2020 » Madeira Beach » Madeira Beach Mayor » Presidential Primary and Municipal Election
John B. Hendricks
% of Votes
1. Recreational Enterprises Inc. 2.Travel Recreation Inc. 3. Plastics Development Corporation (Sun Oil subsidiary) 4. Anheuser-Busch Inc. 5. Pinellas County Board of Realtors
1. Florida Junior College at Jacksonville 2. Madeira Beach Citizens Academy 3. Pinellas County Citizens University 4. Florida Real Estate School
1. Archibald Park Beautification Committee 2. Bid Review Committee 3. Budget Review Committee 4. Charter Review Committee 5. Civil Service Commission (Chairman)
All candidates in this race were asked the same questions by the League of Women Voters.
What do see as the Mayor's unique leadership role on the Commission? What in your personal or professional experience distinguishes you from your opponent and makes you the better choice for Madeira Beach voters? (400 character limit)
As Mayor, I will be prepared and know the facts before a Meeting. This is the purpose of a “workshop.” A true “workshop” will come back, so that Topics can be discussed prior to a Board of Commissioners Meeting. I would like to see these workshops held in the evenings, so that all Citizens can attend.
In the past three years, several high-profile city administrative positions have seen high turnover. If elected, how will you work with the City Commission and other leadership to demonstrate to voters that their city government can professionally and effectively manage City affairs? (400 character limit)
In past years, we have had many occasions where City Administrators have chosen political sides. This has to stop. While the Charter Officers work for the Commission, they also work for the Citizens of Madeira Beach. They must help guide the city on a straight path favoring Madeira Beach, not special interests.
Climate change and the associated increase in extreme weather is considered one of the top issues for the state of Florida. Considering the city's economic dependence on tourism, what actions should the City Commission take to protect its fragile shorelines, improve resiliency and promote sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
Climate change is important to all of us. While it is controlled by Man and Nature, we must do our part as an example of what man can do to reduce their environmental footprint. Where practical, it is time for city vehicles to be powered by electricity. We should search out grant money to help the city and local residents go solar.
Commissioners recently decided to remove building height restrictions from the ordinance that regulates planned development projects. Would you support revisiting this decision and reinstating height restrictions on future development? Please explain.(400 character limit)
If a building is damaged by fire or natural disaster with old restrictions the homeowners would have been prevented from rebuilding their home. I support homeowners being able to rebuild their homes, but would never support a project that mirrors what has happened in Clearwater Beach. What I would like to see is reasonable development that preserves green space for the citizens.
What are your top two priorities for the city? What actions will you take to address each priority within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
Wasteful Spending is one item that I will address right away. We need to generate revenue for the city without raising property taxes or parking rates, and cut spending. We will make sound decisions on loans, and address the $1,000,000 Balloon payment soon due on the $15,000,000 loan. That puts us in the red by $14,000,000 before the storm sewer project starts.