Candidates make it competitive in Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach

Gulfport | City commissioner
The job City commissioner: elected at large; two-year term; salary: $7,200 annually.
Ward 2 candidates
Michele King (incumbent)

Age: 61

Background: A native of Long Island, N.Y., she has lived in the city for 20 years. She is a broker's associate at Sail Away Realty in Gulfport. She is running for her third term in office. She previously served on the Gulfport Planning and Zoning Board. She was a member of the Spirit of Gulfport. Currently she is a member of the city's Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Gulfport Merchants Association board, Gulfport Woman's Club and the Gulfport Historical Society. She is also a member of the National Organization for Women. She is married to William. The couple have no children.

Assets: Home at 5107 27th Ave. S and rental properties at 4525 and 4531 29th Ave. S. Liabilities: Mortgages. Sources of income: Real estate work, income from rental units.

Jim Greenwald

Age: 60

Background: Greenwald is a native of Los Angeles and has been a resident of Gulfport for the past 13 years. He worked as an accountant since 1972, and in 2007 he started his own business, Gulfport Gulf Cars, LLC, which specializes in electric vehicles. He served on the city's Charter Review and Codes & Ordinance Review committees, and he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006. Greenwald is a member of the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society. He is not married.

Assets: Investments. Liabilities: None listed. Sources of income: Profits from Gulfport Gulf Cars, LLC.

Ward 4 candidates
Sam Henderson

Age: 37

Background: Henderson has been a Gulfport resident for the past three years. This is his first attempt at elective office. Before enrolling in college full time, Henderson worked in the environmental field conducting air-quality assessments, Brownfield remediation, Superfund site investigations and environmental restoration projects for Tyndall and MacDill Air Force bases. Henderson holds an A.S. degree in environmental technology and is now pursuing a B.S. degree in environmental policy at the University of South Florida. He serves on the city's Ordinance Review Committee and participates in Clam Bayou cleanup events sponsored by Kayak Nature. He is a founding member of the Get Your Vote On nonpartisan voter advocacy organization, and he volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and the Terra Ceia State Preserve. He is married and has a daughter.

Assets: Home at 5301 18th Ave. S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage.

Sources of income: Air Quality Environmental.

Pam Prell

Age: 50

Background: Prell is a native of West Virginia and has been a resident of Gulfport for 20 years. She is deputy city clerk for the city of St. Pete Beach. She was hired by that city in 1985, working as a secretary to the city manager and then as a finance technician before her promotion to her current position in 1988. Prell became a certified municipal clerk in 1993 and a certified records manager in 2009. She was named St. Pete Beach's Management Employee of the Year in 1994 and earned a Distinguished Service Award in 1997. She currently serves as secretary of the Pinellas County Municipal Clerk's Association, and also is a member of the Florida Association of City Clerks, the International Association of City Clerks, the Florida Records Management Association and the National Association of Professional Women. Prell is married and has one daughter, one grandson and two granddaughters.

Assets: Home at 5230 Eighth Ave. S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Salary from the city of St. Pete Beach.

Mary Stull (incumbent)

Age: 65

Background: Stull is a native of Springfield, Ohio, and has lived in Gulfport for nine years. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lake Erie College and took graduate courses at the University of Cincinnati and the State University of New York at New Paltz. She currently works on the Stetson Law Library circulation desk and previously taught both elementary and high school, was a buyer of children's books, and managed a school book fair. Stull is running for her third term on the Gulfport City Council. Her civic involvement includes membership in the Gulfport Historical Society, Pinellas County Historical Society, and the Florida Bibliophile Society. She actively participates in projects and events along the 49th Street Corridor. She is one of the founders of Gulfport's Crime Watch Program, the annual Tangerine Park Blues Festival, and the city's annual "Movies on the Beach" program. She is divorced and has four grown children.

Assets: Home at 1701 56th St. S. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Salary from Stetson, city of Gulfport.

