Sponsor the Old Salt King of the Beach

Old Salt Fishing is looking for sponsor’s for their Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament. The Old Salt King of Beach Kingfish tournament is the capstone of a fun filled, three day waterfront festival offering traveling anglers, local families and residents three days of activities, music, food and events. Sponsors will reach over 2500 tournament anglers, 20,000 festival attendees and several hundred thousand anglers via Old Salt social media and email marketing.
The Old Salt King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is the largest of its kind in the U.S., drawing anglers, attendees and engagement from across the SE United States for 24 years.
Old Salt will craft a custom sponsor package tailored to your specific business objectives & needs. Call Old Salt today at 727-216-6601 or email mail@oldsaltfishing.org for more information.

Join Pickleball on Madeira Beach

First Pickleball Meet Up of the year as part of the City’s Senior Activies kickoff. Meet at the Madeira Beach Courts located between City Hall and the Recreation Center on Rex Place every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. No membership or fees required. Paddles and balls available for use at the Recreation Center front deask at no charge. Questions? Call the recreation center at (727) 392-0665.

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 12/03/16

Fishing report

Inshore– The weather has the mullet on the move, this means big snook are following them around the bayous and passes. This is the time of year big bait gets you monster snook inshore. The red fish are on the move as well, it’s a great time to get out and find you a monster school of fish heading out of the bays or back through. We’re spotting them offshore too in huge breeding or traveling schools. Trout are active where they can stay warm especially around the dock lights at night, find and underwater light and let your lure sink a little deeper than you would in the summer and remember to move it slower as water has the fish a little slower. However, deep around that warm light you will find you some willing participants ready to take a bit of your bait.

Near shore– Well we had a lull in the kingfish there at the end of last week and early this week but lately they have picked up quite a bit it seems as some water pockets of water are being found between 7-12 miles. They have definitely moved off the beaches but were still seeing them in the near shore waters surprisingly. The hogfish bite has been incredible though with numbers as high as nearly 20 keepers on half days and nearly 30 keepers on all days and the charters get near limiting out with them. It’s been great to see such a strong push of these yummy hogfish!

Offshore– The 39 hour fishing trips have started back up thanks to the Florida fisherman returning to action after its long nearly three month dry dock. Our first trip out of the yard smashed the fish, tons of big gags, red grouper, scamp, mangroves, yellowtail, tuna, kingfish, vermilions and more! Then the Second trip was a bit bumpy but still smashed the snapper with a monster push of yellowtail snapper that was pleasantly surprising for this time of year with some in the 3-5lb range. Kingfish action around the middle grounds and elbow is outstanding right now they were even hitting dead sardines being dropped down or reeled up by guys using grouper rigs. Those who switched to the deadly kingfish rig of Jig head with a piece of wire trailer and treble hook into sardine floated back into current were catching the kingfish personal limits with ease. The mangrove snapper bite on both trips was steady, solid and filled with monster mangroves some nearly the 8-9lb range!  Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Ferry plans to run this weekend, hope you get a chance to catch the #TBFerry for a fun filled and relaxing ride out to the beaches while avoiding the traffic and parking issues!

Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

The Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is doing well and we have the ferry running Friday afternoons starting at 4pm until 10pm then also on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 10pm. For a full route map, schedule, fares, and to buy tickets check out our new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

If you like the night life, you can use the ferry for your very own pub crawl with your friends!
You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website:http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner

Great time of year to explore Egmont Key Island, the temps are low and the bugs and heat are gone. Awesome time to go hunting through the island and spotting wildlife. Plus, the island has tons of great exploration trails to the fort and lighthouse and this time of year it’s relaxing and cool to take a stroll through the island’s interior.

Our local rookery named Dog Leg Key is really active this time of year. This adds a great bonus to our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tours during the day. Also, this time of year our sunset cruise goes by the bird nesting island during dusk when the birds are returning to the island to roost for the night. This is a perfect opportunity to see our local wildlife up close and personal.

Manatees have made their moves north for the winter to the natural springs and power plants, we do have a few local Johns Pass Manatees that hang out here through the winter but the bulk of the local population have moved up north for the time being and will return sometime this spring around March or April when the water warms up in the mid to high 70’s again.

