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Date of Issue: October 28, 2009

HB: 5 vie for 3 seats on city commission

The Politics and Popcorn event Oct. 19 at The Islander brought out Island residents and candidates for music, popcorn and speech-making.

Five will run for three seats in the Nov. 3 election for Holmes Beach City Commission.

An unofficial vote by those who turned out Oct. 19 resulted in an indication that David Zaccagnino (22 votes) and Pat Geyer (16) will hold their seats. Andy Sheridan, in his first time running, had the third-most votes with 15, followed by Pat Morton with nine and Al Robinson with seven.

Sheridan, a Holmes Beach resident for the last 6 ½ years, cited wasteful spending as the city’s No. 1 issue that needs attention.

“I want to pay back to the community that I want to live in the rest of my life,” Sheridan said. “Of all the three Island communities, I think Holmes Beach is the most family friendly.”

Sheridan, vice president of the Key Royale homeowners association, said he also has been disappointed by the high number of people with hospitality, landscaping and construction jobs forced off the Island because of the development of “mini-mansions.”

Robinson is another first-timer running for city commission and has been living in Holmes Beach since 1991. He said he has been displeased with wasteful spending. For example, he said he has seen paved streets that did not need paving.

But that was not why he decided to run.

“When the majority voted to raise taxes by 10 percent,” Robinson said, “I said, ‘I’ve got to run.’”

Robinson said he has been working since he was 6, when he began delivering the weekly Shinnston News in West Virginia.

Morton is running for re-election, and is pushing for a statewide recycling program that is similar to one used in Minnesota. Morton said he would like to use warehouses — he cited some in eastern Manatee County — to temporarily hold any household appliances made of rubber, plastic or metal that could be recycled and used in other businesses instead of thrown into crowded landfills.

“The landfills are way out of hand,” Morton said.

Geyer has held office in the city of Holmes Beach for more than 25 years, and was recently recognized at a city commission meeting with an award for her dedication.

Zaccagnino, the leading vote-getter Oct. 19, said the No. 1 issue he wants to attack is offshore drilling.