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Beaches briefs: Gulf Boulevard construction? Go on, ask away


Gulf Boulevard construction?
Go on, ask away

An open house is planned at the Indian Rocks Beach City Hall on Thursday to discuss ongoing construction on Gulf Boulevard. Representatives from the DOT, PBS&J Constructors, Pinellas County Utilities and subcontractors will be on hand to update the public on the Gulf Boulevard construction project, which involves the right of way along Gulf Boulevard from Park Boulevard to Walsingham Road. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the construction plans and timetable.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.


Winning grads' words worth $1,000, $2,000

The Redington Beach Property Owners Association is accepting entries for its scholarship essay contest. The association will award two scholarships, one for $1,000 and one for $2,000, to graduating seniors who are residents of Redington Beach. Entrants must submit a 1,000-word essay addressing the topic of global warming and its potential impact on the gulf beaches. The deadline for submission is April 18. For information, call Rosalee Yurasko at 394-2194 or e-mail


Beach Goes Pop weekend is April 18-19

Plan now to bring a blanket or beach chair and pack a picnic basket. It's almost time for one of the beach community's favorite annual activities, Music Under the Stars. Listen to live music on Pass-a-Grille while watching the sun set during the 18th annual Beach Goes Pops concert the weekend of April 18-19.

The outdoor music event, which will benefit the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, starts at 5:30 p.m. April 18 with performances by the Venturas, followed by Suzette Jennings and Moodswingz.. The lineup April 19 begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Caribbean Cowboys, followed by the Beach Goes Pops Orchestra.

The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum will remain open both evenings until 8. Visitors will find displays of artifacts and memorabilia from the first settlers to the roaring '20s to the present day. Admission is free.

Beach Goes Pops is co-sponsored by the Pass-a-Grille and Vina Del Mar Island associations and St. Pete Beach. Wine, beer, other beverages and food will be for sale, and stage-side tables are available for reservations April 19.

For information about table reservations for the Saturday dinner, contact Nancy Doyal at 643-8931 or e-mail For any other inquiries, contact David Zavac at 363-0849 or

Spring Community Festival is this month

St. Pete Beach's annual Spring Community Festival is scheduled for April 26. The daylong event will feature a kids fishing tournament, skate competition, live music, bounce houses for the kids, an art fair, restaurant vendors, a pottery station, games, prizes and more. The event will be capped off with a free concert performance by the De Lei'ed Parrots at 6:30 p.m.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 26

Where: St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.


Swap books on three Fridays at City Hall

Have some good reads stacking up around the house? Looking for something different to read as you relax under a beach umbrella? Drop by the South Pasadena community book swap this month.

The bibliophile swap meet is scheduled for three consecutive Friday mornings at City Hall. Bring a book and peruse the castoffs of other readers.

When: 10 a.m. to noon this Friday and April 18 and 25

Where: Cultural arts room of South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S

Info: 347-4171

City to celebrate trees, beauty on Arbor Day

South Pasadena will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25. The Florida Division of Forestry will present the city with its 19th consecutive Tree City USA Award, and beautification awards will be presented to South Pasadena homeowners and business owners.

Trees will be planted and dedicated to the city's Going Green initiative. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Parking will be available at the Barbara Gilberg Habitat, 1600 Pasadena Ave. S, or participants can take the chartered bus that leaves City Hall at 7047 Sunset Drive S at 9:45 a.m. to the park.

When: 10 a.m. April 25

Where: the Fred Held Habitat, 2500 Pasadena Ave. S

Applications available for annual scholarship

Residents of South Pasadena (graduating high school seniors as well as adults) are eligible to apply for the city's annual scholarship. Applicants must have been residents of South Pasadena for two years and been accepted to an accredited college, trade school or technical school.

Applications are available at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S, and online at For information, contact the city clerk's office, 347-4171. The deadline for applications is May 30.

The Beaches Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

Beaches briefs: Gulf Boulevard construction? Go on, ask away 04/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 9:29am]
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