BELLEAIR BLUFFS -- Efforts on reconciling the issue of obtaining rebates on the alleged sewer overcharges by Belleair Beach are stalled, Belleair Shore commissioners were told in their regular meeting February 16.
Meeting in this nearby city because Belleair Shore has no public buildings in which to meet.
The main reason for the delay, Mayor John Robertson said, is because the town attorney, John Elias, has not had a chance to review the books with Belleair Beach.
Belleair Beach imposed the exorbitant sewer charges two years ago which resulted in lots of protest both in their city and in Belleair Shore which they serviced.
The commission also heard that there has been a change in the reclaimed water construction and apparent delay in the time when the project will be completed.
Commissioner Carl Hilton said the finish date was orginally February but now it appears it will be summer.
Because of the configurations of other utilties' lines along Gulf Boulevard, it is now necessary for the main feeder line for reclaimed water will go down the middle of Gulf Boulevard, rather than one side or the other.
County officials have said the boulevard will remain open to traffic, with only occasional slow-ups.
The status of the new Belleair causeway and bridge is unknown, although federal money unleashed by Rep. C.W. Bill Young has been made available to virtually pay for the whole project.
The county had planned to pay for half the cost of the $35 million project with Penny for Pinellas funds. With the federal grant paying for almost all of the project there is no longer any holdup.
Although bridge planners had concepts and drawings, they are now in the process of creating engineering drawings.
Yvonne Cahill, a town resident who is chairperson of the committee for Belleair Shore's 50th anniversary celebration, reported on plans for the May 1 event.
Just about all preparations have been made, Cahill said. The party will take place at Belleair Country Club Sunday, May 1.
The town's web site is now established and available. The product of Hilton's efforts, it can be accessed at www.belleairshore.com.
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