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Judge Rules Against Madeira Beach Officials

Judge Orders Palladeno and City to Release Ethics Complaints

During the past year, seven (7) complaints were filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics – an arm of the state’s Attorney General Office, dedicated to investigating public corruption.

The Court’s Ruling
On March 13, 2017, Judge Jack Day ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (two residents of Madeira Beach) and against the Mayor and Commissioners of the city.

Here is what the judge wrote:

“I have considered the parties’ post-hearing submissions along with ...

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Viewpoints: Letter from Resident

There are two sides to every story!

A flyer was distributed to Madeira Beach resident’s door steps on 11/9/16. It was titled “Madeira Beach in Turmoil” and was blaming City Commissioner Elaine Poe, for the turmoil in our city. Whoever composed the flyer didn’t even have the courage to take responsibility and put their name on the flyer.

Our City is in turmoil… but Elaine Poe is NOT the cause of turmoil in our City.

Any turmoil ...

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Viewpoints: To City Manager Crawford

Buy Now, Pay Later?


Letter in Rebuttal to Mr. Crawford regarding Mr. M. Merrill


Keyboard Courage

….no wonder…  

Who wants to face the City Manager who bullies and threatens residents who have opposing opinions or an opinion not complimentary to the city plans.  

Who wants to be the victim of that backdraft? 

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Even when it is fair ...

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CM’s Censure & Expulsion Harden Line Taken By MB Commission

The City Manager’s News Is Out

The “Tampa Bay Times” and “Beach Beacon” have each now published an article about Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford’s censure and expulsion from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  


Nearly as interesting and important to residents – now that the ‘shock and awe’ have died down – is that our Mayor and City Commissioners are so far off base in their thinking about the City ...

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A Resident’s Thoughts on CM’s Expulsion from ICMA

View Points Article: A Madeira Beach resident sent this to us and asked us to share the thoughts… 

City Manager Shows Contempt for Filing of Ethics Complaints by Residents

Our Madeira Beach City Manager was emboldened by the letter he received from ICMA dated 8/15/2016, saying that the complaints filed against him lacked support and that no further action would be taken for those filings.

  • Good judgment would dictate that the CM should have breathed a deep “Whew”, brushed ...
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Contact Information for City Officials

Image courtesy of Visti St. Petersburg Clearwater Convention Visitor Center Media Center


Shane Crawford scrawford@madeirabeachfl.gov City Manager
Travis Palladeno tpalladeno@madeirabeachfl.gov Mayor
Elaine Poe epoe@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Nancy Hodges nhodges@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Terry Lister tlister@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Housh Ghovaee hghovaee@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Michael Noble mnoble@madeirabeachfl.gov Chair
Dennis Carr carrden23@gmail.com Planning Commissioner
David Lawrence dlaw@giopsnow.com Planning Commissioner
Ann Rasmussen annras1@gmail.com Planning Commissioner
Ingrid Ferro-Spilde Not available Planning Commissioner
Sonny Flynn Not available Planning Commissioner
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City Manager Expelled From ICMA

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is THE professional association for local governments, worldwide.

  • It sets standards with a code of Ethics which all member-Managers must swear to uphold.  
  • If they do not uphold the standards of Ethics, they can be censured and expelled.  

And, this is exactly what has happened to Madeira Beach City Manager, Shane Crawford. He was censured and expelled.

Why Was Crawford Censured and Expelled from Membership?

The ICMA Executive Committee found that two different tenets were violated.  They both were related to his ...

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Calendar Dates Set for Two Hearings



The challenge to the comprehensive plan based complaint (Hein/Parker v city of MB), challenged on the (improperly) advertised notice is scheduled for October 7th.  

A summary judgment hearing is requested and alleges that the court needs no testimony and can make a decision based on the facts of law and the case.   

To read the Summary Motion filed with the court,  click Here.

You May Attend the October 7 Hearing 

Anyone can attend. The ...

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Important Legal Work Yields Hearing Thursday, 9/15

Our first day in court is coming this week.

Yesterday, Ken Weiss provided an update on recent work done on our behalf and that is what is included below.  Some of this is taken verbatim from Mr. Weiss’s information.


Our attorneys filed “complaints” yesterday, to request that the court rule on the refusal of public records and associated Sunshine Law violation. (This is related to the Commission meeting when the Mayor and Commissioners voted to pay ...

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Dunedin, FL Photos Courtesy of the VSPC Convention Visitor Bureau.

Stories We’ve Been Told About Madeira Beach

Photo courtesy of the VSPC Convention Visitor Bureau. 

In speaking with residents opposed to the proposed huge developments, it seems that opposition centers on quality of life.  The city continues to tell the press/media and residents how they see things… which we find to be somewhat magical or mythical thinking.

Story #1 –

High Traffic Volume Will Not Be a Problem

Adding over 12,000 cars a day will not be a problem and will not decrease quality of life, we have been told. 

This is ...

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