Dear Residents and Visitors,
- Both the Indian Shores' Red Tide webpage and the FWC's webpage have links to current information on red tide.
- You can find Red Tide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at this link https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/faq/.
- Find the most current beach conditions from the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater website.
- NOAA's respiratory forecast tool can be found at - https://habforecast.gcoos.org/; (the map takes a bit to load).
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Plan for the upcoming Florida “2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday July 31 Through August 9, 2021.”
No tax is due on the sale or purchase of any article of clothing, wallet, or bag, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags with a selling price of $60 or less per item. Details on what items are exempt are listed in the Tax Information Publication (PDF).
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Pinellas County Public Works
Monitoring results are listed below as of July 22, 2021. The combined FWC-County map is at https://bit.ly/redtide2021.
High – Pass-a-Grille north to Indian Rocks
Medium – Clearwater Beach to Honeymoon
Low – Ft. De Soto and Sand Key Park
Very Low – Fred Howard Park
Today the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) had significant amounts of dead fish from Madeira Beach south to Boca Ciega Bay.
We are now looking at onshore winds as the prevailing condition. The impacts observed reflect the changing conditions https://bit.ly/RedTideRespiratoryForecast. The satellite imagery is partially obscured by cloud cover, but still shows a significant bloom off the County’s Gulf coast.
- 1,442 tons of sea life removed through 7/21/2021 (Comparison to 2018: ~1862 tons)
- 2 Large shrimp vessels worked the open waters of the Gulf.
- 9 Inshore shrimp vessels worked the ICW from Madeira Beach south to Boca Ciega Bay.
- 7 Utility vessels worked the ICW from Madeira Beach south to Boca Ciega Bay.
- 6 Weedoo vessels worked in tandem with utility vessels from Madeira Beach south to Boca Ciega Bay.
- 2 ATV/Side by Side worked the beaches supporting the rakes.
- 3 Beach Rakes were deployed, 1 working the Redingtons and 2 working in Indian Shores. 1 unit was moved to work Belleair Beach/Shore but we will need to address the dumpster at that location to accommodate offloading.
- Clearwater reached out mid-morning to advise that fish were on Sand Key south to Belleair Beach/Shore.
- Clearwater also reported that there were fish coming through Clearwater Pass with the tide and making it to Seminole Boat Ramp in Clearwater Harbor.
- County staff continues to monitor the Red Tide Reporting app https://bit.ly/RedTideCleanUp and assigning work accordingly.
- Public Works is scheduled for a flight today to identify bloom locations and areas to target for cleanup.
- All water-based and beach cleanup work will continue until sunset.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Pinellas County and other local agencies are monitoring the bloom but cannot predict how long it will last.
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Indian Shores Public Meetings
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The following public meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 4th Floor Community Center at Town Hall.
- 4:00 p.m. Town Council Budget Workshop
- 5:01 p.m. Special Town Council Meeting
PUBLIC HEARING: Second Reading of Ordinance 2021-01 updating the Town’s Flood ordinance to be consistent with the Florida Building Code and FEMA regulations while maintaining the Town’s higher community building standards.
The Agenda and backup information will be available by Friday, July 23, 2021, after 7:00 p.m., on the Agenda Center web-page.
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Indian Shores Library
Alice Lawrence, President
We have received several new books including bestsellers. Check out the Library catalogue (PDF) to see the latest book inventory on the town website. To reserve, call 727.474.7767 and leave a message if the library isn't open.
The next Read and Feed will be on Wednesday, August 18, and will feature Anxious People by Fredric Backman. Sign-up soon.
The library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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