The ceremonial groundbreaking features Madeira Beach officials with golden shovels. From left are Finance Director Vincent Tenaglia, Commissioner Elaine Poe, Vice Mayor Terry Lister, Commissioner Nancy Hodges, Mayor Travis Palladeno, Central Services Director Dave Marsicano, Commissioner Pat Shontz, Fire Chief Derryl O’Neal, and City Manager Shane Crawford.
MADEIRA BEACH – The remake of the city’s municipal complex on Municipal Drive is ready to start. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on Friday, March 7 for the project, which will cost upward of $10 million.
A crowd was on hand in front of the existing Madeira Beach City Hall for the groundbreaking ceremony. City officials mixed with local representatives and residents to witness the event.
“This is a very exciting day,” said Mayor Travis Palladeno in the opening remarks. He said the municipal center “represents the next 70 years of our city.”
“This is the most ambitious project in the city of Madeira Beach,” said Vice Mayor Terry Lister. He added, “We are making history today.”
Palladeno introduced members of Wannemacher Jensen Architects who designed the municipal center, praising them for their creative vision. Hennessy Construction Services officials were also recognized.
Commissioner Pat Shontz, a former mayor who has been associated with city government for the past 40 or so years, gave a history of the city’s progress. She mentioned the cost of the first city hall was $7,000 – less than the first fire truck’s price of $8,500 in 1952. The city had an annual budget of about $45,000 that year.
The municipal center project has grown since its inception from a new city hall and fire station, to include a multipurpose building, new recreation center and redone and expanded ball fields.
Residents and business owners attending the groundbreaking ceremony were equally enthusiastic about their new city center. Barbara Jones, owner of Mad Beach Pickers on Madeira Way said, “The sky’s the limit now for the city of Madeira Beach.”
Dizzy Lizzy’s Boutique owner Beth Davis said the project was “a fabulous idea” and would be a great boost for small business.
Seasonal residents Ray and Deb Blake also had positive comments to make about the municipal center. “This will be huge for the economy,” said Ray. Deb said including the new ball fields was a good move. “They will bring in a lot of revenue,” she said.