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BELLEAIR BEACH — As had been expected, the City Council voted at its June 3 meeting to authorize the mayor to terminate the city’s contract with Attorney Paul Marino. The move follows a decision by council last month to put the city attorney job out for bids.

BELLEAIR SHORE — City Manager Lynn Rives of Belleair Beach came to Belleair Shore’s Town Commission meeting May 21 to talk of new and expanded projects, opportunities for his city to share resources to help out its much smaller neighbor.

BELLEAIR — The town’s archive room was named in honor of Kathy Gaston, who has volunteered for more than 30 years as the town’s first and only archivist.

BELLEAIR BEACH — Following through on a pledge made at the last council meeting to “bid this out,” City Council members joined Mayor Joseph Manzo in voting unanimously to get bids for the city attorney’s job. The action came at a special meeting called for that purpose, held prior to the May…

BELLEAIR BEACH — Tensions surfaced between Mayor Joseph Manzo and City Attorney Paul Marino at the May 6 council meeting over an agenda item to authorize the city manager to advertise for legal services. The matter has been discussed at recent city workshops.

BELLEAIR — Town Manager J.P. Murphy gave town commissioners a glimpse April 16 of what they might see in the budget for the next fiscal year.

BELLEAIR — Tom Olson, the chair of the town’s Finance Committee, is suggesting that one of the commissioners may be in a position of a conflict of interest and he’s asking the town attorney to make sure commissioners are protected from such a scenario.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The city is planning a special event this year to teach kids the meaning of Arbor Day. On that day, Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m., children are invited to join Public Works Supervisor Russ Schmader in the park beside City Hall, where they will help plant a live oak tree to r…

BELLEAIR BEACH — The City Council gave a final approval for the purchase of solar street lights to light the Bellevue Estates Island neighborhood, where utilities are being undergrounded. Going solar is the latest innovation for the neighborhood, which also will be the first area in the city…

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — A big change in the city’s Public Works Department’s operation has come with the hiring of Russ Schmader last year. A shift from outsourcing of projects to having city employees do the work is happening.

BELLEAIR BEACH — Candidates for three council seats and the mayor’s chair met in a lively forum held at City Hall on Jan. 28. The session was hosted by Marti Folwell, representing the League of Women Voters.

BELLEAIR SHORE — Homeowners or renters whose houses will be unoccupied because they are out of town or for other reasons can call the Sheriff’s Office and arrange for a daily police check of their home. Commission members were told of the house checks at the Jan. 15 town commission meeting.

BELLEAIR BEACH – A key project to control flooding in the First and Second Street and Harbor Drive neighborhood is done, City Manager Lynn Rives announced at the Jan. 7 meeting.

As we enter 2019, now is the time for reflection of the year behind us and the perfect chance to look ahead to the future. Tampa Bay Newspapers asked community leaders from all across Pinellas County about what they hope to see accomplished in the coming year.

BELLEAIR – In conjunction with the first anniversary deaths of the four members of the Weiss family in a plane crash, a musician will be playing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Weiss family flower at Pat Wall Park.

The Belleview Inn, the centerpiece of the Belleview Place development, is open. Two years in the making, the ribbon was cut Dec. 5, marking the official preservation of 38,000 square feet of the original Belleview Biltmore Hotel. The new inn contains 35 rooms. Guests will walk on the original flooring salvaged from the old hotel. They will dine under the original stained glass in the Tiffany room and walk up the original grand staircase in the lobby.

All kinds of characters were seen as holiday parades marched through the streets of Pinellas County recently.

BELLEAIR – For years two parks, Magnolia and Pat Wall, sat side by side. They existed at the intersection of Rosary Road and Magnolia Drive and they sat mostly empty because of the overgrowth of trees and lack of amenities.

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