Beaches to get infusion of sand
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to start putting fresh sand on Pinellas County's eroded beaches at the beginning of July, but the beaches will remain open throughout the work, corps officials said.
The work will begin at Sunshine Beach, at the northern tip of Treasure Island. It will be followed by Sunset Beach in Treasure Island and Upham Beach and Pass-a-Grille in St. Pete Beach.
Public access to the construction areas will be restricted. These areas will be about 700 to 800 feet long, and ramps over pipes will provide beach access for visitors north and south of the work areas.
The corps of engineers expects to dump 555,000 cubic yards of sand on the beaches to make up for what was lost. The cost to federal taxpayers is expected to be about $16.1 million.
New vibe at Jannus
Jannus Landing is making changes that will offer patrons more dining choices along with a rare downtown commodity: shade. The music venue is installing a 16-foot-wide New Orleans-style wrought iron balcony along the east and north side of the building. It will offer access to the upstairs and a shelter over pedestrians below.
"We hope to have it all done by the middle or end of summer, depending on how things go with the city," said Matt Loyd, Jannus vice president of operations. He expects the balcony and other interior renovations to cost in the "high six figures."
The upstairs VIP lounge area will be converted to the Hide, a restaurant featuring higher-end private and public dining.
Calypso Rum Bar & Island Grille, which was formerly the Garden Restaurant at 217 Central Ave., will become the Central Avenue Sports Bar. Rooms will have sports memorabilia of local teams. There will be arcade games and the ability to play Wii or Xbox on a 9-foot screen.
Dog park to open
Dog Bone Run, in Bayhead Action Park at 375 Seminole Blvd., will open at noon Monday. The park is a quarter of an acre where small and large dogs can drink from a fire hydrant-shaped fountain. The enclosed property also has a paw-shaped picnic table, shade and views of Bayhead pond. The city plans to place dog agility obstacles in a field. Park hours will be sunrise to sunset. For information, call the Largo Parks Department at (727) 586-7415.
Neighbors to meet
Representatives of the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority and Pinellas County's community revitalization department are scheduled to speak to the Lealman Community Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 4145 34th St. N next to the Pepsi plant. For information, call association president Ray Neri at (727) 527-5352.
Eliminate term limits?
Voters here changed to a council-manager format last November. This November, voters will have the option to eliminate term limits for the mayor and council members. Currently, the mayor is limited to two consecutive three-year terms and cannot run again for three years. Council members are limited to three consecutive two-year terms. All would be able to serve an unlimited number of consecutive terms as long as voters put them in office. If voters approve the change in November, it would take effect with the March elections.
Times staff writers Craig Pittman, Anne Lindberg and Katherine Snow Smith contributed to this report.