||August 27, 2008
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and thrilled, we were, like the wife of an Apollo astronaut, when
the new Treasure Island Causeway Bridge officially opened a year ago this
week. Can't get much more prouder, happier or thrilling-er than
that. So to be asked to tour the new Treasure Island Publix
before the grand opening this Thursday, August 28th - well, call us
an astronaut's wife, because we were proud, happy and thrilled. You
can click on any of the pictures to enlarge the view.
We start our Publix tour on the parking level. Yellow means
caution, kids - let's be careful in that garage! It has parking
spaces for 125 cars, slightly less if you drive a land yacht and
have poor parking skills.
Just beyond the Star Trek-like doors is the lobby, where a
grinning pirate and greenery welcome you to the six enormous
elevators that whisk you and your wallet to the second level, where
shopping pleasure begins.
And what a pleasure it is! Brightly
lit, roomy beyond all expectations and decked out with all the
latest high-tech grocery gadgetry. Here we see Harry Black, proud,
happy and thrilled by the melons.
Our touring group included members
of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Mary Maloof and
Vice Mayor Bob Minning, seen lingering near the extensive
Publix bakery and desserts department.
Pastel greens and yellows decorate
the new Publix. The beer aisle is conveniently located near the
butter, eggs and milk, setting the stage for a
Sunday-brunch-and-football-afternoon shopping spree.
Seven checkout lines are located at
the front of the store (one of them will be designated an express
lane for those who know the meaning of "10 items or less").
Elevators and stairs exit to the garage and Gulf Blvd.
Some members of our touring group
look as if they'd spotted a UFO or a flock of gulls or the Wizard of
Oz in a balloon heading for Kansas. We don't know what
caught their attention but it's nice to see people looking
Oh, wait! Now we remember - the
group was looking up at an enormous Buccaneer pirate ship that
lights up and belches smoke evey now and then. Sounds like a
relative we all know.
What other grocery store offers a view like this? None. It's a
rhetorical question. The architects and builders have done a truly
amazing job in offering so much store in only 28,000 square
Publix, on the corner of 104th Avenue & Gulf
Boulevard, opens at 8am on Thursday, August 28th. Store hours are
8am to 9pm.
SWIMMERS and BOATERS!
Some changes in the swim and boater
zones coming ashore at Caddy's on Sunset
Beach. Expect to see a new boat zone in line
with Caddy's parking lot where boaters could come
within 100 feet of the shoreline. 2nd Reading of the ordinance is Sept.
3rd and then it goes to the state for approval
and then buoys have to be purchased and anchored
and ... and it might be awhile before all this takes
effect. We'll keep you posted ...
YOUR BOAT: Work is almost done on the
123rd and 100th Avenue boat
ramp renovations, reports TI Public Works Director
Jim Murphy, with new concrete ramps (with curbs!) and
hard-packed crushed shell parking areas. Work
continues for a few more weeks on the 84th Avenue &
Bayshore boat ramp which is closed for now ...
WHY DO WE DRIVE ON A PARKWAY AND PARK ON A
DRIVEWAY?: The commission agreed during a
recent workshop to consider increasing
citywide parking fines from $20 to $40. The commission
expects to consider the new parking fee ordinance in
September ... NO BEAUTY NEXT MONTH: The
Beautification Committee meeting for Tuesday, September
2nd is cancelled ... IS THAT THE SOUND OF BUDGET
HEARINGS? The City Commission will hold public
budget hearings on September 3rd and 17th. Both are
Wednesday night meetings beginning at 6pm ...
TUESDAY IS TI NIGHT: Look for the
segment taped in Treasure Island this past spring on the
Channel's "Highway 18" September 2nd at 10pm ...
AMEND ANY CONSTITUTIONS LATELY? You
have your opportunity November 4th. There are nine
amendments on the ballot, ranging from gay marriage to
community college funding. What are they all about? Who
is for and against? Read about it here
... Next scheduled newsletter: September