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Beaches election roundup

Belleair Beach

Polling place: Precinct 422, Belleair Beach City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd.

The job: Council members are elected at large to serve two-year terms. They receive no pay. Four candidates are vying for three open seats.

Candidates (Vote for no more than three)

David M Dumville Jr.,

incumbent

Age: 54

Background: Dumville is a Virginia native and has lived in Belleair Beach since 2003, has owned property in the city since 1997, and has visited the area since as a technology consultant for HP Enterprise Services, with the Bank of America as his sole client for nearly 22 years. He was elected without opposition to the City Council in 2008. He is divorced and has no children.

Assets: Condominium at 3100 Gulf Blvd., investments, pension

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: HP Enterprise Services

Mitch Krach, incumbent

Age: 52

Background: Krach, a native of Springfield, Mass., has lived in Belleair Beach since 1999. He graduated from American International University with degrees in biochemistry and accounting. He manages the Cypress Lakes retirement community in Lakeland. He has managed communities for U.S. Homes as well as family lumber and food service businesses in Massachusetts. Krach has served on the Belleair Beach City Council for three years. He was appointed in 2007 and elected unopposed in 2008. He served as chairman of the city's Code Enforcement Board for five years. He is married and has two children in college.

Assets: Home at 703 22nd St.

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: Cypress Lakes Associates

J. Clarke McNeace

Age: 72

Background: McNeace has lived in Belleair Beach since 1988. Before retiring, he worked for nearly 40 years in the airline industry, flying and then serving as a flight operations manager on international flights. This is his first run for public office. He is a member of American Legion Post No. 1 in Paris, the Airline Pilots Association, and the Trans World Airlines Retired Pilots Association. He is married and has two sons and four grandchildren.

Assets: Home at 318 Belle Isle Ave.

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: Social Security, pension, investments

Leslie Ford Notaro

Age: 61

Background: Notaro is originally from the Chicago area and moved to Belleair Beach in 2002. She holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University and graduated first in her class from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a semiretired lawyer who works primarily with small local firms and does pro bono work. This is her first attempt at public office. She is president of the Almenara Condominium Association, treasurer of the Belleair Country Club Women's Nine Hole Golf Association, and co-chair and treasurer of the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament. She has been married for 31 years and has three stepchildren and two grandchildren.

Assets: Condo at 2300 Gulf Blvd., investments

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Legal services

Belleair Beach charter amendment

(Vote "yes" or "no"): Shall the City Charter of the City of Belleair Beach be amended to remove the specific date (July 1) the city manager shall submit the annual budget to the city council, as provided for in Ordinance 09-09, be adopted?

Gulfport

Polling places: Precincts 200, 211 and 240: Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church at 5800 15th Ave. S; Precincts 206, 207 and 218: Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S; Precincts 208, 212 and 217: Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S; Precincts 209 and 210: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S

The job: Ward 1 Council member; Gulfport council members must live in their wards but are elected citywide. They serve a two-year term and are paid $7,200 a year. Five candidates are vying for one open seat.

Candidates (Vote for one)

David Steinke

Age: 64

Background: Steinke, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., has lived in Florida since 1958 and in Gulfport for more than 23 years. He has owned Mariners Cove Marina for more than 30 years. He attended St. Petersburg Junior College and the Navy communications school and is a licensed pilot. This is his first attempt at public office. He is a member of the Gulfport Historical Society and has been a member of the Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge for 43 years. He is married and has one son.

Assets: Home at 5953 Seabird Drive S, various real estate holdings

Liabilities: Mortgages

Sources of income: Mariners Cove Marina Inc., Social Security, rental properties

Judy Ryerson, incumbent

Age: 70

Background: Ryerson, a native of Ohio, moved to Gulfport in the 1950s. She is a retired personnel technician who worked in Gulfport's Personnel and Risk Management Department for 20 years. She graduated from Boca Ciega High School and attended St. Petersburg Junior College. She is president of the Gulfport Historical Society and vice president of the Gulfport Community Players, both of which she helped start. She has served on the city's Ordinance Review Committee, the Charter Review Committee and the Planning and Zoning Board. Ryerson has served on the City Council for two years and is seeking her second term in office. She has three sons.

Assets: Condo at 2960 59th St. S

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: Pension from the city of Gulfport, Social Security

Rosalie "Roz" Barbieri

Age: 71

Background: Barbieri, a native of New York, has lived in Gulfport for six years. She retired from the Floral Park, N.Y., Police Department, where she worked for 35 years as a dispatcher and clerk. She also owned several businesses on Long Island. She is a volunteer for the Civic Emergency Response Team and serves on the Town Shores planning committee. She is a past president of the Town Shores Windsor Building. She has three sons.

Assets: Home at 6020 Shore Blvd. S, investments

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Social security, pension, investments

Stanley P. Solomons

Age: 63

Background: Solomons has lived in Gulfport for six years. He grew up in St. Petersburg and has lived in New York, San Francisco and Switzerland, where he worked in banking. He attended St. Petersburg High School and the University of Alabama, where he majored in anthropology. He is retired and is seeking his first position in public office. He is co-chairman of St. Pete Pride and is vice president of the Chatham Building in Town Shores.

