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 would take a $4.5 million slice of that.
That money, he said, could go to bury utility lines on Gulf Boulevard.
But that’s not his only goal should he be re-elected on March 14. The city, like most in Pinellas, needs to repair and renovate its sewer system to help with stormwater drainage.
Then there’s the Holiday Isle redevelopment project, which has caused a storm of protest and the filing of lawsuits. Thus far, the city has won the lawsuits in which there has been a ruling. That project and one other would see the redevelopment of two parcels of land on either side of the Tom Stuart Causeway.
Although the City Commission has approved the projects, Holiday Isle is being reworked, reducing the height by two stories. Palladeno said he’d like to continue working to get that project up and running and to make sure the city gets what it needs.
“There’s something going to be built there,” Palladeno said. It’s better, he added, for the city to have control so there will still be a view of the water and green space than to let developers build something that would be a solid wall and block all views.
A bit of height, he said, is a fair trade for a better view and an attractive building.
Palladeno pointed to his accomplishments as reasons to reelect him. Among those, he said, is the solid financial condition of the city that gives property owners the lowest municipal tax rate in the county.
Palladeno serves on the Tourist Development Council and as president of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. He is the former vice president of the Barrier Island Government Council, known as the “Big C,” and a past president of the Pinellas County Mayors Council.
He is a legislative board member of the Fishing Rights Alliance and is a council member of the Fishing Industry Council & CCA Florida STAR Tournament. He is a past board member of the Old Salts Fishing Foundation and a former grand master of the Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge.
He owned Live Wire Fishing Charter.
The Madeira Beach election is March 14. The mayor’s seat and two council seats are on the ballot. Qualifying closes Jan. 13.