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The electorate of Madeira Beach will be confronted with two diametrically opposite choices at the polls in March. The future of our city will be determined by the decision they make. At issue is whether to continue in the direction of progressive reform mandated by the voters at last years election or revert to doing business as it was conducted for the previous six years.

The first option means choosing an administration whose members would have nothing to gain personally from the decisions they make other than to enjoy as fellow citizens the fruits of a well run government. This is exactly the situation we currently enjoy. It is also one many of us worked so hard to achieve.

The second choice is to return to a board that is dominated by special interests which is precisely the situation that existed prior to the last election. Those special interests are Realtors, property speculators and developers. While no community can thrive without the efforts of those who engage in these activities a system of checks and balance must be maintained on those activities. This is vital if we are to protect the rights and interests of citizens and property owners. It goes without saying a system governed by those it serves has an inherent potential for abuse.

Mayor Charles Parker, Commissioner Martha Boos and political newcomer Art Thomas all exemplify the type of politician that will not be compromised nor intimidated by those special interests. Since they have no interest in these endeavors they have nothing to gain by extending preferential treatment. To the contrary they have much to lose if those interests are permitted to act irresponsibly or selfishly since after all this is their home.

Further, their independence from these interests assures they can make fair and objective decisions.

Returning these candidates to office will assure those gains made in the last two years as a result of the efforts of the concerned citizens of Madeira Beach will not be reversed.

Robert A. Shaw
Madeira Beach
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