Tarapani announces candidacy for Tarpon Springs commission race
City Commissioner Townsend Tarapani plans to seek re-election. He is the first incumbent to announce he’ll be running in the city election scheduled for March 2014.
Tarapani was elected to Seat 1 in 2011 and is the third generation in his family to serve on the commission.
“My goal while in office has been to bring balanced economic growth while at the same time protecting and enhancing our environmental beauty and preserving our rich history and important historical assets,” Tarapani said. “I pledge my continued efforts to make Tarpon Springs a fiscally sound and vibrant community for all of our residents and visitors.”
Among other issues, Tarapani is working to create a partnership that would allow select high school students interested in public service careers to spend a summer working for the city. He also initiated the project to install lighting along the Spring Bayou walkway and spearheaded this year’s decision to bring back the city’s July 4 fireworks.
Tarapani is a member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, Florida Cracker Cattle Association, Tarpon Springs Yacht Club and the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club. He sits on the board of directors for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College-Tarpon Springs.