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September / 2008 ISSUE 6

By Bob Griffin, Publisher

George Lizotte, (center) owner of the Bonhomie Hotel in Pass-A-Grille, hired George Roberts right) to be his official fishing guide. Circa 1900 Roberts moved to Mud Key, now Pass-A-Grille's You may have never heard of him, but George Vina-del-Mar, with his first wife, Laura Harrod. They Roberts was one of Madeira Beach's very first lived in an 8'x10' shack with a sand floor that they homesteaders. He was locally famous and a called "Haven of Rest". They found the mosquitoes nationally known fishing guide, who had roots in so voracious that in 1912, they moved north and Pinellas Point, Gulfport, Pass-A-Grille and homesteaded the south bank of John's Pass. He elsewhere. took title to 138 acres and named his new home His Indian step-mother said Roberts was a born angler who "learned to fish by the time he could sit "Olive Island". He did not know it, but it was the beginning of Madeira Beach's economic up". It is said he was only 12 when he took his first development. (Hurley, 1977) client in a rowboat to fish for tarpon off Point Roberts constructed a dock for charter boats, Pinellas. The client was H. O. Armour of The added picnic tables, a flimsy structure with two or Armour Meat Company. (Fuller, 1972) At age 20, he rowed from Maximo Point to Pass-A- three sleeping rooms and a kitchen. Roberts called it a hotel, and for a short time, it may have been Grille and begged George Lizotte, owner of the the only building between Indian Pass (todays Bonhomie Hotel for a job. Lizotte hired Roberts to Indian Shores) and John's Pass. be their exclusive fishing guide. "He became a wonderful guide and never failed to supply me with They did not stay long, selling to Noel Mitchell fish and crabs," Lizotte said. (Hurley, 1977) within a year, for a reported $60,000. He renamed that end of the beach "Mitchell's Beach". In 1907, he formed the St Petersburg Tarpon Club Later George married second wife, Elda May and the Bonhomie Hotel became the club's official Roberts, who would write a book about his home. The tarpon they caught were often adventures. They lived in Pass-A-Grille and mounted by a local taxidermist and shipped by H. eventually moved into the house on Cabbage Key, Walter Fuller to northern areas to encourage once occupied by Silas Dent. (Roberts, 1970) When tourists to visit Pinellas County. Robert's fish were the real estate bubble burst in about 1926, seen all over the US, Canada, Europe and other Georges local career as a guide came to an end. distant places. (Hurley, 1977) They moved to Texas in 1928. He lived to be 78, George made fishing seem easy. He fished for silver kings in a row boat and pulled them in with a and died in 1960. hand line. It is thought during his career he caught Fuller, Walter (1972). St Petersburg, And It's People. St. Petersburg, Florida: Great Outdoors Publishing, Co. over 7,500 tarpon. Roberts was a colorful, Hurley, Frank, Jr. (1977). Surf, Sand & Post Card showman and a great guide. "He could tell funny Sunsets (2nd ed). St. Petersburg, Florida stories, and he made fishing a great adventure. He Roberts, Elda Mae (1970). The Stubborn Fisherman lived to fish and fished to live" (Roberts, 1970).Altus, Oklahoma: Altus Printing Co.


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CITY NUMBERSCITY HALL . . . . 39 1-9 95 1 300 Municipal Drive MAYOR/CITY COMMISSION MAYOR - Patricia J. Shontz . . . . 392-2823 COMMISSIONERS Terry Lister D1. . . . . . . . . . . . . 399-3624 Sarah Nichols D2 . . . . . . . . . . 391-2472 Nancy T. Oakley D3. . . . . . . . 215-1427 Steve Kochick D4 . . . . . . . . . . 394-9017 City Manager: W. D. Higginbotham, Jr 391-9951ext. 228 City Clerk: Denise Schlegel . . . . . . 391-9951ext. 231 Community Development Paula Cohen: . . . . . . . . 391-9951ext. 255 Fire Department: Derryl ONeal, Fire Chief . . . . . . . 391-3400 Public Works: Mike Maxemow. . . . . . . . . . . . . 391-1611 Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 582-6200 RECREATION DEPARTMENT. . 392-0665 200 Rex Place Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mon - Fri GULF BEACHES PUBLIC LIBRARY 200 Municipal Drive . . . . . . . . 391-2828 MADEIRA BEACH MARINA . . .399-2631 ------------------------------------------------EMERGENCIES: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1 SHERIFFS OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . 582-6200 DISPATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 582-6177 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Madeira Beach Communicator is published three times a year for the benefit of Madeira Beach residents. This newsletter is a co-promotion of Griffin Productions and the City of Madeira Beach. We attempt to provide information important and interesting to the residents of Madeira Beach. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the City of Madeira Beach.. PUBLISHER Bob & Becky GriffinGriffin Directories, Inc.

Gulf Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-6957 Clearwater Beach . . . . . . . . 447-7600 POST OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319-0353 ELECTRICITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443-2641 PHONE (Residential) . . . . . 800-483-4000 PHONE (Business) . . . . . . . 800-483-5000 WATER & SEWER . . . . . . . . . . 464-4000 CABLE (Bright House) . . . . . . . . 329-5020 TRASH / Pick Up. . . . . . . . . . . . 391-1611 ------------------------------------------------COUNTY INFORMATION . . . . 464-3000 COMMISSION OFFICES. . . . . . 464-3377 John Morroni . . . . . . . . . . . . 464-3614 STATE: Senator Dennis Jones . . . . 727-549-6411 Republican, District 13 8940 Seminole Blvd, Seminole 33772 [email protected] Representative Jim Frishe . 727-518-3902 Republican, District 54 125 Indian Rocks Rd, Belleair Bluffs Jim. [email protected] Governor Charlie Crist [email protected] FLORIDA UNITED STATES SENATORS: Mel Martinez . . . . . . . . . . 202-224-3041 Bill Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202-224-5274 AREA UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE: Rep Bill Young . . . . . . . . . . 727-394-6950 9210 113th St, Seminole, FL 33772 ------------------------------------------------KIWANIS CLUB OF GULF BEACHES Alan Dill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397-8102 Meets at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex, Thursdays at 6:30 P .M. GULF BEACHES ROTARY CLUB 369-9886

EDITORSBob & Becky Griffin W. D. Higginbotham, Jr

ART DIRECTION Becky Griffin SALES 727-517-1997 CONTACT INFO P .O. BOX 1314 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 517-1997 ~ 517-1998 FAX [email protected] PUBLICATION DATES January, May, Sept. CITY OFFICIALS Mayor Patricia J Shontz 392-2823 Dist.1 Commissioner Terry Lister Dist.2 Commissioner Sarah Nichols Dist.3 Commissioner Nancy T. Oakley Dist.4 Vice-Mayor Steve Kochick 399-3624 391-2472 215-1427 394-9017

