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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 3 seat, incumbent Ingrid Ferro-Spilde is running against Nancy Oakley. In the race for Seat 4, incumbent Housh Ghovaee has two opponents, John Douthirt and David Hitterman.

Madeira Beach has a council-manager form of government in which a five-member council – the mayor and five council members – set policy and pass a budget. A city manager runs the daily operations of the city.

The second chamber forum is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb.16 and will focus on the upcoming renewal of the Penny for Pinellas, which will be on the ballot in November. The forum will be at the Madeira Beach Rec Center, 200 Rex Place. The guest speaker will explain how Penny for Pinellas has been used to complete necessary infrastructure, beautification and capital improvement projects throughout the communities. 

The discussion will include a list of future projects planned for completion if voters approve the renewal of the penny.

Among the projects completed with past Penny money:

— New bridges that span our waterways and neighborhood parks

 — Faster travel with 68 new lane miles, 16 major roads with added lanes 

— Safer communities with more than 20 fire and emergency facilities built or renovated

— More than 150 projects to enhance our stormwater systems and flood control

— Protection of natural resources with hundreds of acres of land preserved, upgrades to 21 parks and more than 50 new miles of multiuse trails.

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