to solve your nuisance wildlife
Treasure Island, FL with humane
critter removal 24 hrs a day*
and 7 days a week !
here for a free service call!
of our wild friends in Treasure
Island have become 'urbanized'.
attics seem like
a cozy nesting place. Trash cans
and pet food are easy meals and
swimming pools are convenient
toilets and bathing spots.
harmless as their intentions may
be, some wildlife
can be extremely destructive
to your property.
Trapper Guy will come out and
the live animal
from your property and if possible,
I will fix the damage caused and
make preventative measures so
they won't return.
proper wildlife control
we can co-exist with our wild
hour services are for emergencies
only. Live animal in a living
area where safety of the occupants
is in question is considered an
Island plans to install parking pay
stations at beach access park
By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent
In Print: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
TREASURE ISLAND — Today, the city acquired
265 feet of beach-side frontage at 10400
Gulf Blvd. worth millions of dollars,
There is a cost, of
course. For the first time in almost
25 years, beach visitors who want to
park at the Treasure Island Beach Access
Park will soon have to pay to do so.
How this unusual land
transfer became possible is a tale of
tight budgets, declining revenues, nearly
a year of negotiations and simple audacity.
It began last summer
when City Manager Reid Silverboard and
recreation director Cathy Hayduke, searching
for new revenue sources to balance the
city's tight budget, approached Pinellas
County with an idea.
The city wanted to install
parking meters at the county-owned beach
park and share the resulting revenue.
The county was interested.
As discussions progressed, Silverboard
had another idea.
"We asked if the
county wanted to turn the park over
to us and they agreed," Silverboard
The city and the county
cooperated for years to create the beach
park. This was just one more step.
It all began in 1985
when Pinellas County purchased a 60-foot
deep lot on Gulf Boulevard for $1.75
million drawn from the final year of
Parkland Acquisition Fund sales tax
revenues. The fund was a precursor of
today's Penny for Pinellas.
The county then leased
— for $1 dollar a year — a similar-sized
beachfront property just to the west
owned by Treasure Island, combining
the two to create the beach park.
When Silverboard asked
Hayduke to propose transferring ownership
of the county's portion to the city,
it made sense, according to Jim Meloy,
real property manager for Pinellas County.
"This is taxpayers'
money doing good for taxpayers,"
The transfer allows
the county to save about $44,000 a year
in maintaining the restrooms, landscaping
and parking lot.
For the city, which
will take over those costs, it also
will mean a chance to make money by
charging beach visitors to park their
Currently, there are
about 65 unmetered parking spaces.
Silverboard said the
city plans to install "pay stations"
instead of traditional meters, but the
result will be the same.
Park visitors will soon
be paying more than a dollar an hour
to park at the beach. Exactly how much
will be determined during city budget
discussions this summer.
The parking revenue
will be used to improve the park, Silverboard
said, by renovating the existing restrooms,
"sprucing up" the grounds,
and installing a gate for vehicles to
drive onto the beach.
Silverboard said the
beach entrance will make it easier for
emergency and maintenance vehicles to
access the beach — as well as for the
public attending special events such
as Bands on the Sand, Relay for Life,
and holiday festivities on Memorial
Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
entering the beach must use an access
point at the beach park blocks to the
north owned by the city of St. Petersburg.
"For now, though,
we are just trying to get toilet paper
and hand towels out there. We are starting
with the basics," Hayduke said.
The city also plans
to replace the large sign on Gulf Boulevard
that now includes a county logo and
identifies the beach access as "A
Pinellas County Park."
The land transfer is
unlikely to be replicated with other
municipalities, according to Paul Cozzie,
director of the county's culture, education
and leisure department.
"This was a unique
circumstance. Both of us had ownership
in the property," Cozzie said.
To put the present-day
value of the land transfer into some
financial perspective, according to
the Federal Housing Finance Agency a
home purchased in Florida in 1985 for
$1.75 million would be worth more than
$5 million today, even given the downturn
in the housing market.
Whether or not that
tripling of home values can compare
to the current value of 265 feet of
improved beach frontage on Gulf Boulevard,
one thing is certain – the city of Treasure
Island's asset balance sheet is a lot
[Last modified: Jun
30, 2009 04:18 PM]