Pilot whales visit Redington Beach

As most of you know, on Monday, July 29th, 5 short-finned pilot whales beached themselves in the shallow waters off of our beach, close to the 162nd Avenue beach access. The rescue effort by Aquarium personnel, Marine Mammal rescue and our own Public Works staff of Mike Carr and Dave Poole was a resounding success. 3 of the healthier whales were released into deeper waters while the remaining 2 were brought to a rehabilitation facility in Tarpon Springs. In a recent development, these 2 are currently being reunited with the pod in the Gulf of Mexico. We will keep you updated. Here are some pictures of the event as it unfolded, as captured by Redington Beach resident, Bob Kyle:

Whales prior to rescue teams
Pilot whale on Redington Beach
Early in rescue effort
Rescue team rolling pilot whale on his side
Keeping pilot whales calm is not easy
Residents donated tents to keep the whales out of direct sunlight
A crowd gathers
Curiosity-seekers came out in droves
One whale being carried to a truck for transport to rehab facility
The scene from afar

IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO CONSIDERATION CHECK YOUR LOT AND SEE MORE

The Town is considering changing its land use controls to increase the permitted impervious surface ratio.  An impervious surface is that part of the lot which does not absorb water so that stormwater runs off the lot onto the street or onto an adjacent property.

The Code’s definition of “impervious surface” reads:

Impervious surface.  A surface that has been compacted or covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to or prevents infiltration by stormwater.  It includes: surfaces such as limerock, or clay, as well as most conventionally surfaced streets, roofs, sidewalks, parking lots, and other similar surfaces.

The impervious surface ratio (ISR) is the percentage of a lot (excluding adjacent right-of-way) that can be covered with an impervious surface.  The Town’s permitted ISR is currently 0.40 or 40%.

As part of the Town’s consideration of the ISR issue, the Town commissioned a survey of the existing ratios in the Town.  All visible impervious surfaces were entered onto an analysis map (digitized).  All attempts were made to identify decks and impervious walkways, parking lots and driveways. In many cases, it was not possible to identify the material type of certain pathways and landscaped areas in fenced or back yards.  The most common type of surface that would not be digitized, are gravel walkways and landscaped areas.  If not identified, these areas were not included in the impervious surface area digitized.

Because this survey was done using visual interpretations of aerial and street level photography, it is not as accurate as a survey and the Town welcomes each resident’s input into the ISR on his or her property.  The mapping and results table are available to view by clicking the links, below. Please e-mail the Town at [email protected] with your comments on the survey. 

Town of Redington Beach Impervious Surface Extent Map

Town of Redington Beach Impervious Surface Map

Town of Redington Beach Impervious Surface by Property

Click the links, below, to view the other materials considered by the Planning Board at the July 16, 2019, meeting on this topic:

Town of Redington Beach GIS Analyst Write-Up

Town of Redington Beach Stormwater Engineer Presentation

Town of Redington Beach ISR Staff Report

 


Public Meeting/Community Open House

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11 am to 2 pm

Oldsmar City Hall, Council Chambers

100 State St W, Oldsmar

Your Flood Insurance Rates and Requirements May Be Affected

Your property is located in a flood zone, which may be low, moderate or high flood risk.  If your property is going into a high risk zone on the updated map, flood insurance may be required if you carry a mortgage, but you may be eligible to grandfather in your current rate.  If your risk is decreasing, your rate may be reduced.  If you are in a low or moderate risk flood zone, take advantage of a highly reduced preferred risk policy.  If you have questions about flood insurance, contact your agent or Town Hall at [email protected] or call (727) 391-3875.

A 90-day appeal period began on May 2, 2019.  Look up your current and preliminary flood risk to see if and how it has changed at: www.townofredingtonbeach.com/flood-risk/

Anywhere it rains, it can flood and homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.


Resident Beach Parking Passes

Your current Resident Parking Hangtags expired on March 31, 2019.  Please renew your passes as soon as possible and make sure you bring proof of residency and your car’s registration.

We are replacing the blue hangtags with transparent decals which will be placed on the inside driver’s side windshield.

These decals MUST be permanently affixed to the inside of your car’s windshield.


Gulf Blvd Beautification Project

As some of you may have noticed, there are some slight changes occurring on both sides of Gulf Blvd.  The Town of Redington Beach received an FDOT-funded beautification grant.  Adonidia palms will be placed in pre-approved locations between 155th Ave and 164th Ave beginning in early November.

Here is an example of the trees being planted:


FLOOD RISK OPEN HOUSES 9/25, 9/26 and 9/27

Digital Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps for Pinellas County

Are Ready for Public Viewing

Attend an Open House and Learn about Flood Risks in Redington Beach

Residents and property owners in Pinellas County can see draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for coastal areas at four Flood Risk Open Houses taking place September 25-27, 2018.

FIRMs show the extent and risk for flooding.  The FIRMs will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements. Click here to view the FIRMs.

Learn about your risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for your property.  You can meet one-on-one with specialists to discuss flood risk, flood insurance, appeals, mitigation, and engineering.  Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.

The Flood Risk Open Houses will take place at the following dates, times and locations:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:

6pm-9pm  YMCA at Lealman Community Center 5175 45th St N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:

6pm-9pm  Countryside Recreation Center 2640 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater, FL 33761

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:

10am-1pm AND 6pm-9pm Seminole Recreation Center 9100 113th St N, Seminole, FL 33772

 

The new preliminary FIRMs were developed through a partnership between the communities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than older maps.

The goal is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks.  Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions and other factors.  Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.  By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are located in areas at high risk of flooding.  Standard homeowners, business owners, and renter’s insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage; consequently, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone subject to coastal flood risks.  Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent.  Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661 or visit floodsmart.gov for more information.

 

 


ORDINANCE 2018-06 and ORDINANCE 2018-13 REGARDING PARKING IN REDINGTON BEACH

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF REDINGTON BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 21, TRAFFIC, VEHICLES AND PARKING, ARTICLE II.- STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING, DIVISION 1.- GENERALLY, SECTION 33.- RESIDENTS-ONLY PARKING AREAS, OF THE TOWN CODE; CREATING A NEW PARKING AREA, CORRECTING SCRIVERNER’S ERRORS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES; AND PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Click here to read the complete Ordinance 2018-06.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF REDINGTON BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE TOWN CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING CHAPTER 21 – TRAFFIC, VEHICLES AND PARKING, ARTICLE II. – STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING, DIVISION 1 – GENERALLY, SECTION 21-21. STOPPING, STANDING, OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Click here to read the complete Ordinance 2018-13.