Town of North Redington Beach News
April 15, 2010
Town Hall To Help Food Banks
The clerks at Town Hall came up with a great idea for these difficult times to help area food banks. At the same time they will provide an apparently needed service for tourists. Starting right now the Town Hall will accept non-perishable foods that tourists or short term residents may have left over when they’ve completed a visit. Any unopened packages or cans will be accepted. The town, in turn, will see that one or more of the food banks that service people in need are given these supplies.
The idea was born out of an increasing number of phone inquiries from visitors about disposing of unused food. Condo associations and rental agencies are being advised of the new service with mailings and special fliers.
Library Association Honored
The Town Commission passed a resolution at its April meeting commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. Mary Brown, the PPLC director, was on hand to accept the expression of support and appreciation.
The cooperative not only provides financial support for local branches, it makes it possible for cardholders at any one library to use the services of all libraries in the county. Many residents who are members of the Gulf Beaches Library, which serves our community and four others, take advantage of this. They also use the book sharing service, which allows our local branch to get a particular volume from elsewhere in the county system if it doesn’t have it on its shelves.
Don’t forget Gulf Beaches Appreciation Day at Tropicana Field when the Rays will play a 1:40 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will be Sunday, June 27.
This will mark the second year in which the Rays and the member cities of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council (Big C) have collaborated on a special day at the ballpark. Over 300 attended the initial offering in the 2009 season.
There will be a special section set aside for beach residents. Tickets will run $35 for what is regularly a $45 seat, and the price includes a 2010 Rays cap. An on-field ceremony will be held prior to the start of the game, and a representative of the Big C will throw out the first pitch.
More detailed information on ticket purchases will be coming, but it’s not too early to mark your calendars.
The Town Commission in recent years has taken pride in the fact that its regular monthly meetings are usually pretty short. One of the reasons is the workshop program that allows commissioners to meet in a more informal setting to discuss in greater detail the issues that will be on the agenda. Like all meetings of the commission, this get together is open to the public. The workshops are almost always held at Town Hall, and are posted well in advance.
Workshop rules do not allow commissioners to make any decisions at these sessions, but the informal arrangement encourages an open discussion at which various points of view may be considered.
At the most recent workshop on April 6, commissioners continued reviewing existing ordinances to see where updates and/or clarification may be needed. Several will make their way to the regular meeting agenda in the next month or two. Future workshops will consider potential changes to the comprehensive plan and new legislation to rid the community of hazardous property.
Check at Town Hall for dates and times.
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