BELLEAIR BLUFFS – What funds Belleair Shore is going to recapture from Belleair Beach on the sewer rebate matter is still up in the air, with Shore officials still waiting to see key financial documents.
That is the report Mayor John Robertson gave the Town Commission last Thursday in its meeting here. Belleair Shore’s governing body meets in this neighboring town because it has no public buildings of its own.
In fact, the uniqueness of Bellair Shore relates to the evaluation report the town must file by law with the state because it has no master plan.
One is not necessary because the tiny town not only has no public buildings, it has no streets, parks, schools or any facilities found in most cities.
The commission routinely approved its updated ordinances on second reading and that document will soon be available on the town’s web site.
Robertson reported on the slow pace of the reclaimed water project that has tied up a considerable portion of the southern end of Gulf Boulevard by the town for the past couple of months.
He also told commissioners of the latest talk on undergrounding utilities on Gulf Boulevard, a long talked about project that has been just talk and nothing else.
A question the commission is dealing with is that of rentals. A work shop is planned to discuss what policy and law will be pursued and concomitantly with that signage on advertising “for sale” and “for rent” and other signs will be discussed.
John Elias, the town’s lawyer, said the question as he sees it is whether rentals should be excluded or regulated.
There were various ideas on that with Robertson favoring a minimum of a one month rental for any home in the town and new member Ray Piscitelli opting for a longer period. Carl Hilton said he would prefer three months minimum but would go with one month if that was the consensus.
John Hayes is a proponent of eliminating signs in the town. Elias pointed out that eliminating all signs might present a problem. He said he would look into it.
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