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Madeira Beach city manager, clerk resign after commissioners approve severance package

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Commissioners voted to accept the resignation of Shane Crawford, who served as city manager since 2012, and his wife Cheryl, who had been city manager. The city approved a $135,000 settlement in exchange for Shane Crawford’s resignation, effective immediately. The commission voted 3-2 Monday night to settle with the married couple, offering severance, sick and vacation time. The agreement comes nearly a year of internal bickering at City Hall, with allegations of wrongdoing and bad feeling turning into a full-scale…

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Madeira Beach to consider tentative deal with embattled city manager, clerk

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Madeira Beach City Commissioners have reached a tentative agreement with the embattled city manager and city clerk allowing them to resign without firing. The deal, which could cost the city more than $130,000, is up for consideration at a special meeting Monday evening. Part of the agreements would have city manager Shane Crawford and his wife, Cheryl, who serves as city clerk, to stay on as consultants until the city finds their replacements. According to the Tampa Bay Reporter, the…

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Madeira Beach Commissioners, after questionable election, suspend city manager, fire clerk

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Madeira Beach City Commissioners acted against the city’s manager and city clerk – who are husband and wife — days after questions arose over improprieties in a recent city election. Mayor Maggi Black suspended City Manager Shane Crawford Thursday, reports the Tampa Bay Times, triggering a termination process. Commissioners also voted to fire city clerk Cheryl Crawford. Crawford asked the city attorney to investigate the March election after Commissioner Housh Ghovaee – who had voted for it – was removed…

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Ballots mailed to military, overseas voters for municipal elections

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Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections Office mailed a total of 411 ballots to absent military and overseas voters Friday for the March 14 municipal elections. Ten municipalities are conducting elections March 14: cities of Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, the towns of North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, and the cities of Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island (Districts 1 & 3 only). Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their…

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Beaches chamber schedules forums on Madeira Beach candidates, Penny for Pinellas

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The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two forums for voters. The first, planned for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 is a candidates forum for the March 14 Madeira Beach city election. It will be in the Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive. Seven are running for three open slots, and all have said they plan to attend the forum. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Travis Palladeno is facing challenger Margaret Black. In the race for the District…

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Steve McFarlin: St. Pete Beach pays, but ‘rampant litigation’ far from over

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The City of St. Pete Beach recently paid nearly $500,000 to settle one of many lawsuits brought by Ken Weiss and Tim Weber in their quest to halt development on the barrier island. City officials believed the payout would finally help put an end to the rampant litigation that has plagued St. Pete Beach for nearly a decade. There’s one problem – even after the payment, the lawsuit is far from settled. The city’s attorney did not obtain a judge’s…

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Pat Shontz, former Madeira Beach mayor, dies

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Pat Shontz, a former Madeira Beach mayor and city commissioner, died Thursday at a local hospital, city officials said. “It was a shock,” Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno said. “She was supposed to come home today. She went in the night.” Palladeno said Shontz was being treated for injuries received in a recent fall.  “She cared. Pat had nothing but love for the city of Madeira Beach,” Palladeno said. “She brought a lot to the table. She’ll be sorely missed.…

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