Lately the dolphins around Johns Pass have been super active and playful with our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina. They are really loving the cooler waters and are enjoying feeding on the plentiful mullet that are running through the area waters.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Hubbard’s Marina now has a great dolphin facts series on our YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Egmont Key Island has recovered quickly from the recent brush fire that occurred on the island thanks to a lightning bolt. This fire burned away much of the brush and the trunks of the trees on the island. However, the trees now have lush green tops now and the cleared out brush areas have allowed visitors to more easily spot the islands wildlife.

The Bald Eagles are back in the area and we have a nesting pair on top of a local cell tower. You can spot these beautiful birds of prey from our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

Did you know that Hubbard’s Marina now offers a Paddleboard fitness class? We are working with Sea Strength to put together these unique classes. They are Saturday and Sunday mornings for now at the Johns Pass sandbar. You can meet your trainer at the Hubbard’s Marina beach behind our shop before paddling to the sandbar for a unique fitness class with your knowledgeable instructor, plus it’s only $20 to join! Check out Sea Strength on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about these unique classes! Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

The NEW 2017 specialty trip schedule at Hubbard’s Marina will be coming out December 9th around mid-day or early afternoon. Stay tuned to our weekly email newsletters to see the newest schedule and trips for 2017 we have tons of great 12 hour extremes, 39, 44 and 63 hour trips coming up for you and your fishing friends to hop on. Remember to book early and often as we plan to load up on the fish in 2017.

Want to learn more about winter time offshore fishing? Join Hubbard’s Marina for their FREE seminar at the Tampa Bass Pro shops! Our next seminar is coming up December 18th at 3pm. We always raffle off a free 10 hour fishing trip at these seminars as well for anyone who attends the whole seminar they have a chance to win this free trip in our free raffle!

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report and Tampa Bay Taxi Newsletter

hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-6Inshore– The Snook bite is steady despite the high pressure, and they are loving the white bait. Great to see them in such high concentrations again inside the pass. Trout bite is also steady seeing them often caught along the north jetty of Johns Pass on live shrimp, DOA lures, or smaller live whitebait. Mackerel and kingfish are thick along the beaches and inside the passes. Redfish bite is going well in the back bays along the oyster bars and deeper flats, our inshore private charter this past week with Mr. Dimitroff and his son did very well on snook, redfish and trout inshore. The white bait is very active inside the passes and along the beaches being followed by the trout, snook and mackerel. In the back bays the mullet are starting to run and the biggest snook, and grouper that are moving inshore are following the mullet around doing their best to pick off the stragglers. As the water continues to cool remember to start working your lures more slowly as the fish become more and more lethargic due to the cooler temps.

hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-5Near shore– Last week we stated that the mackerel and kingfish would dominate the near shore news for a while and boy did that hold true this past week. On the Mrs. HUB, Captain Mark had a 5 hour half day and they wanted to troll. Just outside the bridge we put out the spread and within around 3 hours they had a full mackerel limit for 5 guests plus some beautiful kingfish as well caught on bigger rapala x-rap magnum 30’s. Plus, the hogfish bite is going very well again in 30-70 foot along hard bottom rock piles or ledges. Again, long floro top shots, lightest weights possible and around a 4ot hook is what we recommend for those pick non aggressive hogs. hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-7Red grouper bite has picked up as well as they are starting to prepare for their offshore push. In the cooler months the gags come inshore as the red grouper go a bit deeper that’s why months ending in ER are best for gags and summer time near shore fishery is dominated by red grouper.

Offshore– The weather this past week has been really holding us inshore. This super high pressure has solid 20-25 knot east breeze is making it tough to break out of the near shore waters with our fishing friends on board. Due to this, we have not been able to fish more than around 100 foot this past week so we don’t have much to report on offshore other than the gags, kings, tuna, and wahoo are out there ready to chew if you can get past the weather and make it out to where the big dogs play. Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns:https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi by Hubbard’s Marina has its grand opening today at 3pm! We’re looking forward to cutting the ribbon on this long awaited waterborne transportation system. For a full route map, schedule, fares, and to buy tickets check out our new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

The Johns Pass Seafood and Music festival is this weekend, catch the Tampa bay ferry and taxi for a short enjoyable ride to the festivities while skipping the nasty traffic and super high event parking rates. This event has some of the best music, seafood, night life, and family fun events around it’s definitely worth checking out and let’s get you there in style aboard the Tampa Bay ferry and taxi by Hubbard’s Marina!

