Good News! Courts to Decide Our Petition

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ATTORNEY FILES TO ASSURE RESIDENT RIGHTS

Thanks to attorney Ken Weiss, on August 9, 2016, a complaint was filed to ask the courts to rule on the sufficiency of the petition.

This is the petition that Madeira Beach United volunteers circulated for signatures throughout the city to overturn the Planned Development zoning.  It was presented to City Clerk Aimee Servedio on June 10th.

You may recall that the Madeira Beach City Charter document states that the final ruling on a petition’s sufficiency is up to the Courts.

If you are interested in reading this petition, you can find it here = >   MB Petition Complaint

OUR RESIDENT’S PETITION WORK1-mb-usa-flag-thumbprint-pix

Sam Baker had carefully prepared the wording on our petition to remove the Planned Development zoning category, which would stop approval of any re-zoning for massive developments.  

We walked the streets and knocked on doors.  Many of you helped us.

We followed the language and directions in the Madeira Beach city Charter document — crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s.  

Volunteers who supported the petition were meticulous in making sure that EVERYONE who signed our petition had a chance to review the ordinance attached to it, so they would be sure to understand what their signature was endorsing.

And with a determined effort, resident volunteers collected almost 1,100 signatures. The minimum number required was 793 signatures.

We had 88% or 973, verified as properly signed and filled out by the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections office.  This is the HIGHEST percent valid of any petition in 2015 – 2016 – except for one which had 5 votes and 5 registered voters!

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City Attorney Tom Trask said NO to our citizen’s petition.

THE CITY’S REPLY TO OUR PETITION

And, yet, much to our surprise and disappointment,  the Madeira Beach City Attorney, Tom Trask declared that our petition was invalid.  ‘Not sufficient’ is the legalese the word he used.

 

 

WE BELIEVE THE COURT WILL RULE FAVORABLY, THAT THE PETITIONING WAS DONE PROPERLY AND IS SUFFICIENT.

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