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Independent survey planned to double-check traffic numbers of proposed Mad Beach development

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A semiretired businessman has pledged up to $50,000 of his own money to get a second opinion about the impact of a proposed Madeira Beach development.

“I just thought, ‘Hey, this does affect me,’” said Robert Klingel Sr., semiretired CEO of TSE Industries. “I just want to make sure” the numbers are correct.

The proposal, to build an 11-building, multistory mixed-use development on two parcels of land, has been controversial in this beach community. Residents who oppose the deal say it will bring too much traffic and density to Madeira Beach and be a blight on the city’s appearance as it’s located at the foot of the only bridge into the city from the mainland. The development would include a hotel, condominiums, a restaurant and parking garage.

Developers and city officials say the complex will not substantially increase traffic or crowding on Madeira Beach. They say those fears are overblown.

But Klingel, who lived in Madeira Beach and now lives next door in Redington Beach isn’t so sure. And that’s why he’s looking for an independent evaluation of the numbers. And he’s willing to spend up to $50,000 to find out.

“That’s how much I’ll put into it to get a good survey,” Klingel said Wednesday. “I’m trying to take the numbers … to see about the density and the traffic.”

Klingel said he hopes to have a result by the next Madeira Beach commission meeting at 6 p.m. June 14 in the commission chambers, Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive.

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