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MADEIRA BEACH — The city commission decided at a special meeting on Oct. 4 to appoint Recreation Director Jay Hatch as interim city manager. He will replace current City Manager Bob Daniels, whose contract expires Nov. 1. Hatch will serve until a new city manager is hired.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The search for a city manager will continue, following the rejection of the job by Lee Staab from Colorado, who had been the City Commission’s number one choice. But this time, there will be an important difference as the search process moves forward.

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MADEIRA BEACH — After a weeks-long city manager selection process that reduced the candidate list from 28, to seven, to four, and then two, and the final selection of Lee Staab from Colorado, the City Commission is now back where they started.

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MADEIRA BEACH — Following an extensive and exhaustive selection process that started with 28 candidates, the City Commission met in a special meeting Sept. 7 and made the final decision for city manager. In a close vote, a sharply divided commission picked Lee Staab, a Colorado resident with…

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MADEIRA BEACH — After having decided in a close vote not to extend the contract of City Manager Bob Daniels, and to advertise the position, the City Commission on Aug. 11 narrowed down the applicants for the job to seven finalists from a field of 28. That voting was based upon commissioners’…

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MADEIRA BEACH — The city will be getting new bids on a high-and-dry boat storage facility at the municipal marina, along with a restaurant to be built over the existing ship store. A recent cost estimate from a consultant who did a feasibility study on the project put the price at $30 million.

MADEIRA BEACH — The planned Schooner Hotel development has taken the next step in the approval process for it to be built. During a quasi-judicial hearing at the July 14 city commission meeting, the city determined that the project meets the legal requirements to qualify for Planned Developm…

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MADEIRA BEACH — A high-and-dry boat storage facility at the city marina, which had been touted by the mayor as “a very lucrative opportunity” for the city, will not be built at the city’s expense, due to its estimated $30 million cost. Instead, a public-private agreement will be sought, wher…

MADEIRA BEACH — Developers of both commercial and residential properties will soon be paying impact fees to the city based on the size of their projects. The purpose is to help recover some of the costs to the city associated with development.

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Beachgoers likely won’t have to dodge electric bikes on the sand. The flashing yellow safety beacons at crosswalks aren’t going anywhere. A vacation-rental effort that some feared would turn quiet beach neighborhoods into “Jersey Shore” episodes every spring break has evaporated.

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The latest proposal is for a mixed-use development in two phases. The first phase would be a seven-story beachfront building with a 56-room hotel and rooftop restaurant, with surface parking under the building and additional parking across the street.

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The ghost town on the south side of John’s Pass is coming back to life. The site of the former Gator’s Café, a vacant symbol of the coronavirus pandemic, is about to become the 11th restaurant on the Beachside Hospitality Group roster, opening around mid-April under the name Crabby’s on the Pass.

MADEIRA BEACH — Tampa Bay Markets will team up with the city of Madeira Beach Recreation Department to revamp the Madeira Beach Wednesday Market and give it a fresh start.

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MADEIRA BEACH — Saying they are “all over town,” are “dangerous” and “need to be regulated,” Mayor John Hendricks came down hard on electric bicycles and scooters at the city commission’s Jan. 27 workshop meeting.

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The John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival, which has provided arts, crafts, music, beer and, of course, loads of local seafood to hundreds of thousands of partygoers since the 1980s, has been recast as the “John’s Pass Arts Weekend,” taking place Jan. 22-24.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The fill-in of sand at John’s Pass, which has been worsening recently and has become an urgent issue to resolve, will be getting another study, this time by a USF professor, “to find the exact cause” of the problem.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The continuing clogging up of John’s Pass with sand is creating growing concern over the impact on tourism as well as public safety. City Manager Bob Daniels said at the outset of the public comment portion of the Oct. 14 city commission meeting that 45 email comments had bee…

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MADEIRA BEACH — The city’s millage rate will remain unchanged for the coming year. The decision to leave the rate where it is came at the final budget hearing Sept. 23.

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MADEIRA BEACH — City Hall will get a significant expansion, double the present size, from a planned enclosure of the building’s ground floor, which is currently undeveloped. The added space will house the Building and Planning departments.

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MADEIRA BEACH — City commissioners have tentatively decided to increase the proposed millage rate for next year, in the first of a series of meetings before setting the final rate in September. The decision was seen as a precautionary move. The rate can be lowered, but not raised, at future …

MADEIRA BEACH — For more than 30 years, the annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival has been a destination for thousands of visitors from across the country. That tradition remains intact with the announcement that the 39th annual Seafood Festival will be rescheduled for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24.

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MADEIRA BEACH — The most significant amendment to the city charter being proposed to voters for approval in November has been pulled from the ballot. The amendment, if approved, would have changed the current citywide vote of all residents for all commissioners to residents of each district …

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