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BELLEAIR BEACH — This mostly residential beachfront city will be spending more than $100,000 to provide better protection for its beach vegetation and to give residents an environmentally friendly access to its prized beaches.

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BELLEAIR BEACH — City Council members, most of whom were elected on a pledge to complete a long-awaited neighborhood utility undergrounding project, were told at the Feb. 3 council meeting that the job is finally done.

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BELLEAIR SHORE — For the first time in 14 years, Commissioner Raymond Piscitelli will not have a seat on the Town Commission when the new terms begin in March.

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BELLEAIR BEACH — Following a year of mounting tensions and friction among city officials that created an atmosphere described by the city attorney as “inefficient, unhealthy and untenable,” City Council members have agreed to come together and work to resolve past differences.

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BELLEAIR BEACH — Speeding on some residential streets in the city has become a significant problem, most city council members agree. The council on Aug. 5 looked at how to best address what some say has become a life-threatening issue.

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BELLEAIR BEACH — Shortly after being elected this March, Mayor Joseph Manzo said he wanted to see more events that involve the residents of the community. He had attended a Suncoast League of Cities meeting where officials from other communities talked about doing car shows, street festivals…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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BELLEAIR BEACH – Solar streetlights will likely not be a part of the utility undergrounding project now getting under way in the city’s Bellevue Estates neighborhood, the upcoming undergrounding of cross wires on Gulf Boulevard or elsewhere in the city.

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BELLEAIR BEACH – Utility undergrounding in the Bellevue Estates neighborhood will go forward, despite a significant increase in resident assessments. The City Council voted unanimously at its Sept. 5 meeting in favor of approving the higher assessments and related conditions, giving their go…

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BELLEAIR BEACH – Dr. Nicolas Pavouris, a leader of a group of council members elected in March on a platform of change and “reshaping of city government,” has resigned.

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BELLEAIR BEACH – The project to underground unsightly overhead wires in the Bellevue Island Estates neighborhood has hit an unexpected setback. It was reported at the Aug. 6 City Council meeting that final cost estimates for the project are coming in significantly higher than what was previo…

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BELLEAIR BEACH – This round of the renourishment of the Pinellas beaches should be finished in early fall. Members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council heard the update at their monthly meeting on July 25.

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The beach renourishment underway has a large impact on turtles nesting, said Julia Anderson, community relations coordinator of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, whose staff has been authorized by the Florida Wildlife Commission to relocate marine turtle nests to protect them ahead of the  project.

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BELLEAIR BEACH – The city’s largest recreational park will get only needed repairs to the basketball court, leaving everything else pretty much as is, at least for the near future.

New council members at Belleair Beach pictured following the swearing-in ceremony are Marvin Behm, Dr. Nicolas Pavouris, Glenn Gunn and Jody Shirley. Pavouris, who was the highest vote-getter in the election, was chosen as vice mayor in the first official act of the new council. Belleair Bea…

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BELLEAIR BEACH – The City Council chose Community Services Director Lynn Rives to be city manager March 5, ending a process that included telephone interviews, question-and-answer sessions and evaluations by a selection committee.

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BELLEAIR BEACH – The long-sought goal of undergrounding utilities in the city’s Bellevue Estates Island neighborhood is moving toward reality. Steps were taken at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting to enable the city to, in City Attorney Paul Marino’s words, “proceed to the next level.”

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