2008 CALENDAR OF LOCAL EVENTSSEPTEMBER: Labor Day (Monday) 1 Bucs First Real Game (Sun) 7 Grandparents Day (Sun) 7 Business Tax renewal due 30 OCTOBER: Last Day to Register to Vote 6 Young Anglers Fishing Event 11 Columbus Day (Mon) 13 Stone Crab Season Begins 15 Clearwater Jazz Festival 16-19 Early Voting Begins 20 Keep Pinellas Beautiful Clean-Up 18 Johns Pass Seafood Festival 24-26 Country Jubilee Heritage Village 25 NOVEMBER: Property Tax Bills Mailed 1 Early Voting Ends 1 Loggerhead Turtle Season Ends 1 Daylight Savings Time Ends 2 Election Day 4 Taste of IRB (Indian Rocks Beach) 8 Veterans Boat Parade 9 Veterans Day (Tuesday) 11 Thanksgiving (Thursday) 27 DECEMBER Heritage Village Trees & Traditions 1-31 Toys For Tots Post Office Drive 6 Annual Lighted Boat Parade 13 Hanukkah Begins 22 Christmas - Thurs 25 New Years Eve - Wed 31 1st Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 4th Monday 4th Monday 4th Tuesday Meets Quarterly 1 7 2 4 7 7 p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

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MEET THE NEW CITY MANAGERW. D., as everyone knows him, became Madeira Beach's City Manager on Monday, June 30. W. D. comes to us from a recent assignment in Baghdad, Iraq where he provided budget and financial advice to Local and Provisional Government Councils while under contract as an International City Management Assoc. Consultant. Immediately prior to Iraq, W. D. served as Town Manager for Surfside, Florida. Surfside is similar in size and population to Madeira Beach and is located on a barrier island as well. W. D. attended Tulane University, in New Orleans, where he earned his Certificate in Accounting. After 16 years in the private sector, he became the Assistant Finance Director for Redwood City, California. Moving forward in his career, he accepted a position as Finance Operations Manager, and later the Assistant City Manager for Bakersfield, California. In the summer of 1984 W. D. became the City Manager for Gainesville, Florida. During his successful, five year administration, W. D. was best known for his commitment to "customer service" for the citizens and high employee moral. Following his resignation in 1989, W. D. remained in Florida and focused most of his energy consulting and grant writing for government agencies. In June of 1996, W. D. joined the Regional Planning Council in Gainesville as its Director of Economic Development. His responsibilities included tourism promotion, as well as other economic development activities in the 7,000 square mile North-Central Florida Region. He left the Planning Council in early 2004 to accept the Town Manager position in Melbourne Beach, Florida. In January 2006, following his tenure in Melbourne Beach, W. D. was appointed Town Manager in Surfside. W. D. and his wife Dona have two sons, four daughters, and five grandchildren. All of the children are grown and make their homes in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Georgia, and California. W. D. brings to Madeira Beach an exemplary and extensive record of public service and private sector experience. W. D. says, " I am excited to join the City of Madeira Beach and look forward to working with the residents, Mayor, Commissioners, and administrative staff to meet the needs of this historical, thriving, and beautiful community."

The 20th Annual Old Salt Inshore-Offshore Ladies Tournament was hosted by the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina on June 26th - 28th. This was a great family event with all proceeds benefiting the Celma Mastery Ovarian Cancer Foundation. We look forward to hosting this tournament again next year and would like to thank all the volunteers and anglers for their support. The fall is here and the boating weather is great, so please stop by and visit your Madeira Beach Municipal Marina for all your boating needs. We are open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to sunset and can be reached on the VHF radio on Channels 16 & 68 or by simply calling us at 727-399-2631.

Old Salt Inshore-Offshore Ladies Tournament

A REMINDER ABOUT YARD WASTE REMOVALYard Waste such as small tree trimmings, shrubs, palm fronds, etc., should be placed loose at the curb (not in cans or bags) and are picked up every Wednesday (entire city). Normal yard waste and trimmings are picked up free, when cut in four (4) foot lengths and limbs not more than four (4) inches in diameter are stacked neatly at the curb and not more than four (4) feet in height and the pile is not longer than eight (8) feet. This yard waste goes to a special site at the County disposal facility to be ground up for mulch, and cannot be mixed with any garbage or trash. Any yard wastes in cans, or bags, or boxes will not be picked up on Wednesday, but will be taken with the regular garbage pickup, if placed at the curb. Yard waste in excess of the normal will be tagged and an inspector will compute the costs of disposal and the fee will be included in your bill from Pinellas County Utilities. Any Commercial Lawn or Tree Service work done on your property has to be removed by the lawn or tree service. The City will not pickup their waste, except for a fee.


He llo Citizens of M adeira BeachLet all of us together give thanks that Madeira Beach is not in the financial condition of some of our beach communities north and south. Thanks to a great team of dedicated department heads and employees, we are able to give you a millage rate of 1.7954 mills, which is the same as last year and none of your services have been cut. We have not replaced two employees that retired from our administrative staff and one person in our Parks Department. A reminder of some very important projects your Commissioners are working on, include: l The Marina Redevelopment Project l The Archibald Park Project (Archibald facility) l The Madeira Way Redevelopment Project At the Marina: l Proposals and plans to have the fuel tanks removed and replaced according to Federal Law. l A new boat ramp to replace the old, dangerous one. l Replace the 30 year old marina building with a new building with new bathrooms, new showers, a new laundry faciliteis, and a ship store. The City has gone out to bid to remodel the Archibald facility and bring it up to code. The Commission is getting ready to put an Archibald Park Ad Hoc Committee together for recommendations as to the best use for the structure (the old Snack Shack). If you have any interest in this Committee, please call City Hall. Madeira Way will be a very large and important project. Many searches for grants, etc. We have much to get accomplished. Rain, Rain, Rain, provide for much grass, many weeds and lots of cutting and trimming. I'm asking all to be patient with out Parks Department. They have much mowing, weeding, trimming, cleaning beds, etc to do. If you see them in your neighborhood - stop and say thank you for all their hard work caring for our City. Taking care of islands on 150th Avenue, Harbor Drive Park, the Library, City Hall, John's Pass Village gardens, 140th Avenue Beds, Lillian Drive Park, Flamingo Crystal Drive, Bay Point, John's Pass South Beach Park, Kitty Stuart Park, 18 easements to the gulf, Bicentennial Park and much I have forgotten. If you are walking in any of these areas, take a bag; and if you see any weeds stop and pull them. The Parks Department will be most grateful. Also a Special Thanks to some citizens who have taken care of planted beds in some City areas. The children are back to school - so when driving be mindful of children; many are walking to school. Last, but certainly not least, our new City Manager, W.D. Higginbotham, Jr. We all call him W.D. Do stop by City Hall and say hello. He'll be delighted to meet you and I know it will be a nice experience. If you see Mike Maxemow, show him your appreciation for wearing two hats for 8 months serving as our City Manager and Community Service Director. Your Mayor and Commissioners thank you always for your help, consideration and cooperation. Have a great fall season and a Happy Thanksgiving. Pat Shontz, Mayor

