FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Where is City Hall?
A: City Hall is at 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Telephone (727) 391-9951.
Q: Where is the Recreation Center?
A: The Recreation Center is located at 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Telephone (727) 392-0665.
Q: Where is the Fire Department?
A: The Fire Department is located next to City Hall at 250 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Telephone (727) 391-3400.
Q: Where is the Municipal Marina?
A: The Municipal Marina is located at 503 – 150th Avenue, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Telephone (727) 399-2631
Q: Where is the library and what are its hours?
A: The Gulf Beaches Public Library’s address is 200 Municipal Drive, across the street from City Hall. The library hours are:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- There are no Sunday hours
Telephone (727) 391-2828
Q: What are the responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners?
A: The Board is the legislative and governing body of the City of Madeira Beach. The members establish policies and make decisions to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the City.
Q: What are the responsibilities of the Mayor?
A: The Mayor presides at all meetings, has voice and vote in the proceedings of the Board, and is the official head of the city for the serving of civil process and for ceremonial purposes.
Q: How many Board members are there and how long do they serve?
A: The Board consists of five (5) members elected by the residents of the city. Four (4) of the members are from each of the four commission districts and the fifth member is the Mayor. The Mayor is elected for a three-year term, and the Commissioners are elected for a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms one can serve.
Q: When are Board member elections held?
A: The elections are non-partisan and are held on the first regular meeting following the election.
- Elections for Commission Districts One (1) and Two (2) are held in even-numbered years.
- Elections for Commission Districts Three (3) and Four (4) are held in odd-numbered years.
Q: Who are the current Board of Commissioners Members?
A: Effective April 8th, 2014, the members are:
- Travis Palladeno, Mayor
- Nancy Hodges, Vice-Mayor/Commissioner District 2
- Terry Lister, Commissioner District 1
- Elaine Poe, Commissioner District 3
- Pat Shontz, Commissioner District 4
Q: How can I become a candidate to seek a position on the Board of Commissioners?
A: Pick up a candidate packet from City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, if you meet the following requirements:
- You have been a resident of Madeira Beach for two years prior to the date of application.
- You are over 18 years old.
- You have been a resident of Madeira Beach for two years prior to the date of application.
- You have lived in the district for which you are seeking election a minimum of six (6) months prior to the date of application.
- You are over 18 years old.
Applicants must prepare petition cards – the city provides an example – and secure signatures from a minimum of fifty (50) registered voters.
If you are an applicant for commissioner, your petitions must come from voters in your geographical district. If you are a mayoral applicant, you petitions may come from voters citywide. No registered voter can sign more than two (2) petitions: one from the voter’s district and one for a mayoral candidate.
If you obtain only the minimum number (50) of petitions, a $50 filing fee is required. If you get twice the minimum number, the fee is waived.
Take the completed candidate packet, the petition cards, and the filing fee (if needed) to the City Clerk at City Hall.
The Municipal Elections take place annually on the second Tuesday in March. Elections for Commission Districts One and Two take place in even-numbered years. Elections for Commission Districts Three and Four take place in odd-numbered years. The term for the Commissioner of Districts is for two years. The term for Mayor will for three years, allowing the seat to alternate with the Commissioners’ elections.
Elected Officials take office on the first regular meeting following the election. On the second Tuesday in April the Commission members select a Vice-Mayor.
Contact the City Clerk’s Office at (727) 391-9951 x 231 for more information.
Q: When does the Board of Commissioners meet?
A: The fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. is a Board of Commissioners Workshop, which is held in the Auditorium at City Hall located at 300 Municipal Drive. The Regular Board of Commissioners meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at City Hall. They are televised live on Bright House Networks Cable TV Channel 615 as well as streamed live over the Internet.
Q: How can I get an agenda for a Commission meeting?
A: An agenda is available at City Hall on the Friday before the Tuesday meeting and is posted on our website at the following link: Board of Commission Agendas
Q: How can I speak at a Commission meeting?
