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Tarpon Springs commissioners criticize another unruly volunteer

What is up with the volunteer boards in Tarpon Springs?

That's what commissioners wondered out loud at Tuesday's meeting, when they criticized Board of Adjustments member Nate Tallarino for being rude to people who come before the board.

After several emails discussing Tallarino's demeanor and a lengthy discussion over whether he should be replaced, commissioners decided to allow Tallarino to stay on the board if he improves his behavior.

Tallarino apologized and said it wouldn't happen again. But that didn't seem to immediately please city officials.

"We can't train you on how to respect others, that's what we're trying to get at here," said Commissioner Susan Slattery, the vice mayor. "It's just a matter of being respectful, that's all we're asking.

The incident follows another in January, in which commissioners criticized members of the city's Planning & Zoning Board for being out of control. The city passed in ordinance in April requiring board volunteers to take an oath they would be respectful.


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:13pm]


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