Caspers Company, who owns the McDonalds on the water, is offering all our ferry boat riders a free coupon over this weekend! If you take a ride with the Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi you will receive a Buy one get one free coupon for a small frappe or small smoothie coupon good for the Madeira beach McDonalds!

Great news as well, starting tomorrow as well we have increased the days that the ferry runs its service to Friday, Saturday and Sundays instead of just Friday and Saturday. Friday’s service will only be in the afternoon though starting at 4pm and running again at 7pm. This means starting the weekend of seafood festival we will have ferry service Friday afternoon until Sunday night!

You can catch the ferry to many lochubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-8al restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking.

If you like the night life, you can use the ferry for your very own pub crawl with your friends!

We also offer a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

hubbards-marina-oct-27-2Baby face our local infamous dolphin that was hit by a boater has made a full recovery and were seeing lots of her recently around Upper Boca Ceiga bay from the new Tampa bay ferry and Taxi and our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

We have noticed that some of our local Boca Ceiga bay dolphins have headed down to the mouth of Tampa bay and were spotting them as a part of large pods spotted hunting mullet leaving Tampa bay while riding out to Egmont key from Fort De Soto bay pier.

Manatees are making their pilgrimage out of the area to northern springs and power plants to stay warm for the winter. They will be missed while they are out of town, but should return sometime late February or early March depending on the weather and water temps.

Egmont Key Island has recovered quickly from the recent brush fire that occurred on the island thanks to a lightning bolt. This fire burned away much of the brush and the trunks of the trees on the island. However, the trees now have lush green tops now and the cleared out brush areas have allowed visitors to more easily spot the islands wildlife.

The Bald Eagles are back in the area and we have a nesting pair on top of a local cell tower. You can spot these beautiful birds of prey from our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

Local pelicans are starting to show off their mating plumage again inside upper Boca Ceiga bay. These yellow heads are great to see again and marks the start of their fall nesting season.

Great blue herons are also starting to nest in the area again which makes the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour even more special for our dolphin cruising friends.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Hubbard’s Marina now has a great dolphin facts series on our YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Did you know that Hubbard’s Marina now offers a Paddleboard fitness class? We are working with Sea Strength to put together these unique classes. They are Saturday and Sunday mornings for now at the Johns Pass sandbar. You can meet your trainer at the Hubbard’s Marina beach behind our shop before paddling to the sandbar for a unique fitness class with your knowledgeable instructor, plus it’s only $20 to join! Check out Sea Strength on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about these unique classes! Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength

Also, new to Hubbard’s Marina we are now renting Schiller water bikes. These are unique bicycles that are much like a racing bike’s frame set on top of pontoons that allow a very stable, safe, and fun way to enjoy the water and have some fun in the sun. Plus, it’s a great aerobic exercise as well! The new water bikes are only $20 for a half hour and $35 for a full hour rental. If you want to see Captain Mark Hubbard trying one out check out this link: https://goo.gl/TZbcXE

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Johns Pass Seafood and music festival is coming up October 27th until October 30th for more info on this super special event inside Johns Pass around Hubbard’s Marina check out their site: http://johnspassseafoodfestival.com/

November 20th we have the second annual Fish Nekid tournament with Todd Krohn from Nekid ball Jigz. This will be a special 12 hour trip aboard the party boat. Todd Krohn the owner and founder of Nekid ball jigz will be on board with serious cash prizes plus FREE beer! The price of this trip will be $150 instead of $129 but you get the free beer, free one dozen pinfish, and free entry into the $1,500 in prizes that will be awarded during the trip! Also we will give away a free ten hour trip along with cash for the biggest fish of the day. Dylan Hubbard will be on board as well showing you how to fish the Nekid ball jigz and having fun with anyone who wants to join us for this special day on the water, book now as spots will fill quickly. Make sure to tell em’ you want to Fish Nekid when you call in to book this special 12 hour party boat trip!

The 12 hour extreme Flying HUB 2 trips are now a new addition to the Hubbard’s Marina specialty trip schedule. It offers 7-8 hours fishing time in the 39 hour areas and only takes about 2 hours to get out to the great deep water fishing. You can try this new trip anytime you want now, check out the new trip on our website page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/flying-hub-2/

The HUB our other private charter vessel will be offering 10 hour all day trips Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays while the Florida is in Dry dock as well. This means you get a shot to fish the HUB for only $90 per angler, what a deal! These HUB all days will be set up the same as the party boat all days but you will be able to get out there faster on a more quite boat plus you will only be fishing with up to 12 guys. The special HUB trips start September 6th until November 3rd.

