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Development opponents ask judge to overturn Madeira Beach zoning decisions

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Opponents of two proposed developments on Madeira Beach filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to declare invalid commission votes to rezone the property. The lawsuit is the fourth filed in the ongoing battle between the city and opponents of the developments. Ethics complaints have also been lodged with the state and with professional organizations over allegations of improper conduct by city officials. This latest lawsuit centers on an effort by members of Madeira Beach United to stop the developments.…

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Independent report raises ‘ no major red flags’ on Madeira Beach development

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An independent study of a proposed development on Madeira Beach raised “concerns,” but no major red flags, said the man who paid for it. Robert Klingel Sr., the semiretired CEO of TSE Industries, had the study done because he wanted to find the truth of the many conflicting arguments for and against the Madeira Beach Town Center Project. That project and another one located basically across the street have raised hackles in this beach community for the past several months.…

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Madeira Beach officials reject petitions, plan to go ahead with votes on proposed developments

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Acting on the advice of the city attorney, Madeira Beach City Clerk Aimee Servedio has rejected the majority of more than 1,000 signatures on a petition geared at stopping a proposed development.   The decision to reject the petitions means final votes on the proposals will likely go ahead at Tuesday’s commission meeting. “It was done wrong, and it’s not being accepted,” Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno said. The city sent a letter to members of Madeira Beach United, a…

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Development opponents deliver petitions to Madeira Beach City Hall

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In a move calculated to stop a proposed development in its tracks, activists handed over petitions with 1,025 signatures to Madeira Beach officials Friday morning. The delivery — which activists videotaped — was the latest installment in a battle raging in this beach community over a proposal to develop two parcels of land at the foot of the only bridge linking Madeira Beach directly with the mainland — the main entrance to the city. The proposals would see 11 buildings…

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5 lies in the latest Madeira Beach United mailer

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Madeira Beach residents will soon be facing another storm, and not your garden-variety hurricane. This particular nasty storm comes from Madeira Beach United, the ad-hoc neighborhood group opposing the Madeira Beach Town Center and Holiday Isles projects, the mixed-use development projects proposed for the dilapidated and underdeveloped patches of land at the city’s entrance. After several dubious attempts to accuse city leaders of political corruption, Madeira Beach United has now produced a glossy flyer, which raises the specter of “runaway development.” Despite the group’s…

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Stormy controversy over development engulfs Madeira Beach

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A proposal to build a multi-story complex with a hotel, condominiums, restaurant and parking garage has blown into a full-scale storm between some residents and Madeira Beach officials. It’s a dispute that has grown increasingly nasty with the filing of ethics complaints and accusations of political corruption. The argument seems to have no middle ground for compromise because the two sides appear to agree on only two items – some type of development is needed, and the other side is…

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Petition drive to block development in Madeira Beach stalls

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Residents in this barrier island community have gone to war with the Madeira Beach government over a proposal to build a seven-building hotel/condominium/parking complex at the entrance to the city. “I haven’t heard anyone say they’re opposed to development,” said Sam Baker Jr. of Madeira Beach United, the group fighting the proposal. “What they’re opposed to is this grossly excessive development.” Members of the group have filed suit to stop the development. And they’ve also started a petition drive to…

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