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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…

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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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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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Travis Palladeno to run for re-election in Madeira Beach

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Travis Palladeno is running for his third term as mayor of Madeira Beach. Like many incumbents who seek re-election, Palladeno said he wants to complete unfinished business. But he also intends to work on countywide issues that have a significant impact on this beach community. One of those, he said, is the November vote to renew the Penny for Pinellas. If the Penny passes, he said, it could mean an estimated $45 million to beach communities for beautification. Madeira Beach…

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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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Housh Ghovaee chosen for Madeira Beach commission

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The owner of a Clearwater engineering firm has been chosen to replace Pat Shontz on the Madeira Beach City Commission. Housh Ghovaee, a Madeira Beach resident, has been selected by commission members over two other candidates for the position. Shontz abruptly resigned last month in the middle of a contentious board meeting. Ghovaee will serve out her term, which ends in March. “I’m extremely excited, extremely honored,” Ghovaee said. “I feel I can make a difference. If I didn’t feel…

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