NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Due to the late date of the municipal election on March 14, the Town of North Redington Beach held its March meeting a week later than usual on March 16.
Town Attorney Jay Daigneault officiated at the swearing in of the newly elected board members at the start of the meeting.
Mayor Bill Queen and Town Commissioner Gary Curtis both ran unopposed. Incumbent Commissioner Richard Bennett won his re-election bid against opponent Jeff Busch for Seat 1. Busch had previously served on the NRB Commission in the 1990s and left in 2003.
Queen is beginning his seventh term, having served the town as mayor since 2005. He is the administrative officer for the town and represents NRB as a member of the BIG-C, the Mayor’s Council of Pinellas County and the Florida League of Cities.
Curtis is now starting his 10th term as a commissioner, having served in that capacity since 1999. Curtis also functions as the town’s commissioner of safety.
Bennett originally won his first bid for commissioner Seat 1 against Thomas McCarthy in 2003 when Busch vacated Seat 1. During this year’s 2017 municipal election, Bennett defeated Busch for the seat Busch vacated back in 2003. Bennett is now in his 8th term and concurrently serves the town as building commissioner.
The newly sworn in board elected to keep Ted Dahl as vice mayor. Dahl is commissioner Seat 3 and is serving his 3rd term on the board.
The prior month’s regular and special meeting minutes passed during the consent agenda. Also the Flood Management Plan Annual Report for 2016 and the Florida Municipal Services Renewal Agreement for 2017-2018 passed as part of the consent agenda. There was no public input.
During old business, three ordinances passed on second and final reading.
The first was the amendment imposing a temporary moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing organizations within the town. The second amended new seawalls and caps to be built to 5.0 NGVD levels. The third amended the code to allow tight-fitting dumpster covers to be at the discretion of the town’s building official.
New business consisted of the appointment of John Mace to the Planning & Zoning Board for a two-year term ending in 2019. According to Town Clerk Mari Campbell, Mace is a town resident of Dolphin Drive who “applied last summer” to be on the PZB.