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.

Sgt. Noble Katzer said residents who want the service should call the non-emergency number, 727-582-6200, and sign up. The house checks are done daily while the residents are gone, he said.

“If we have access to the property, we will walk around the property and make sure all the doors and windows are locked,” Katzer said.

Some commissioners were unaware that the house checks were available and were pleased to hear of the service.

“I didn’t know you could do that,” said Commissioner Steve Blume.

Deputy Mayor Deborah Roseman said the house check service is needed and appreciated. “You do a great job,” she said to the deputies. Roseman told of an “unwanted visitor” at her home while she was out of town “who just decided to come and camp out.”

Police Cpl. C. Maul said after the meeting that the house checks are available to residents in all communities served by the Sheriff’s Department. “Just call and they are put on the list. We check every day that they are out of town,” Maul said.

The police house check service was also brought up during the police report at the Belleair Beach city council meeting.

Fire service assessments deserve support

A referendum that will be on the ballot at the municipal elections March 12 would allow Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue to charge each household an extra $100 for fire service.

Commissioner Raymond Piscitelli said he would encourage residents to support the increase, which he said would “save us thousands of dollars” versus an increase based on the millage rate. A millage rate-based tax that was proposed previously “would have cost me about $2,000 more,” Piscitelli said.

Piscitelli said the extra money is needed by the fire district.

“If this doesn’t pass, the district will have real financial problems and the county will take it over,” he said.

Storm downs beach signs

The signs on the beach that inform beachgoers of Belleair Shore’s rules and regulations were destroyed by the recent rain and wind storm, Roseman said. The signs at the town’s three beach accesses are okay, but the ones on the beach are gone, she said.

Roseman also said the letter size on the signs should be increased when the new ones are made.

Belleair Shore residents own their beachfront up to the high tide line, and their beach rules differ in some cases from those of adjoining Indian Rocks Beach and Belleair Beach. The signs read:

Welcome to the unique community of Belleair Shore where owners’ property rights extend to the high water mark. As a guest of our community, we ask that you comply with our charter’s regulations including:

• No trash

• No pets

• No bicycles

• No watercraft

• No vehicles beyond this point

• No alcohol