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Battle of the Bilge C lea ni ng: The most important reasons to keep your bilge clean are to prevent growth of bacteria, eliminate foul odors, and to prevent rust and corrosion of equipment in the bilge. You can get bilge cleaner in most marine hardware stores; however, it can be expensive. Liquid Tide is less expensive and does as good a job and contains no phosphorus, is biodegradable, cuts grease and dirt and has a clean smell. Some boats take in more water than others. It is normal for some water to be in the bilge since it can leak in at the stuffing box(es) and rudder post(s). However, if you find an unusual amount of water make sure that you don't have a leaking through-hull fitting or pipe. If your boat usually has some water in the bilge just add the liquid Tide to the bilge and let the rocking of the boat do the cleaning for you. Most grease and dirt can be removed with Tide and perhaps a little elbow grease. However, steam cleaning can be an alternative. Steam cleaning is a harsh method that can cause paint to peel, especially on a wooden boat. As they say on the stunt shows, don't try this at home. Seek out a professional and check their references. L im be r H ol es: are found in the ribs or partitions in the bilge and allow water to pass through them to the lowest bilge points usually where the pump is located. This allows the water to be pumped out automatically or manually. Keep these holes clear of residue to prevent blocking the water flow. Most boats have a light chain running through the limber holes which allows you to pull it back and forth


to dislodge any foreign matter. Engin e O il : Many newer model boats have drip pans installed under the engines to prevent oil from dripping directly into the bilge. Whether you have drip pans or not it is a good idea to put absorbent pads under the engines. They not only absorb the oil that could drip but provide a quick way to find leaks. Each time you do an engine check, which should be each time prior to starting, check the pad to see if any new oil spots have appeared. If so, try to track down the source immediately. These oil absorbent rags are available at your Madeira Beach Marina Ship Store. You should inspect the bilge and its surroundings with a flashlight at least once a month. Lo ok fo r th e fo ll owi ng: - Lift up the float switch on your electric bilge pump to make sure it turns on the pump automatically. - If you find unusual amounts of water, find the source. - Check all through-hull openings and fittings. - All below waterline fittings have double hose clamps. - Seacocks can be turned off. Boats can sink if a hose comes loose from a seacock and you can't stop the water because the valve is corroded. - Look for corrosion and rust. - Check for unusual growth or mildew, all pipes, hoses and clamps and limber holes. Don 't Po ll ut e: Remember that it is illegal to pump oily discharge overboard. If you find oil in your bilge water turn off the bilge pump and find an alternative way of disposing of the oily water. Don't think just because there is only a little bit of oil it is okay. The test for illegal pollution is simply a "visible sheen" on the water. Adapted from


NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MYTH : You can't buy flood insurance if you are located in a high-risk flood area. - You can buy federal flood insurance if your community belongs to the NFIP The . Program, created in 1968, provides affordable flood insurance to people living in areas with the greatest risk of flooding, called Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). Under the National Flood Insurance Act, lenders require borrowers with property in a SFHA to purchase flood insurance when receiving a Federally-backed mortgage. Lenders should notify borrowers that their property is located in an SFHA and that affordable Federal flood insurance is available. MYTH: You can't buy flood insurance immediately before or during a flood. - You can purchase flood coverage any time, but there is a 30-day waiting period before the policy is effective, unless: - The purchase of flood insurance is in connection with the making, increasing, extending, or renewing of a loan, there is no waiting period. - If purchase of flood insurance is made during the oneyear period following the issuance of a revised flood map for a community, there is a one day waiting period. MYTH : Homeowners' insurance policies cover flooding. - Unfortunately, many homeowners find out too late that their homeowners' policies do not cover flooding. Federal flood insurance protects your most valuable assets - your home and belongings. MYTH : Flood insurance is only available for home owners. - It is available to protect homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial buildings. MYTH : You can't buy flood insurance if you have been flooded. - It doesn't matter how many times you have flooded. You are eligible to purchase flood insurance, if your community is participating in the NFIP . MYTH : Federal disaster assistance will pay for flood damage. - A community must be declared a Federal disaster area to be eligible for assistance. Declarations are awarded in less than 50% of flooding incidents. If you are uninsured and receive disaster assistance, you must purchase flood insurance for relief in the future. MYTH : Federal flood insurance can only be purchased through the NFIP - Federal flood insurance is sold and . serviced directly through the NFIP or through a company who writes and services policies on a nonrisk-bearing basis through a special arrangement with the Federal Insurance Administration. MYTH : The NFIP does not cover flooding resulting from hurricanes or the overflow of rivers or tidal waters. - The NFIP defines flooding as a general and temporary condition during which normally dry land is partially or completely inundated. Two adjacent properties must be affected. Flooding can be caused by: - The overflow of inland or tidal waters - The unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, such as heavy rainfall - The collapse or destabilization of land along the shore, resulting from erosion or the effect of waves, or water currents exceeding normal cyclical levels. MYTH : Wind-driven rain is considered flooding. - No. Rain entering wind damaged windows, doors, walls or roofs, resulting in standing water or puddles, is considered windstorm rather than flood damage. Although the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SHIP) specifically excludes wind and hail coverage, most homeowners' policies provide coverage. For more information ask your insurance representative, or call the NFIP's toll-free number at 1-800-427-2354.

