It is sobering to see our neighbors, our Mayor and City Manager pitted in a war of words over the proposed developments near our city’s entrance. You get the impression that the Mayor, City Manager and Developers are desperately trying to demonstrate the economic benefits of hotel tourism. There is a definite tone of urgency to getting this done. We need the revenue.
Nasty Delays Cause Health Issues
When the Madeira Beach Commission was commending City Manager Crawford, because he said the city hall complex was under budget at $11 million dollars (which was actually estimated at $10 million when the city was borrowing money to build) the Commissioners overlooked the fact that their new complex was going to again delay dealing with Nasty Stormwater problems that plague the city.
Stormwater Is Only Part of the Problem
The stormwater problem might not be too bad – except ...Read More →
This View Point article was written by a resident who has heard numerous questionable and/or offensive remarks — and decided to respond. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, MB Neighbor!
From Nextdoor Madeira
A local real estate business man, Jim Beggins, recently said “Opposition is mostly from the “not in my back yarders” who may be losing a view that they did not pay for, regardless to how it hurts the income of our 2 local developers.
Dissenters show up at ...Read More →
They Used to Say We Are Anti-Development…
Now They Say We Lie
Until recently, when Bill Karns hired a media guy, Madeira Beach City Officials’ and the Developers’ official story was that about 25 oddballs opposing the proposed development were anti-development.
Now that a media guy is involved, the story is that we’re all liars. So they need a platform for telling this, right… So where did they start? Well, we aren’t sure, but we think they started with ...Read More →
Originally published for the Beach Beacon online May 31, 2016 in the printed edition on June 2, 2016.
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Madeira Beach City Commission took action on May 10, as reported by Mr. Ayers, to allow rezoning for major developments spanning from the western end of the Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Boulevard.
The meeting seemed to be orchestrated to favor an approval for the rezoning. Green T-shirts labeled “Say Yes” were handed to attendees as they entered the building.
It is ...
Today, I wrote to Senator Bill Nelson after reaching out to his office staff for direction. His office asked for a summary of the situation.
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The city of Madeira Beach is proposing, with two developers, two massive projects; two 11 story hotels, dozens of condos, 50,000 sq. ft. retail space, boat slips and dockmaster house on two small waterfront parcels. The CW Young VA facility sits about one mile east of the Tom Stuart drawbridge. These proposed projects are just across the ...
Finally Media Telling Both Sides
“Stormy Controversy Over Development Engulfs Madeira Beach”, by Anne Lindberg discusses more key points about what has united residents of Madeira Beach than has any article in any newspaper in the area. And, it’s on a “blog” site.
But what residents want is not of interest, it seems, to MB city officials. They discount what residents say… calling residents liars and saying residents overstate things…
- It’s clear from the story that Vice-Mayor Shontz is not happy about residents opposing her! ...
It is alleged that there is a second ethics violation against Shane Crawford, City Manager of Madeira Beach, filed with the Florida Ethics Commission.
A Pattern of Improper Relationships Alleged Against CM
The allegations in this case against Mr. Crawford, and possibly his executive assistant, Cheryl McCrady, are a pattern of improper relationships.
We have heard that it is alleged that these improper relationships involve the Landlord/Tenant relationship and the Developer/City Manager/Executive Assistant relationships.
We understand that it is ...Read More →
If these allegations against Mr. Crawford and the Building Official are true, we have a cause for real concern for ANY future development. It makes one ask the question…
If a Project of 1 House Is Mismanaged, What Can We Expect on $180M Development ?
Could the the Board of Commissioners possibly believe that we have staff capable of competently managing $180 million developments if the allegations are true? Would the:
- building codes were complied ...