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Beaches notebook

By AMY WIMMER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 3, 2002

Islands council has new leaders

The Barrier Islands Governmental Council elected a new slate of officers last Wednesday in Madeira Beach.

Redington Shores Mayor J.J. Beyrouti will replace Treasure Island Mayor Leon Atkinson as president. Belleair Beach Mayor Mike Kelly will be the new vice president. Charles Parker, a city commissioner in Madeira Beach, will remain the group's secretary and treasurer.

Officers serve two-year terms on the Big-C.

The Big-C is composed of elected officials from each of the 10 small municipalities on the barrier islands. The only beach city not represented is Clearwater.

Food, clothing collected for pantries, shelters

Throughout this week residents can drop off canned food, baby food and other nonperishable items, as well as new or "gently used" men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes.

All donations will go to local shelters and food pantries, said Cynthia Fox, Pinellas Cares executive director. They will not be resold.

Items may be dropped off at participating city or town halls during normal business hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island are participating.

Belleair Shore also is, but because that town does not have a city building, items can be taken to Belleair Beach City Hall.

Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach is planning a Memorial Day ceremony that will include an opportunity for people to properly dispose of American flags.

Because more people have been flying flags since Sept. 11, Mayor Bob DiNicola explained, many people have tattered flags on their hands that need to be replaced. The city plans to work with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to properly dispose of flags on Memorial Day.

Anyone who has an old flag can take it to Indian Rocks Beach City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until May 24. Nonresidents also can drop off flags, City Manager Tom Brobeil said.

The city is still working out details of the Memorial Day ceremony.

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The Indian Rocks Beach Library has collected 231 recipes from group members, family and friends and compiled them into a cookbook called Cooking with Friends.

The library is selling the cookbook for $7. Proceeds go to buying new books and maintaining the library. Call 596-1822.

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Applications for educational scholarships from the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association are available at City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

The civic association has awarded $101,300 in scholarships since 1984.

Any resident or dependent of a resident of Indian Rocks Beach is eligible for up to four $1,000 annual awards paid directly to the accredited school of his or her choice.

Students attending an accredited undergraduate program, graduate school or trade school are eligible.

Call 595-0344 for information. Deadline for returning completed applications is April 8. Incomplete or late entries will not be reviewed.

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Several community groups are joining to make the weekend a big one in Indian Rocks Beach.

The Beach Art Center will sponsor the 24th annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Kolb Park, between 15th and 16th avenues.

The arts and crafts festival is held with the city's Beauty and the Beach festival, the Friends of the Library Book Sale and the Gulfside Gallop.

Greyhound Pets of America will have retired racers eligible for adoption.

The Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the Gray Gallery from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $3.50.

The current show at the art center is the Spring Fling Open, featuring paintings from artists throughout Pinellas County.

Also in the King Gallery will be the Cafe des Artists bake sale, where customers can purchase a piece of cake or pie and have a glass of tea at decorated card tables.

A few blocks away, on the beach, will be the city's food and music festival, Beauty and the Beach. Everyone is welcome to bring a beach chair.

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Three hundred runners are expected to participate Saturday morning in the Fourth Annual Gulfside Gallop.

The Indian Rocks Beach Civic Association invites residents and visitors to cheer on the amateur athletes as they raise money for the association's scholarship program. The Gallop, a 5-kilometer race or 1-mile fun walk, is sponsored by Guppy's on the Beach, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Harbourside, Jimmy Guana's and the Red Lion.

Sponsorship funds from these Indian Rocks Beach businesses have been used to purchase tank tops for every registered racer.

The race, which is run along the beach, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Pinellas County park across the street from Guppy's near 17th Avenue. Registration closes at 7:58 a.m.

Treasure Island

The city will host an open house at its newly renovated Police and Fire departments and public works administration building from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Refreshments will be served.

Madeira Beach

The Pinellas Parliamentarian Unit will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the City Hall Auditorium. Coffee and a social hour start at 9 a.m.

Programs are devoted almost entirely to education. Meetings are free and open to the public. The group tries to help associations that are having difficulty at meetings. For information, call 866-3899 or 392-3263.

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