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Treasure Island residents ask judge to declare development ordinances null

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Two Treasure Island residents have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare two city development ordinances to be void. If the judge agrees, the effect would be to prevent developments of certain heights and densities from being built in the beach city’s downtown special area. That would include developments that have already been approved under the rules. At issue are two ordinances that were passed in 2012. Both involved the Treasure Island downtown special area plan, which allows mixed-uses…

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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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Lessons from a successful Florida mayor

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Jeb Bush is mad at Rick Baker. Well, not really. But the former Florida governor wanted to see the mayor of St. Petersburg aim for statewide office – say, governor – but Mayor Baker has declined. His children are in middle school, and he didn’t want to be away from home doing so much campaigning. At age 52, Baker doesn’t exactly qualify as one of the “green shoots” of a Republican Party that is trying to reinvent itself nationally. But…

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