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Summary of Times recs in Safety Harbor

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

This is a difficult time for Florida’s local governments because of the economic downturn. Adding to Safety Harbor’s challenges is that there has been upheaval on both the city staff and the City Commission in the last couple of years. After the election, Mayor Andy Steingold will be the senior commission member with four years of experience. No other commission member will have more than two years. The Times recommends: Seat 1: With an important budget year looming, Joe Ayoub’s…

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Three commish seats up for grabs in Safety Harbor

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The otherwise quaint town of Safety Harbor can occasionally find itself home to rather loud city elections. For example, I managed Andy Steingold’s first campaign, an upset bid against Commissioner Deb White. The race was a bruising example of the local politics that can sometimes turn neighbor against neighbor depending on the campaign sign in their front yard. Safety Harbor is also a good example of the lesson that today’s city commissioner is tomorrow’s fill-in-the-blank, i.e., Pinellas County Commissioner Neil…

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