A: You can address the Board during the Citizen Forum on any subject of interest not on the agenda. You limit your comments to three minutes. You can also speak on agenda items. The Board reviews the staff presentation, discusses the item, and then opens the meeting for public input. You speak from the podium after stating your name and address for the record and stating whether you represent a group or organization. Your comments are limited to three (3) minutes. After everyone has commented, the public-hearing portion closes, and the Board decides the matter.
Q: What is the Sunshine Law?
A: To find out about the Florida Government-in-the-Sunshine Law please visit
Q: How do I find out information about the State of Florida Commission on Ethics?
A: To find out about the State of Florida Commission on Ethics please visit
Q: What are the regulations for public consumption of alcoholic beverages on the beach?
A: You are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on the beach, but not in glass containers. The exceptions to the regulations are:
- Beach-access easements
- Kitty Stuart Park
- Picnic shelter at Archibald Park, which extends 20 feet in all directions from the outer edge of the picnic shelter
Q: Are bonfires allowed in the City of Madeira Beach?
A: NO fires are allowed on the beach.
Q: What are the restrictions on garage sales?
A: Garage sales may last no more than three (3) consecutive days. They must take place in daylight hours and are limited to three (3) times a year at any one address. No permit is required. We also have a City Wide Garage Sale in March. To find out more information, contact City Hall at (727) 391-9951.
Q: What are the regulations regarding signs in the City?
A: All signs in the City, including permanent or temporary signs such as banners, balloons, pennants, etc., require a Permit before construction or display can take place. For more information, contact the City of Madeira Beach Planning and Zoning Director at (727) 391-9951 x 255.
Q: What is a Code Enforcement Hearing?
A: The Board of Commissioners appoints a Special Magistrate to review and take action on code cases. The Special Magistrate has the authority to impose administrative fines and other non-criminal penalties to enforce Codes and Ordinances. Meetings are at City Hall on the second Wednesday of each month when there are cases to be heard.
Q: Whom do I contact about Code Violations or unsafe conditions in homes or businesses?
A: Residents may file complaints about unsafe conditions in businesses or residences by contacting the Code Enforcement Officer at (727) 391-9951 x 295.
Q: Where can I review a copy of the City Ordinances?
A: All Madeira Beach ordinances are available at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall located at 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708 or can be found online at www.municode.com. The Code of Ordinances can also be found electronically on the Code Enforcement and Office of the City Clerk pages.
Q: Whom do I contact about stray animals?
A: Contact Pinellas County Animal Control at (727) 582-2600 x 228.
Q: To whom do I report a stolen bicycle?
A: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
Q: Whom do I contact about bidding procedures?
A: The Finance Director at (727) 391-9951 x 230.
Q: What is the name of the local cable television company?
A: Bright House Networks (727) 329-5020 or DirectTV (855) 463-7359.
Q: Where can I get employment information for the City?
A: For job openings, contact the Assistant City Manager/Finance Director at (727) 391-9951 x 230.
Q: To whom do I report excessive noise complaints?
A: All excessive noise complaints go to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
Q: To whom do I report potholes?
A: Department of Transportation (727) 570-5101:
- State-owned Roads
- Gulf Boulevard
- Tom Stuart/ Welch/Madeira Beach Causeway (150th Avenue)
Public Works (727) 399-2631:
- City-owned Roads
Q: To whom do I report a lot that needs cleaning?
A: The City requires that all property owners keep vacant and occupied lots free of debris, trash, overgrown grass (no more than 6″), and weeds. To report an unkempt lawn or lot, contact the Code Enforcement Officer at (727) 391-9951 x 295.
Q: Whom do I contact regarding rodent control?
A: The Pinellas County Environmental Health Department at (727) 893-2213.
Q: To whom do I report problems about traffic signals?
A: Report any problems with traffic signals to Pinellas County Traffic Control (727) 464-8987.
Q: To whom do I report a fallen tree or debris removal?
