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Madeira Beach Town Center subject of two new lawsuits

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A pair of Pinellas County attorneys filed lawsuits in the 6th Judicial Circuit last week seeking to overturn the Madeira Beach city ordinance authorizing the development of the proposed Madeira Beach town center.

Treasure Island attorney Ken Weiss filed against the city on behalf of Linda Hein and Sam Baker on March 16.

The suit alleges the rezoning of the land on Madeira Way goes against the city’s comprehensive plan and also claims the city failed to comply with its PD zoning procedure by not requiring a complete application and not reviewing plans, documents or schematics before approving the development.

A second lawsuit filed by St. Petersburg attorney Tim Weber pits William Gay against the city and is aims to quash the town center ordinance.

The Gay lawsuit claims the Madeira Beach City Commission broke the law by not requiring a complete site plan and says the Feb. 14 decision was “not supported by competent, substantial evidence to meet the requirements of a site plan or the design criteria required to be reviewed by the Board of (city) Commissioners.”

The suit claims drainage, land alteration, buffer wall, lighting, sign and tree survey plans were not included in the proposal.

Both lawsuits are seeking court costs in addition to overturning the ordinance.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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