Challenger, now commissioner waves, campaigns Holmes Beach commission candidate \Marvin Grossman greets motorists Nov. 2 in advance of Election Day with a wave, a smile, and his campaign signs on Gulf Drive near Marina Drive. Islander Photo Kathy Prucnell
Carmel Monti, a five-year-resident, has defeated eight-year incumbent Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger with a message to bring the city’s construction practices and rental properties into compliance with city codes.
In his campaign, Bohnenberger outspent Monti by two to one, $6,861 to $3,407 as of the Nov. 2 campaign financing reports.
Monti will take office for a two-year term and a $12,000 salary.
The supervisor of elections website reports the final results for the Nov. 6 election are Monti, 1,318 votes, or 54.46 percent of the vote, while Bohnenberger had 1,102 votes, or 45.53 percent of the vote.
The mayor serves a two-year term.
Holmes Beach voters cast their ballots at precinct 92, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and precinct 93, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
In Monti’s campaign, he criticized the city’s lack of responsiveness to residents’ complaints and lack of action to retain the character of the island. Monti vowed to involve citizens in the process during his administration.
Marvin Grossman and Judy Titsworth also won in the hotly contested Holmes Beach city commission election, ousting two long-term incumbents.
Titsworth proved to be the top vote-getter with 1,628 votes or 36.46 percent of the vote. Voters had a choice of two for commissioner on the ballot.
Grossman also won a seat with 1,142 votes, or 25.58 percent of the vote.
Commissioners also will serve two-year terms.
Fourteen-year incumbent Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens had 832 votes,
John Monetti, who first won a seat on the commission in 2006, tallied 862 votes.
“I believe it’s very positive. They’ve all been waving and beeping their horns,” Grossman said as he campaigned at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church during the vote.
“I’ve been right out here at the polls,” Grossman said. “I’ve been able to answer the voters’ questions, and also to listen to the voters.”
Grossman, a 13-year-resident, was recently appointed alternate to the code enforcement board.
As to the future of Holmes Beach, he said, “I think it’s exciting for Holmes Beach. We have a great opportunity for us, and the citizens who help who elect us to get together and create a community — an authentic old Florida community.”
According to state election laws, Grossman will be required to resign his seat on the code board before being sworn in as a commissioner.
The swearing-in for the new officials will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.