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.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — When Town Attorney Jay Daigneault administered the oath of office to Commissioners Corey Thornton and Kevin Kennedy at the March 12 town hall meeting, the board of commissioners looked exactly the same as it did before the swearing in.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Commissioner Phil Hanna perhaps said it best when he remarked: “It is not going to be an easy problem to solve.”
MADEIRA BEACH — Asphalt, rather than pervious pavement that had been seen as an environmentally friendly choice, will be used on upcoming roadway and drainage projects in the city. The City Commission, in a 3-to-1 vote, rejected an ordinance that would have approved use of the porous surface…
TREASURE ISLAND — A lack of action and communication by Community Improvement Department staff over Verizon’s placement of cellular antenna tower poles in Sunset Beach brought to light what some city leaders say is an even larger issue of discontent over how that department handles customer …
REDINGTON BEACH — The evening started well for Redington Beach commissioners March 4 as they voted unanimously on second and final reading to raise the impervious surface ratio from 40 to 65%. The change in the amount of allowable hard surface homeowners could build on had been sought by a n…
The future leadership of several Pinellas County beach towns and cities will be decided March 17 when voters cast their ballots during municipal elections. Six seats, including one for mayor, are up for grabs on five boards. Here’s a breakdown of the races and a quick glimpse at the candidates.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — High among barrier island hurricane concerns is loss of power from a storm. Duke Energy’s efforts to strengthen reliability were discussed during the Feb. 26 meeting of the Barrier Island Government Council at North Redington Beach Town Hall.
ST. PETE BEACH — After at least 50 years, St. Pete Beach will revise its truck and bus ordinance along with its route map to alleviate noise and traffic congestion on neighborhood streets.
TREASURE ISLAND — At least one city commissioner will not be happy with attempts to update Treasure Island’s resident parking permit program until it includes a way for business owners to park for free at certain metered beach parking areas.
INDIAN SHORES — A year ago, the Indian Shores Police Department was reeling from six months of chaos stemming from the unexpected resignations of two police chiefs. There was a shortage of law enforcement staff, morale was low, community support was minimal, and equipment was deteriorating.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — After all the hoopla over restaurant parking last year, the town commission passed an ordinance Feb. 13 amending off-street parking for restaurants.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — City resident Don House has charged that outgoing Commissioner Nick Palomba is not a legitimate commissioner and every decision the commission has made in the past two months should be thrown out.
ST. PETE BEACH — The city moved a small step closer to alleviating street flooding with the hiring of an engineering contractor to provide a list of suggested projects that could be implemented in the Capital Improvement Program.
In past beach nourishment projects, the Army Corps of Engineers gave towns and cities some leeway if some property owners failed to cooperate. That won’t be the case this time, Pinellas County officials say. If even one shoreline property owner refuses to sign an easement for the Sand Key Beach Nourishment project slated for 2023, an entire town could forfeit its portion of the allotted sand. And plenty have not.
MADEIRA BEACH — For owners of houses with small lots in the city, setback requirements have been an obstacle to improving or redeveloping their property. Those requirements were adopted after many of the lots were already developed. As a result, many of the homes in the city’s R-2 district, …
REDINGTON BEACH — Long-discussed improvements to Friendship Park moved one step closer to realization Feb. 5 as town leaders selected a contractor for the work.
TREASURE ISLAND — It’s not often that a city can save money by buying construction items, but Treasure Island found a way to do just that.
TREASURE ISLAND — The 21st Annual Rotary Tennis and Golf Challenge gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center, 10315 Paradise Blvd. The Tennis Challenge will be a men’s and women’s doubles round-robin for players of all playing levels and abilities startin…
REDINGTON SHORES — The longest-serving member of the Town Commission has an opponent this year. If re-elected, District 1 Commissioner Tom Kapper would begin his seventh term.
MADEIRA BEACH — “Teamwork” was the word when members of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce gathered on Jan. 23 to see Ken Hautmann accept the chairman’s gavel from retiring chair Bill Karns.