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Petition Started To Recall St. Pete Beach Mayor

Jeff Janson, the former Corey Avenue Business Association President, has signed an online petition to get Mayor Steve McFarlin out of the St. Pete Beach City Hall.

After the events that transpired with the Swigwam not being allowed outdoor seating, some people have had enough of St. Pete Beach Mayor Steve McFarlin.

An online petition (which can be found here) to recall McFarlin from office in St. Pete Beach has been signed by Jeff Janson, the former Corey Avenue Business Association President, has started.

The petition is asking for registered voters in St. Pete Beach to sign in order to institute a vote for a recall on the next ballot or by special election.

The petition is not officially sanctioned or endorsed by the Corey Avenue Business Association, according to Kathi Hansen, the current president of CABA.

Part of the petition's stance reads as follows:

"(McFarlin's) behavior and decisions reflect a complete lack of understanding of the position he holds. He has repeatedly sent out insulting, abusive correspondence to the citizens he is supposed to represent. His continued service as Mayor places the City of St. Pete Beach in legal jeopardy, and is an ongoing liability and embarrassment to the Citizens of St. Pete Beach."

Currently, five people have signed up on the petition, including Janson. 

The petition started shortly after the decision to remove the outdoor drinking privilige of the Swigwam.

What do you think of the petition and Mayor McFarlin? Let us know in the comments.

