on the Town Commission?
The Town of Redington Beach holds elections in March of each year, or in conjunction with a Presidential Preference Primary. Commissioners and the Mayor are elected for staggered two-year terms. Members of the Board of Commissioners and the Mayor shall be qualified electors of the Town and shall be residents of the Town for at least one (1) year prior to election.
This year 2 Commission seats are up for election:
Vice-Mayor Tom Dorgan
Commissioner Tim Kornijtschuk
Qualifying period opens on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 9am and closes on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 1pm. Potential candidates must come in to Town Hall to obtain a candidacy packet.
The next municipal election will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
To find out more about local elections, voter registration, polling locations or voting districts, visit the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website at http://www.votepinellas.com
If you are interested in finding out more about the Town of Redington Beach elections or candidacy, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (727) 391-3875.
REDINGTON BEACH HOLIDAY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST
If you would like to participate you need not apply, but you must have your decorations completed by December 10th. The judges will be prowling about the neighborhood awarding prizes on December 14th.
Winners will find a sign temporarily placed in front of their home designating their superiority over the rest of us. They will also receive a glorious prize of some kind commemorating the event for future generations.
Frontier, the same local telephone company that has provided service in Redington Beach for decades, is here. They are converting from a copper infrastructure, to a 100% Fiber Optic network. (FiOS). Frontier is targeting residential communities to give them additional options for High Speed Internet.
This FTTH (Fiber To The Home) is an aggressive project targeting homes in our community. It involves marking of utilities (painting and flagging), digging and installing flush to ground 2’x3’ boxes or 1’ “flower pots” in all utility easements. There will be one above ground box at the entrance of each community. Frontier has pledged to restore 100% of all disturbed areas, back to its original condition. The construction duration is expected to be 2 months, which includes 2-3 weeks of intense construction activities.
If you would like to inform the contractor about any non-detectable items buried in your yard (sprinkler systems, dog fences, lighting, etc.) please contact Lambert’s Cable Splicing Company at 1-888-616-6305 or email [email protected].
Storm Drain System Cleaning and Video Inspection
Commissioner Richard Cariello, who is overseeing the project, was interviewed by ABC Action News. Here is a link to the video of the interview: ABC Action News Story of Storm Drain Project
On Monday, August 23, 2021, Seminole Septic began Phases 1 and 2 of the 4 phase storm drain system project. Phase 1 will remove the soft sediment from the Town’s stormwater pipes. As each pipe is cleaned, a video is made by sending a scope into the pipe to inspect its condition and map its location. Phases 1 and 2 are expected to be completed by January 2022.
The complete request for proposal (RFP) is available by clicking this link: Storm Drain Cleaning RFP
You may have noticed a slight increase on your bill from Pinellas County Utilities. On April 7th, 2021, the Redington Beach Board of Commissioners passed and adopted Resolution 2020-13, which set the stormwater utility fee at $15.00 per month for each residential unit. Multi-family units with onsite stormwater management systems (La Contessa and Vizcaya Condominiums) will be charged $11.25 per month per residential unit.
This increase was necessary to plan, construct, operate, and maintain the Town’s stormwater management system, taking into account the proposed expenditures for the stormwater system set out in the Town’s Schedule of Capital Improvements in the Capital Improvements Element of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and in the Town’s stormwater system planning.
Ordinance 2020-14, passed on May 5th, 2021, provides more details into the Town’s Stormwater Management policies for the purpose of maintaining efficient, economic and safe operation of the separate storm sewers, and for the protection of the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. This chapter is intended to prevent and abate pollution through the regulation and control of connections and discharges to the town’s separate storm systems and to limit the use of the separate storm sewer system to the collection, conveyance, treatment, and disposal of stormwater through appropriate regulation and enforcement.
FREE Monitoring Service provided by the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Office.
Helps to detect fraudulent documents (e.g., deed) recorded in Official Records with your name (or your business’ name) on it
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Alert service will contact your preferred method (email or phone) with the Official Record (OR) document number and document type, you can then search Official Records online to review the document.