Did You Know...O LYMPI C TR IP Madeira Beach residents Neil Greenstein and Laurel Conrad won a contest hosted by Super 8 Motels that included a free trip to China and a chance to see the Olympics. They attended part of the Volleyball Competition but spent most of their time touring Beijing and the surrounding area including a visit to the Great Wall of China. ___________________________________________________ RE CYC LE YO UR PHO NE B OO KS! Pinellas residents discard more than 2 million phone books yearly. They end up in our land fills. Recycle them or drop them off at one of over 40 Pinellas locations. Visit or call 727-464-7500 to find a location near you. Businesses can reduce the number of books they receive by calling Verizon 800-888-8448 and Yellow Book 800-929-3556 ___________________________________________________ VETERANS B OAT PARADE If you have a boat and a flag and want to participate in the Veterans Boat Parade, call now. It is Sunday, November 9th. Call Capt Shep at 3485116 or go to ___________________________________________________ AMERI CAN LEGIO N NEWS (POST 273) The Madeira Beach American Legion is the starting point for the Veterans Boat Parade November 9th. On Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, they will again be transporting and feeding Veterans at Bay Pines Hospital . Over 150 patients are fed in their building. The Legion is asking for food and gift donations. Call Dan at 391-3770 x 2 for more information. ___________________________________________________ THE SECO ND ANNUAL TAS TE O F I RB showcasing some of the best area restaurants will be Nov. 8th. Over 20 area restaurants and local vendors will be on hand for a great evening of food, music and fun. Last year's event was a huge success with thousands attending. It is FREE to attend, just pay for food, beer and wine as you go. ___________________________________________________ CHRI STM AS LI GH TED BOA T PAR ADE This year the Boat Parade will be on December 13th. If you want to participate call Mike Ritner at 215-0704. ___________________________________________________ KEEP MADE IR A B EAUTI FUL Volunteers from Madeira Beach will participate in Keep Pinellas Beautiful on October 18th by helping clean the beaches. If you are interested, just show up at Archibald Park at 8:30am. The city provides sun screen, bags and gloves Call City Halls Public Works if you have questions ___________________________________________________ STATE HOUSE DI STRICT 54 Representative Jim Frishe (R) is running for re-election in November. His office is located in Belleair Bluffs. He is being opposed by Democrat George Gonzalez, a realtor living in Madeira Beach. ___________________________________________________ O NL INE : Read this issue (as well as others) online at


L ITTL E L EAGU E B EGI NS: The Gulf Beaches Little League playing in Madeira Beach starts their Fall Ball this month. Sign up at the Recreation Center on September 3rd or 6th. The Fee is $40. Bring a friend and save $5. Little League is open to boys and girls, 6-16. There are no weekend games. Coaches, managers and umpires are needed. They will hold their annual election & meeting, Tuesday, September 16th at 7pm, at the Rec Center. All parents are invited to attend and new members are needed. Visit www., email [email protected] or call Dana Murphy at 8711488 for information. ___________________________________________________ JOHN'S PASS SEAFOO D FESTIVAL The annual John's Pass Seafood Festival is October 24-26. There will be many arts and crafts on display and lots of seafood to eat. While there, check out the new Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and their Tiki Bar overlooking John's Pass. ___________________________________________________ VOL UNTEER S CL EAN EL NOR ISL AND Saturday, July 26, volunteers helped clean up the island in the mouth of John's Pass, east of the bridge. This monthly project is coordinated by the City of Treasure Island. Mayor Maloof and Vice Mayor Minning, as well as about 25 other people participated. An estimated 9 tons of wood and garbage, some of which is shown above, were removed. Special thanks go to Nature Matters for participating and to Mark and Kathleen from the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant who supplied food. ___________________________________________________ NOVEMB ER 4th is the next countywide election. Several County officials, including Sheriff Coates and Representative Jim Frishe are up for reelection. The lines for Novembers elections will be long with some people seeing the new voting machines for the first time Vote early at one of three locations in Pinellas or by mail. Call the Supervisor of Elections office at 464-6788 or visit their web site at for more information. ___________________________________________________ POKER RUN SEPT. 20th , is sponsored by the Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Assoc. Visit the ten participating bars and restaurants from 3-8pm where you will receive a playing card. Make your best poker hand at the end of the run party at Crabby Bills Loading Dock. $5 in advance or $10 day of. Visit for info and to register online, or register that day at Cusos Cantina from 23pm. Do not to DRINK & DRIVE! Take the trolley or have a designated driver! ___________________________________________________ NEXT ISSUE in JANUARY This newsletter is printed three times a year (Jan, May, Sept). Please support the advertisers. Madeira Beach residents advertising receive a discount. Send comments to [email protected]


THE FLOOD HAZARDAll of the City of Madeira Beach is located in a "100-year floodplain". The 100 year floodplain is also known as a "Special Flood Hazard Area" which has an elevation low enough that there is a one-percent probability of flooding in any given year. This may sound like a remote possibility of flooding, but it is important to bear in mind that it is an average probability over the course of an entire year. During the dry months, flooding is highly unlikely; but during the rainy season or any other period of intense rainfall, areas throughout the City flood. If the volume of stormwater runoff exceeds the capacity of the drainage improvements in these areas, then surrounding properties (such as yours) are at risk of flooding. Heavy rainstorms, especially in the summer months, are common in our area. Obviously, a hurricane or tropical storm would bring even heavier rainfall, driven by high winds and accompanied by a tidal storm surge which could delay normal drainage into Tampa Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Even though Tropical Storm Josephine came ashore in the Big Bend area some 200 miles north of us on October 7, 1996, just the fringes of that storm caused heavy rain, severe flooding and major property damage in parts of Pinellas County. Floodplains perform certain natural and beneficial functions. In their natural state, flood waters can spread over large areas in floodplains which have not been developed, thereby reducing floodwater velocities and providing flood storage to reduce peak flows downstream. Natural floodplains can also reduce wind and wave impacts, and undisturbed natural vegetation such as mangroves serves to stabilize soils and minimize erosion as a result of flooding. Beyond flood control, undeveloped floodplains also improve water quality in areas where natural vegetation filters some of the sediment and impurities out of runoff, which might otherwise contaminate large bodies of water. Floodplains moderate water temperature, and reduce the possibility of adverse impacts on aquatic plants and animals. They provide habitat for diverse species of plants and animals. Of special importance in Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay region, which suffers from a chronic water shortage, floodplains preserved without significant development can act as recharge areas for groundwater, helping to replenish the aquifer. Unfortunately, most of the City of Madeira Beach is developed. Everyone who lives or owns property in Madeira Beach does face the risk of flood damage due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay. In the event of an approaching hurricane or other severe weather, the Pinellas County Department of Emergency Management will issue warnings over the Emergency Broadcast System via radio and television stations. If necessary, the Pinellas County Sheriff and the Madeira Beach Fire Department will issue warnings by mobile loudspeakers or through door-to-door contact. You may be advised to take certain emergency precautions, such as turning off electricity and gas, as well as other measures required during a severe flood hazard warning. You would also be advised as to evacuation routes and the locations of emergency shelters. All new development and structural additions and most retrofitting procedures require permits issued by the Pinellas County Building Department. The 100-year flood elevation must be determined and certified by a registered surveyor or civil engineer in conjunction with all development applications for new construction or structural additions within Special Flood Hazard Areas.

