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Starkey, Davis Take Seats on City Council

The two newcomers got down to business Tuesday, April 16 as incumbent council members gave up their seats.

Jeff Starkey and Chopper Davis took their seats on the New Port Richey City Council Tuesday, April 16.  

38, and Davis, 65, beat out five other contenders for a spot on the board in the April 9 election.

Mayor Bob Consalvo swore them in. Then the two outgoing city council members stepped down from their seats.

One of those outgoing city council members was Rob Marlowe, who sat on the council six years. He chose not to run for re-election April 9.

The other was Bob Langford, who has several years as a councilmember under his belt. He initially said he was not going to run for re-election and then entered his name into the race.  

He did not receive enough votes to keep a seat on the council.

As he left the dais Tuesday, Langford talked about how much he enjoyed working with the city during his time on council.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but mainly ups, and it has all been great,” he said.

Starkey and Davis bring business experience to the board. Davis has extensive experience in sales and is former owner of Jilly's bar in downtown New Port Richey. Starkey is owner of Great Florida Insurance. 

The two new council members appeared eager to get down to business.

The issue of crime was a tent pole of Starkey’s campaign, and he said Tuesday he would like the city consider a chronic nuisance ordinance that would give the city a tool to address problem motels.

He would like to see that come before the council and implemented “as soon as possible."

“We’re talking about redevelopment on U.S. 19, and yet we still have motels housing prostitutes and drug dealers right in front of our eyes when I drive home every day with my family,” Starkey said.

Interim city manager Susan Dillinger said the city is working on drafting that but also needs a special magistrate ordinance, which would create a supplemental code enforcement process for the city. She is working with the city of the St. Pete Beach to tackle how to handle that.

Davis also focused on the busy U.S. 19 corridor in his first meeting.

During an update from the Pasco Economic Development Council on its efforts to market the city, Davis talked about working with the Florida Department of Transportation on the redesign to the U.S. 19 corridor.

“We just need to identify New Port Richey on 19,” he said.

Hugh April 18, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Looks like we are starting off headed in the right direction. The phrase "Chronic nuisance ordinance" is like music to my ears.
Nancy MacDonald April 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Sounds good to me too. Thanks guys!
Samuel Clemens April 19, 2013 at 04:08 AM
I sincerely hope Starkey doesn't become a "politician." . . .“We’re talking about redevelopment on U.S. 19, and yet we still have motels housing prostitutes and drug dealers right in front of our eyes when I drive home every day with my family,” Starkey said. I hope all remember many of these people are victims and diseased. If the remedy is to simply arrest all of them with no want to actually rehabilitate, then the outcome will surely be a large failure. If you wanted to really do something for these people and the community, then do something...........locking them up for a few days or weeks doesn't change their situation at all, in fact it worsens it. The freakin Patch is advertising an outstanding warrant for a female who possessed a few substances. This is not the answer. People are wondering what to do with the Hacienda.....perhaps NPR can become a shiny beacon for the rest of the localities..........open some type of a rehabilitation center in the Hacienda. The "druggies" already exist in the area, why not provide place to help and give hope. I have no idea what would go into an idea such as this, but I imagine if the city got the various faith based congregations in the area to help, the city would be able to avoid funding the proposal. All I know is I abhor those who bash the downtrodden in our area. These people need help, not cuffs on the wrist.
Hugh April 19, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Nobody is taking about setting out to "arrest all of them". I think you had a knee jerk reaction and failed to grasp the concept of a "Chronic Nuisance Ordinance". Such an ordinance targets nuisance properties and in some cases tenants. In this case, Jeff Starky specifically pointed out the problem motels that litter US 19 and turn a blind eye to what occurs on their premises. Now, if you cannot admit that there are any problem motels on US 19 then there is no need to continue this conversation any further.

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