PUBLIC SAFETY DAY 10/23/21 FREE EVENT

Redington Beach hosts Public Safety Day on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am – 2pm in Town Park, Redington Beach, sponsored by DUKE ENERGY.  All children will receive a FREE Kona Ice!  Meet the Madeira Beach Fire Department, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Sunstar and MORE!

 


STATEMENT ON THE CUSTOMARY USE LITIGATION

Statement on the Customary Use Litigation

On June 6th, 2018, the Town Commission adopted an ordinance which recognized and protected the public’s long-standing customary use of the dry sand areas of the Town’s beaches for certain recreational purposes. Several Town residents filed suit alleging the ordinance was unconstitutional, and preempted by state law. On February 19th 2020, a federal trial judge agreed and invalidated the ordinance. The Town appealed that decision and, on August 20th 2021, the federal appeals court entered an order vacating the trial order. The appeals court ruled that the Town’s ordinance was not preempted by state law, and that the Town must be allowed to present its evidence of customary use at a trial. In light of ongoing COVID-related court procedures, a trial date may not be set for some time.

 

Allowed Uses

 Since the trial order was vacated, the Town’s ordinance (codified in § 13-30 of the Town Code) is again in effect. It is important to specify what the ordinance does, and does not provide. First, those making customary use of the dry sand areas of the Town’s beach which are under private ownership are allowed to engage in the following uses AND NO OTHERS: 

(1) traversing the beach;

(2) sitting on the sand, in a beach chair, or on a beach towel or blanket;

(3) using a beach umbrella that is seven (7) feet or less in diameter;

(4) sunbathing;

(5) picnicking;

(6) fishing;

(7) swimming or surfing off the beach;

(8) placement of surfing or fishing equipment for personal use; and

(9) building sand creations unless prohibited by § 4-9 of this code concerning sea turtles.

 In addition, residents or visitors accessing privately-owned parts of the Town’s dry sand beach to engage in these customary uses must, under the code, not enter or use a fifteen (15) foot buffer zone located seaward from the toe of the dune, or from any beachfront home located on, or adjacent to, the beach, whichever is more seaward, except as is necessary to utilize an existing or future Town-owned public beach access point for ingress and egress to the beach.

 

 Unlawful Uses

 

 The ordinance did not create a right for residents and visitors to use privately-owned areas of the dry sand beach in the Town for any activity not listed above. The ordinance expressly prohibits the use of tobacco, the possession of animals, and the erection or use of tents in these areas. Additionally, those things which were unlawful either under Town Code or state law before the ordinance remain just as unlawful. Therefore, public nudity, drug use, littering, abandoning property, noise ordinance violations, fireworks use, unpermitted fires, or any other unlawful activities will subject the offender to code or law enforcement action.

 

 Enforcement

 

 As with all provisions in the Town Code, enforcement is provided by the Code Enforcement Deputy assigned to the Town by the Sheriff. The Town does not have authority to direct the Code Enforcement Deputy to take any given enforcement action. Rather, the Deputy must assess the facts for each complaint received, and determine if the code has been violated. Any Town resident who believes any part of the code set forth above has been violated, such complaints should be directed to the Code Enforcement Deputy.

 

 Conclusion

 

 As the Town awaits a trial date, it encourages everyone in the Town, including those who are making lawful use of the Town’s beautiful beach and those who own homes along the beach, to treat each other with respect and kindness. Engaging in confrontations, leaving litter behind, and other similar poor behavior, on the beach or elsewhere, is not what our Town is about.


STORM DRAIN SYSTEM CLEANING PROJECT BEGINS

Storm Drain System Cleaning and Video Inspection

 

On Monday, August 23, 2021, Seminole Septic began Phases 1 and 2 of the 4 phase storm drain system project.  Phase 1 will remove the soft sediment from the Town’s stormwater pipes.  As each pipe is cleaned, a video is made by sending a scope into the pipe to inspect its condition and map its location.  Phases 1 and 2 are expected to be completed by January 2022.

The complete request for proposal (RFP) is available by clicking this link: Storm Drain Cleaning RFP

 

 


STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE

You may have noticed a slight increase on your bill from Pinellas County Utilities.  On April 7th, 2021, the Redington Beach Board of Commissioners passed and adopted Resolution 2020-13, which set the stormwater utility fee at $15.00 per month for each residential unit. Multi-family units with onsite stormwater management systems (La Contessa and Vizcaya Condominiums) will be charged $11.25 per month per residential unit.

This increase was necessary to plan, construct, operate, and maintain the Town’s stormwater management system, taking into account the proposed expenditures for the stormwater system set out in the Town’s Schedule of Capital Improvements in the Capital Improvements Element of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and in the Town’s stormwater system planning.

Ordinance 2020-14, passed on May 5th, 2021, provides more details into the Town’s Stormwater Management policies for the purpose of maintaining efficient, economic and safe operation of the separate storm sewers, and for the protection of the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. This chapter is intended to prevent and abate pollution through the regulation and control of connections and discharges to the town’s separate storm systems and to limit the use of the separate storm sewer system to the collection, conveyance, treatment, and disposal of stormwater through appropriate regulation and enforcement.


Electric bicycles not allowed on beach

Ordinance 2021-10, which amends Section 13-32 of the Redington Beach Code of Ordinances, prohibits the use or operation upon the beach within the Town limits the following: 

1. Any motor vehicle, as defined in Florida Statutes § 316.003 including:

Electric bicycles

Golf carts

Micromobility devices

Mopeds

Motorized scooters or tri-vehicles

There are several exceptions, such as municipal and emergency vehicles, properly permitted mechanical equipment, and:

Use of an electric personal assistive mobility device, as defined in Florida Statutes § 316.003(23) by a person with a disability who cannot otherwise traverse the beach.

