Ruling clears way for redevelopment vote in Madeira Beach

Published June 13 2016
Updated June 13 2016

MADEIRA BEACH — The City Clerk, on the advice of the city's attorney, ruled Monday that a petition containing signatures from 1,025 residents opposed to two multimillion-dollar developments does not mean legal standards, which appears to clear the way for a final City Commission vote Tuesday on the projects.

The two parcels in the city's downtown core have been rezoned and the pending development agreements, would determine the projects' height, density and other requirements for proposed multiple new hotels, condominiums, retail shops and marinas.

The petitioning residents expected their petition would block that vote, but City Manager Shane Crawford said Monday that the vote will go ahead as planned.

Ken Weiss, attorney for the petition committee, strongly objected to the city's decision, arguing it is legally incorrect. The issue may have to be resolved in court.

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