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Residents angered by vote to extend terms in Safety Harbor



At least on paper, Monday was a good night for Mayor Joe Ayoub.

He secured an extra eight months in the mayor's post.

And he finally overcame months of resistance from his City Commission colleagues to obtain more than $2 million for Waterfront Park, a 13-acre parcel designated for pedestrian trails, benches and a boat launch.

The latter might be Ayoub's first policy victory since he took office in January. But it was his vote to extend his own term that had people seething.

"In November, dollars to doughnuts they'll be new faces on that commission," Dennis Spicer said after the vote, standing outside City Hall with a handful of angry residents. "I know one new face that will be on that commission."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:29pm]


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