NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Re-elected after running unopposed, Mayor Bill Queen, Commissioner Seat 1 Richard Bennett and Commissioner Seat 2 Gary Curtis were each sworn in for another term on March 14.
Queen is now in his eighth term as mayor, having served in that capacity since 2005. He represents the town as a member of three organizations: the BIG-C (Barrier Islands Governmental Council), Mayor’s Council of Pinellas County, Inc., and Florida League of Cities.
Bennett began his first term as commissioner Seat 1 in 2003 and is now serving his ninth term on the Board of Commissioners. Curtis is starting his 11th term, and is the longest serving commissioner, having been first elected in 1999.
The Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to maintain the same supervisory areas they held in 2018. Queen is the administrative officer, Bennett is the building commissioner, and Curtis is the commissioner of public safety. Seat 3 Commissioner Ted Dahl will continue as vice mayor and Commissioner Seat 4 Commissioner Kevin Kennedy will continue as commissioner of public works.
Town attorney Jay Daigneault officiated the installation of the Board of Commissioners at the beginning of the town hall meeting.
In other town matters:
• Commissioners approved a two-year agreement between the Town of North Redington Beach and the law firm of Trask-Daigneault, LLP.
Daigneault has served as the town’s attorney for the past six years. The agreement remains essentially the same as the current one with the exception of “a modest increase in the hourly rate from $170 per hour to $175 per hour (for attorneys’ fees),” said Daigneault.
Also during miscellaneous business, Mayor Queen announced congratulations to resident Kaie Latterner for being recently installed as the Estonian consul in North Redington Beach.
“It’s quite an honor,” said the mayor.