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Safety Harbor to residents: Don't go on private property to trim trees



Safety Harbor resident Dale Tindall — previously profiled in the Tampa Bay Times for reporting thousands of street light outages — was admonished by City Manager Matt Spoor during Monday night's commission meeting.

Tindall approached the commission and first talked about how he "tries to make a difference in Safety Harbor" by picking up trash and keeping an eye on unsightly things.

The issue? Tindall called the city's public works department to let them know he clipped overgrown trees in his neighborhood. He said public works warned they'd call the sheriff's office if Tindall did it again because the trees are on private property. 

"I am begging and pleading," he said. "You have to improve the customer service and professionalism within public works."

But the city stood by its call. 

"Please, don't go on private property," Spoor said. Instead, he said, call the city and let public works handle it. 

"I don't believe we have a customer service issue at public works," Spoor added. "There's an expectation issue."

Tindall also got laughs from the audience when he referenced Mayor Andy Steingold's unsuccessful bid for judge, saying he didn't know where the mayor stood because Steingold didn't respond to an email asking his opinion. 

"You were wanting to be a judge," Tindall said. "You can decide tonight."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 2:16pm]


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