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Judge says Madeira Beach City Commission violated Sunshine Law with Housh Ghovaee appointment

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A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that the Madeira Beach City Commission violated public records laws when it appointed Housh Ghovaee to an open seat. Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Jack Day said in his decision that the commission violated the Sunshine Law when it filled the vacancy and added that “the appointment of Housh Ghovaee as District 4 commissioner is void ab initio.” The decision leaves the city without a vice mayor, and comes one week before an election to…

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In Madeira Beach, seven seek three seats for mayor, City Commission

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At the close of qualifying Friday, seven candidates are stepping forward to run in municipal elections. Three seats are up for grabs: the mayor and two commissioners: Mayor Travis Palladeno is seeking re-election. He’s being opposed by Margaret Black. Palladeno has served as Madeira Beach mayor since 2011. He represents the city on and is current chair of the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. He also represents the city on the county’s Tourist Development Council and the Barrier Island…

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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…

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Madeira Beach legal woes continue

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Last month, two residents filed a lawsuit claiming Madeira Beach commission members broke the state Sunshine Law when they appointed a new member. Now they’ve added more claims to their case. City officials, they say, refused to turn over public records. They also allege commission members used the city attorney as a private pipeline to trade information before they voted to spend tax money to defend themselves against ethics complaints. The citizen complainants, William G. Gay and Cathy P. Moore,…

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Madeira Beach to use city money for attorney fees in ethics complaints

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For the past few months, the Madeira Beach government has been bombarded with lawsuits and ethics complaints arising out of a controversy surrounding two proposed developments. Now, the Madeira Beach commission has voted to cover officials’ attorneys’ fees and costs they may incur because of seven complaints filed with the state Ethics Commission. The vote came during a commission meeting Tuesday in response to advice from city attorney Tom Trask. “Up to seven complaints, filed by various citizens, have been…

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Lawsuit claims Madeira Beach commission violated Sunshine Law when appointing new member

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Two Madeira Beach residents have filed a lawsuit claiming officials violated the state’s public meeting law when they chose a new commissioner by “secret ballot.” The suit, filed late Friday, asks the court to rule that three of the four commissioners broke the Sunshine Law. It also asks the court to invalidate the appointment of Housh Ghovaee and to order the city pay the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees. Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno called the lawsuit “frivolous.” City attorney Tom Trask,…

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Former Madeira Beach commissioner files ethics complaint against Elaine Poe

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A former Madeira Beach commissioner says sitting Commissioner Elaine Poe has overstepped her authority and he’s filed a state ethics complaint against her. “I’m disappointed that she’s not following the rules,” Len Piatta said. “Her behavior … causes things to be more out of control.” Poe said she has not seen a copy of the complaint, but is familiar with the allegations. “It’s a pretty bogus complaint,” Poe said. “I feel like it was filed in collusion between the city…

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