Courtland Yarborough

Age: 46

Background: Yarborough is a native of St. Petersburg and lived in Palmetto before retiring to Gulfport five years ago. He is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a B.S. in business administration. He is a semiretired global financial adviser. He now works part time for Mariners Cove Marina. He currently serves on the city's Board of Adjustment. Yarborough ran unsuccessfully for the District 2 City Council seat in 2007. He is a member of the Gulfport Senior Citizens Foundation and the South 49th Street Foundation. He is not married.

Assets: Investments. Liabilities: None listed. Sources of income: Salary from Mariner's Cove Marina.

Polling places
Precinct 200 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S • Precinct 206 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 207 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 208 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 209 (Ward 4) — Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S • Precinct 210 (Ward 4) — Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S • Precinct 211 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S • Precinct 212 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 217 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 218 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 240 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S
Gulfport | City commissioner
The job City commissioner: elected at large; two-year term; salary: $7,200 annually.
Ward 2 candidates
Michele King (incumbent)

Age: 61

Background: A native of Long Island, N.Y., she has lived in the city for 20 years. She is a broker's associate at Sail Away Realty in Gulfport. She is running for her third term in office. She previously served on the Gulfport Planning and Zoning Board. She was a member of the Spirit of Gulfport. Currently she is a member of the city's Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Gulfport Merchants Association board, Gulfport Woman's Club and the Gulfport Historical Society. She is also a member of the National Organization for Women. She is married to William. The couple have no children.

Assets: Home at 5107 27th Ave. S and rental properties at 4525 and 4531 29th Ave. S. Liabilities: Mortgages. Sources of income: Real estate work, income from rental units.

Jim Greenwald

Age: 60

Background: Greenwald is a native of Los Angeles and has been a resident of Gulfport for the past 13 years. He worked as an accountant since 1972, and in 2007 he started his own business, Gulfport Gulf Cars, LLC, which specializes in electric vehicles. He served on the city's Charter Review and Codes & Ordinance Review committees, and he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006. Greenwald is a member of the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society. He is not married.

Assets: Investments. Liabilities: None listed. Sources of income: Profits from Gulfport Gulf Cars, LLC.

Ward 4 candidates
Sam Henderson

Age: 37

Background: Henderson has been a Gulfport resident for the past three years. This is his first attempt at elective office. Before enrolling in college full time, Henderson worked in the environmental field conducting air-quality assessments, Brownfield remediation, Superfund site investigations and environmental restoration projects for Tyndall and MacDill Air Force bases. Henderson holds an A.S. degree in environmental technology and is now pursuing a B.S. degree in environmental policy at the University of South Florida. He serves on the city's Ordinance Review Committee and participates in Clam Bayou cleanup events sponsored by Kayak Nature. He is a founding member of the Get Your Vote On nonpartisan voter advocacy organization, and he volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and the Terra Ceia State Preserve. He is married and has a daughter.

Assets: Home at 5301 18th Ave. S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage.

Sources of income: Air Quality Environmental.

Pam Prell

Age: 50

Background: Prell is a native of West Virginia and has been a resident of Gulfport for 20 years. She is deputy city clerk for the city of St. Pete Beach. She was hired by that city in 1985, working as a secretary to the city manager and then as a finance technician before her promotion to her current position in 1988. Prell became a certified municipal clerk in 1993 and a certified records manager in 2009. She was named St. Pete Beach's Management Employee of the Year in 1994 and earned a Distinguished Service Award in 1997. She currently serves as secretary of the Pinellas County Municipal Clerk's Association, and also is a member of the Florida Association of City Clerks, the International Association of City Clerks, the Florida Records Management Association and the National Association of Professional Women. Prell is married and has one daughter, one grandson and two granddaughters.

Assets: Home at 5230 Eighth Ave. S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Salary from the city of St. Pete Beach.

