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Results in from March 8 municipal elections
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PINELLAS COUNTY - Residents of Belleair, Belleair Beach, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Seminole and Treasure Island made their choices at the polls on Tuesday, March 8.

The unofficial results were posted quickly at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Web site with the first totals available just after 8:03 p.m. Tuesday. The polls closed at 7 p.m. Final tallies, including absentee ballots and excluding provisional ballots, from all county races were available at 9:45 p.m.

Belleair election results
The incumbents will keep their jobs, according to the unofficial results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Election's office Tuesday night.

At 8:03 p.m., results from the March 8 Belleair municipal election showed incumbent Mayor George E. Mariani Jr. Mariani on top by 218 votes. Mariani's total of the 1,600 ballots cast was 909, or 56.81 percent of the vote. His opponent, G. Michael Harris received 691 votes, or 43.19 percent.

In the race for city commission, incumbents Stephen R. Fowler and Gary H. Katica also received the most votes, according to the unofficial results.

Katica received the most votes, 931 or 29.82 percent. Fowler was in second place with 852 votes, or 27.29 percent. Rae Claire Johnson's share of the 3,122 votes cast was 715, or 22.90 percent. Robert G. Bender received 624 votes, or 19.99 percent.

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Belleair Beach election results
Rudy Davis will be the first mayor to serve under the city of Belleair Beach's new council-manager form of government.

According to unofficial results from the election's office, 73.41 percent, or 392, of the 534 total votes cast went to Davis. City Council member Bert Cutler received 26.59 percent, or 142 votes.

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Madeira Beach election results
Charles H. Parker will keep his job as mayor, according to the unofficial results from the election's office.

Of the 998 ballots cast for mayor at Tuesday's Madeira Beach Municipal Election, 593 or 59.42 percent went to the incumbent Parker. His opponent, former commissioner Doreen Moore received 405 votes, or 40.58 percent.

In the race for District 3 Commissioner, Art Thomas came out on top with 676 votes, or 68.35 percent of the 989 ballots cast. Jim Madden, former city manager, received 313 votes, or 31.65 percent.

Madeira Beach voters said yes to all seven of the ballot questions to amend the city's charter.

Question No. 1 received 848 yes votes, or 88.52 percent of the 958 ballots cast; and 110, or 11.48 percent, no votes. Question No. 1 amends the city's charter to give the city power to conduct business, to provide municipal services, to correct references to the Intra Coastal Waterway and to open to the public meetings of the Board of Commissioners.

Question No. 2 received 871 yes votes, or 90.17 percent of the 966 votes cast; and 95, or 9.83 percent, no votes. Question No. 2 clarifies that members of the Board of Commissioners are elected at-large, requires that commission candidates be city residents for two years and that commissioner's terms start with the first regular meeting following the election.

Question No. 3 received 869 yes votes, or 90.62 percent of the 959 votes cast; and 90, or 9.38 percent, no votes. Question No. 3 provides for non-partisan elections.

Question No. 4 received 824 yes votes, or 85.92 percent of the 959 votes cast, and 135, or 14.08 percent, no votes. Question No. 4 amends the charter to clarify the mayor's duties.

Question No. 5 received 852 yes votes, or 88.66 percent of the 961 votes cast; and 109, or 11.34 percent, no votes. Question No. 5 amends the charter to clarify the duties of the vice-mayor.

Question No. 6 received 728 yes votes, or 77.36 percent of the 941 votes cast; and 213, or 22.64 percent, no votes. Question No. 6 restricts the city commission from making decisions that are the responsibility of the city manager.

Question No. 7 received 760 yes votes, or 79.33 percent of the 958 votes cast; and 198, or 20.67 percent, no votes. Question No. 7 allows for travel reimbursements to be paid to members of the board of commissioners and the mayor.

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Redington Beach election results
Voters in Redington Beach said no to all three referendum questions on Tuesday's ballot.

No was the answer to Question No. 1, which would have given the mayor a pay raise. Of the 269 votes cast, 53.53 percent, or 144, were no; and 125 votes, or 46.47 percent, yes.

Voters also said no to a pay raise for the city commissioners. No votes totaled 54.65 percent, or 147, of the 269 ballots cast, and 122 votes, or 45.35 percent were yes.

The name of Town Park, on the corner of 164th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, will not be changed to 'The Ronald W. Memorial Park.' Of the 271 votes cast for question No. 3, 85.98 percent, or 233 were no. Only 38, or 14.02 percent, yes votes were counted.

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Seminole election results
Newcomer Dan Hester will join the incumbents serving on the Seminole City Council.

