Chris Arbutine

Mayor Chris Arbutine and Commissioners Suzy Sofer and Jack Nazario were re-elected by default when no one qualified to challenge them. Arbutine is currently the county’s longest-serving mayor, having held the position for 20 years.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — There will be no election in Belleair Bluffs this year after the City Commission passed a resolution Jan. 14 providing the results of the qualifying period for the March election.

Mayor Chris Arbutine and Commissioners Suzy Sofer and Jack Nazario were up for election and faced no opposition. They will begin new two-year terms on March 18.

There has been no election in the city since 2014, City Administrator Debra Sullivan said.

Arbutine said the lack of an election is good news for the city.

“We always listen, we make changes when needed. And the people are happy with us,” he said.

“It’s the continuity that keeps us together. We can make sound decisions,” Arbutine said. “I’m grateful that we have a great staff, a great commission and great residents.”

Sullivan said Arbutine, who is beginning his 10th term as mayor, is currently the county’s longest-serving mayor, having held the position for 20 years. He also served one year as commissioner.