Mary Stull (incumbent)

Age: 65

Background: Stull is a native of Springfield, Ohio, and has lived in Gulfport for nine years. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lake Erie College and took graduate courses at the University of Cincinnati and the State University of New York at New Paltz. She currently works on the Stetson Law Library circulation desk and previously taught both elementary and high school, was a buyer of children's books, and managed a school book fair. Stull is running for her third term on the Gulfport City Council. Her civic involvement includes membership in the Gulfport Historical Society, Pinellas County Historical Society, and the Florida Bibliophile Society. She actively participates in projects and events along the 49th Street Corridor. She is one of the founders of Gulfport's Crime Watch Program, the annual Tangerine Park Blues Festival, and the city's annual "Movies on the Beach" program. She is divorced and has four grown children.

Assets: Home at 1701 56th St. S. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Salary from Stetson, city of Gulfport.

Courtland Yarborough

Age: 46

Background: Yarborough is a native of St. Petersburg and lived in Palmetto before retiring to Gulfport five years ago. He is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a B.S. in business administration. He is a semiretired global financial adviser. He now works part time for Mariners Cove Marina. He currently serves on the city's Board of Adjustment. Yarborough ran unsuccessfully for the District 2 City Council seat in 2007. He is a member of the Gulfport Senior Citizens Foundation and the South 49th Street Foundation. He is not married.

Assets: Investments. Liabilities: None listed. Sources of income: Salary from Mariner's Cove Marina.

Polling places
Precinct 200 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S • Precinct 206 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 207 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 208 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 209 (Ward 4) — Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S • Precinct 210 (Ward 4) — Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S • Precinct 211 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S • Precinct 212 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 217 (Ward 1) — Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S • Precinct 218 (Ward 2) — Gulfport Presbyterian Church, 5313 27th Ave. S • Precinct 240 (Ward 3) — Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S


Some races end without a vote cast

Elections were canceled in other beach communities because of a lack of competition for open seats. As a result, the sole candidates were automatically "elected" to office:

SOUTH PASADENA: Unopposed Commissioners Bruce Howry and Larry Crowley will be automatically elected to new three-year terms at a monthly salary of $511.34.

ST. PETE BEACH: Commissioners Linda Chaney (District 2) and Harry Metz (District 4) did not run for re-election. They will be replaced, respectively, by Jim Parent and Beverly Garnett. Commission candidates are elected by district to serve two-year terms at a monthly salary of $400.

TREASURE ISLAND: Commissioner Robert Minning (District 3) will move up to become the city's new mayor. Current Mayor Mary Maloof opted not to run for re-election. Minning's seat on the commission will be filled by Carol Coward, whose husband, Chuck Coward, served as the city's city manager from 1997 to 2004. District 1 Commissioner Phil Collins was unopposed for re-election. The mayor serves a three-year term at an annual salary of $7,800; commissioners serve two-year terms at an annual salary of $5,400.

MADEIRA BEACH: Commissioner Nancy Oakley (District 3) and Vice Mayor Steve Kochick (District 4) were unopposed for re-election. Commissioners serve two-year terms at a monthly salary of $400.

REDINGTON BEACH: Mayor Nick Simons and Commissioners Fred Steiermann and Mark Deighton were automatically re-elected to two-year terms. Voters will be asked, however, to decide how much their elected officials will be paid. Under the town's existing charter, the mayor is paid $100 a month and commissioners earn $50 a month. If the referendum is approved, those monthly salaries would increase to $500 and $300, respectively.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH: Mayor Bill Queen and Commissioners Richard Bennett (Seat 1) and Gary Curtis (Seat 2) were automatically re-elected to two-year terms at monthly salaries of $500 and $300, respectively.

REDINGTON SHORES: Incumbent Mayor Jody Armstrong did not run for re-election, and the post will be filled by Bert Adams, who is currently the District 1 commissioner and vice mayor. Adams' seat, which was not up for election this cycle, will be filled by appointment after the March election. District 2 incumbent Commissioner John Branch, who was not opposed, will automatically be re-elected. District 4 incumbent Bob Holthaus did not run for re-election and will be replaced by Lee Holmes, a former commissioner who had no opposition. The mayor serves a three-year term; commissioners serve two-year terms at monthly salaries of $800 and $650, respectively.

