BELLEAIR BEACH — Many people likely roll their eyes when they hear the old election cliche that every vote counts.
BELLEAIR BEACH — There will be no informational sign of any type at City Hall, at least for now. The City Council decided at its March 1 meeting to reject a bid of $55,000 to construct an electronic sign.
BELLEAIR BEACH — A busy election year in the city was kicked off Jan. 21 with a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. It was a virtual event, with the candidates participating via Zoom due to COVID-19 concerns.
BELLEAIR — Mayor Gary Katica, ailing from Parkinson’s disease, will remain mayor until his term ends in March, when Michael Wilkinson, who ran opposed for the office, becomes mayor.
BELLEAIR SHORE — The town of Belleair Shore has been sued for allegedly violating a 75-year-old agreement with the neighboring city of Belleair Beach over beach access and rules enforcement.
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.
BELLEAIR BEACH — The City Council decided Aug. 3 to put off approval of an annual contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, citing concerns that some police services need to improve.
BELLEAIR BEACH — June VanScoyoc is no longer chairperson of the city’s Park and Recreation Board. She was removed from that position in a 4-3 vote at the July 6 City Council meeting. The meeting will also be remembered for it record seven-hour length, caused by a long agenda and several cont…
BELLEAIR BEACH — In a 4-3 vote, the City Council voted not to accept a grant that would have helped pay for improvements to Bayside Park. Those included a new boardwalk, exercise area, bocce ball court and a new gazebo, plus public restrooms.
BELLEAIR BEACH — Residents will be assessed a fee of $15 each month per home that will help pay the cost of projects to control flooding, which has been a major problem in this waterfront city for years.
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.
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.
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.