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A Good Read: Life After SPB Development Challenges

A More Respectful Dialogue & Focus On SPB Needs


St. Pete Beach Mayor, Maria Lowe said, “A community is only as good as its members. It has been demonstrated to me time and time again…”  (Excerpt from the article below.)

A very interesting and encouraging story about St. Pete Beach getting refocused, setting priorities and moving in positive directions on development.

Click Here to Read =>mb-SPB Makes Peace, Paves Way for Progress

Article is from theIsland ...

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In the Press: Elected officials ignore voters

An editorial about the Madeira Beach Board of Commissioners yet again ignoring the voices of residents and voters. From the “Tampa Bay Times“, by Ken Weiss:


More about the invalid vote by the Madeira Beach board of Commissioners, by Anne Lindberg, StPetesBlog.com: 

Activists’ attorney: Madeira Beach developments votes were invalid

And, ...

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Can the Developers Just Move Forward?

We Are Making Progress

The developers are NOT going to go forward.  Why, you ask, since the Commission voted 4-0 and 3-0?

Well, here is the reply given recently by Ken Weiss, our attorney. The question was,Can the developers just ignore the petition (as the city has) and move ahead?   

Attorney Ken Weiss’ reply:

  • No, the developers cannot maintain they acted in good faith when they have knowledge of the litigation.
  • No, the developers can’t win a lawsuit ...
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Press microphones

Press Coverage

Madeira Beach officials reject petitions, plan to go ahead with votes on proposed developments…

Read this article by Ann Lindberg –> Click Here 

City commissioner abruptly resigns after voting for Madeira Beach development proposal

Read this article by Ann Lindberg –> Click Here

Citizens of Madeira Beach, Florida, Oppose City Government Development Projects

Madeira Beach, Florida  – Citizens formed ...

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Despite Petition and Ordinance Suspension, Commission Votes

About the Suspension of an Ordinance Based on a Petition for Referendum

Jim Scarborough (see bottom) said very clearly in his 3 minute presentation, the determination of the lack of sufficiency of the petition (made by Mr. Trask) was a preliminary determination, therefore the ordinance is suspended. Mr. Scarborough explained that determining insufficiency is a LEGAL definition with a detailed process.

FACTS from Section 13.5  Madeira Beach City Charter:

When a referendum petition is filed with the City Clerk, the ordinance ...

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Ruling Does Not Clear Way for Development

Headline Belies the Truth

Don’t be fooled. Sheila Estrada’s headline, Ruling clears way for redevelopment vote in Madeira Beach, belies the truth.

Tom Trask’s ‘ruling’ is a legal opinion.  Tom is a hired gun, not a court…  His written opinion is colored by who he perceives is paying his bill.

So the points Mr. Trask makes in his ‘ruling’, in favor of his employers as you would guess, will not stand up… He has said:

1) only ...

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Petition Committee delivering signatures at City Hall, Madeira Beach FL

Petitions with 1025 Signatures Delivered to City

Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. several folks involved in petitioning and the Petition Committee, led by Sam Baker, met with the Madeira Beach City Clerk, Aimee Servidio to present to her all the signed and notarized Petitions for Referendum.

Click here for the video that highlights the petitions delivery.

The Purpose of the Petition

The purpose, from a statement by Sam Baker, is to slow down or stop the two developments that threaten our small town character.

A ...

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Tom Stuart Causeway at Sunset

Viewpoints: Citizens V. Madeira Beach

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.

The Price of Proposed Developments

Building a “tourist magnet at the gate of ...
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Flooding on E Parsley, Madeira Beach, FL

Stormwater Mitigation Isn’t Sexy Enough?

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 ...

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