Vote Rescheduled for May 10
Late morning, MB city officials decided to put off the vote on the Holton project off, until the Commission’s next meeting – May 10th!
Why did the meeting get delayed?
Well, the city attorney, Mr. Trask, said indirectly that the city was not sure if it had properly notified us (the public) about the meeting. If they did not do it properly – and approved the rezoning and PD – the vote might be legally challenged!
The Room Was Filled
Despite the fact that residents knew the vote was delayed, they took the chance to speak to city officials and their neighbors.
Sheila Mullane Estrada wrote about this emotion-filled meeting. Here’s her story…
What about the Lawsuit?
This is the second public meeting since the lawsuit was filed – and not a word has been uttered. Interestingly, no one asked city officials about the lawsuit, filed to set aside the 2014 Comprehensive Plan that encouraged this over-development. Maybe they will break the silence soon?
A Variety of Ideas Were Shared
It is clear by the spirited remarks at the meeting, that the proposed developments have brought out very strong feelings from residents.
- Many residents at these meetings say that they chose Madeira Beach over other communities.
And, they do not want to see the city morphed into a Clearwater Beach type of traffic and downtown environment.
- At least one speaker wondered if the vote being delayed was favorable to the city, because snowbirds would likely be gone by May.
- And, a few speakers injected humor into their remarks. For example, Ms. Princ suggested that there could be oranges and coconuts in the sea at Madeira Beach – instead of tea (as in Boston). She’s making her point in the photo above.
And, we are pretty sure that Ms. Princ does not mean that the sea will be filled with coconuts & oranges served Madeira Beach style!
Another (Tongue-in-Cheek) Suggestion
- It’s unfair, Ms. Princ continued, to do rezoning for just two people/developers who don’t even live in town. She said that to balance things, she would like her property rezoned, too… So she can build a hotel.
All humor aside, there were a lot of serious points made by residents. And, while we can laugh about it, this subject is of utmost importance to those of us who live here.
It is not a “dumpy town”, Mr. Crawford. If you lived here, you would understand why we love it and don’t want it submerged in over-developments.Share