Does new law restrict public access to Florida’s beaches? Not exactly.

Many of you have expressed your concern about the bill recently signed into law regarding restricted access to Florida’s beaches.  We asked our Town attorney, Jay Daigneault for his interpretation as it relates to the Town of Redington Beach.  His summary follows:

Town of Redington Beach’s Current Customary Use

“In my opinion, the Town has what would likely be considered a customary use ordinance currently in place and would therefore be exempt from the proposed application of the new law.

Section 6-134 of the Town Code is as follows:

Sec. 6-134. – Public access.

Where the public has established an accessway through private lands to lands seaward of the mean high tide or water line by prescription, prescriptive easement or other legal means, development or construction shall not interfere with such right of access unless a comparable alternative accessway is provided. The developer shall have the right to improve, consolidate or relocate such public accessways so long as they are:

(1) Of substantially similar quality and convenience to the public;

(2) Approved by the local government and approved by the department of natural resources whenever improvements are involved seaward of the coastal construction control line; and

(3) Consistent with the coastal management element of the local comprehensive plan adopted pursuant to F.S. § 163.3178.

A second ordinance related to customary use may also be found in the Town’s Code. Section 19-1 states that, “[n]o person shall place any thing or object on or do any act in or upon any…, beach access easement within the town which shall obstruct or tend to obstruct such street, avenue, alley, way, parkway, park, park turnaround, causeway, beach access easement, ditch, drain or gutter, or the proper use thereof.”

Because these ordinances were in effect prior to January 1, 2016, I believe at this time that the Town is not subject to this legislation. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have concerns regarding this matter.”

/s/ Jay Daigneault, Esq.

Town Attorney


RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE CHANGE

Effective Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, ALL recycling collection will be on WEDNESDAYS.  Please have your recyclables out for collection before 6am on WEDNESDAYS

If you have any questions please call Waste Connections at 727-572-6800.


CAR BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has been proactive in helping to prevent Vehicle Burglaries.

They have stepped up all beach patrols due to the holiday season and criminals looking for a quick score.  In addition to using some covert assets, they’ve also increased deputies checking for unlocked vehicles under our vehicle burglary prevention program.  Their efforts on December 9th yielded the following:

Redington Beach

23 vehicles were found unlocked.

Keys to a brand new Lexus w/key in center console were found and returned.

Listed below are some suggestions for the citizens of our community to use in an effort to reduce these offenses.

  • Never leave the keys in your vehicle.
  • Always lock the doors, even when you are away from the vehicle for a short time.
  • Remove items (purses, tapes, CD’s, books, cash, etc.) from the vehicle when possible. If you can’t take them out, put them in a place that is out of view (in the trunk or tool box)
  • Remove “pull-out” style stereos and/or removable faceplates of stereos. (if equipped)
  • Park in lighted areas.
  • Park in garages or on driveways or near your house or apartment so that the vehicle can be viewed periodically.

Other vehicle security considerations:

  • Steering wheel lock bar or steering column locking cover.
  • “Engine kill” switch.
  • Car alarm.

MANDATORY EVACUATION ZONE A ONLY 9/7/2017

Starting at 6am Friday, September 8th, 2017, Pinellas County Emergency Management has issued mandatory evacuations for all residents in Zone A. Evacuations will begin at 6am Friday and continue through 8am Sunday, September 10th.  Please monitor this website for any updates.


HURRICANE HARVEY FLOOD RELIEF DONATIONS

At this time, Texas has no ability to deal with physical donations (clothes, food, etc.), no matter how
well-intentioned. The best way to assist is through cash donations to a recognized charity. Let’s do what
we can to help our fellow Americans.  The following are links for a small sample of organizations to which to donate:

The Salvation Army

 

 

 

American Red Cross

 

 

Samaritan’s Purse


RENEW BEACH PARKING PASSES

If you were issued a resident parking pass for Beach Park parking, please check the expiration date.  If they are due to expire on March 31, 2017, you need to renew them.  Just bring your passes and your ID to Town Hall between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday and we can update them for you at no charge.


Town-Wide Yard Sales – Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24

Twice a year, the Town designates a weekend when residents may hold a yard sale on their property without requiring the customary permit.  The sales may be held from 8am – 6pm on both days.  The Town will obtain a large-capacity dumpster for residents to deposit unsold, unwanted items after the sale period has ended.