Vote 'No' on Largo recreation center referendum, plus more Pinellas amendment endorsements

click to enlarge The property in question for Largo Referendum 2 sits right against Largo Central Park’s 31-acre Nature Preserve along the Long Bayou waterway. - Porter Development
Porter Development
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
See all of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's election 2022 endorsements on this handy ballot cheat sheet.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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