Latest Plans – Preserve, Protect, & Promote

 

Preserve

  • Fiscal responsibility approach.
  • Low tax rates.

Protect

  • Quality of life
  • Emphasis on the entirety of Clearwater and ALL neighborhoods and families.
  • Our parks, trails, beaches, waterways, clean water and air.
  • Sustainability – Consider social, economic, and environmental impacts.

Promote

  • Ensure smooth transitions into a new City Manager and City Attorney.
  • Job creation and job growth.
  • Smart growth and development and work towards Clearwater being a smarter city.
  • Efficient & friendly business climate in Clearwater.

It’s bigger than winning an election…
It’s UNITING ALL of Clearwater.

 

 

Immediate challenges

The next few months are going to be a challenging time for Clearwater, because so many things need immediate attention. This challenging period in time presents Clearwater an immense opportunity to strengthen and UNITE our city.

Here is a short, partial list of Hot Topics in the campaign of TEAM MANNINO:

 

We need a new city manager

Our current city manager, Bill Horne, has served Clearwater since he was named general support services manager in 1998. But now he is soon retiring, and the city must find his replacement. It is certainly a challenge: the city manager oversees a workforce of nearly 1,800 employees and a budget that approaches $400 million. Ensuring a smooth transition period will allow for Clearwater to continue moving forward and will minimize the inevitable impacts of the learning curve associated with hiring a new city manager.

 

We will need to hire a new city attorney very soon

Like the city manager’s post, a critically important leadership position that must soon be replaced is our current, long tenured and effective city attorney who has very successfully and professionally represented Clearwater for two decades.

 

Who are we?

Clearwater is faced with an opportunity to re-define who we are as a collective city. It’s not enough to simply grind through the business of the day. The quality of our future as a city depends on our ability to distinctly see who we are, understand how we got to the place where we are, and the knowledge of how to effectively proceed.

Clearwater’s leaders have to be more than problem-solvers and administrators; they must also be visionaries.

 

 

Heal the things that divide us:

Our neighborhood communities need to come together. So does our business community. “We” and “they” offers no basis for a true community. Our strength is in our diversity. Let’s make the most of it.
 

 

“Livability”

At 41 years old, Mike Mannino has Clearwater’s FUTURE on your horizon. Being born and raised in Clearwater provides Mike Mannino a unique and valuable perspective of the entirety of our city. Clearwater is a bright and beautiful city that offers an abundance of opportunities for residents, businesses, and tourists. Elected leadership must comprehend the importance of balancing policies of “Destination” with policies of “Livability”. Our city is witnessing a period in time of a fractured and disconnected city. Some neighborhoods and families are expressing the perceptions of not being heard or valued. Mike Mannino hears your voices and understands the importance of Clearwater having safe, healthy, strong and vibrant neighborhoods and a quality of life that is not just protected but also enhanced.

 

Business

Business is the backbone of Clearwater, as it is the backbone of all communities.
Our businesses provide goods and services; needed tax revenue; jobs; and opportunities.
Those are the practical benefits of our businesses. But there is something even more important. Businesses provide a way for people to realize their dreams. Talk to anyone who runs a restaurant, a souvenir shop, a bed & breakfast or a plumbing business, and chances are they will tell you a new version of an old story:


“I was working at a job, but I was dreaming of what I really wanted to do with my life. I worked hard to make that dream come true, and now it has!”

They are wonderful stories, and those businesses contribute so much to our community. Clearwater’s policies should reflect the city’s desire to help and ingratiate and nurture the development of new businesses, and stimulate the growth of the businesses that already call Clearwater home. Unfortunately, many of our business people don’t believe this is consistently happening. They see the interaction and navigation of city processes as adversarial and even oppositional rather than cooperative and supportive.

An adversarial reputation will keep existing businesses from locating in Clearwater, just as it will discourage the establishment of new, homegrown businesses.

Some of this may be solved through adjustments of attitudes and culture. But it is also true that some of our city’s internal departments are understaffed and overburdened. That is something we can change, and I am committed to bring about that change.

A vote for Mike Mannino is a vote for building a re-defined Clearwater that works for ALL of us!

 

 

Connect our history to our future:

Where we end up going as a community will depend in no small part on how well we understand where we have been. Clearwater has a rich, colorful past. Let’s celebrate that. Let’s build upon it.

 

Tourism

The word “tourism” comes up very early in any conversation about Florida’s economy, or its economic future. That’s true here in Clearwater, just as it is true in most other areas of the state, especially around the coastal rim.

After all, we have much to offer to tourists. We have been awarded the best beach anywhere in the world. We have wonderful nature parks, trails, and green spaces. And, of course, we are abutted by the Gulf of Mexico.

We have been attracting tourists for a very long time. The rail lines that were built to haul citrus to the northern states in the late 1800s were the same rail lines that brought visitors who were anxious to escape the northern cold. That led to the construction of fine hotels and lodges back in those early days, and the same high quality can be found in the hotels that now inhabit Clearwater real estate.

Tourism is Florida’s primary industry, and it brings 40 million visitors and $40 billion dollars in revenue to our state every year. A portion of that comes right here, to the Clearwater area.
If we want that to continue, our local policy makers must develop and support policies that make it happen. That means a modern and efficient infrastructure; the beautification of our city; a great transportation system; events that excite residents and tourists alike; and policies that encourage the establishment of businesses that serve tourists as well as residents.
Perhaps most important, it means working with – and listening to – our local residents and business people who make their living in the tourism industry. That is what I will do on the Clearwater City Council.

 

Environment

Is the environment a top-level priority for local government? Is it, or should it be, a front-tier issue for the Clearwater City Council? After all, there is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well. Isn’t that where environmental concerns are confronted, and managed?

We live in an increasingly global and interconnected world. Thinking globally and acting locally must extend to local leadership. Sustainability means more than economic measures – it must extend as well to those things that have social and environmental impact. The important role of Clearwater’s Sustainability and Environmental Coordinators must be supported by Clearwater’s elected leadership. The city must institute political and fiscal tools to accomplish the task of protecting and preserving our environment. The governmental processes must identify and prioritize environmentally impacted projects, policies, and plans. It should commit to enhancing community involvement in the regulatory process, use comprehensive area-wide planning to promote equitable development, and establish environmental impact assessments.

While many of the legal responsibilities may lie elsewhere, Clearwater owes much of its popularity and success to a remarkable, sunshine-drenched environment that has drawn people from many other locales for more than a century. Just as our past has depended on warmth, bright sunshine, mild winters and a bountiful Gulf of Mexico, so too does our future.
The people entrusted with making wise policy decisions about our city must never forget how much of an impact the environment has on our success. It has always been so, and will continue to be so in the future.

People who come here, either to visit or to live, will continue to come only if they have confidence that Clearwater’s environment will be what it has been. They may decide to go elsewhere if they fear bacteria in the Gulf’s waters, or red tide, or spills of crude oil, or rising water levels.
Residents and visitors alike expect clean air, clean water, and an overall environment that encourages good health. I expect no less. Responsible environmental standards will guide my actions as an elected leader on the Clearwater City Council.

It is time to re-define our city, look to our past, and re-claim our values and principles.

 

 

Listen!

The people of Clearwater are speaking about what they want their city to be. Let’s listen to that. We shouldn’t be developing new policies to guide our future until we consider the voices of Clearwater’s people – ALL of the people. We should never alienate the very people we need on Clearwater’s team. Turning those independent opinions into policies that serve everyone should be the light that guides us.

Listening is the easy part, understanding the fundamentals of how we got here is the hard part, and electing leadership that can positively affect change is the challenge.