Corey Crime July 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Jeff Janson, president of A Point of You Interior Design on Corey Ave. St Pete Beach has started a petition for the Recall of Mayor Steve McFarlin. This is Mr. Janson's LATEST attempt to try to keep the consumption of alcohol on a public sidewalk, where he feels it belongs. Mr. Janson is a known, and publicly admitted, "regular" of the Swigwam Bar. As has been witnessed by many, he spends numerous hours of the day and night outside that very bar consuming alcohol while walking around the Public sidewalk. The Swigwam Bar is located across the Avenue from Janson's business. Thus far, four of the five signers of Mr. Janson's petition include; Mr. Janson, (for obvious reasons), one anonymous, a man with an arrest record from 2010 with 2 counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and the bitter wife of the ousted EX-Mayor Finnerty. It is doubtful that Janson's petition will generate anything but embarrassment for those that support it. Mr. Janson, perhaps rather than spending numerous hours outside a bar and hurting the image of Corey Ave., your time would be best spent across the Avenue at your OWN business working on repairing your D MINUS Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Quite literally, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and stop hurting Corey Avenue with your foolish antics!
One St Pete Beach resident July 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Wow! So much hostility here. I would expect Mr. Janson to sue for slander.
Jeff Janson July 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Hello again, Bob. So now you are "Corey Crime", what happened to "Corey Cares"?
Corey Crime July 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
My comment on Mr. Janson's frivolous petition is to enlighten the reader as to Mr. Janson's motives and his background and the backgrounds of his PUBLIC supporters. Although my commentary may seem hostile, it contains factual, PUBLIC information that is backed up by verifiable documentation and public records. Mr. Janson needs to stop his destructive behavior, tend to his own business and make a PUBLIC apology to Mayor McFarlin. Should Mr. Janson feel justified in suing me over my commentary, it would be a lawsuit for libel, not slander. (Slander would apply for spoken commentary.) To prevail in a lawsuit, Mr. Janson would be required to prove that what I wrote is untrue. I do not anticipate his being able to accomplish that.
Jeff Janson July 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The online petition is not legally binding, but is useful in voicing one's opinion. A legally binding petition is can be signed by any resident and registered voter of St. Pete Beach. The petition is available at the Swigwam Beach Bar, or at A Point of You- Interior Design both located on Beautiful Corey Avenue, the heart of St. Pete Beach.
Corey Crime July 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Mr. Janson, your online profile indicates that you live in Tierra Verde, Florida. Other listings for you indicate your home address as 343 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach? It would seem to be strange and possibly illegal for you to live in your storefront at 343 Corey Ave. Since it is required by law that you provide your legal RESIDENTIAL address when registering to vote, please clarify your eligibility to sign your own petition. (Also, please clarify your eligibility to vote in St. Pete Beach's last election.) If you are or have been using your business address as your home address and have provided the Corey Ave. BUSINESS address when filling out your voter registration card, you have quite possibly committed a felony as defined by Florida State Laws. Below is copied from the Florida Voter Registration Card: Criminal Offense: It is a 3rd degree felony to submit false information. Penalties include fines up to $5,000 and/or up to 5 years of prison
Jester July 17, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Corey Crime is McFarlin himself. He attacks those who do not share his views.....even his own citizens. Sad behavior for a so-called mayor
Corey Crime July 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Mr. Janson - AGAIN, your RESIDENCY in the City of St. Pete Beach, FL seems to be in question? Please clear up any questions regarding your ELIGIBILITY, as a RESIDENT of St. Pete Beach, to cast a vote for your OWN petition. Additionally, please clarify your ELIGIBILITY, as a RESIDENT of St. Pete Beach, to vote in recent St. Pete Beach elections. If you are or have been using your business address as your home address and have provided the Corey Ave. BUSINESS address when filling out your voter registration card, you have quite possibly committed a felony as defined by Florida State Laws. Below is copied from the Florida Voter Registration Card: Criminal Offense: It is a 3rd degree felony to submit false information. Penalties include fines up to $5,000 and/or up to 5 years of prison
Jeff Janson July 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It has been a strange week. Yesterday one of the tires on my car was slashed while parked behind my shop. The Swigwam had a surprise visit from the ATF responding to an "Anonymous caller" complaint. The complaint was found to be without foundation and the case was closed by the investigator. Probably just a coincidence.
Corey Crime July 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mr. Janson - Perhaps you are a bit "under the weather", but your above comments have absolutely nothing to do with the story regarding YOUR petition to recall Mayor McFarlin. (Surely you are not suggesting that the Mayor had anything to do with your unfortunate flat tire?) Regarding inspections for bars, I would assume they would be a "surprise" inspection much like restaurant food inspections? It would not make sense for the State to alert bars, or restaurants, prior to inspection. As you wrote, "probably just a coincidence". If you are able to get back on topic, I ask you AGAIN, please answer the STILL unanswered questions regarding your legal residence and your eligibility to vote on the petition you created and your eligibility to vote in St. Pete Beach elections. Your repeated failure to address this important question could cause some to wonder if there is something going on that is not quite right? The Public has a right to know as do the signers of your petition. Please clear up this important question before it becomes an even bigger issue.
Sandyclaws July 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
All this talk makes me want to move my business to St Pete Beach where I can be a part of this frivilous banter.
Corey Crime July 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
FORMER SPB Commissioner Halpern hurls insults in a nasty and bitter posting on his Facebook page. As usual, Mr. Halpern fails to address the real issues of the laws that apply, public safety and the will of the people. Allan Halpern Robert well you finally got your way you have succeeded in protecting us from the evil Rob at the Swigwam. Even though your business on Corey failed and is closed you persist in your crusade to protect the citizens of St Pete Beach and create hate and discontent on Corey. You don't even live on St Pete Beach so what is your motive for your crusade. What did Rob do to piss you off??? By the way your views quality of life, public access and public safety can be very different from others, but you fail to see this and believe that everybody needs to have the same opinion as you. The one thing that is clear to me is that I don't welcome your continuing efforts to bring hate and discontent to Corey and I believe your business closing is a blessing to the Avenue as a whole and most merchants I speak with agree. Bob go home!
Jeff Janson July 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I think Al Halpern speaks for all who know the truth. He again demonstrates both the insight, and courage to speak with reason.
CitizenZero July 31, 2012 at 07:49 AM
I for one believe that Jeff Janson speaks freely and honestly, without fear of political nonsense or ridiculous claims against his character. If you have any doubts about this mans morals or motives, I suggest you stop by A Point of You (located at 343 Corey Ave.) or "The Swig" across the street, and start an informative dialog with him... I'm sure after speaking with him and others on Corey Ave. the truth will be clear as will the correct coarse of action moving forward. So please stop by, have a drink and lets resolve this thing like the kind and reasonable people that we are. And rest assured you'll find yourself among friends with open ears and open minds, no matter what your position is in this matter. After all we're all adults here...lets act like it.
CitizenZero July 31, 2012 at 08:14 AM
(continuation of my last post) ….and furthermore, for a man such as Jeff Janson to be ridiculed for defending his fellow small business owners is wrong in and of itself. Without people like Jeff who respectfully and truthfully stand up to the powers that be, what kind of city would we live in? For us to flourish, we must pull together as a community and exorcise our right to bring about change when change is needed. For those of you who are reluctant to put in your two cents worth, I urge you to reconsider. Sure this particular matter may be a drop in a much larger bucket, but it deserves our attention none the less. Respectfully, CitizenZero
Corey Crime July 31, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Mr. Janson, speaking of truth, since you brought up that subject, please inform us of the truth regarding your residency and your legal right to sign the petition you started and your right to vote in recent St. Pete Beach elections. Since you reference the importance of truth in your above posting, please have the courage to provide the truth. Please answer the STILL unanswered questions regarding your legal residence and your eligibility to vote on the petition you created and your eligibility to vote in SPB elections. Your repeated failure to address these important questions could cause some to wonder if there is something going on that is not quite right? It has been mentioned by some that you have "serious concerns" over this issue and that you have stated, (former) Commissioner Halpern had told you to use your Corey Ave. business address as your residential address to "allow" you to vote for him in the recent election(s) for City Commissioner. Please clear up these important legal questions before they become an even bigger issue for you and perhaps others. If you provided your Corey Ave. BUSINESS address as your RESIDENTIAL address when filling out your voter registration card, you have quite possibly committed a felony as defined by Florida State Laws.
judas frat August 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Funny thing about saint pete beach... Fraudulent election goes to so called dew Cadillac ceo son in law of owner steve mcfarlin.. house in foreclosure... wont pay child support..attempted murder on ex wife. SOLV save our little village .... actually means build monster high rise condos on residents taxes or SCREW OUR LITTLE VILLAGE. stick your head in the sand idiots, while marvin shivlan and lorraine khunt and Beverly whorette foock you till they get enough money to blow this shathole for Aruba or Bora Bora where they will blow Mitt Romney till eternity. You get what you are indifferent to. Reality
Corey Crime August 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Wow! Get back IN the BAR where you belong!
corey criminal September 09, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Corey Crime, typical response from a person that can not refute the truth. Attack a person and belittle. Cheap and easy. Sorry you don't have the intellect beyond a Rush Limbaugh listener to have a decent debate. Maybe you should get back to the bar or maybe you can't handle alcohol and would lose your mind.
Corey Crime September 09, 2012 at 07:24 AM
You jelous of Mcfarlins suciss
Corey Crime September 09, 2012 at 07:25 AM
dRINKEM bEER sWIGWAN LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Corey Crime September 09, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Bet you and shayniqua will have some 40's tonight
Corey Crime September 09, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Janson tell the sity about your dealing with PLAZA BEACH, how much did they pay you to say this shiat
Corey Crime September 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
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