Bill Queen 2016

Mayor Bill Queen was re-elected by default recently when no one challenged him for his seat on the commission.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Town commissioners Jan. 10 adopted a resolution to cancel the municipal election scheduled for March 12.

The election was canceled because the mayor and commissioners for seats 1 and 2 were unopposed in their election bid.

By the end of the qualifying period on Dec. 21, no one had come forward to challenge those offices currently held by Mayor Bill Queen; Commissioner Richard Bennett, Seat 1, and Commissioner Gary Curtis, Seat 2. They will be sworn in for two-year terms in March.

First elected in 2005, Queen will be serving his eighth term on the commission beginning in March. Queen currently serves on the Barrier Islands Government Council, the Mayor’s Council of Pinellas County and the Florida League of Cities.

Bennett will be serving his ninth term in Seat 1. Bennett was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2003.

Commissioner Curtis will be serving his 11th term. Curtis, the longest-serving member currently on the board, was first elected in 1999.

In other matters

• During public comment, John Messmore requested the minutes from the Sept. 13, 2018, meeting be amended. Messmore requested that the statement, “… and added he would sue the town if it was passed” be removed and replaced with the verbatim statement he provided from the notes taken by his stenographer. Queen noted Messmore’s request, but no motion was made to amend the minutes.

• The mayor announced that the three Redingtons would each be holding a free movie in the park in March. The towns have agreements with the vendor that include free popcorn with each movie. Residents are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and coolers.

North Redington Beach will be showing “Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle” (rated PG-13) at Radcliffe Park, Bath Club Boulevard South. Bath Club Circle, on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. Redington Beach will show “The Incredibles 2” (rated PG) at Friendship Park, 105 164th Ave. E., on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Redington Shores will show “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (rated PG) at Constitution Park, 18214 Gulf Blvd., on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

• The mayor provided updates regarding local North Redington Beach news. The Sandalwood Hotel that closed May 31, 2017, is being repaired and rebuilt where needed after FEMA evaluated the damage, and the hotel is slated to reopen this summer.

The mayor spoke with a representative of Redington Village, who is checking the pricing on the pilings which “is to go forward in the next month,” Queen said.