Arnold Alloway, seeking a fifth consecutive term on the City Commission, calls himself the "environmentalist candidate." To prove it, Alloway said he recently prepared a 10-point plan to clean the waterways.
The plan includes building flow tubes to connect dead-end canals, thus increasing water flow; planting more mangroves; and filtering stormwater runoff.
Alloway said he has not checked to see if such flow tubes have been implemented elsewhere.
"I don't know if it's been accomplished," he said. "I thought, "Gee, if the water would flow through here, it would give it a chance to clean it up.'
Alloway, 46, is being challenged for the District 1 seat by Paul T. O'Connor, the same man who tried to unseat him in 1988. The city election is March 13.
Alloway said he also wants the city to have a tree nursery on newly acquired vacant property, then give away the trees for people to plant.
He took some credit for the new city recycling program, which he said should be expanded to curbside pickup.
"I think we can really save the environment if we can get more people involved (with recycling)," Alloway said.
Alloway said he also is behind the police station expansion and the formation of the city beautification committee.
Alloway moved to Madeira Beach in 1979 from Erie, Pa., where he was a beauty supply salesman. He owns and operates the Tarpon Motel and works part-time as a driver for United Parcel Service.
He and his wife Judy have one grown daughter.