A: If a City-owned tree falls on public property, the City removes it. If a privately owned tree falls on public or private property, the owner removes it. For information on tree removal, contact the Planning and Zoning Director at (727) 399-2631.
Q: Whom do I contact with questions about utilities?
A: If you have question about your electrical services, call Progress Energy – Customer Services at (727) 443-2641. If you have a question about your water and reclaimed water service, call Pinellas County Water at (727) 464-4000.
Q: Where can I get information on zoning for land use?
A: Contact the City of Madeira Beach Community Development Department at (727) 391-9951 x 255.
Q: Where can I obtain mulch?
A: Mulch is available free of charge. You may pick up mulch at the southeast corner of Bicentennial Park, at 150th Avenue, west of the schools.
Q: When do I need a building permit?
A: The City of Madeira Beach Building Department reviews all plans, issues permits, and inspects all construction work in the City of Madeira Beach. This includes fences, driveways, pavers and concrete slabs. The purpose of the review and inspection is to ensure compliance with all codes and ordinances. Building permits are required for new construction, additions, interior alterations, in-ground and above-ground pools, roofing, fences, signs, patio covers, garages, sheds, driveways, sidewalks, and work on electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and gas systems.
Contact the City of Madeira Beach Community Services Department – Permit Technician Patty Kordis at (727) 391-9951 x 246 for more information.
Q: What will the Building Official look for in the first review?
A: Building Code Regulations: Determine whether proposed remodeling complies with the Building Code Regulations. Fire Code Regulations: Determine whether you have installed a 2A-10BC Fire Extinguisher. A licensed Extinguishing Company must service and tag this extinguisher. To learn how to install this fire extinguisher properly or whether you need more extinguishers, contact the Madeira Beach Fire Department at (727) 391-3400. After you satisfy the zoning regulations and the fire and building-code requirements, you complete the application for local business tax.
Q: Do I need a permit to install a burglar or fire alarm?
A: Yes, home owners or companies installing burglar alarms in residences or businesses in the City must get a permit. Contact the City of Madeira Beach Building Department at (727) 391-9951 x 246 for more information.
Q: Do I need a permit to install a fence?
A: All new or replacement fences require a permit from the City of Madeira Beach and a survey.
Q: Where can I obtain more information about permits needed in the City?
A: Before you erect, demolish, construct, repair, or structurally alter a building or change the use of a building or lot, you must apply for a Building Permit. You need to complete an application and supply a detailed statement of the specifications and plans. You can get an Application for Building Permits at the City of Madeira Beach Building Department.
If you are not sure whether your project requires a permit, contact the City of Madeira Beach Building Department – Permit Technician Patty Kordis at (727) 391-9951 x 246.
Q: Are permits required for solicitation?
A: Permits are required for any solicitation in the City. For more information, contact the City of Madeira Beach Planning and Zoning Director at (727) 391-9951 x 255.
Q: Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
A: You must get a permit from the City of Madeira Beach before you remove any tree, including a tree on private property. For more information, contact the City of Madeira Beach Public Works at (727) 399-2631.
Q: To whom do I report an illegal discharge in the sewer system?
A: To report illegal discharges to the storm sewer system (i.e., ditches, drainage inlets, manholes, detention ponds, lakes, etc.) or for information on illegal discharges, contact the Pinellas County hotline at (727) 464-5060 and also Public Works at (727) 399-2631.
Q: Whom do I contact to report problems about streets?
A: The Community Services Department maintains all streets except State-maintained Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue (Tom Stuart/Welch/Madeira Beach Causeway). To report problems with any City street, contact the Public Works at (727) 399-2631. To report any problem on the two State-maintained streets, contact the Department of Transportation at (727) 570-5101.
Q: Whom do I contact about street or sewer flooding?
A: For information on street or storm-drainage flooding, contact Public Works at (727) 399-2631. If one suspects a sewer flood/emergency contact Pinellas County (727) 464-4000.