Assets: None listed

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Social Security and pension

David C. Hastings

Age: 62

Background: Hastings, a native of Virginia, has lived in Gulfport since 2000 and has operated his accounting business in the city since 1997. He received an accounting degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a certified public accountant since 1974. This is his first run for public office. He has served on the city's Employee Pension Plan Committee since 2003 and has been a member of the city's Planning and Zoning Board since 2007. He is president of the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club Master Association and has served on its board since 2004. He's also a senior patient advocate for the Oral Cancer Foundation and participates in the Great American Teach-In at Boca Ciega High School. His wife owns the Habana Café and Cigar Factory in Gulfport. He has a daughter and son from a previous marriage.

Assets: Home at 2207 54th St. S, real estate

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: David C. Hastings CPA PA

Indian Rocks Beach

Polling place: Precinct 420, Indian Rocks Beach Town Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

The job: Mayor-commissioner, elected at large, two-year term. Salary: $429.86 per month.

Candidates (Vote for one)

Don House

Age: 58

Background: House was born in North Carolina, moved to Florida in 1967 and has been a full-time resident of Indian Rocks Beach for six years. He and his family live in a home that has been in his family since the 1960s. He earned a bachelor's in finance from the University of South Florida. He is self-employed and designs nightclubs and entertainment computer systems. House served on the Indian Rocks Beach Planning and Zoning Board for three years. This is his third attempt at elected office. He is married and has two children.

Assets: Home at 2104 Beach Trail, real estate holdings in Pasco County

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Designing/building nightclubs and computer systems

R.B. Johnson, incumbent

Age: 48

Background: Johnson has lived in Indian Rocks Beach since 1989, and his family has lived here and/or owned property here since the 1930s. He holds degrees in history and political science from Rice University. Johnson manages real estate properties. He has served on the City Commission since 2000 and was elected mayor in 2008. He is chairman of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Previously, he headed the city's Beautification Board. He is a member of Action 2000, the Beach Art Center, the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Society (board of directors), Friends of the Library, the Indian Rocks Beach Executive Committee and the Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners' Association. Johnson has led volunteer plantings of sea oats and other native beach vegetation since 1989.

Assets: Home at 1206 Beach Trail; real estate; investments

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Commercial property, real estate leases, investments

North Redington Beach

Polling place: Precinct 417, North Redington Beach Public Works Building, 190 173 Ave.

The job: Town commissioner serves a two-year term, is elected at large and receives $300 a month

Seat 4 candidates (Vote for one)

Curtis L. Blocker, incumbent

Age: 70

Background: Blocker has owned a home in North Redington Beach since 1992 and has been a permanent resident since 2000. He is retired from the insurance industry. He was appointed to the Town Commission in 2005 and serves as the commissioner of public safety. He is running for his second elected term. He served on the town's Planning and Zoning board for two years. He is a member of the American Legion and Church By the Sea, both in Madeira Beach. He has been married for 51 years and has three daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Assets: Home at 17021 Dolphin Drive

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: Social Security, investments

John W. Messmore

Age: 65

Background: Messmore has lived in North Redington Beach since 1953, before the town was incorporated. He attended Madeira Beach Middle School, Dixie Hollins High School, St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of South Florida and Franklin University. He owns a number of businesses, including Sweet Sage Café. He is a board member of the Anthony Robbins Foundation. He is married and has no children.

Assets: Condo at 16750 Gulf Blvd., real estate holdings, investments

Liabilities: Mortgages, business loans

Sources of income: Businesses, Cruisin Classics, real estate holdings and investments

Redington Beach

Polling place: Precinct 416, Redington Beach Town Hall, 105 164th Ave.

The job: Commissioners are elected at large for a two-year term and earn $50 a month. Three candidates are vying for two open seats.

Candidates (Vote for no more than two)

Tom Dorgan

Age: 58

Background: Dorgan, a Seattle native, moved to Redington Beach in 2004. He is a senior client services engineer at Hubspan Inc., specializing in computer programming and systems management. This is his first attempt at public office. He has served on the town's finance committee for three years. He is a member of the Redington Beach Homeowners Association and Santa's Angels. He is married and has one child and three grandchildren.

Assets: Home at 16109 Third St. E, investments

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Hubspan Inc.

Poul Madsen

Age: 67

Background: Madsen, a native of Denmark and a naturalized American citizen, has lived in Redington Beach since 1977. He is retired and previously operated a number of businesses, including the Scandia Restaurant and Florio Sausage. He was treasurer of the Florida Restaurant Association for 10 years and was one of the originators of Taste of Pinellas. This is his first attempt at public office. He has served on the town's Park Board for the past three years. He has been married for 40 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Assets: Home at 16108 Sixth St. E, investments

Liabilities: None listed

Sources of income: Social Security, investments

David Will

Age: 41

Background: Will, a Chicago native, moved to Florida in 1989 and has lived in Redington Beach since 1992. He worked for the Pinellas County school system and now owns and operates CaveMan Concrete LLC, a masonry and block work business. This is his first run for public office. He has served on the town's Board of Adjustment for three years, is an active member of the town's Property Owners Association, is a member of American Legion Post 273, and has captained the Holiday Boat Parade for 10 years. He is single, and his son attends Seminole High School.

Assets: Home at 16049 Redington Drive, investments

Liabilities: Mortgage

Sources of income: CaveMan Concrete LLC

St. Pete Beach

Mail-in ballot referendum election

Ballot question (Vote "yes" or "no"): Community Redevelopment Plan — The City Commission adopted Resolution 2010-01 proposing the adoption by the City Commission of a community redevelopment plan for the community redevelopment area (CRA) of the City. Shall the community redevelopment plan for the community redevelopment area (CRA) of the City as proposed for adoption by Resolution 2010-01 be adopted by the City Commission?

Beaches election roundup 02/27/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 6:28pm]

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