Category Archives: City News

Madeira officials violated former rec director’s civil rights, attorney says

Here is another HUGE reason to RECALL commissioners Oakley & Douthirt on April 17th. More embarrassment to our City. The firing of Recreation Department head Doug Andrews has now caused yet another lawsuit.   “They” or “concerned citizen” claims that the old regime used “slush funds”….  I guess their “slush fund” is attorney fees. The article points out how Commissioner Oakley mis-treated

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Death threats take Madeira Beach strife to new level

By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent (original article – click here) MADEIRA BEACH — Politics here took a nasty turn last week when someone called City Manager Shane Crawford nine times, threatening to kill him, his wife and her children. Crawford reported the threats to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the anonymous caller who also threatened to

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Workshop RECAP 5/23

Another “Beautiful day in Madeira Beach” ….. NOT. We sat through another 3 hour mess.  We started out the meeting with attorney Trask asking to table the discussion on Mr. Crawford’s suspension.  Why? DEATH THREATS. (see the times article on this – click here)  It is sad that political differences can spur on violence. Onto the rest of the meeting…. We

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Nerves remain frayed in Madeira Beach

By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent (article link) MADEIRA BEACH — This week’s commission standing-room-only meeting started at an emotional boil, as though last week’s special meeting when City Manager Shane Crawford was suspended and City Clerk Cheryl Crawford was fired had never ended. After three hours, the meeting ended more calmly with more than two-thirds of its audience gone

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Lawyer for ousted Madeira Beach city manager, clerk challenges firing

By Saundra Weathers, Reporter (link for original article on Bay News 9) MADEIRA BEACH —  The Madeira Beach City Commission’s meeting on May 9 had all of the makings of a tabloid talk show or, in one resident’s words, the WWE. Residents, lawyer for ousted City Manager, Clerk addressed meeting Resident: “We are the laughing stock of the whole area.”

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