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Candidate reply

Safety Harbor candidate responds

By Times Staff
Published March 1, 2005

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was received from Andy B. Steingold, a candidate for the Safety Harbor City Commission, in response to the St. Petersburg Times ' editorial recommendation of his opponent, Debbie White. The election is March 8.

Andy Steingold

Thank you for your recent editorial. Although a candidate's resume is of importance, the voters have a right to know where each candidate stands on the issues.

I have been proudly endorsed by the Safety Harbor firefighters because I believe one of our city's fundamental responsibilities is to keep us safe in our homes. They know I won't let down our residents and will see to it that our city's Fire Department is appropriately staffed with updated equipment.

On Sept. 7, 2004, I would have supported an additional $15,000 homestead exemption for our seniors. Our seniors on fixed incomes deserve the additional exemption.

While I strongly support the redevelopment of our downtown area, I am against lining our bay shore with six-story condominiums. Our city needs a voice on the commission that has not been influenced by developers, so that redevelopment remains within the character of our town (three-story limit).

There are 50-plus neighborhood associations that make up Safety Harbor, and many of their issues have been overlooked. One of the neighborhoods overlooked is Briar Creek. For years, Briar Creek has been trying to get a traffic light so its residents may safely exit and enter off of McMullen-Booth Road. I will work to establish a neighborhood association committee to get these neighborhood issues before the commission, including Briar Creek's traffic light issue.

Our commission is conducting a $50,000 study on adding 37 boat slips to our marina at a cost of $740,000. Although I own a boat, I do not believe it is fiscally responsible to spend $740,000 of our tax dollars on 37 boat owners. I will keep a watchful eye on how our tax dollars are spent and make sure they are spent on improving our quality of life.

Over the past 17 years I have volunteered with the Guardian Ad Litem program, Project SERVE and Channel 13's Ask-a-Lawyer. I have served as vice president of the Safety Harbor Museum board of directors and president of the Huntington Trails Homeowners Association. I ask for your vote on March 8.

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