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Who is the best candidate for City Council?

Who is the best candidate for City Council?
 

Participation in city government is imperative to understanding how it functions. The more you participate, the more you know. Not having that knowledge can impede a Council Member's ability to make smart, informative decisions. When examining the current list of candidates, several questions should come to mind:

  

Which candidate has sacrificed his personal time to attend far more than just the last two or three City Council meetings?

Which candidate eagerly sat on the sidelines, and offered his input to the City's Council Work Sessions, Budget Hearings, Code Review, and Undergrounding Committee Meetings?

Which candidate was already known for being actively involved in our City's Government well before the Election?

Dave Gattis, that's who!

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What People Care About

What People Care About

When I first decided to run for City Council, I also decided that it would be best to know what the people really care about in Belleair Beach. Time for a Survey! 

The survey I prepared was pretty simple. Pick your top three issues, but what issues? After careful consideration, I narrowed it down the choices to the following: Streets and Gutters, Street Lighting, Undergrounding, City Parks, Marina and Parking Lot, Improved City Communications, Beach Restoration, Storm Drains, City Presentation, Code Enforcement and Other/Not Listed.

Let the voting begin!

 

I was amazed at what I saw. Storm Drains and Undergrounding have pretty much been neck and neck ever since the survey began. If you haven't voted yet, go here.

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My (FREE) Effective Communications Plan

My (FREE) Effective Communications Plan
Effective, two-way communications are imperative to any healthy relationship. You can yell till you’re blue in the face, but if no one is listening, what’s the point? On the other hand, if you are the one that's listening, and only get the silent treatment, this can be just as damaging. After surveying our community, I realized that Belleair Beach has a serious communication problem. My plan will fix it. My (FREE) Effective Communications PlanProblem: Our City needs a cost-effective system that will contact ALL residents for emergencies and non-emergencies via Telephone, Text Messages and Email. This system should allow anyone in our City to sign up and decide exactly which messages they would like, and how they would like to receive them. My Plan: Make use of Pinellas County’s (FREE) notification service, Alert Pinellas. It accomplishes all requirements listed above, and give us severe weather alerts. Why aren’t we doing this already?Problem: The residents of Belleair Beach need a way to publicly share and discuss their ideas and concerns, not only with other residents, but also our City Officials. My Plan: Add (FREE) forum software to the City’s existing website that will allow residents and City Officials to ask questions, share information, join in community discussions, and subscribe to topics of their choice. This gives our community a direct line to the City Council all month-long, not just for 3 minutes at the start of each City Council Meeting.Problem: Most people don’t have time to attend public meetings, but would prefer to watch or listen to them at home. My Plan: Live stream all public meetings on (FREE) YouTube. Everyone will be able to watch or listen to any meeting live, or at a later date. It will also take the mystery out of what goes on at City Hall between the regular Council Meetings.
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Stormwater Drainage a Top Priority

Stormwater Drainage a Top Priority

Flooding is a continuous problem for the City of Belleair Beach. In fact, many streets near and south of the bridge flood on a regular basis. On the north side of town, several intersections often become nearly impassable with standing waters from typical summer downpours. A tropical storm of sizable magnitude could be devastating to our community.

As we approach the upcoming election, there is a sudden push to make things happen. On February 4th, the Council agreed to accept bids for improvements to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Street stormwater systems. For those on 7th Street, a grant application has been submitted that will assist funding next year’s drainage project. Farther north, lower-cost solutions are now being implemented to enhance or strengthen previously existing systems.

A strong City Council is needed to continue proactively addressing these issues. As your Council Member, I will fully support this recent momentum as I push to keep Stormwater Drainage a top priority of our City’s Strategic Plan.

 

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Sign of Change

Sign of Change
It was refreshing to witness the progress being made at Monday's City Council Work Session. With your vote, I will push hard to keep moving forward. Let's get to work, together! ​
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There's a New Code in Town

There's a New Code in Town
The latest Code Enforcement Guide was recently mailed out to the residents of Belleair Beach. It states that "Most code enforcement actions are generated from complaints from our citizens." Why take chances? Something that may seem insignificant to you, could eventually lead to an awkward situation for all. Please take a few minutes to read the gui...
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Been Flagged? What's Next?

Been Flagged?  What's Next?
To get the ball rolling on the undergrounding project, many of the residents of Bellevue Estates were asked to grant easement rights to Duke Energy. Some signed and returned the document promptly, while others held off until they had a better idea of exactly what they were giving away. Eventually these surveyor flags and paint appeared in the yard....
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