Hello Sunset Beach!
It has been a busy summer. The beach renourishment has been completed, and the beach looks good and wide The budget has passed and the millage rate will stay the same. There will be no increase in the garbage or recycle rate, but the sewer and stormwater rates
will increase slightly. The sewer rate increased because St Petersburg increased the rate to treat the sewage, and the stormwater increased so that we have money to fix the storm pipes.
We are all very pleased with the new beach! Stay tuned for opportunities for dune replanting. We will take all the sea oats we can, as we all know that the planted dune is our last line of defense.
There is a very interesting election coming up this November. I am not just speaking of Charlie 2.0 or marijuana, but Greenlight vs. No Tax For Tracks. Greenlight has many good points, and some not so good points, so make sure to cast an informed vote on this!
Until next time,
Commissioner District 4
Happy Autumnal Equinox Sunset Beach. Now that autumn is here we can look forward to one of the best seasons in one of the best parts of the country. Fall in Treasure Island means cooler days but with water temps remaining in the 80′s. It also is the time of year that the Civic Association begins events for the next year.
As the new president let me first thank all members of the association and the board for participating in a process that helps make Sunset Beach the unique community that it is. We really do have something special here.
Dates for events is the first order of business, and as you can see, not much has changed. I encourage all members to attend as many events as possible, but the Welcome Back Potluck is very important for several reasons. Renewing membership, new membership, networking, presenting new ideas- are most effectively achieved at the earliest opportunities.
We will have a new order of t-shirts and hoodies available. If you had trouble getting the size or color in the past, this is your chance to get the item of your choice. We will also have a new item, beverage coozies. They may sell out fast, so get yours now.
Another item I feel strongly about is Beach Clean-up. As you can see Steve Yost is spear-heading a dedicated campaign to maintain our recently re-nourished beach. I will be working with him to increase participation and awareness.
We also have a new event- The Floatilla. This summer’s inaugural soiree went “swimmingly” well. Thanks to all floaters (and non-floaters who showed up at the dock stops) who made the event a success. Special thanks to Dawn Fader / Patrick Fitzgerald and Rick Russ (a.k.a. Shaggy) for hosting the festive dock stops.
In closing I want to stress the importance of membership. Please encourage neighbors, friends and family to join / rejoin the association. Our events are getting more popular every year, we want to insure the residents of Sunset Beach reap the benefits of our special community spirit.
A new year of Sunset Beach Civic Association activities is upon us! To me, it’s like the beginning of football season. After a long off-season of no football, I am anxiously anticipating football in the fall. So, likewise, I am anxiously anticipating meeting many of you on the morning of every Second Saturday of each month to do our beach clean up.
So, what’s new about beach clean up? Well, except for the obvious (there’s more beach to clean up), not much. We will still meet the second Saturday of every month and go out and clean up our beach and dunes. For most of these second Saturday’s, you’ll meet up with my wife, Debbie, and me. Debbie will be set up at the pavilion with the radio playing and with buckets, bags and pick-up tools readily available for you to use to help you do your part of our clean up effort. As for me, I’ll be out picking up trash. Most times we’ll be there from 9 – 12 o’clock noon. We will have bottled water for everyone and sometimes, a cold adult beverage will available for your consumption.
This season, we will continue to monitor our No-Butts-Left-Behind Zone campaign. Last month, after collecting all the trash, I went through it, found and counted 840 cigarette butts. Eight-hundred-and-forty! That’s just way too many butts left behind by our neighbors and guests. Recently, our partner, Keep Pinellas Green, announced a new, recycle your cigarette butts campaign. Basically this campaign provides special cigarette butt repositories. We will be looking into this campaign and possibly obtaining some butt repositories (to see if they make a difference).
In closing, I hope to see you on one of our Second Saturdays. In the meantime, thank you for your support and to all of you who routinely pick up trash on your daily walks on the beach. Every little bit helps!
Steve (the beach clean up guy)
First Annual Sunset Beach Civic Association FLOATILLA, Saturday July 26th. 12 Noon until aprox. 4pm. The Floatilla will start at 12 noon at the 100th Ave. Boat Ramp across from Island Inn on Treasure Island. The Floatilla will then head south to the last Intracoastal Beach on the Island(Dog Beach) with DOCK STOPS along the way. Refreshments will be provided at the Dock Stops. B.Y.O.B (Bring your own beverages) and B .Y.O.F (BRING YOUR OWN FLOAT) Floats, Tubes, Kayaks, SUPS, rafts, or even Floating picnic Tables. For more information Contact Eric Corson at (727) 510-7526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.