The property in question for Largo Referendum 2 sits right against Largo Central Park’s 31-acre Nature Preserve along the Long Bayou waterway.
Largo residents decide if the city should sell nearly 88 acres of a former landfill to a private developer. That developer is Lester “Les” Porter of Porter Development, who wants to turn Largo’s former landfill into a sprawling sports complex, water park, and tourist destination.
Referendum 2 will give residents the decision since Largo’s city charter requires voter approval for any sale over a half-acre. The property in question sits right against Largo Central Park’s 31-acre Nature Preserve along the Long Bayou waterway.
Nearby residents are concerned about its possible impacts on the preserve wildlife, including alligators, otters, protected gopher tortoises, and myriad bird species. Porter’s project is dubbed, ironically, “the Preserve.” Named exactly for the one thing Porter’s project won’t do.
Largo referendum 2—Selling city property for a potential recreational center: No
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue referendum 1—Approve a fire district tax: Yes
St. Petersburg referendum 1—Expansion of Dali Museum: Yes
St. Petersburg referendum 2—Authority to grant economic development tax exemption: No
St. Petersburg amendment 1—Change election schedule: No
St. Petersburg amendment 2—Change residency requirement for redistricting: Yes
Clearwater amendment 1—Bluff development project: Yes
Indian Shores amendment 1—Qualifications for office: Yes
Indian Shores amendment 3—Vice mayor rotation: No
Indian Shores amendment 4—Holding other offices: Yes
Indian Shores amendment 5—Charter offices: Yes
Madeira Beach amendment 1—Qualification and term of office: Yes
Madeira Beach amendment 2—Induction of newly elected member of board of commissioners: Yes
Treasure Island amendment 2—Signature requirement: Yes
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