Any improvements (paving, berms, filling or excavation of land, retention areas, etc.) which could affect the amount, velocity, depth or direction of stormwater runoff must be reviewed and approved by the City Community Development Dept. After completion of any new construction or structural addition, an Elevation Certificate must be prepared and certified by a registered surveyor or civil engineer, and submitted to the Pinellas County Building Department before a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion will be issued. Elevation Certificates are available in the City of Madeira Beach City Hall - Community Development Dept. 300 Municipal Drive for review. Copies are available for a copying fee. IM POR TANT: The National Flood Insurance Program requires M that if the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement to a building equals or exceeds 50 percent of the building's market value, then the building must meet the same construction requirements as a new building. Substantially damaged buildings must be brought up to the same standards (e.g. a residence damaged so that the cost of repairs equals or exceeds 50% of the building's value before it was damaged must be elevated above the base flood elevation). Dra in a ge syst em ma in te na nc e - The City's public drainage improvements (storm sewers, retention ponds, control structures, etc.) are maintained by the City's Public Works Department. Our primary objective is to keep these drainage systems free of excess vegetation and other obstructions to maintain necessary storage capacity and free flow of stormwater and reduce the probability of flooding. Dumping of trash, yard clippings or other debris into streets or storm sewers can create obstructions and cause localized flooding even during moderate rainstorms. For this reason, such dumping is specifically prohibited. To report any illegal dumping into the drainage system, please call the City of Madeira Beach Code Compliance Office at 391-9951. When t he flo od c om es. - Safety is the most important consideration. Since floodwaters can rise rapidly, you should be prepared to evacuate before the water level reaches your property. - Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local station, and follow all instructions for your area. Be prepared to evacuate. - When outside the house, remember that FLOODWATERS ARE DECEPTIVE. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. - Avoid flooded roads and do not walk through floodwaters. Who t o ca ll / c on t ac t: If you have experienced problems with flooding or drainage and would like to seek assistance in identifying the cause and possibly seeking a solution; please call the City Community Development Department at 3919951. Individuals interested in obtaining the City's ordinances pertaining to development within the floodplain and/or base flood information may contact the City's Community Development Dept. at 391-9951. The National Flood Insurance Program: The federal Flood Insurance Act of 1973 requires that any building which has a federal or federally-related mortgage and is located within an SFHA must carry flood insurance. Some lenders require flood insurance regardless of the type of mortgage being sought. Even if there are no mortgages on a given property, it is nevertheless advisable to carry flood insurance. Standard homeowner's policies do not necessarily cover losses due to flooding.

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IM POR TANT: There is a 30-day waiting period before a federal flood insurance policy becomes effective. Don't wait until the last minute to buy flood insurance! For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program, call your insurance agent or the Florida Division of Emergency Management at (850) 413-9960 or (800) 2264329 (TDD/TTY). The Gulf Beaches Public Library at 200 Municipal Drive Reference Section also has a collection of publications by FEMA and by other agencies that provide considerable information on Special Flood Hazard Areas and the National Flood Insurance Program. PROPER TY PROTECTI ON M EASU RES Elevation consists of raising a house on an elevated support structure to place it above future flood waters. The exact method can include a number of possibilities that depend upon local conditions, such as expected flood and wind forces, building type and size, and soil bearing capacity. Elevation may be considered for all types of homes, including structures built slab-on-grade. Types of elevated foundations include: - Elevation on Extended Foundation Walls - The house is elevated and set on walls that have been built up from the original foundation. This method is particularly appropriate where the characteristics of flooding involve up to moderate depths with slow velocities, and is commonly used. - Elevation on Piers - This method is employed for shallow flooding with slow to moderate velocities. The house is elevated and set on low foundations that are constructed of reinforced masonry block or reinforced concrete. - Elevation on Posts or Columns - This method is used for shallow to moderate flood depths with slow to moderate velocities. The house is set on taller structures, generally made of wood, steel or concrete, set in pre-dug holes and braced together. - Elevation on Pilings - This method is employed where highvelocity water could undermine other structures, such as in coastal high-hazard areas. It is also suitable for deep flood depths or poor soil conditions. The house is set on tall foundation pilings, usually wood, that have been driven into the ground. - Elevation on Fill - This method is limited to areas of low flood depths and low velocities. The house is elevated on compacted soil. Rel oc at io n - Perhaps the only technique for completely preventing future flood damage, this method involves moving a house out of a flood area to a new location where there is no threat of flooding. The technique for moving most any house in good structural condition is well developed. It is generally more expensive and time-consuming than most elevation techniques. Sea la nt s - Sometimes referred to as "dry flood-proofing," this method can be used only in areas of very shallow flooding to completely seal a home against water. Because of the tremendous pressure that water can exert against a structure protected by this method, the technique can only be used on brick veneer or masonry construction in good structural condition, and then only when the flood levels cannot exceed two to three feet and flood velocities are negligible. Ut ili ty Pr ot ect io n - Often, very costly damage to utilities such as heating, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing systems occurs during floods. Generally elevation of these systems can usually prevent flood damage. For more information: Pinellas County Department of Emergency Management

400 South Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 464-3800 Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IV Hazard Mitigation Division, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road Atlanta, GA 30341 (770) 220-5416 Florida Division of Emergency Management 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100 (850) 413-9960 or (800) 226-4329 (TDD/TTY). Gulf Beaches Public Library 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

HOW TO FILE A FLOOD CLAIMSTEP ONE: If you have experienced a flood, contact your agent or insurance company immediately. They will assign a claims adjuster to help you evaluate your loss and file your flood insurance claim. Have the following information ready: 1. The name of your insurance company 2. Your policy number 3. A telephone and/or email address where you can be reached at all times If you will be going to a shelter or will be out of reach, provide your agent with a trusted point-of-contact (friend, relative) who can reach you if necessary. If an adjuster has not been assigned to you within a few days of your phone call, contact your insurance agent or company again. STEP TWO: Separate damaged from undamaged property. Do not throw out damaged property before your adjuster has seen it unless it may be a health hazard or could impede local cleanup. - If objects must be discarded, take photos and keep samples (fabric swatches, pieces of furniture, etc.) to help substantiate your claim. - Take photos of standing water, both outside and inside your home or business. - Photograph and videotape everything-from structural damage and floodwater levels on building exteriors to building interiors and contents-to help prepare documentation of what the flooding damaged. STEP THREE : Make a list of all damaged or lost items. Work with your adjuster to itemize your claim and calculate the value of the destroyed items by applying your detailed inventory against your damaged or lost property. STEP FOU R: File a Proof of Loss within 60 days of the flood. Your official claim for damages is called a Proof of Loss. This sworn statement, made by you, substantiates the insurance claim and is required before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or insurance company can make payment. - Your adjuster should provide the form for you. However, it is your responsibility to provide your insurance company with a signed Proof of Loss within 60-days of the date of loss. - You must include a detailed estimate to replace or repair the damaged property, which you can obtain from your adjuster. You should both come to an agreement about the scope of damage and what needs to be repaired or replaced. Your claim is payable after you and the insurer agree on the amount of damages and the insurer receives your complete, accurate and signed Proof of Loss. If major catastrophic flooding occurs, it may take longer to process claims and make payments because of the sheer number of claims submitted. Remember: To stay covered, you must renew your flood insurance policy each year. Adapted from how_to_file_a_claim.jsp


