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Travis Palladeno collects a trio of endorsements in re-election bid

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, state Rep. Kathleen Peters and Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni have endorsed Travis Palladeno who is running for re-election as Madeira Beach mayor. “I’m very humbled,” Palladeno said Monday of the trio of Republican endorsements. Palladeno also received the endorsement of a Madeira Beach business. Lisa’s Café has broadcast the endorsement on the restaurant sign: “Re-elect Travis mayor.” “I am truly grateful” for the support, Palladeno said, adding that it’s small businesses like Lisan’s Café…

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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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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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Two judges side with Madeira Beach in development lawsuits

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Two judges have ruled against opponents of two proposed developments on Madeira Beach. In one case, Judge Thomas H. Minkoff said the city did not violate state law when it passed three ordinances in 2014 that changed zoning rules and paved the way for the developments. In the other case, Judge Cynthia Newton dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the city had wrongfully failed to grant a petition to take the proposed rezoning and land use changes to a voter referendum.…

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In nine Pinellas cities, some are re-elected, others face the voters next year

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Officials in 15 Pinellas cities are scheduled for a date with the ballot box in next March’s municipal elections. But, with qualifying closed in nine of those, some elected can relax because they have no opposition and are considered re-elected. Others weren’t so lucky. They’ll be facing the voters March 14. Here’s where the score card stands as of Friday. GULFPORT Two seats on the five-member council are up for grabs. In Ward 2, incumbent Christine Anne Brown is facing…

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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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Pinellas County Commission moves toward moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

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Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing Jan. 10 to decide a possible moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers. The moratorium would remain in effect for 180 days to give the commission time to pass an ordinance regulating such issues as the location of dispensaries and treatment centers. A proposed ordinance is expected to come before the board in April. If the moratorium is adopted, Pinellas County will join other governmental bodies across the…

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