The call is expected to go out at 9:59 a.m. on Sept. 11, the moment 20 years ago that the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in New York City, followed about a half-hour later by the north tower. It will be received by emergency radios throughout Pinellas County’s first-responde…
MADEIRA BEACH — Following an extensive and exhaustive selection process that started with 28 candidates, the City Commission met in a special meeting Sept. 7 and made the final decision for city manager. In a close vote, a sharply divided commission picked Lee Staab, a Colorado resident with…
REDINGTON SHORES — For the second year, the popular October town picnic will be a drive-thru event. The town commission decided at an Aug. 25 workshop not to resume the in-person picnic, which normally draws several hundred people to Constitution Park, due to COVID concerns with the added ri…
MADEIRA BEACH — The choices for city manager have been reduced to two finalists. In a special meeting on Sept. 7, the city commission will decide whether to keep current City Manager Bob Daniels or pick Lee Staab, a Colorado resident with a military background, as his replacement.
ST. PETE BEACH — A new era of economic growth could be sparked in St. Pete Beach, with several entrepreneurs proposing a variety of commercial, hotel and resort restoration projects during the next few years.
TREASURE ISLAND — More than 4,000 employees from 200 bay area businesses will dash to the Treasure Island beach next spring to participate in the 38th annual Tampa Bay Corporate SportsFest.
The legendary Beach Theatre, which in its heyday saw moviegoers line up to see early talking motion pictures and then, a generation later, attracted costumed fans to be part of the action at showings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will get a sequel with new owners.
MADEIRA BEACH — After having decided in a close vote not to extend the contract of City Manager Bob Daniels, and to advertise the position, the City Commission on Aug. 11 narrowed down the applicants for the job to seven finalists from a field of 28. That voting was based upon commissioners’…
TREASURE ISLAND — In what promises to be a tough post-pandemic year, Treasure Island’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 provides for sustaining current operation and service levels, while increasing efficiency through automation, and collaborating with other cities to share resources and…
ST. PETE BEACH — City commissioners voted to adopt the same millage rate the city has had since 2015, 3.15 mills, while putting an emphasis on being able to fund expensive capital infrastructure improvements during 2022 and beyond.
ST. PETE BEACH — Motorists driving through this beach town will soon have to proceed much slower on some neighborhood roadways, especially those without adjacent sidewalks.
MADEIRA BEACH — The city will be getting new bids on a high-and-dry boat storage facility at the municipal marina, along with a restaurant to be built over the existing ship store. A recent cost estimate from a consultant who did a feasibility study on the project put the price at $30 million.
MADEIRA BEACH — After a year-and-a-half hiatus due to the pandemic, longtime Pinellas County resident Stella Moore was recently welcomed back with open arms to the Madeira Beach Publix.
TREASURE ISLAND — City recreation staff is calling for a mulligan — a golf term describing a do-over or replay without counting the effort — after telling commissioners the city’s 9-hole, par-3 greenspace at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis could be put to better use.
SEMINOLE — In simple terms, Tampa Bay Newspapers publisher Dan Autrey explained the reason for his success while at the helm of community papers for many years.
ST. PETE BEACH — After serving a year as St. Pete Beach city clerk, Amber LaRowe’s future seems so bright she may have to wear shades.
INDIAN SHORES — Joining a movement along the beach to help fragile sea turtle hatchlings in their struggle for survival, the Town Council has voted to transition to new amber turtle-friendly streetlights.
ST. PETE BEACH — The Dunes Condominium Association has filed a lawsuit against St. Pete Beach to invalidate a resolution passed by the City Commission on April 27 that granted the proposed Miramar Resort conditional use to construct a 7-story, 54-room resort hotel.
MADEIRA BEACH — The planned Schooner Hotel development has taken the next step in the approval process for it to be built. During a quasi-judicial hearing at the July 14 city commission meeting, the city determined that the project meets the legal requirements to qualify for Planned Developm…
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Michael Alfaro believes there is a bit of irony involved with opening his new restaurant, Groupers on the Gulf.
