TREASURE ISLAND — The city appears poised to approve a three-day February Mardi Gras festival on the beach.
"I think it will be a fantastic event," said Commissioner Ed Gayton Jr. at a recent workshop session.
Activities at the proposed Feb. 20-22 event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches, would include a masquerade ball, a 5K fun run, a poker run, an antique and street rod car show, as well as live entertainment and activities on the beach.
Proceeds would benefit the Miracle League and Pinellas Village, both Kiwanis charities. The Miracle League is a baseball league for disabled children.
Pinellas Village is a nonprofit community that fosters hope, pride and purpose for single-parent families through onsite and community-based resources, and safe, affordable housing.
The Kiwanis Club anticipates that more than 200 vendors would participate, drawing crowds of up to 4,000.
If approved by the city, temporary parking would be available on the beach north of the event, and at Treasure Island Park. Final approval has not been set.
"I am very much in favor of this. If all goes well, we will be doing this every year. It's a great opportunity for the people of Treasure Island and the charities they support," said Commissioner Phil Collins.