REDINGTON BEACH – Two new members have joined the town’s Board of Adjustments. Darcy Bellemore and Joseph Fleish were sworn in at last week’s Town Commission meeting.
Both men had submitted applications prior to the meeting and when asked by Mayor Simons if either one preferred to serve on a full-time basis or as an alternate, neither one voiced a preference. The board then made a unanimous motion to nominate Bellemore to serve in a full time capacity and nominated Fleish to serve as the alternate.
“A Board of Adjustments appointment is one of the more important ones,” Mayor Nick Simons said as he congratulated both men.
The appointment comes about as a result of the recent death of BOA Vice Chairman Bud Fahs, whose term does not expire until July 2015. All BOA members serve for a three-year term.
Bellemore, a state utility contractor, is president of Bellmore Enterprises, an underground utility company, in Pinellas Park for 14 years. He attended Kennedy High School in Windsor, Ontario. A long-time Redington Beach resident, Bellemore told the commission, “I feel I would be unbiased and look at things pretty black and white. If I can help in any way, I’m here to do it.”
Fleish, who moved to the area from Detroit about a year-and-a-half ago, is a long-time contractor by trade and former administrator with the Detroit Public Schools. He holds a degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Although officially retired, he currently works at Pinellas County Job Corps Center in St. Petersburg as a trade instructor and in facility maintenance.
He described his qualifications as “protecting the codes of the city and appearance ... being a builder, I know what things can be done and can’t be done.”
He added, “My first introduction to the board was when I lived in an apartment down the street and came to a board meeting,” he added. “I saw them all come in shorts and sandals and I thought, ‘this is my kind of place.’”
The Board of Adjustments reviews zoning and building decisions regarding property within the town of Redington Beach. Appeals of the BOA’s decisions are heard and decided by the Town Commission.
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