This is the May newsletter for the City of Treasure Island. Again, Jeff did a fantastic job writing it.
It was typical Spring Break behavior – buying Chryslers at the breakneck volume we’ve been buying them for years, filling the trunk with ice and roaring off to wherever “it” was happening. (What kind of Chrysler land yacht makes the best beer cooler? We say a rented Chrysler.) But we come back from our party break and find everyone Twittering about pig flu! So wash your hands before dialing the Swine Flu Information Linefrom the Florida Department of Health that provides information on avoiding the flu, symptoms, how the disease is spread, and what the DOH is doing to protect visitors and residents. The toll-free number is 1-800-775-8039.
Lane closures on the causeway
Treasure Island’s Memorial Weekend FREE beach concert is Saturday, May 23rd, on the beach behind the Bilmar from noon to 11pm. We’ve got nine bands – yes, NINE, from rock to country to blues to funk to reggae – plus a kids playground, food and drink, arts and crafts and a dazzling fireworks show at 11pm. If you don’t feel like filling your Chrysler with ice and dragging it to Bands on the Sand, why not book a table for six in Ricky T’s Sandbox? $200 gets you six prime concert seats (far enough away from the speakers so you can yak all you want) beer, wine, water and a whole party tray of BBQ pulled pork sliders, brie and bread, munchies and tart apples with caramel. And, in what surely is a first in modern concert-going trends, a “Sandboxers Only” Port-o-Let! Imagine your relief! Reserve your spot in the Sandbox – they’re going fast – by calling 727-547-4575 ext. 237. Or, you can get a reservation form here.
BOOM! OOOH! AHHH! Yew betcha, we got fireworks on the beach – four times! Harry Black of the Island Inn led a TI Chamber of Commercefund raising quest this past week and netted $29, 250 in donations for fireworks this year. So, in addition to fireworks at Bands on the Sand on the 23rd of May, there will be fireworks on the beach the 4th of July, at the Labor Day Bands on the Sand and New Year’s Eve! Thanks to all of the sponsors and a special shout-out to the Edwards Family Foundation … AN AARP MEMBER: Treasure Island turns 54 on Sunday, May 3rd. 2:32pm, to be exact, so celebrate in the quiet, understated fashion that TI is known for … CIVIC ASSOCIATION HOO-HAHS: The Sunset Beach Cinco de Mayo Potluck starts at 6:30pm at the Sunset Beach Pavilion, Monday, May 4th … Isle of Capri sips wine and cuts the cheese at their Wine & Cheese Party Friday, May 8th at the TI Community Center, 6:30pm… Nine teams at the Gulf Beaches Relay for Liferaised $15,000 two weekends ago to help find a cure for cancer … It could be a record-breaking year for TI’s Summer Camp for Kids with sign-ups humming along a very brisk pace. Camp starts June 8th. Sign up at the Parks & Recreation Office at City Hall or download all the forms right here … and there are plenty of blank board and committee applications just waiting for you to fill in the blanks at the City Clerks Office … Next e*ti: May 14th.
– Jeff Jensen, Editor
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