BELLEAIR BEACH — Tensions between the mayor and city manager boiled over at the Dec. 2 City Council meeting.
BELLEAIR BEACH — Planned upgrades for Bayside Park will get a big assist from a $200,000 grant the city has received from the federal government for park improvements.
BELLEAIR BEACH — A move by Mayor Joseph Manzo to get additional security protection at City Council meetings on an ongoing basis got no support from the council.
BELLEAIR BEACH — Ongoing drainage improvement projects to control significant flooding issues on city streets are also draining the budget. Nearly $4 million in spending approved by the City Council at its Sept. 4 meeting includes pulling more than $400,000 from the reserve fund to pay for f…
BELLEAIR BEACH — Dozens of newborn loggerhead turtles were saved from sure death by a Belleair Beach family just out walking their dogs.
BELLEAIR BEACH — The city’s upcoming Fall Festival, scheduled for Sept. 28, was declared to be “in jeopardy” by Mayor Joseph Manzo. Problems with the policy that enabled the city to seek and sign up sponsors for the event were threatening its occurrence, he said.
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.
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…
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 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 BEACH — After a 10-plus-year wait, and months of preparation, the undergrounding of utilities in the city’s Belleair Estates Island neighborhood is finally happening.
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…
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Fire trucks and stations are getting old. Operating costs are exceeding revenues. Raises for staff have been delayed. These are some of the top financial problems facing the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District.
BELLEAIR BEACH — Solar streetlights look like the choice for the city’s Bellevue Estates Island neighborhood, where residents are already paying for the undergrounding of utilities.
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 BEACH — For many months, Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District officials have been stating their case to increase assessments to provide a financial lifeline for their operations.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
BELLEAIR BEACH – Since being elected in March, four new City Council members have been actively working to change the face and processes of city government.
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.
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.
BELLEAIR BEACH – Four newly elected council members heard from residents concerned about issues ranging from code enforcement to paid parking at the City Hall lot at their first council meeting April 2.
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…
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.
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.”
BELLEAIR BEACH – Replacement and repair of worn out equipment at the Bayside Park playground turned into a debate about its future at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting.
BELLEAIR BEACH – Six candidates are seeking to fill four council seats up for election in the city this time. Running are a lively mix that includes a former mayor who won his current council seat in a coin toss, former council members, one candidate who is running to replace his wife who is…
BELLEAIR – At a recent Commission meeting Mayor Gary Katica told a resident that the town had 28 parks scattered throughout the community. He was quickly corrected by Parks and Recreation Director Eric Wahlbeck, who said that number had changed to 14 parks.
BELLEAIR – Residents who live in the upcoming construction zone of Ponce/Poinsettia gathered in the town hall Oct. 18 to hear details about the project and how it will affect the vegetation on their streets.
BELLEAIR BEACH – Longtime Tallahassee lobbyist and clean energy advocate Susan Glickman of Belleair Beach told members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council Oct. 25 of her plans to form a consortium of local leaders to find solutions to the growing climate issues facing the region.
Residents crowded city hall at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting to voice their opposition to a proposed electronic digital message sign with animated features that would be located in city-owned Crossman Park at the corner of Gulf Boulevard and the Causeway. Protests were also seen through social media and emails received at city hall.