THE COUNTYS WILD PLACESBy Pi nell as Co unty Commis sion er Jo hn Mo rr oni We are fortunate. Though the community is built out, there are still numerous green, open spaces where we can stretch our legs and enjoy a walk among the laughing gulls or chattering squirrels. Bay Pines County Park, the cityowned Bicentennial Park, several mangrove islands in the Intracoastal Waterway - these little areas add to the ambiance of Madeira Beach. They provide some habitat, as well, for wildlife. The spoil islands have become home to several bird species, and people who live here enjoy them. It seems that the waterfront brings us closer to nature because most beach residents I speak to value the protection of land they seem to understand its value. Pinellas County officials understand this concept and have for many years. We have approved the acquisition of land throughout the county to protect some of our area's natural wonders. Some of these lands have been dedicated to active recreational uses, and some used as park areas. Other land offers public access to the beach. As a matter of fact, the county maintains a public beach and parking area at 14400 Gulf Blvd. Then, there are environmental lands in our county that are set aside for the sole purpose of protecting sensitive lands and waterways and restoring local ecosystems that are essential to the health of our environment. They protect our natural resources, and the undisturbed support of natural habitat for many wildlife species. The white-tailed deer depends on the existence of our preserves. The river otter, gopher, bobcat, marsh rabbit, all live and flourish among the 15,000 acres of the county's environmental lands, which is 8 percent of the county's geography. Birds use the undeveloped lands as rookeries; some need the untrodden beach. There are insects and wildflowers, which play important roles. 55 state or federally documented species of animals and 16 species of plants live on our environmental lands. Environmental lands have been purchased over the years through the Endangered Lands Fund and with Penny for Pinellas sales tax dollars. There are four county-owned preserves: Brooker Creek in Tarpon Springs, Weedon Island in St. Petersburg, Shell Key in Tierra Verde and Mobbly Bayou near Oldsmar. The management areas are smaller and usually have little or no public use. There are 15 of these areas throughout the county. Travatine Island by the Park Boulevard Bridge, an area at Lake Seminole in Seminole and one at Joe's Creek are examples. Many of the wetlands, marshes and bayous often need to be restored so the lands and waterways can better support the natural ecosystem. In addition, the invasive non-native plant species must be removed. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy recreational activities, such as hiking, birding, canoeing and fishing. Take a ride with your family to the educational exhibits at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs and Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. These are this county's last wild places. As the stewards, we will continue to protect these jewels for future generations.

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B UBB A GU MP: Theres a new Bubba in town - Bubba Gump Shrimp Company opened in August. They are located on the top floor of the new Johns Pass Village parking garage. Their outside Tiki Bar overlooks Johns Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. This themed restaurant is based on the movie Forrest Gump. Even the items on the menu reflect the movie and its elements. Call 397-4867 for more information and reservations. ___________________________________ NEW LATITUDE A new restaurant is soon opening where Dockside Dave's used to be. Latitudes Restaurant is under construction at 13111 Gulf Blvd overlooking the marina. It is owned by brothers Tino and Ty Centanni, former owners of Beach Nutts in Treasure Island. _________________________ THE B AMBO O I S BACK! Bamboo Beach Beer Garden is back with new owners. Allan Crawford and John Tomlinson have reopened the Garden in John s Pass Village. It is complete with outside beer garden music. _________________________ SO UTH BEACH HAS NEW (OL D) OWNER & REALTY TV SHO W Lou Falco, the former owner of South Beach is back. He has plans for a reality TV show to be filmed there. They are looking for people who want to help create the TV show and help design and rename the restaurant. You need restuarant experience, be at least 18 and have a creative slant towards planning and designing. Winners win a percentage of ownership and get on TV. Filming and casting may begin as early as Sept. 3rd. Call Lou 727-686-4977. ___________________________________________________ NEW SAL ON DARL ENE MAR IE opened at 15010 Madeira Way. Darlene Loder used to have a salon in North Redington Beach. She moved here in August. Shes been in the business for over 20 years styling hair for men, women and children. Call Darlene at 393-6473 ___________________________________ IS THERE A DOCTO R IN THE HOUSE? 15131 Madeira Way has once again become a doctors office with three doctors on site. Drs Neifeld, Eckert and McCluskey are here to serve you. Call 391-2400 for help. ___________________________________________________ PL ANNING TO R EMO DEL ? Peter Thibado just opened a Contracting business on Madeira Way. He has over 20 years experience in construction. He just moved here from Crystal River and specializes in kitchen and bath remodels. CBC # 058451 Call 647-9025. ___________________________________________________ TH E SPA AT M ADEI RA BAY is now open inside Madeira Bay Resort at 13235 Gulf Blvd. They are on the second floor and open to the general public ___________________________________________________ C LO SED - O UT OF BUS INESS Leatherbacks Restaurant, Madeira Causeway FTM Marble & Granite, on Madeira Way Paris Cafe next to Daiquiri Deck


REAL ESTA TE I N MAD EIR A B EACH Here's a snap shot of Madeira Beach properties sold in July and Aug: 2 Gulf Front Condos 1 Intracoastal Condos 5 Intracoastal Homes 0 Gulf Front Home 0 Non-Waterfront Home As of August 27, there were 247 active Madeira Beach listings. There are 3067 active listings on the Pinellas Beaches. How do sales in Madeira Beach compare to other beaches? This is all the beach properties sold during the same time period: Clearwater Beach - 22 Belleair/Sand Key - 22 Island Estates - 7 Indian Rocks Beach - 9 Indian Shores - 11 Redingtons - 13 Madeira Beach - 8 Treasure Island - 25 St Pete Beach - 15 Tierra Verde - 4 Note: This does not reflect properties for Sale by Owner . Supplied by Century 21 Beggins, Madeira Beach

