The future of Palmetto Bay will hinge upon your vote, or lack of participation, in the November 25 run-off election as Palmetto Bay residents will choose between founding mayor, Eugene Flinn and current mayor, Shelley Stanczyk. Council Seat 3 is between two first-time candidates, Larissa Siegal Lara and Henry Clifford.
In the mayor’s race, November 4, voters chose the familiar. Flinn, 52, who served as mayor from 2002-2010, and was heavily involved in Palmetto Bay incorporation. Finn garnered more than 30% of the vote, while Stanczyk, 65, received just over 25%. In District 3, Siegel Lara garnered almost 44% of the vote to Clifford’s 36%. Since the Village’s charter requires a winning candidate to receive 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff. Both Flinn and and Stanczyk have eight years’ service on the Palmetto Bay Council. It would be the third term of office for both.
The District 1 seat was decided on November 4th. Karyn Cunningham defeated David Zisman. It is very important to vote November 25. We have an opportunity to turn the corner in Palmetto Bay politics. The constant bickering among council members has to end as it has spilled over into the entire Palmetto Bay community. The next council must work together. They must accomplish important initiatives in parks – to provide greater public access to Thalatta Park and bring back playground equipment for older children at Coral Reef. They should bring about public works initiatives to avert the flooding seen in recent storms and continue the traffic calming efforts begun in Flinn’s previous administration. The Village’s permitting system must be brought back online once again. Importantly, the future council will make decisions regarding the proposed fire stations. No one seems to want to see 42 homes be built in the previously undisturbed buffer land at the Palmetto Bay Village Center (former Burger King headquarters).
For the above reasons, it is essential, while you are planning your Thanksgiving dinner or seeing children’s and grandchildren’s Thanksgiving pageants, that you take time out to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no early voting. This election is too important to ignore.