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Sea turtle nesting season began on Saturday, May 1, and the Town is reminding residents and visitors to do their part to help protect adult and hatchling sea turtles as they nest on our beaches.
During nesting season, which runs through Oct. 31, beach residents and beach visitors should do the following:
- Turn off outside lights, close curtains and avoid using flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach.
- Remove obstacles such as sandcastles or sand pits that may interfere with nesting sea turtles or make it too difficult for hatchlings to make their way to the shoreline.
- Keep the beach clean. Eliminate trash items that may entangle baby hatchlings and adult turtles.
- Do not approach or harass adult or baby turtles.
- If residents spot turtle tracks or a possible nest, and it does not appear to be protected by stakes or ribbon, call 1-888-404-3922.
- For residents who own or live in beachside properties, make sure lighting is turtle-friendly. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)’s sea turtle lighting guidelines can be found at bit.ly/sea-turtle-lighting.
Loggerheads are the most common sea turtle to nest in Pinellas County, and females generally nest from early May through August. The eggs in each nest typically hatch 50 to 60 days after they are laid.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium monitors the beaches from Clearwater Beach through Treasure Island, and Sea Turtle Trackers monitors the beaches of St. Pete Beach, Shell Key and Outback.
Staff members conduct early-morning patrols to locate new nesting sites. Residents should not pick up hatchlings heading toward the water, shine lights or use photo equipment with a flash. Hatchlings use starlight and moonlight reflecting off the water to find their way to the ocean, and if they become misled by artificial light, they can become disoriented and die.
Besides checking the beaches every morning for signs of new nests, staff mark the nests and tape them off to avoid human disturbance. As endangered and threatened species, Kemp’s Ridley and Loggerhead turtles are protected under state and federal law, and disturbing them, their nests or even a dead turtle is illegal.
To report the disturbance of a sea turtle nest, or report the sightings of turtles that are dead, lost, stranded or wandering in the street, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement at 1-888-404-3922 or dial *FWC from a cell phone. Residents can also report these sightings on the FWC website at bit.ly/turtle-report.
Redington Beach has a sea turtle ordinance. The entire ordinance can be read by clicking this link: REDINGTON BEACH SEA TURTLE ORDINANCE
At this time, golf carts can NOT be driven on streets in the Town of Redington Beach.
Low-speed vehicles ARE allowed, provided they are driven by a licensed driver.
Let’s talk about the difference between golf carts and low-speed vehicles. Golf carts are small vehicles
designed originally to carry two golfers and their golf clubs around a golf course or on desert trails with less
effort than walking. A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a
rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear. A golf cart may be operated
only upon a city street that has been designated by a city for use by golf carts. Upon a determination
that golf carts may be safely operated on a designated road or street, the city shall post appropriate signs to
indicate that such operation is allowed. A golf cart may be operated only during the hours between sunrise and sunset, unless the city has determined that a golf cart may be operated during the hours between sunset and sunrise and the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield. The Town of Redington Beach has not designated any streets for use by golf carts.
A low-speed vehicle or mini truck may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. A low-speed vehicle must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, taillamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers. A low-speed vehicle or mini truck must be registered, insured and titled. Any person operating a low-speed vehicle or mini truck must have in his or her possession a valid driver license.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported that several vehicles were burglarized and a vehicle was stolen from Redington Beach recently. The Sheriff’s office would like to remind our residents of a few methods to reduce or eliminate this from happening:
- Never leave the keys in your vehicle.
- Always lock the doors, even when you are away from the vehicle for a short time.
- Remove items (purses, tapes, CD’s, books, cash, etc.) from the vehicle when possible. If you can’t take them out, put them in a place that is out of view (in the trunk or tool box)
- Remove “pull-out” style stereos and/or removable faceplates of stereos. (if equipped)
- Park in lighted areas.
- Park in garages or on driveways or near your house or apartment so that the vehicle can be viewed periodically.
Other vehicle security considerations:
- Steering wheel lock bar or steering column locking cover.
- “Engine kill” switch.
- Car alarm.