Mayor's Message

Dear Residents and Visitors,Mayor Patrick Soranno

You may have noticed a delay in our holiday streetlights and banners going up this year. Please bear with us while we "patiently" wait for the repair of our platform bucket truck that has been waiting for parts for six weeks. We are hoping to get it back and have the lights up next week.

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The Indian Shores Administration Office has kicked off a "Sock-It-To Them" charity drive and invites Town residents and visitors to participate. Details on flyer below.

Sock It To Them Charity Drive Flyer (PNG)

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The Town will continue with its collection of non-perishables for the Beach Community Food Pantry. You can drop your donations in the blue barrel on the 3rd floor of Town Hall, between 8 am - 4 pm (M-F) until Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

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Notice - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will have nightly lane closures with flagging operations along Gulf Boulevard beginning Sunday, December 5, through Thursday, December 9 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.  This is part of the Gulf Blvd. Drainage Improvements Project from Walsingham Road to Park Boulevard.

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 Please follow CDC guidelines and stay safe out there!   

  Mayor Patrick C. Soranno                                                                     

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Holiday Boat Parade
Councilor Mike Petruccelli Councilor Mike Petruccelli

Please join me for the annual Redingtons/Indian Shores Boat Parade on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Festivities will begin under the Indian Shores Town Hall pavilion around 7:15 p.m.

Boats begin at the Madeira Beach Causeway at 6:30 p.m. and make their way up the intracoastal and should get to Indian Shores around 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Flyer (PNG)

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Chief's BeatVice Mayor Mike Hackerson
Richard "Rick" Swann, Police Chief 

The members of the Indian Shores Police Department came through again for the Santa’s Angels charity! This year, a brother (7 years old) and sister (4 years old) were sponsored. We were given their wish list and were able to purchase everything they wanted and more! We purchased a doll house, arts and crafts kits, and the remote control car that were specifically on their wish list. They are also going to receive plenty of clothes, socks, underwear, toys and games. We had so much fun buying these items for them and we know they are going to have a very Merry Christmas!

Pictured below Captain Glen Smith, Corporal Shane Tindall, Res. Lieutenant Jeff Phillips, Officer Guillory and Chief Richard Swann.

PD Angels Collection Picture (PDF)

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7 Ways to Prevent Package Theft
By the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

"AARP warns that with an explosion in holiday spending and shipping approaching, it’s time to outsmart package thieves. The good news: There are steps you can take to protect your packages.

  1. Retrieve a package as soon as it arrives. You can usually track a package, and if you’re away, arrange for someone to be home when it’s scheduled to arrive.
  2. Have the sender require a signature for delivery.
  3. Pick up your package someplace else. Using ship-to-store, you can often have an item sent to the major retailer that sold it.
    • Amazon uses Hub Counter and self-service Hub Lockers for package pickup at retail locations, including some grocers and convenience stores.
    • FedEx Delivery Manager lets recipients redirect delivery to a nearby FedEx office, Walgreens store or other location. In plugging the service, FedEx says package tracking only tells you when a package is delivered to your home but won’t protect the item. It also warns that security cameras may not deter crooks and that lock boxes on your porch “can be expensive, difficult to install and take up valuable porch space.”
    • UPS Access Point Network has more than 19,000 pickup locations, including the UPS Store, CVS and Michaels stores.
    • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Package Intercept lets consumers — for a fee — stop delivery or redirect certain packages that are not out for delivery or already delivered. This is not a guaranteed service and conditions apply. That said, U.S. mail and packages can be held at no cost (see Step 4, below).
  4. Going out of town? Tell USPS to hold your mail and packages at the post office or until you request home delivery. Mail may be held for up to 30 days. FedEx also allows vacation holds and so does UPS, though terms differ. 
  5. Have the package placed out of sight. Stickle uses a lockable porch box with numerical codes that delivery personnel use for access. The box can be anchored, for example, to decking or concrete.

Short of something like that, instructing a delivery person to place a package behind a planter, bench or column on your porch can help kept it hidden, Stickle says.

UPS My Choice lets recipients leave instructions about where packages should be left, such as at a back door, on the side of a house or with a neighbor. That service is free, but requesting delivery of a package to another address has a fee.

   6. Consider a door camera for security. With some devices, you can use your phone, tablet or personal
       computer to see, hear and speak to anyone who has rung your doorbell or triggered motion
       detectors. However, some crooks simply ignore door cams.

That said, if you happen to catch a thief in action, save the footage and alert the police. If it’s U.S. mail that’s been stolen, postal customers are urged to save the video and contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone (877-876-2455).

7. Stay informed and watchful, and be a good neighbor., Crime Stoppers and social media
    posts from law enforcement sometimes spotlight porch piracy.

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Sunday Morning Market 2021 - 2022 (PNG)