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Madeira Beach City Commissioner Elaine Poe resigns

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Elaine Poe, who served four years on the Madeira Beach City Commission, has resigned.

Poe turned in her resignation in a three-sentence Dec. 6 email to City Clerk Aimee Servedio:

“Due to more bad news today on my husband’s medical condition I am left with no alternative but to resign.

“Please make this effective as of Friday. That will give me time to get any city materials, i.e.: IPAD, budgets, etc.  returned to the city.”

Poe was up for election in March. However, the city charter requires the commission seats within 30 days after a commissioner leaves office. The city is taking applications for someone to fill the seat until the March 14 election.

If Poe’s replacement wants to serve past March 14, he or she would also have to file paperwork to run in the March election, Mayor Travis Palladeno said. That person, he said, would likely have an advantage over other candidates for Poe’s District 3 seat.

Poe’s is not the only seat up for grabs in March. So are the mayor and District 4 seats. Palladeno said he has already picked up paperwork to run for reelection. Qualifying opened Wednesday and runs through Jan. 13.

Housh Ghovaee holds the District 4 seat.

Poe is the second Madeira Beach commissioner to resign this year. Last summer, Pat Shontz, who represented District 4, abruptly resigned in the midst of a contentious commission meeting. Some residents were objecting to the redevelopment of two parcels of land at the causeway entrance to the city from the mainland.

Shontz supported both projects.

The battle over the proposed developments sparked lawsuits as well as the filing of ethics complaints with the state and with professional groups.

Palladeno said he received news Wednesday that a judge had ruled for the city in one of the lawsuits.

“That is very large,” Palladeno said. “That was just great news.”

That’s the second lawsuit in which the city has prevailed, Palladeno said.

“We’re two for two,” the mayor said.

In other news related to the proposed developments, Palladeno stated that one of the developers is coming back with an altered design. Palladeno said he had not seen it yet but believes that it is one to two stories shorter than the previous layout, which won the commission’s approval.

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