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Madeira Beach Commissioners, after questionable election, suspend city manager, fire clerk

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Madeira Beach City Commissioners acted against the city’s manager and city clerk – who are husband and wife — days after questions arose over improprieties in a recent city election. Mayor Maggi Black suspended City Manager Shane Crawford Thursday, reports the Tampa Bay Times, triggering a termination process. Commissioners also voted to fire city clerk Cheryl Crawford. Crawford asked the city attorney to investigate the March election after Commissioner Housh Ghovaee – who had voted for it – was removed…

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Housh Ghovaee asking voters for full term on Madeira Beach Commission

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Local businessman Housh Ghovaee is asking voters for a chance to serve a full term on the Madeira Beach City Commission. Ghovaee, owner of Clearwater’s Northside Engineering, was appointed to replace Pat Shontz, who had resigned Seat 4 last year during a battle over two controversial development projects, which led to ethics complaints levied against several city officials. “My love for America is greater than my love for self-preservation. That is why I want to do this,” Ghovaee told the Tampa Bay…

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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…

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Pat Shontz, former Madeira Beach mayor, dies

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Pat Shontz, a former Madeira Beach mayor and city commissioner, died Thursday at a local hospital, city officials said. “It was a shock,” Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno said. “She was supposed to come home today. She went in the night.” Palladeno said Shontz was being treated for injuries received in a recent fall.  “She cared. Pat had nothing but love for the city of Madeira Beach,” Palladeno said. “She brought a lot to the table. She’ll be sorely missed.…

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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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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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