July 1, 2010
TI WEATHER | OIL SPILL UPDATE | COMMISSION MEETING 7/6/10
Here at the e*ti editor's desk, we get interesting questions all the time. For example: "Why is toilet paper, which is highly useful, considered inappropriate as a gift?" We'll forward that one to Miss Manners (or Mr. Whipple). "Why do they play Sweet Home Alabama on Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials?" We'll forward that one to the Colonel. "When, oh Lord, when, will sand be pumped up on beach?" We'll take that question! The US Army Corp of Engineers says beach renourishment for Sunshine and Sunset Beaches will begin no later than 30 days after July 16th. They fast-tracked the project because, you know, BP tar balls washing ashore could really ruin everything. But let us point out, right here and now, we have no tar balls or oil on our beaches. (And another thing - this is not an oil "spill." Beer gets spilled. We would like the media to stop calling it a "spill" and start calling it an "oilgasm.") At 100K barrels a day, BP is showing us that awesome ingenuity to make this the BIGGEST and BESTEST oilgasm (don't worry - it'll catch on) of all time! Beat those punks from Exxon!
So ... where were we before veering into tangent-land? Right, beach sand. Cconceivably then, we could maybe, hopefully, too-soon-to-tell, see beach renourishment in about three weeks.
Everyone enjoys the delicious Freon chamber that is an air-conditioned home. How to beat the heat this holiday weekend? You could chew a whole pack of Dentyne Ice gum (try the "Arctic Chill", which isn't so much a flavor as it is a meteorlogical condition) or you could strap on your tinfoil umbrella hats and head to Treasure Island this Saturday and Sunday, July 3rd and 4th for Beach Blast, where you can fearlessly shop our beachside arts and crafts arcade and rock out with a cold bevvy in your hand. Tunes begin at 1pm Saturday with Danto the Sweet Music Man and original folk-pop from Sunza Beaches at 4pm. Upfront plays at 1pm Sunday with Lightning Jack pumping out tropic-rock at 4pm, all on the beach behind the Bilmar. Parking abounds for the holiday weekend with all-day parking for $10 on the beach, $5 on the grass at the Community Center or $4 in the Community Center lot. Oh, and there will be fireworks at 9pm on the 4th.
" ... And the survey said!" Now we've got a few questions for you in our "See the future, be the future" survey from the Vision Steering Committee. Questions about the future of Treasure Island businesses, neighborhoods, city facilities and beaches ... the kind of questions Richard Dawson never asked because he was just too darn busy smooching the contestants. It takes just a few minutes to complete the survey and you can do the whole thing on line while sitting at your desk munching chocolate peanut butter Bugles and sipping diet Fresca.
After the 4th of July holiday, the beaches will need a little TLC. Two beach cleanups, one in the morning and one in the evening, are set for Monday, July 5th. The morning cleanup is for mid-beach, starts at 9am and volunteers meet at Gulf front Park at 104th & Gulf Boulevard. The evening cleanup targets Sunset Beach, starts at 6pm at Sunset Vista Park (West Gulf & Gulf Boulevard) and includes a "thank-you volunteer bar-b-que and party" thrown by the Sunset Beach Civic Association and Eric Corson ... Here's a $20 deal for the ladies: It's Women Ready to Launch, a twice monthly golf clinic followed by 9 holes of golf followed by wine and cheese! Led by PGA professional Gary Metzger (a cheesy wine expert if there ever was one) and LPGA Tour professional Carolyn Hill, Women Ready to Launch meets at 5:30pm at Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis Center, now thru October. Next play date is July 7th. Call Treasure Bay at 727-360-6062 to register ... The Treasure Island Historical Society needs a home, a place to work, a place to store the thousands of Treasure Island historical artifacts donated over the years by long-time TI residents, movers, shakers and raving droolers. Donna White, Society prez, says they meet the second Monday of the month at the TI Chamber office at 6pm. If you can help out (especially if you've got an unrented property) contact Donna at 360-3477 ... Remember the talk a few years back about the county replacing the water lines on Paradise Island? Neither do we, but beginning July 7th, Pinellas County Utility crews will be doing just that. The project will last for about 12 weeks and all the work will be done in the right-of-way or dedicated easement. Paradise residents will be getting a door hanger from the county next week that explains the project. (If it reads "Maid ... Please Make Up This Room" you've got the wrong door hanger) ...Numbers, subsections, line items, sinking funds, revenues - you'll hear all these sexy terms (and more) when FY2010-11 Budget Workshops begin July 19th ...
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