Mayor Bill Queen, center, presents new commissioner Kevin Kennedy, right, with a plaque for service on town boards. Newly installed vice mayor Ted Dahl is on the left.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Town Attorney Jay Daigneault swore in Ted Dahl and Kevin Kennedy as commissioners for Seats 3 and 4, respectively, at the March 13 North Redington Beach Town Commission meeting.
This will be Dahl’s second term in office and Kennedy’s first. Both commissioners ran unopposed. Kennedy is filling Seat 4 that was open as a result of former Commissioner Curtis Blocker’s retirement.
Kennedy is neither new to public service nor new to the area. A native Floridian, Kennedy graduated from Largo High School and has been an employee at Beach Services West for 25 years. He moved to North Redington Beach from Seminole in 2000 and became an NRB property owner in 2004. Kennedy lives with his wife Amy, three dogs and a cat.
Mayor Bill Queen presented Kennedy with a plaque for his service on two town boards – the Beach Advisory Board from 2011 to 2012 and the Planning and Zoning Board from 2012 to 2014. Kennedy has also served on the Boat Parade Committee for the last two years.
After the swearing in ceremony, the mayor’s proposed areas of supervisory responsibilities for each of the commissioners were accepted. Ted Dahl is vice mayor, Richard Bennett is in charge of building, Gary Curtis’ area is police, and Kevin Kennedy’s area is public works.
In other action, four ordinances passed on their second and final reading during old business.
They included a clarification of penalties for violations of the town ordinances, a provision for penalties involving violations of sandwich signs, a modification of temporary directional portable signs, and a height restriction on detached structures.
During miscellaneous business, Mayor Bill Queen made several announcements.
The bridge at Park Boulevard will be closed for the month of June for refurbishment. Curtis was recognized for his recent retirement from teaching after 35 years.
Bennett announced the Food For Thought fundraiser for the Gulf Beaches Public Library will take place Saturday, April 5, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center. There will be live music and food from local restaurants. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the event.
Before the meeting was adjourned, Kennedy was welcomed and a farewell was given to Blocker who was present.
Dahl said that he has known Blocker for 10 years. “When I grow up, I wanted to be just like you (Blocker),” Dahl said.