Hester, Jimmy Johnson and Patricia L. Hartstein received the largest totals of the 2,891 votes cast in the city commission race.

Johnson received the most votes, 903 or 31.23 percent. Hartstein received 734 votes, or 25.39 percent. Hester picked up 656, or 22.69 percent. Incumbent Pete Bengston received 598 votes, or 20.68 percent.

Seminole voters also approved all six questions concerning amendments to the city's charter.

Question No. 1 received 852 yes votes, or 77.45 percent of the 1,100 votes cast; and 248, or 22.55 percent, no votes. Question No. 1 will move the city's regular elections to the second Tuesday in March and increase the term of City Council members from two years to three years.

Question No. 2 received 944 yes votes, or 85.82 percent of the 1,100 votes cast; and 156, or 14.18 percent, no votes. Question No. 2 amends the city's charter so that the vice-mayor is selected at the second regular council meeting in March and gives the council member with the most seniority the role of acting mayor in the absence of both the mayor and the vice-mayor.

Question No. 3 received 1,055 yes votes, or 95.22 percent of the 1,108 votes cast; and 53, or 4.78 percent, no votes. Question No. 3 amends the charter to state that all meetings are public, except as allowed by state law.

Question No. 4 received 1,005 yes votes, or 92.97 percent of the 1,081 votes cast; and 76, or 7.03 percent, no votes. Question No. 4 makes it a requirement for the city manager to develop and keep current the code implementing ordinances and resolutions.

Question No. 5 received 1,033 yes votes, or 94.94 percent of the 1,088 votes cast; and 55, or 5.06 percent, no votes. Question No. 5 requires that runoff elections take place 45 days after the regular election on the second Tuesday in March.

Question No. 6 received 882 yes votes, or 81.37 percent of the 1,084 votes cast; and 202, or 18.63, votes no. Question No. 6 amends the charter to state that efforts will be made to appoint previous members to the city's charter review committee.

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Treasure Island election results
Residents of Treasure Island said yes to changes to the city's charter and voted to allow incumbent city commissioners to stay on the job another term, according to the unofficial results from the election's office.

In the race for District 1 Commissioner, Phil Collins picked up the majority, 66.98 percent, of the 633 votes cast, or 424 votes. Challenger Rick Taylor received 209 votes, or 33.02 percent.

In the race for District 3 Commissioner, Richard Kraus garnered 59.70 percent of the 670 ballots cast, or 400 votes. Challenger Carol Coward, received 270 votes, or 40.30 percent.

Voters said yes to all eight questions concerning amendments to the city's charter.

Question No. 1 received 1,744 yes votes, or 84.01 percent of the 2,076 votes cast; and 332, or 15.99 percent, no votes. Question No. 1 limits the city commission's abilities to sell, lease for more than 3 years, trade or gift parks and public waterfront land, without a four-fifths vote to approve by the commission and approval by public vote.

Question No. 2 received 1,715 yes votes, or 81.28 percent of the 2, 110 votes cast; and 395, or 18.72 percent, no votes. Question No. 2 would not allow the city's fire or police departments to be abolished or created without a three-fifths vote to approve by the commission and approval by public vote.

Question No. 3 received 1,720 yes votes, or 82.30 percent of the 2,090 votes cast; and 370, or 17.70 percent, no votes. Question No. 3 prevents the city commission from passing ordinances to "defeat or frustrate" pending citizen's initiatives or referendums.

Question No. 4 received 1,747 yes votes, or 84.76 percent of the 2,061 votes cast; and 314, or 15.24 percent, no votes. Question No. 4 amends the city's charter to clarify the definition of a resolution.

Question No. 5 received 1,635 yes votes, or 77.71 percent of the 2,104 votes cast; and 469, or 22.29 percent, no votes. Question No. 5 amends the city charter to define voting percentages to mean "a majority of those actually voting and not a majority of all who had the right to vote and applying retroactively to all charter provisions and ordinances."

Question No. 6 received 1,577 yes votes, or 75.49 percent of the 2,089 votes cast; and 512, or 24.51 percent, no votes. Question No. 6 reduces the signature and filing requirements for referendum petitions.

Question No. 7 received 1,746 yes votes, or 83.38 percent of the 2,094 votes cast; and 348, or 16.62 percent, no votes. Question No. 7 amends the charter to state that citizen enacted laws may only be changed by public vote.

Question No. 8 received 1,148 yes votes, or 54.72 percent of the 2,098 votes cast; and 950, or 45.28 percent, no votes. Question No. 8 amends land development regulations allowing for an increase in height limitations for residential and commercial structures.

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