While residents, businesses and visitors along Pinellas County beach communities dodged Hurricane Elsa’s wrath with a tropical storm practice run, sea turtle hatchlings weren’t as lucky, with some not surviving rain and tidal surge in their tiny nest “clutches” on the beach.
ST. PETE BEACH — The good news is the $16.8 million project to upgrade the city’s sewer system that stretches under Gulf Boulevard is ahead of schedule. The bad news is temporary lane changes will remain in place until the end of August or beginning of September, and traffic delays will be f…
ST. PETE BEACH — The St. Pete Beach City Commission is the first to adopt a resolution to work with Forward Pinellas toward a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries in Pinellas County by 2045.
MADEIRA BEACH — A high-and-dry boat storage facility at the city marina, which had been touted by the mayor as “a very lucrative opportunity” for the city, will not be built at the city’s expense, due to its estimated $30 million cost. Instead, a public-private agreement will be sought, wher…
TREASURE ISLAND — This city not only actively protects sea turtles and their hatchlings, it will now pay homage to the marine reptiles by adorning the Rosselli Park concession stand wall with their lifelike image.
ST. PETE BEACH — A patio by any other name could be a sidewalk, and run all the way to a property line — but not any more in this coastal city.
A developer is proposing Corey Landing, a mixed-use project that could bring 243 residential units along with retail and restaurants to the east end of Corey Avenue.
ST. PETE BEACH — City commissioners voted unanimously to approve a project to improve the quality of stormwater runoff into Boca Ciega Bay in response to an unauthorized sewage system discharge assessment by the state.
MADEIRA BEACH — Village Boulevard may look like a typical beach town strip of surf and trinket shops in one- and two-story buildings.
INDIAN SHORES — Recently, state lawmakers in Tallahassee passed a bill that allows beach communities to enact ordinances forbidding electric bikes on the sand. With that in place, the town of Indian Shores wasted no time in passing such an ordinance at a June 8 meeting of the Town Council.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Complaints about noise from now-defunct bars that operated at a location on Gulf Boulevard have not fallen on deaf ears.
TREASURE ISLAND — If any good came out of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, the city has decided to launch itself into the age of virtual town halls and online payments for services.
REDINGTON BEACH-By August sea turtles will be able to feel a lot safer giving birth to their hatchlings on Redington Beach.
REDINGTON SHORES – A Town Administrator will be taking on the tasks of five commission members in running the affairs of government in this community of 2,200 residents. In doing so, Redington Shores will join nearly every other municipality in the county that has a city manager or administr…
INDIAN SHORES — The Civitan Beach House on Gulf Boulevard has been around a long time. It’s been around so long, in fact, that on April 8 it received the recognition of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. National Park Service.
Advocates and officials around Pinellas County were breathing easier after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a $101.5 billion state budget on June 2, a record spending plan that includes millions of dollars for local infrastructure, education and social service projects.
INDIAN SHORES — In the arsenal of non-lethal force, law enforcement has a new tool: the BolaWrap remote restraint device. The Indian Shores Police Department sponsored a demonstration of the innovative apparatus May 25 at the town’s Municipal Center.
MADEIRA BEACH — A once-touted agreement to lease rather than buy city vehicles has not worked out as planned, and the city will now purchase its eight leased vehicles and will buy any future equipment needs.
ST. PETE BEACH — City commissioners have denied a recommendation to remove more than 40 “Children at Play” signs scattered along residential neighborhood streets throughout St. Pete Beach.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Larry Gerwig, whose construction skills helped shape Tampa Bay’s skyline over several decades, died Wednesday, April 21. He was 76.
MADEIRA BEACH — The hospitality industry in Pinellas County, particularly along the Gulf beaches, has a message for the throngs that are finally doffing their masks and ditching the sweatpants for some sun, fun and sand: