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Madeira Beach Area Events
12th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon
Sunday, Dec. 15
Madeira Beach Holiday Lights Boat Parade
The city of Madeira Beach’s 47th annual Holiday Illuminated Boat Parade is Saturday, Dec. 14. The boats will gather just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway at 6:30 p.m.
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Beach cities battle illegal short-term rentals
Renting single-family homes or condominiums to tourists for a day, week or month is against the rules in many beach communities, but hundreds of homeowners are violating those rules.
Tourist parking fees rising in Madeira Beach
By the end of the month, tourists may be paying a lot more here to park their cars. The proposed new $1.50-an-hour parking fee, however, is in line with what most other beach communities are charging, according to city officials.
Madeira Beach is bustling, even without aquarium
The plans for the Pier Aquarium to move to John's Pass have fallen apart, but the city is thriving even without the long-anticipated tourist attraction.
Madeira Beach makes holiday plans
Light poles wrapped in red and green bunting will be a highlight of the city of Madeira Beach’s new holiday look this season.
Proposed Secrets of the Sea center begins search for new home
The much-touted Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium will not be coming to Madeira Beach.
The Pier Aquarium was set to move to John's Pass but its lease has been terminated
The former Pier Aquarium made a big splash earlier this year when it announced it would be opening as Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium at John's Pass in Madeira Beach.
Condominium project beginning soon
Construction of a new 12-unit condominium project at 14010 Gulf Blvd., is scheduled to get underway soon in Madeira Beach.
Pedestrian safety cards distributed
The Florida Department of Transportation, Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce have partnered to distribute pedestrian safety key cards to hotel guests along Gulf Boulevard.
Snack Shack closes its doors
Facing lease termination, operators decide to shut down business
Dunes Beach Services awarded concessions
Sand Dunes Beach Services has been awarded concession contracts for seven beach walkover locations in Madeira Beach and Alden Suites at 5900 Gulf Blvd., in St. Pete Beach.
Madeira Beach discusses Snack Shack
Changes are coming to the Snack Shack at Archibald Park, along with $1 million in park improvements.
Madeira Beach considers becoming sports event player
With neighboring counties and other sunny destinations vying for these tourists by building massive sports complexes, Palladeno and others figure $2.5 million isn't too much to add to the city's cost of replacing an outdated city hall and fire station.
Madeira Beach faces spending questions after muddled July 4 celebration
For the second year in a row, the city's planned Fourth of July Fest celebration disappointed hundreds of people gathered on the beach to watch the fireworks display.
Madeira Beach hires underwriter
A key step toward building a massive civic center complex was taken at the July 9 Madeira Beach Commission meeting.
Wave of development rolls into Madeira Beach, including Leverock's site
On the heels of last week's groundbreaking for a 90-room, $14 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel, negotiations are nearing completion for a $20 million development that could include two additional major hotels, one or two destination restaurants, and a water park and water taxi service.
Madeira merchants put faith in 'Monthly Madness'
Vendors and shoppers were delighted to see the sun Saturday at the Madeira Beach Craft Festival.
Construction Begins on Madeira Beach Courtyard Marriott
Tuesday, city officials joined with hotel management for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Madeira Beach considers undergrounding
Add undergrounding of utilities on Gulf Boulevard to the list of civic improvement projects the city of Madeira Beach may be undertaking soon.
LIGHT’S OUT! - Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Once again, it’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season. Each year, the nesting season begins on May 1st and runs through October 31st.
Madeira Beach might bury utilities when DOT resurfaces Gulf Boulevard
A unanimous commission added another major infrastructure project to its active wish list Wednesday as it authorized the city manager to begin searching for a funding source to cover the $9.3-million cost to bury utilities underground along Gulf Boulevard.
Sea turtle nesting season under way on beaches
Florida's turtle nesting season runs from May through September. Early each morning, staffers, volunteers and interns with the Clearwater aquarium's turtle program patrol the beaches stretching between St. Pete Beach and Clearwater, searching for and marking off nests laid by turtles the previous night.
Development money coming back to Pinellas County beaches
For more than five years, it’s been an empty white shell encircled by a chain link fence. With a new developer at the helm, though, construction crews are back on the site of Hotel Zamora, a three-story boutique hotel at 3701 Gulf Blvd. that backs onto the Intracoastal Waterway.
VFW Post 4256 celebrating 50 years
The flagpole outside of Madeira Beach city hall was donated to the city by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1965. A plaque at its base reads “Dedicated to helping the living veterans while honoring the dead.”
Marine aquarium to open in November
The Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium at John’s Pass has announced a rebirth of the $4 million project, with new funding sources and an ambitious construction schedule that foresees an opening later this year.
Madeira Beach to get beachfront restaurant
A new $2 million fine dining restaurant will open here in December to become one of the few gulffront restaurants in Pinellas County.
Madeira Beach approves $9 million building projects
If all goes according to plan, construction of a new City Hall, fire station and recreational complex will begin in the fall.
Madeira Beach moves forward on center
City officials emerged from a March 26 town hall session on the planned Madeira Beach municipal center with a clear message from the large and vocal crowd.
Bike lanes coming to Madeira Beach
The safety of bicyclists attempting to share busy Gulf Boulevard with vehicular traffic, and also the welfare of pedestrians facing oncoming bicycles on the sidewalks have been longstanding concerns in Madeira Beach.
Madeira Beach takes over memorial
City money is committed to finish tribute to 9/11 victims
Madeira Beach refurbishing beach park
Archibald Beach Park is about to get a makeover, for about $900,000. Tonight, the Madeira Beach Board of Commissioners is scheduled to pick a contractor to do the work.
Upgrades planned for Archibald Park
Up to $1 million dollars in improvements to the city of Madeira Beach’s gateway Archibald Park will likely go forward, once the City Commission resolves issues with certain parts of the job and makes a final contractor selection.
Hubbard family surrenders control of John's Pass Village
A decade after announcing plans for a five-story parking garage and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and retail, John's Pass Village has been deeded over to the lender that filed for foreclosure in late 2010.