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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — A first look at plans for the total changeout and makeover of the playground at City Park were presented at the Aug. 16 city commission meeting.

BELLEAIR BEACH — Mayor Joseph Manzo’s penchant for threatening and even taking legal action against others broadened last month to enlist his life partner, who filed a federal lawsuit against the city last month.

BELLEAIR BEACH — A divided council, with Mayor Joseph Manzo and other council members in sharp disagreement on key issues, headlined the Aug. 2 City Council meeting. At one point, shouting erupted during a heated exchange between the mayor and City Manager Lynn Rives.

BELLEAIR — The Town of Belleair Commission voted unanimously to maintain the current maximum millage rate of 6.5 for the 2021-2022 town budget, with hopes that a small surplus will lead to more funding for infrastructure and public safety.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Property values in the city rose by 10.79 percent in the past year, County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty said in a presentation to the City Commission at its July 19 regular meeting. The increase is the highest of any municipality in the county, Twitty said.

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SEMINOLE — Tampa Bay Newspapers Associate Publisher Jay Rey has been named publisher for the organization, which includes publications in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties.

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BELLEAIR BEACH — The city will be getting an electronic message display sign, to be placed in front of the City Hall/Community Center. In a close vote, the city council approved the sign’s purchase at a July 12 meeting.

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BELLEAIR — The Belleair Town Commission has agreed to prioritize future road, bridge, and other infrastructure work based on suggestions by engineering consultants McKim & Creed of Clearwater.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The city will likely have a monthly outdoor market, similar to the popular seasonal events held in Clearwater, Dunedin, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach and other communities.

BELLEAIR — Belleair residents who want to use pavers for driveways may be required to sign an agreement that requires them to pay damages and other expenses connected to injuries and other problems created by the landscaping.

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BELLEAIR — Any Belleair mayor or town commissioner can be booted from office if they have four unexcused absences from commission meetings within 12 months. The rule, which also requires a public hearing to determine the official’s fate, is among new Town Commission rules and procedures appr…

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BELLEAIR — Much too often in America, police must knock on the doors where occupants are suffering a mental health crisis. Though officers are often trained in spotting schizophrenia, depression, psychosis, and other mental illness, law enforcement options are limited: calm the person causin…

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — There will be a new face on the City Commission for the first time in 11 years. Joining the commission will be Steve McNally, a Bluffs resident for six years who has not run for political office before. In a three-way race, McNally and incumbent Commissioners Jack Nazario a…

BELLEAIR — It is 51 pages long and required the participation of commissioners, the town manager, the town’s management analyst, department heads, employee surveys, as well as meetings and phone interviews with community leaders, residents, and experts to produce.

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BELLEAIR — Three candidates are vying for two at-large Town Commission seats in the March 9 election. Commissioner Michael Wilkinson will become mayor; he ran unopposed to replace Mayor Gary Katica, who is retiring after more than 20 years in public service in the city.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Mayor Chris Arbutine was recognized at the Jan. 11 City Commission meeting for serving 20 years as the city’s chief executive. That is longer than any other mayor in Pinellas County.

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The inaugural LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship held Nov. 19-22 at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair featured a little bit of everything you want in a big-time golf tournament.

BELLEAIR — Belleair residents have been asked to consider whether the town should build a $12 million reverse-osmosis water treatment system for the town or connect permanently to the Pinellas County water supply.

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