July 30, 2010
The National Marine Manufacturers Association calls Treasure Island a boating "hot spot," a "must-visit boating destination," and "a tropical community popular for cruising with the family and sportfishing the infamous Kingfish." You like us! You really like us!
TI WEATHER | VISION SURVEY | COMMISSION MEETING 8/3/10
Even though our plan fell through to have Mel Gibson voice our city hall automated answering system (Press "1" for incoherent rage ... press "2" for snarling allegations ... press "3" for panting and epithets), this week there's still plenty of oh-so good news for people who oh-so love good news.
In their Best Beach Town for Sunsets, SmarterTravel.com rates Treasure Island as the "the perfect beach getaway for those interested in watching the sun dip below the water’s edge." A possible new slogan emerges: "Treasure Island - Perfect for Dipping!"
BP installs a fancy new wondercap and plugs the Oilgasm in the Gulf, resulting in minimal oil "seepage." The mere mention of the word "seepage" reminds everyone of watching uncomfortable Depends commercials.
And the news keeps on getting gooder
Those big, black pipes that you may have seen on the beach? World's Longest Bong? No, the pipes mean we're off and running on the 2010 beach renourishment. Sunshine Beach gets sand first, probably sometime in the first week of August, from the John's Pass Jetty to 120th Avenue. Then it's Sunset Beach's turn for new sand, most likely in the first part of September, from just south of Caddy's to 77th Avenue. The Army Corps of Engineers expects to add about 150 to 200 feet of new beach width to both beaches.
It was so hot this week ...
... Hal actually opened the pod bay doors to let in a nice breeze. Catch some beach breeze Saturday, August 7th at Saturday Sunsets on the Trail. Four hours of beach bazaar shopping, 5 to 9pm, from over 30 vendors and live music from Sunza Beaches. On the TI Trail, 104th to 108th Avenues, with beach parking at 112th.
Last call is one hour later now as Pinellas County extends bar closing time to 3am. Sunday serving time in TI is still 11am but the commission will consider moving it to 10am in the coming weeks ... Of all the bridges in all Tampa Bay, they chose ours - "they" being Tampa Digital Studios, along with the Pinellas County Film Commission, will film scenes on the the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge on Friday for a video promoting Tampa Bay as a future World Cup host ... FOOD! BEER! WINE! JAZZ! 18-piece jazz and swing band "Voices of Jazz" plays the park at the TI Community Center on Saturday, August 14th in a fundraiser for the Vision Committee called "TI Vision & All That Jazz.". Music at 2pm; live music at 6pm with arts & crafts all day ... After more than a dozen meetings, the Charter Review Committee is just about done. Their recommended city charter changes will next go to the commission for review ... 3 three-hour budget sessions sufficed the city commission to review the entire 2011 city budget. Tentatively, the current millage rate of 2.6868 will remained unchanged for next year ... Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is mailing sample ballots to some 255,000 households next week to help prepare voters for the August 24 Primary Election ...
Charlie was the guy who made the signature bricks throughout downtown TI possible. He put American flags on the power poles along Gulf Boulevard. Charlie organized bus loads of kids visiting TI from Canada every year for Canadian Thanksgiving. He donated his grandfather's painting of Betsy Ross sewing the first flag to the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. Charlie Weisgerber was one of a kind. The memorial service for Charlie is Friday, August 6th at Bay Pines at 1:15pm, followed by a Celebration of Life at the TI Yacht & Tennis Club at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast in the memory of Charles H. Weisgerber. Our beloved Charlie will be missed ...
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