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Another term sought in Madeira

Warren Sturgis wants two more years on the City Commission. "You kind of get involved in working with the city, and you feel good about what you're doing, and I think I can make a difference," he said.

Sturgis, 60, is being challenged by Marvin Merrill for the District 2 seat. The city election is March 13.

Sturgis, who was first elected to the commission in 1986, said he wants to keep taxes low, seek alternative revenue sources, control development and work to restore school bus routes in Madeira Beach that the Pinellas County School Board has dropped.

"I think we need to keep Madeira Beach progressive but stable," he said.

Sturgis also said the area needs an oil-spill disaster plan.

"Nobody on the beaches has come up with anything like this," he said. "I think we need to start preparing to protect our shoreline."

Sturgis said he was instrumental in forming the city's beautification committee and the Barrier Islands Governmental Council, called the BIG C, a coalition of 10 beach communities.

A Pinellas County native, Sturgis worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years before retiring in 1985. He has operated a charter fishing boat for 10 years.

"I'm interested in the waterways because I'm a boater," Sturgis said, adding that he fought to provide local bridge tenders with two-way radios.

Sturgis and his wife, Jan, have two grown daughters.