By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 12, 2001
Gulfport playground gets $50,000
GULFPORT -- The city has received a $50,000 state grant for new playground equipment at the beach playground.
The city is not required to provide matching funds for the grant, which is from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.
Gulfport's beach playground is located directly west of the Gulfport Casino.
City Manager Bob Lee estimated the current playground equipment is about eight years old.
"It's showing signs of wear and tear, and we want to improve it and make sure the equipment is safe and has the types of activities that kids find fun now," Lee said.
The semi-annual Coastal Clean-up Day is scheduled for Saturday. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Coffee and doughnuts will be available for early morning volunteers.
Applications for the Beach Art Center's Fall Festival arts and crafts show are available.
The 24th annual event is scheduled for Nov. 17 at Kolb Park, across the street from the art center.
Space is available for 90 entrants, who will compete for $800 in prize money. The show is co-sponsored by the city of Indian Rocks Beach and the Pinellas County Arts Council.
For an application, call 596-4331 or write to the art center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785.
For information, contact Vince Robertiello at 595-0339 or Betsy Schoepf at 596-4331.
Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni has scheduled two town meetings this month for the communities of Redington Beach and North Redington Beach.
The meeting for North Redington Beach will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at City Hall, 190 173rd Ave.
The meeting in Redington Beach will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Redington Beach City Hall, 105 164th Ave.
Morroni invites residents to come to the town meetings to discuss issues important to them without traveling to the County Courthouse in Clearwater.