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Caudell was scheduled to be absent Thursday due to a last minute trip out of state for her construction business.
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Cretekos, a fierce critic of the change, urged the council manager form of government is what keeps the city professional. He warned the strong mayor initiative buy canada goose jacket is being pushed by a small group of “downtown special interests” who have not taken responsibility for the private sector’s lack of investment in downtown.
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The council in May formed a task force to draft charter changes at the request of a handful of business advocates, all tied to the nonprofit Clearwater Downtown Canada Goose Coats On Sale Partnership. Charter changes are typically made during review committees every four years. The next one is scheduled for January.
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About a dozen citizens addressed the Council, and the comments were split. Zebbie Atkinson, vice president of the North Pinellas branch of the NAACP, and former mayor Rita Garvey warned against change, both skeptical of the process that put it forward. Travis Norton, spokesman for the Pinellas Realtor Organization, said he was Canada Goose Jackets endorsing the change on canada goose outlet behalf of its 8,000 members for the progress it could bring.
buy canada goose jacket cheap Bud Elias, a CDP board member who urged the Council to form the task force, said the prospect of a strong mayor has been floated for 20 years. He said the seven week process of writing proposed charter changes was thorough, and the voters should be allowed canada goose coats to decide once and for all. buy canada goose jacket cheap
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buy canada goose jacket Before casting his vote against the initiative, Hamilton said ultimately Canada Goose Parka he was not satisfied with the process of rewriting the charter for a strong mayor by a task force in seven weeks. He questioned what a strong mayor could do uk canada goose outlet that the current government could not. buy canada goose jacket
canada goose clearance And he addressed the unspoken issue at hand the question of whether a strong mayor would be able to, once and for all, bring vibrancy to Clearwater’s long stagnant downtown. canada goose clearance
cheap Canada Goose “Is a strong mayor going to be able to snap his fingers and make downtown happen? Absolutely not,” Hamilton said. “Talk about St. Pete, talk about Tampa, talk about Dunedin. Everybody has different sets of circumstances that they have to deal canada goose with. we have to http://www.canadagoosesalesus.com deal with ours.” cheap Canada Goose
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Instead, Cretekos said, they forced the hand of the Council to vote on it. He predicted that process will haunt the campaign that will be gearing up through November.
Canada Goose Jackets “Mark my words, you will see a flyer saying ‘Council supports a change to the strong mayor form of government’ because we put it on the ballot, not the people,” he said Canada Goose Jackets.