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Safety Harbor mayor hopeful Joe Ayoub to host first meet and greet Friday

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Joe Ayoub, who’s running for Safety Harbor mayor, is holding his first meet and greet of the campaign season.

It’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Ayoub’s home, 323 Second St. S, in Safety Harbor.

Ayoub, a former Safety Harbor mayor and commission member, said he plans to spend part of the campaign on a “listening tour,” learning about the issues that are most important to city residents. He’s also provided a 10-question citizen survey on his website to learn what concerns residents most.

Among the questions on the survey:

— Do you believe our city officials are leading our city in the right direction?

— Would you like to see the proposed 7 story condo building across from the Safety Harbor Spa be reduced in size or scale?

— What issue in town is most important to you, i.e., what would you like to see the city commission do (or address) that would increase your satisfaction as a resident?

Also included are questions on term limits, the new tree ordinance, the size of homes in the downtown area, and the quality and frequency of city events.

Ayoub is a graduate of Countryside High School and studied at the University of Florida. He is the chief financial officer at Data Blue. Ayoub lives in Safety Harbor and enjoys biking and running.

His opponent is Commissioner Janet Hooper.

The Safety Harbor election is March 14. The mayor and Seats 1 and 4 on the Safety Harbor City Commission are on the ballot.

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