T A M P A B A Y F OO TBALL SCHEDULEREGULAR SEASONSUN 9/07 New Orleans Saint SUN 9/14 ATLANTA FALCONS SUN 9/21 at Chicago Bears SUN 9/28 GREEN BAY PACKERS SUN 10/5 at Denver Broncos SUN 10/12 CAROLINA PANTHERS SUN 10/19 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS SUN 10/26 at Dallas Cowboys SUN 11/2 at Kansas City Chiefs -- Bye Week -SUN 11/16 MINNESOTA VIKINGS SUN 11/23 at Detroit Lions SUN 11/30 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS MON 12/08 at Carolina Panthers SUN 12/14 at Atlanta Falcons SUN 12/21 SAN DIEGO CHARGER SUN 12/28 OAKLAND RAIDERS 1:00 4:05 1:00 1:00 4:05 1:00 8:15 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00 8:30 1:00 8:15 1:00 PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM

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Support our troops by donating items they don't get from the military such as: Candy, cookies, microwave foods/popcorn, canned meats, tuna, fruits, and soups, small jars of peanut butter or jelly, cheese or peanut butter crackers, powdered drinks, disposable cameras, sunscreen, lip balm, stationery, bandannas, Q-Tips, feminine hygiene items, baby wipes, body wash and gallon ziploc bags. Cash donations are needed to cover shipping costs. Money orders or checks made out to Postmaster can be mailed to PO Box 86223, Madeira Beach, 33738. Donations may be dropped off at: Army Recruiting Office, Seminole Mall VFW POST 4256, 12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Rd, Madeira Beach Call GI Joe Tapp at 432-1057 for more information.


Just when you thought it was safe to drive north on Gulf Blvd, they do it again. Construction has begun on Gulf Blvd south of Walsingham and continuing all the way through Indian Shores. This construction project involves a 3 mile stretch of road. Pinellas county is in charge of the joint project with the FDOT, and the City of Indian Rocks Beach. The project is expected to be completed in August of 2009.


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2008-2009 BUDGETThe Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09 was presented to the City Commission on June 27, satisfying the City Charter requirement that it be submitted 90 days before the beginning of the fiscal year. After adjustments made by the City Commission at two budget workshop meetings, the total Proposed Budget for all funds is $11,208,285. Gen era l F un d Property Tax Reform legislation has continued with the implementation of Amendment 1, which has provided tax relief for many taxpayers in the form of reduced taxable values on their properties. Even with a 10% reduction in taxable values City-wide, the Proposed Budget is predicated on the same millage rate as the prior year, which should provide the intended tax relief to most taxpayers in the City. The following chart reflects the overall tax bill proposed for Fiscal Year 2008-09. As reflected therein, the City of Madeira Beach collects only 10% of the total tax bill:

The Proposed General Fund Budget of $5.7 million includes the traditional mix of municipal services that our citizens depend on, such as police and fire protection, public works, park and recreation services, as well as all administrative functions performed to keep the City running smoothly on a daily basis. Proposed expenditures are 7% less than the current year's revised budget. This was accomplished through reductions in travel and training, health and dental insurance premiums, and the elimination of the Community Policing Officer. In addition to two City Hall positions that were eliminated in the current year, a position in the Parks Department has been reduced from full-time to part-time, resulting in additional savings. The following chart identifies all General Fund expenditures by department:

Even with the reduction in property tax revenues for the coming year, taxes still account for almost 60% of the General Fund revenue. The following chart identifies all of the General Fund revenue sources:

Speci al Pr oj ect s Fu nd The Proposed Budget for the Special Projects Fund is primarily funded by the Local Option Sales Tax (Penny for Pinellas). A decrease of almost 3% is anticipated for the coming year's revenue of $415,000. This is a result of the economic outlook for the coming year, as evidenced by reduced collections for the past several months. The proposed Special Projects fund budget provides funding for the construction of landscape median improvements at the northern entrance to the City on Gulf Blvd., site improvements at Archibald Park, and the replacement of dune walkovers at Archibald Park, which is funded by Pinellas County. In addition, contributions to the City's accrued reserves for street resurfacing and curb and gutter replacements are funded. En ter pr ise Fun ds The Proposed Budget reflects revenues and expenses for the City's enterprise funds: Sanitation, Stormwater, Marina and John's Pass Village. Enterprise Funds are established for specific operations that are primarily paid for by user fees. These fees fund the day-to-day operations as well as capital and renewal/replacement programs for the programs. There are no rate increases proposed for the coming year. The Marina Fund includes an ambitious schedule of capital projects, including replacement of underground fuel tanks, construction of a new ship's store, and engineering design for the upland portion of the Marina Redevelopment Plan. Public hearings on the budget will be held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10th and Tuesday, September 23rd. The public is encouraged to attend.



By Jim Frishe Representative, District 54 According to the Miami Herald, in June approximately 77,000 Florida homeowners were in foreclosure. Florida ranks number two in the nation in foreclosures, behind California. Approximately 11.6 percent of Florida property owners are more than 30 days past due on mortgage payments, or are in foreclosure. This would indicate more trouble ahead. Many homeowners threatened with foreclosure cannot afford an attorney and resources available to Legal Services are inadequate to address the current needs. Because of this serious problem, Florida's attorneys are volunteering to help. The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL) have 10,000 volunteer RPPTL lawyers across the State of Florida who are ready to identify and contact hose homeowners in need of these special services. A statewide toll-free telephone hotline 866-607-2187 is being staffed by the Florida Bar. A property owners who fears that he/she will be unable to make his/her mortgage payments or owners who have already missed payment(s) but not yet had any foreclosure action filed with the court, are urged to call the hotline number. The caller will be asked a few initial questions to ensure accurate placement with a pro bono attorney. The attorney will negotiate with the Lender(s) on behalf of the client in attempting to create a relationship where the Lender and the client can work together to create a loan that will allow the client to remain in the home and avoid foreclosure - a win-win situation for all involved. Eleven Pinellas beach cities, including Madeira Beach, will receive a total of $35 million from Penny for Pinellas to beautify Gulf Boulevard. Each city will have input into what will be done in their city in what is now called the Gulf Boulevard Beautification Partnership. Most cities indicated they will use the money to underground utilities. Cities will make individual choices for landscaping or styles of lighting or benches, but they must adhere to the overall beautification plan. This is hoped to be a major boost to tourism. The county plans to disperse the $35 million beginning in 2011 and ending in 2016. Any money not spent is required to be returned to the county. The south bound (west side) of the Johns Pass Bridge is scheduled to open September 8th. All traffic will be moved to the new span. The contractor is working on the new bridges motors and finishing the control tower. He is also balancing the bridge, which makes sure the spans come together properly when they close. Construction is slightly behind schedule but the contractor expects to make up time in the future. There are still two years left on the contract. The bridge is expected to be completed in mid-2010. Kit Carson, Florida Dept ofThis paid political advertisement does not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the City of Madeira Beach or its residents