Here is a link to HB 353.


POST-ELSA : HOW TO DISPOSE OF SAND AND SAND BAGS

WHEN TO REUSE: 
Any sandbags which did not come into contact with floodwaters can be safely reused or stored. We do recommend keeping any sandbags that did not come in contact with flood waters as we are not out of hurricane season yet and it will save you a trip for the next storm that approaches.

HOW TO STORE SANDBAGS:
If you want to keep the clean sandbags for a potential future flooding event, make sure to store them in a dry place preferably indoors or undercover. A great tip is to get a garbage can with lid and keep the bags in there. Make sure the garbage can is in a garage or undercover to help keep water away from the sandbags.

WHEN TO DISPOSE: 
Sand and sandbags that have been in contact with floodwaters may be contaminated with sewage or septic waste, animal waste, oil and gasoline residue, lawn chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, or other hazardous chemicals. Caution should be used to avoid direct human contact when handling sand or sandbags. Wear gloves and a dust mask, if there is loose or blowing material. Do not place used sand in or near bodies of water, playgrounds, sandboxes, or other areas of direct human contact.

HOW TO DISPOSE: 
Spread sand on lawns or landscape beds and place the bag in your garbage. If you prefer, you may return your bags to the sand area next to Friendship Park. Please dump the sand bag onto the pile and dispose of the bags in the trash can.


PROPERTY FRAUD ALERT SERVICE

FREE Monitoring Service provided by the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Office.

Helps to detect fraudulent documents (e.g., deed) recorded in Official Records with your name (or your business’ name) on it

The name you choose to subscribe for alerts is the only criteria that the site monitors.

Alert service will contact your preferred method (email or phone) with the Official Record (OR) document number and document type, you can then search Official Records online to review the document.

Sign up by calling 1-800-728-3858 or by clicking the link, below:

https://www.mypinellasclerk.org/Home/Recording-Services#564143-fraud-alert


RED TIDE ALERT

  • 6/23/2021 Low levels of Karenia brevis cells were measured on June 21, 2021 in the water by the La Contessa Pier.  More testing results will be published as soon as they are made available.
  • Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Tool provides beach-by-beach data
  • New GIS map shows both County and FWC water sample testing results

 

With Red Tide persisting, Pinellas County has initiated cleanup of dead marine life from the county’s beaches. 

Fish kills have been reported in several locations on the gulf beaches and within the Intracoastal Waterway and Boca Ciega Bay. A new GIS map shows the latest water sample testing data from both the County and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

 

Even when Red Tide is present off the Pinellas County coast, it is not necessarily present at all beaches. Residents and visitors can check beach conditions at www.beachesupdate.com and via the Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Tool.

 

Red Tide kills marine life by producing a potent toxin that affects the central nervous system of the fish. The toxin can also affect birds, sea turtles, mammals and other marine animals. In humans, Red Tide can also cause respiratory symptoms in people such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors.

 

Red tide has been detected off the shores of Pinellas County and the Town of Redington Beach is monitoring the situation along with Pinellas County Government and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

 

Stay up to date by checking:

 

 

 

 

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is notifying the public of a Red Tide bloom along Pinellas coastal beaches. Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors.

 

Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

 

DOH-Pinellas recommends these steps:

 

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

 

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-888-232-8635.

 

Here is a link to a Red Tide map: HAB Forecasts (gcoos.org)

 

For information about Red Tide and links to other resources, visit http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/water-programs/red-tide/index.html.

 

Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research website for additional information on the locations where red tide has been found: myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/.

 

 


SEA TURTLE NESTING AND HATCHING SEASON

Sea turtle nesting season began on Saturday, May 1, and the Town is reminding residents and visitors to do their part to help protect adult and hatchling sea turtles as they nest on our beaches.

During nesting season, which runs through Oct. 31, beach residents and beach visitors should do the following:

  • Turn off outside lights, close curtains and avoid using flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach. 
  • Remove obstacles such as sandcastles or sand pits that may interfere with nesting sea turtles or make it too difficult for hatchlings to make their way to the shoreline.
  • Keep the beach clean. Eliminate trash items that may entangle baby hatchlings and adult turtles.
  • Do not approach or harass adult or baby turtles. 
  • If residents spot turtle tracks or a possible nest, and it does not appear to be protected by stakes or ribbon, call 1-888-404-3922.
  • For residents who own or live in beachside properties, make sure lighting is turtle-friendly. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)’s sea turtle lighting guidelines can be found at bit.ly/sea-turtle-lighting.

Loggerheads are the most common sea turtle to nest in Pinellas County, and females generally nest from early May through August. The eggs in each nest typically hatch 50 to 60 days after they are laid.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium monitors the beaches from Clearwater Beach through Treasure Island, and Sea Turtle Trackers monitors the beaches of St. Pete Beach, Shell Key and Outback.

Staff members conduct early-morning patrols to locate new nesting sites. Residents should not pick up hatchlings heading toward the water, shine lights or use photo equipment with a flash. Hatchlings use starlight and moonlight reflecting off the water to find their way to the ocean, and if they become misled by artificial light, they can become disoriented and die.

Besides checking the beaches every morning for signs of new nests, staff mark the nests and tape them off to avoid human disturbance. As endangered and threatened species, Kemp’s Ridley and Loggerhead turtles are protected under state and federal law, and disturbing them, their nests or even a dead turtle is illegal. 

To report the disturbance of a sea turtle nest, or report the sightings of turtles that are dead, lost, stranded or wandering in the street, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement at 1-888-404-3922 or dial *FWC from a cell phone. Residents can also report these sightings on the FWC website at bit.ly/turtle-report

Redington Beach has a sea turtle ordinance. The entire ordinance can be read by clicking this link: REDINGTON BEACH SEA TURTLE ORDINANCE