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

 

Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand 2016

alexs-lemonade-standSupport Alex’s Lemonade Stand 2016 on Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  at Elks Lodge #1912, 14111 East Parsley Drive in Madeira Beach.

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program (the largest drug education and awareness program in the United States) has announced a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Annually, Elks Lodges across the country organize events during Red Ribbon week (October 23 through October 31), and this year the

Elks Drug Awareness Program is requesting each of the Lodges to hold a lemonade stand event at their Lodge or in their community during this week. 

There will be Alex’s good friends, T-Rex, Elroy the Elk, the mascot and symbol for the Elks’ Drug awareness program, also lots of Marvel Comic books featuring superheroes helping fight under-age drinking, For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Madeira Beach Town Center Project

Madeira Beach Development Co., LLC, proposes to develop Madeira Beach Town Center, a new mixed-use project on two adjacent parcels, 4.5 acres with 1,100 feet of Intracoastal Waterway frontage and a 2.1 acre  triangular shape directly across Gulf Boulevard from Archibald Park.

The City has essentially two major retail and entertainment areas. At the south end of the community is the hugely popular tourist  destination of John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, a retail and entertainment district in the style of a quaint fishing village located on the Boca Ciega Bay waterfront at John’s Pass, which provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. The second is located in the City’s downtown area at the northern end of the community at the entrance to the City from the mainland.

This second area, known as the Town Center, includes; City Hall, local library, the City’s fire station, a recreation complex, R.O.C. Park; a children’s memorial park and entertainment destination; various local retail and entertainment businesses, the municipal marina and Archibald Beach Park, the community’s major public beach access.

The Madeira Beach Town Center development parcels are located at the gateway into the City from the mainland.

The planned development includes the following components:

On the Waterfront Parcel

• One 150 – 180 room hotel with Bay & Gulf views, and approximately 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.
• A public marina with 43 boat slips and a 5,000 square foot commercial/retail building with dedicated surface parking.
• Two mid-rise, 45-unit residential condominium buildings, each with their own dedicated parking, and each having Bay views.

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On the Triangle Parcel

One 200 – 250 room hotel on top of up to 40,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and a parking structure providing both dedicated parking and public parking. This structure would have both Gulf and Bay views and would be directly across  Gulf Boulevard from the City’s main beachfront park.  The hotel would be connected to the beachfront park by an elevated air bridge across Gulf Boulevard providing direct access from the public beach without crossing the busiest street in the City.

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The City of Madeira Beach previously adopted a Town Center Special Area Plan that encourages the development of operating businesses that create jobs and tourism traffic. The Madeira Beach Town Center project was designed specifically to meet the City’s objectives and complies with the Town Center Special Area Plan in all respects.

The development site is particularly conducive to hotel, retail and condominium development, because of its proximity to both the beach access and other community recreational and entertainment amenities.

Madeira Beach Progress

The scope of the nearly $11 million in new City Centre projects was bigger than some residents felt was prudent – mostly concerning the traffic and infrastructure impact. However, the investment that Madeira Beach made more than two years ago (Paradise News, March 2014 issue) is already paying back significant dividends.

Included on the east side of the Tom Stuart Causeway bridge are a new Publix store, Marriott Courtyard, Chase Bank, Walgreen’s with one of the chain’s first Clinics, and a soon to open Slyce Pizza.

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Mayor Travis Palladeno told Paradise News,  “A pair of $100-million-plus multi-use developments is destined to dramatically change the west side of the bridge when a pending lawsuit is dismissed or settled in the City’s favor.  We feel that it’s a totally nuisance suit.”

More than $1 million in improvements to Archibald Park, including a complete Snack Shack makeover and takeover by a new concessionaire, has brought in significant visitor dollars and added beach meter parking revenue.  City Manager  Shane Crawford said,  “Beach services now include kayaks, paddleboards, chairs, lounges, cabanas & umbrellas. If you don’t get to that lot before 10 am, you’re out of luck.”

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In addition, the new Recreation Center, which opened in February 2015, is attracting major national sports tourism; R.O.C. Park is attracting major concerts and many municipal events that contribute increasing dollars back into the city’s general fund and the Bandshell is attracting more new promoters.

Helping keep the total construction, permitting and architectural costs on budget and attracting this other new construction is why Madeira Beach has one of the best FEMA Flood Insurance discount rates of the beach communities. The City’s Michelle Orton explained,  “The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides a 20% premium discount to properties in our Special Flood Hazard Areas.

This gives all our property owners access to these lower rates. There are a few beach communities with the same rating but we are working to have that number reduced for a higher discount.”

Rec Center = Profit Center

“Our Rec Center has become its own new profit center,” Crawford emphasized.  “Thanks to Doug Andrews, our Parks, Recreation and Events Director and his staff we’ve seen increased use of all our new facilities.” 

The Mayor added,  “We’re working with many other civic and business groups who have used these facilities and are now donating thousands of dollars in thanks to the City.”  Andrews cited some of the Rec Center and R.O.C. Park highlights:  “Our Ballfields have had more than 65 days of sports events and 13 major tournaments from February 2015 through this past June. Our activity was built around all Girls NCAA Division 1 college softball led by Eastern Michigan University.” 

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They hosted a 12-team tournament last year including Harvard, Columbia, N.D. State and  Villanova, among others. “We had a dozen teams again this year, both events sanctioned by the NCAA. With our fields recently approved by the NCAA in 2017 we are running back to back with 24 Division 1 teams over two weeks.”

“Sponsored by the National Softball Association (NSA), our Girls’ youth softball events have been wildly successful. On the Boys’ side, through the International Baseball Conference (IBC), we had a national tournament for Boys 10 and under, with more events to come. None of this would be possible without the amazing help of the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Sports Commission.”

The Mayor noted,  “All these events put more bodies in our hotel and motel beds, and all our stores and restaurants share the benefits.” Andrews continued, “R.O.C. Park and our Bandshell have hosted at least five major and many other smaller concerts and municipal events.”

“The big one was the Boy George & Culture Club show last August that drew over 6,500. We also had the Summerland Tour last year, and again this past July, headed by Everclear & Sugar Ray.  We’ve worked with a number of promoters, and overall it’s been a pretty exciting and profitable adventure.”

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“On the municipal side, fishing is part of Madeira Beach’s DNA, so we continue to host the King of the Beach Fishing Tournaments, the Gulf Beaches Rotary Spring Carnival, the ‘Phil-fest’  Melanoma Awareness Concert and ‘The Bone’ BBQ Slam.”

“We’ve booked weddings almost weekly, using the City Centre rooms or the Rec Center, as well as Archibald Park. We’ve booked into 2018 at an average of about $2,000 an event. Overall, with the help of a great city staff we’ve certainly been keeping very busy.”

A True Partnership

“Our success and progress is due to a true partnership of our officials, residents and businesses,” the Mayor emphasized. “ As our thanks, August is officially  ‘Citizens Appreciation Month’, with kudos to Doug for putting the events together. Highlight is Friday (12) Movie Night at Archibald Park with a showing of the original ‘Jaws’.

Everyone will be seated at the water’s edge facing a giant 20 x 20-foot screen – no looking over your shoulder!”   

August EVENTS

1 – Every Monday, BOGO PuttPutt – Smuggler’s Cove
2 – Free Ice Cream Sandwich Day –  1 – 4:30 pm   John’s Pass Village
5 – Sunset 5K –  7 pm   John’s Pass Park
 9 – Book Cover Day –  10 am-6 pm –  Gulf Beaches Library;
11 – Rec Center  “Open House” –  6 – 8 pm
12 – ‘Jaws” The original movie –  6 –  pm – Archibald Park
13 – Wiffle Ball Tournament –  Ballfields
16 – Tell A Joke Day –  Social Media
19 – Loco Locals Night –  2-4-1 drinks & live music – 4 – 8 pm –  Daiquiri Shak
20 – Yoga in the Park – R.O.C. Park
23 – Free Kids Slurpee Day –  3 – 6 pm –  Mad beach 711
25 – Meet the Commissioners –  City Centre
26 – Slipper When Wet “The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute”  free concert – 7 pm –  R.O.C. Park
27 – Zumba in the Park –  Recreation Stage –  with the finale
30 –  Family Fun Day –  Social Media

Mayor Palladeno was elected to a second term in March 2014, with an overwhelming victory over an opponent totally opposed to the new complex who said,  “The project is a waste that I would try to downsize if elected.”  Asked if he planned to run for another term next March, he enthused, “Absolutely as I’d like to finish the job!” 

[Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Mayor Travis Palladeno, City Manager Shane Crawford and Parks, Recreation and Events Director Doug Andrews, and Michelle Orton for their excellent comments.] Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at traimancreativecopy@gmail.com.

STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN
PHOTOS by Tropical Focus & City of Madeira Beach Recreation

Holiday Isle Marina Project

The City of Madeira Beach was counting on a renaissance when they hired Shane  Crawford as City Manager. Together with Mayor Travis Palladeno, a retired charter captain who was re-elected in 2014 with one of the highest margins in Florida election history, the pair are leading the city into the 21st Century. Low interest rates and creative financing has kept miliage unchanged.

marinaTriggered by the city’s investment in itself, a time of change has arrived. While two large new developments are being resisted by some as too much, too fast, the developments are proposed where the densest development ought to be. Madeira Beach is blessed to have two local developers behind the projects. They both have shown a love for the community and have made significant investments here. The first major new project announced is Jim Holton’s Holiday Isle Marina project.

The marina plan proposes 150 hotel rooms, 122 condo-hotel rooms, 68 residential units in three multi-family buildings, a restaurant and 96 boat slips. Each building has been carefully sited for the most advantageous view and to minimize intrusions within the site. The marina will create an activity center for residents and visitors alike while extra parking should alleviate traffic from tourists looking for a place to park, and the added green space will create a pleasant environment. 

marina-aerial-shotThe Holiday Isle Marina will make Madeira Beach a true seaside destination unlike any other city in the Tampa Bay region. The plan is pedestrian friendly, with a way to walk under the bridge. Bike-sharing, water taxis and extra trolley service will help minimize traffic impacts.

A planned new 5,000 square-foot destination restaurant will invite boaters from across the region to visit Madeira Beach. The ease of docking at the Marina will make “going to lunch or dinner by boat” a truly pleasant adventure.

The adjoining hotels, with shuttles to the beach, a pedestrian walkway to  enjoy the beach life of Madeira Beach. Proximity to the new Town Center  development, just steps away and direct access from the city’s main connection to  the mainland makes this a good plan. You can also walk to the 911 Memorial.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Moving-Madeira-Forward.

In addition to creating a signature gateway development for Madeira Beach, the Marina and the Town Center projects will significantly increase the city’s ad valorem tax base, the sales tax and hotel room tax which will ensure the city will have even more funds to keep taxes low and increase infrastructure and economic development.

Produce, Grower and Food Vendor Applications Now Being Accepted for The Beach Markets

beach-marketsAdditional spaces have become available at free to discounted rates for Produce, Grower and Food Vendors at the the Mid-Week Madeira Beach Beach Open Air Market (held on Wednesdays) and the Indian Shores SundayMorning Market.

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market will open on Sunday, October 2 and the Madeira Beach Open Air Market will open Wednesday, October 5.  Both Markets are Seasonal and are scheduled to run weekly through the end of May, 2017.  Hours at the Madeira Beach Market are from 9am-2pm.  Hours at the Indian Shores SundayMorning Market are from 9am-1pm.

New Vendors and new applications are subject to Advisory review and will be accepted as space allows. Vendor Applications, Market Rules and the Vendor Handbook are available at www.TheBeachMarkets.com.

The Madeira Beach Open Air Market is located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway and hosts between 55-90 Vendors. The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market is located on the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center at 19305 Gulf Boulevard and accommodates approximately 40 Vendors.

The Markets are free of charge and family friendly.  Leashed pets are welcome.

For further information, or to apply as a Vendor, please visitwww.TheBeachMarkets.com

Gulf Beaches Rotary Club Receives Keys to the City of Madeira Beach

Congratulations to the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club who received the Key to the City of Madeira Beach earlier this May. The key was presented by Pat Shontz, City of Maderia Beach commissioner to John Meagher and Sam Fallenbaum all Gulf Beaches Rotarians, for the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club’s commitment to the community and its children. This year the Gulf Beaches Rotary held its 6th annual Spring Carnival at the new Madeira Beach recreation center ball field  and Roc Park. Find out more about what the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club is doing in the commuity at http://www.gulfbeachesrotary.com/.

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