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Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff for officer from Pinellas

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday ordered flags at half-staff to honor Pinellas County’s Joshua Albert Sanchez Montaad, an Agricultural Law Enforcement Officer who died in a wreck while on duty. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Montaad—a 25-year-old from Safety Harbor—was killed in a single car crash this Tuesday on U.S. 19 in Taylor County. “His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree during a period of heavy rain,” the site said. His “vehicle caught fire and became engulfed in…

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Joe Ayoub wins solid victory to return as Safety Harbor mayor

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Joe Ayoub will again serve as Safety Harbor mayor, after decisively defeating City Council member Janet Hooper by more than 30 points in Tuesday’s municipal elections. He will replace Mayor Andy Steingold, who had retired from local politics. “We have a special city and I absolutely love serving our community,” Ayoub said. “it is humbling and an extreme honor to become your next Mayor. I am ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work to protect our small-town…

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Joe Ayoub releases new campaign video

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Joe Ayoub, who’s running for Safety Harbor mayor, has released a new campaign video. Ayoub uses the three-minute video to set out his vision for Safety Harbor: “As your mayor, I will lead this city with an exciting vision,” Ayoub says. “This vision includes a more vibrant and thriving downtown, protecting our small-town charm, adding amenities to our waterfront park, and reducing the height and scale of the proposed seven-story condo building.” Ayoub goes on to point out the many…

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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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Pinellas Realtors recommend Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach candidates

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The Pinellas Realtor Organization has issued recommendations in three upcoming elections. In Safety Harbor, the group recommends Joe Ayoub for mayor and Damon Lister for Seat 1 on the City Commission. In St. Pete Beach, Realtors recommend Alan Johnson for mayor. The member-only candidate screening committee reviewed questionnaires and interviewed candidates before making recommendations. The group says that there are thoughtful, qualified candidates running, but each race had a candidate stand out for overall commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues,…

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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…

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Jack Latvala endorses Joe Ayoub for Safety Harbor mayor

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Joe Ayoub has launched a campaign for mayor of Safety Harbor and continues to gain strong momentum while gaining key endorsements, this time from one of Pinellas’ most prominent leaders, state Sen. Jack Latvala. “Pinellas County isn’t just my home, it’s our future home and we must elect good leaders to protect it. Joe is one of the good guys and his background as a former Mayor and CPA will serve Safety Harbor’s residents well. Joe has a pragmatic approach…

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