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During the latest Barrier Islands Governmental Council meeting, leaders from several Gulf Coast municipalities addressed the recent passage of a law that allows them to ban smoking on public beaches and parks.

BELLEAIR BEACH — Aging, inadequate fire stations and budget issues prompted Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District commissioners to take the initial steps to ask their constituents to approve a ballot measure calling for a new property tax of 0.67 mills.

To kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend, firefighters from St. Petersburg, Seminole, and Madeira Beach will be handing out free life jackets for children Friday, July 1, at Archibald Beach Park in Madeira Beach while supplies last.

Located off Gulf Boulevard between 9th and 10th avenues, the 9.3-acre Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve features an educational boardwalk through mangroves leading to an observation pier for views of the Intracoastal Waterway. A dog park and community garden also are part of the amenities. …

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Leaders from several Pinellas County communities, including Clearwater, Largo and Madeira Beach, and from nonprofit organizations such as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Oceana, recently converged on Indian Rocks Beach for the annual Hands Across the Sand event.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The owners of Slyce, the popular Indian Rocks Beach pizza joint, recently announced plans to open WYNE, a wine bar next door in the same strip plaza at 311 Gulf Blvd.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach has introduced its inaugural Flags for Service event. From Memorial Day, May 30, until Flag Day on June 14, hundreds of U.S. flags and accompanying personalized banners will be displayed in Chic-A-Si Park on Indian Rocks Beach to sho…

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A trio of local lawmakers took office April 12, as Indian Rocks Beach Mayor Joanne “Cookie” Kennedy and commissioners Joe McCall and Jude Bond were sworn in a month after their Election Day victories.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach has introduced its inaugural Flags for Service event. From Memorial Day, May 30, until Flag Day on June 14, hundreds of U.S. flags and accompanying personalized banners will be displayed in Chic-A-Si Park on Indian Rocks Beach to sho…

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — After more than three weeks of heated social media debate and calls for citizens to show up for debate over a parking garage on the island, a huge crowd gathered at City Hall on March 8, lining the walls and snaking outside the open auditorium doors.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Recently we brought you the story of the Plein Aire Cottage Artists, a trio of accomplished painters who have produced a calendar featuring classic local cottages for the last 20 years.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us it’s that life is too short. Decisions that used to take weeks or months or years to make, including home purchases and career choices, are regularly done on the spot, with phrase “it’s now or never” often serving as a spri…

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Organizers have been busy preparing for the return of the Oktoberfest on the Beach event ever since the popular Bavarian-themed beer festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The group of IRB Action 2000 volunteers had barely gathered in the 17th Avenue public beach access parking lot around 9 a.m. Oct. 2 before splitting into teams and springing into action, pulling weeds, laying mulch, and picking up trash under the strengthening early morn…

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Bobby Wilson has lived in a lot of places in his life, thanks to a major league baseball career that has taken him to California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, and Michigan. If you count stops in the minor leagues, you can add places like Utah, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. So even though the form…

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — IRB Action 2000, the membership-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the small-town character of Indian Rocks Beach, held its regular monthly meeting Sept. 13, and dozens of attendees, including Mayor Cookie Kennedy and commissioners Phil Hanna and Ed…

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Weekend visitors who can’t find a parking space on Indian Rocks Beach find hope at Cavalry Episcopal Church on First Street, where parking can be had after putting a few dollars in an outdoor donation box.

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