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An all-hazard approach to safety by Fire Chief Derryl O'Neal As we all know, we are in the middle of the tropical storm season. Many of the characteristics that make our Community beautiful, also makes us vulnerable to flooding, storm surge, and other related tropical events. All of Madeira Beach is in a Zone A Evacuation Area, which means we are the first to evacuate. Even though our area has not been directly affected, we must remain prepared and ready. If you wait to prepare until a storm approaches, it will be too late. Every household should have a survival plan. This plan should include evacuation routes and accommodations; food and water provisions; first aid supplies and emergency tools; and finally necessities for an extended stay away from your normal dwelling. We must be prepared for the worst possible event and be able to sustain ourselves for a minimum of 3-5 days. Free survival guides are available to you at your Madeira Beach City Hall and Fire Department. While the tropical storm season is a significant event for our area to prepare for, we must not forget the hazards associated with the approaching holiday season. - Wear bright/reflective clothes when out at night. - Never leave holiday lights or candles burning unattended. - Extension cords should be used with extreme caution and never overloaded or used when damaged. - Now is a good time to test your smoke alarms. Also, don't forget to change your smoke alarm battery when you change your clocks. Remember, even if you observe all safety precautions, accidents and emergencies can still occur; when they do; immediately call 911 and get help on the way. Your Madeira Beach Fire Department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.


RECREATION DEPARTMENTYo u th Spor ts In for ma t io n August starts soccer sign up November starts basketball & cheerleading sign-up February starts T-ball sign up Call Colin Shaw at 392-0665 for more information Afte r Sc ho o l P ro gr a m & Ho l iday Ca mps After school 2:50 - 6 pm Registration starts in August Thanksgiving Holiday camp Nov. 24-26 Winter Holiday camp Dec. 22-Jan.2 Call Kristine Volin at 392-0665 for more information


From the Desk of Sheriff Jim CoatsTo many people, knowledge of what law enforcement agencies do is limited to what they might have seen in television dramas or news stories. Deputies and other uniformed members of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are the most visible part of the agency, but there are many employees whose efforts are not as visible, yet they are vital to our success. These jobs include clerical, accounting, communication, maintenance and other support positions without which the Sheriff's Office would have difficulty providing service to the public. One important, yet seldom recognized function of any law enforcement agency is maintaining the Sheriff's Office criminal records database, handled by our Records Division. Until there is a need for a copy of a report, the round-the-clock important tasks performed by the members of this division go largely unnoticed. The Sheriff's Office Records Division is separated into three different units, each of which has specific responsibilities. Criminal records are constructed, validated, archived, and disseminated as necessary in accordance with Florida public record laws. For this reason criminal records from the present, dating back to the 1950s, are currently preserved. The Automated Record Management System (ARMS) Unit is responsible for entering offense and incident reports into the Augmented Criminal Information Support System (ACISS). Members of this unit work around the clock entering data provided by deputies into the ACISS database to document criminal and noncriminal investigations. Last year this unit completed nearly 105,000 Sheriff's Office reports. The Validation Unit confirms that all information entered into the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) database is accurate. This information includes all entries pertaining to missing persons, and a wide variety of stolen items such as firearms, vehicles, and jewelry. The Records Request Unit handles all public records requests pertaining to offense, incident, and traffic crash reports. This unit also satisfies requests for local criminal background checks. Last year this unit processed about 91,000 public records requests. Public record requests can be made in person at the Sheriff's Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Requests can also be made over the telephone by calling (727) 582-6200 and selecting option #2. Some reports contain information that is confidential or exempt from release by law, and therefore will be redacted from a report before the record is made available. In accordance with Florida Statute 119.07 a nominal fee may be charged for obtaining some records. Copies of some reports, specifically traffic crash reports, are available online by following the "Accident Report Download" link on our website at For additional information about the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Records Division, please contact Records Supervisor Pam Parker-Manning at (727) 582-6281. Professional record management is just one more way we are striving to achieve our goal of "Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas."

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SEPTEMBER 2008 LEGISLATIVE UPDATEThe Board of Commissioners has recently considered Ordinances, which should be of interest to all residents of Madeira Beach. The Ordinances, recently considered at Public Hearings, are outlined for your information. Copies of an entire Ordinance may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk. Ordin an ce 1125 was adopted on May 27, 2008. It is the City of Madeira Beach 2008 Comprehensive Plan, which is in compliance with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Ordin an ce 1126 was adopted on July 8, 2008. It is a re-write of Sign Code to implement regulations that a sign is a device or type of structure which may be regulated by: 1) Quantity of signs on site; 2) Size of the sign face(s); 3) Height of the sign structure; and 4) Location of the sign on a property. The decision to remain "content neutral" in the regulation of signs is an individual's right to free speech. O rdin an ce 1127 was adopted on April 22, 2008. It amended Sections One and Two of Ordinance 1117 which established the Budget for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2007 and ending September 30, 2008; reducing General Fund revenues and increasing Appropriated General Fund Balance in the amount of $30,600, and reducing Special Projects Fund revenues and increasing Appropriated Special Projects Fund Balance in the amount of $36,200 due to anticipated revenue reductions as reported by the Florida Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. Ordin an ce 1128 was adopted on June 10, 2008. It amended the existing boundaries of said election districts within the City of Madeira Beach, Florida, in order to equalize as nearly as possible (within 15% per City Charter) the number of electors in each district. Ordin an c e 1129 was adopted on June 24, 2008. It amended Sections One and Two of Ordinance 1117 which established the budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2007 and ending September 30, 2008; increasing the amount appropriated for fuel purchased for resale at the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina and increasing the amount appropriated for the construction of the boat ramp including the purchase of the docks and gangway; needed for the project. Ordin an ce 1130 is reserved for a Planned Development (PD) District re: Dag Bros. Inc. of 146 Boardwalk Place East, Madeira Beach, FL 33708 to construct a Hotel, commercial, accessory use and parking. Ordin an ce 1131 was adopted on July 22, 2008. It amended Chapter 6 (Alcoholic Beverages), Section 6-3 (Open containers and consumption prohibited), to provide for additional locations within the definition of "other open property" to prohibit alcohol consumption. Ordin an ce 1132 was adopted on July 22, 2008. It amend Chapter 66 (Traffic and Vehicles), Section 66-73 (Resident parking permits), item (b) to identify the City parking lot at 15100 Gulf Boulevard (Archibald Memorial Beach/Park); the City parking lot at 14400 Gulf Boulevard (County Park); and the City parking lot at 12801 Gulf Boulevard (John's Pass Park/South Beach) as additional areas within the City where resident parking permits are valid.