individuals struggle with shortages of personal protective equipment — face masks, gowns and gloves, among other items — as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
SOUTH PASADENA — A resident of Bay Island Condominiums in South Pasadena has tested positive for the coronavirus. He lives in the Ambassador building and the other occupants in his unit are in self-isolation until April 5, stated a March 25 notice from the Board of Directors and management o…
MADEIRA BEACH — The recent elections have brought a significant change to the makeup of the city commission, and, potentially, to the direction of the city on a number of issues.
SOUTH PASADENA — A South Dakota resident who recently stayed at Bay Island Condominiums in South Pasadena died of coronavirus less than two weeks after returning home.
REDINGTON SHORES — The long-awaited demolition of the historic Redington Pier has begun. A “notice to mobilize on-site and to proceed with demolition” has been given to the contractor hired to do the work.