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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — A first look at plans for the total changeout and makeover of the playground at City Park were presented at the Aug. 16 city commission meeting.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Property values in the city rose by 10.79 percent in the past year, County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty said in a presentation to the City Commission at its July 19 regular meeting. The increase is the highest of any municipality in the county, Twitty said.

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BELLEAIR — The Belleair Town Commission has agreed to prioritize future road, bridge, and other infrastructure work based on suggestions by engineering consultants McKim & Creed of Clearwater.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The city will likely have a monthly outdoor market, similar to the popular seasonal events held in Clearwater, Dunedin, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach and other communities.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — There will be a new face on the City Commission for the first time in 11 years. Joining the commission will be Steve McNally, a Bluffs resident for six years who has not run for political office before. In a three-way race, McNally and incumbent Commissioners Jack Nazario a…

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Mayor Chris Arbutine was recognized at the Jan. 11 City Commission meeting for serving 20 years as the city’s chief executive. That is longer than any other mayor in Pinellas County.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — This summer, the city received a $50,000 grant for improvements to the playground next to City Hall. Now, that money has tripled, thanks to “a very generous gift” that honors David Berolzheimer, longtime owner of the Bluffs Plaza shopping center on Indian Rocks Road, who di…

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The city has been awarded a $50,000 grant for playground equipment, Commissioner Taylour Shimkus announced at the July 20 City Commission meeting.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The city has been awarded a $50,000 grant for playground equipment, Commissioner Taylour Shimkus announced at the July 20 City Commission meeting.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Mayor Chris Arbutine said he strongly disagreed with a recent request by Belleair Beach Mayor Joseph Manzo, with the backing of that city’s council, to have Pinellas County “investigate the possibility of a toll for the Belleair Beach Causeway.” The bridge is a county bridge.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — As neighboring Belleair gets ready to host the largest event in the area’s history, Belleair Bluffs city officials at their Feb. 10 commission meeting took steps to address concerns arising from the LPGA tournament coming to the Pelican Golf Club in three months.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Businesses wanting to locate in vacant retail space in shopping areas throughout the city are facing a roadblock, City Administrator Debra Sullivan said at the Jan. 13 City Commission meeting.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — A resident’s recent comment that the city is paying its code enforcement officer $12,000 a year and he’s not generating that much in fines drew a decisive response from the officer and city officials about the purpose and manner of his duties in the city.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The trimming of low-hanging trees on the city’s east side has been completed, Public Works Supervisor Russ Schmader announced at the Sept. 16 City Commission meeting. The project’s completion means that the streets in the city east of Indian Rocks Road will be free of dange…

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The trimming of dangerously low tree branches on the city’s east side will be completed by the end of next month, Public Works Supervisor Russ Schmader announced at the July 15 City Commission meeting.

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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…

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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.

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

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Prospects dimmed for a developer who is buying up aging duplex and triplex properties in the city, wanting to convert them to upscale townhouses. Code revisions had been made to accommodate the townhouse plan. Ownership rules were changed, but lot size requirements were not…

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Taylour Shimkus joined the Belleair Bluffs City Commission seven years ago. She said then that her decision to run for office was based on a desire to serve the community and represent the residents of Belleair Bluffs. That choice for Shimkus has recently been put to the test, when she was forced by her employer to make a gut-wrenching decision – between her service on the City Commission and her job.

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BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The City Commission agreed by consensus at its Aug. 13 workshop to code and zoning changes that would allow the construction of upscale town houses not currently permitted in the city. The changes will now be presented as an ordinance the commission will vote on at a future…

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