Highlights – May 3rd MPO Beach Access Meeting

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Highlights of Meeting 

The May third meeting was very well attended… standing room only!   Even better, the effort put into this “listening session” by the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) and the Metro Planning Organization (MPO) was impressive. 

Their staff, in conjunction with other groups including FDOT,  gave a presentation that was first-rate!  And, they brought a real sense of enthusiasm and passion about what they do!

Attending was a good mixture of city and county elected officials from along the beaches – mainly from Clearwater to Treasure Island…


Bikes at the beach...

Bikes at the beach…

MADEIRA BEACH was well represented by a number of residents – many who spoke concerning issues here.  Most of them talked about concerns about the massive developments scheduled for the Town Center and Holton properties.

Pedestrian Crosswalk Sign

Pedestrian Crosswalk Sign

Residents expressed concerns about several topics, including:

    • safety
    • parking
    • speeding
    • biking
    • overcrowing
    • fatalities.

Residents of Madeira Beach and other cities proposed a variety of ways to address beach access, such as:

  • a monorail
  • water taxis
  • adding bike racks to the beaches
  • startings a shared bike program
  • turning the Holton property into a park
  • limiting traffic on some roads, e.g., Madeira Way to local traffic only.

Members of the Pinellas County groups who sponsored the session took copious notes and asked residents to get in touch if they had other concerns or questions.
To send a message to this group, email mpo@pinellascounty.org. If you want to reach a specific board member, contact tmjablon@pinellascounty.org.

Thanks to a Madeira Beach United Member for writing up 
this great synopsis of the meeting to share with all!
Words vs. images on driver alert signage?

Words vs. images on driver alert signage?

Metropolitan Planning Organization Board Members

Jim Kennedy, Chair, City of St. Petersburg

John Moroni, Vice-Chair, Pinellas County Commissioner

Cookie Kennedy, Secretary, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, N. Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Doreen Caudell, Treasurer, City of Clearwater

Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner

Dave Eggers, Pinellas County Commissioner

Julie Ward Bujalski, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Darden Rice, City of St. Petersburg

Tom Shelley, Seminole, Kenneth City, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Town of Belleair, Belleair Bluffs

Sandra Bradbury, City of Pinellas Park

Michael Smith, City of Largo

John Tornga, City of Dunedin

Cliff Merz, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar

Whit Blanton, Executive Director, MPO

For additional information on thinking from the MPO, see the article:

Safety is No Accident.