INDIAN SHORES: Incumbent Mayor Jim Lawrence (unopposed) will be automatically elected to a three-year term at a monthly salary of $900.

BELLEAIR BEACH: Mayor Lynn Rives and council members Rob Baldwin, Kathleen Mortensen and Stan Sofer will be automatically elected to new two-year terms. All were unopposed. Elected officials in Belleair Beach are not paid a salary.

BELLEAIR SHORE: Mayor John Robertson and Commissioner John E. Hayes Jr. were unopposed and will be automatically elected to new two-year terms. The positions receive no salary.

Indian Rocks Beach
The job
City commissioner: elected at large; two-year term; salary: $323.23 per month.
Candidates (Vote for two to fill two open seats)
Terry Hamilton-Wollin (incumbent)

Age: 62 Background: Hamilton-Wollin has lived in Indian Rocks Beach for more than 12 years and in Florida for 62 years. Her family first settled in the state in 1831. She is a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa and attended the University of Wisconsin. She is seeking her second term in office. Currently she is the city's representative on the Barrier Island Governmental Council (Big-C). She is also a member of the Florida League of Cities and the Institute of Elected Municipal Employees. Previously, she served as the chair of the town's Planning and Zoning Board and the Local Planning Agency, and was on the board of Action 2000. She is active with the Indian Rocks Beach Library and Historical Museum, and works as manager of the Beaches YMCA. She was one of the founders and served as president of the board of the Spring of Tampa Bay, which has become a national model for women's shelters. She was also appointed to the Hillsborough County and Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She is married and has a son. Assets: Home at 412 20th Ave., other real estate. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Rental income, pension, investments.

Phillip J. Hanna

Age: 58 Background: Hanna has lived in Florida since 1983 and in Indian Rocks Beach for the past 18 years. He is a graduate of the Indiana Military Academy and attended Indiana State University, where he majored in broadcasting. Hanna served in the Army and operated Hanna Advertis‑ ing with his father in Indiana. He later joined a family real estate firm and worked in marketing. He currently works in real estate and owns a professional television and radio production and marketing company. He is a member of the Clearwater Amateur Radio Society, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Pinellas Realtor Organization, and 4-H. This is Hanna's first attempt at elected office, but he has previously served on the city's Beach Management Planning Committee. He is engaged and has two children. Assets: Home at 403 Harbor Drive S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Pinnacle Group, LLC, Tech Data Corp.

Don House

Age: 57 Background: House was born in North Carolina, moved to Florida in 1967 and has been a full-time resident of Indian Rocks Beach for the past three years. He and his family live in a home that has been in his family since the 1960s. House earned a B.A. in finance from the University of South Florida. He is self-employed in real estate. House has served on the Indian Rocks Beach Planning and Zoning Board for the past three years, is currently chairman and is seeking his first 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: Self-employed; design/build nightclubs and computer systems.

Polling place
Indian Rocks Beach Town Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach charter amendment
Providing for the Transfer of the Charter Office of City Treasurer to the City's Administration Shall the Charter for the City of Indian Rocks Beach, Article VI, Charter Officers, Administrative Departments; Section 6.1, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and City Attorney; Charter Officers; be amended to abolish the City Treasurer as a Charter Officer and instead make that Charter Officer an employee within the City Administration, hired and terminated by the City Manager?
Indian Rocks Beach
The job
City commissioner: elected at large; two-year term; salary: $323.23 per month.
Candidates (Vote for two to fill two open seats)
Terry Hamilton-Wollin (incumbent)

Age: 62 Background: Hamilton-Wollin has lived in Indian Rocks Beach for more than 12 years and in Florida for 62 years. Her family first settled in the state in 1831. She is a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa and attended the University of Wisconsin. She is seeking her second term in office. Currently she is the city's representative on the Barrier Island Governmental Council (Big-C). She is also a member of the Florida League of Cities and the Institute of Elected Municipal Employees. Previously, she served as the chair of the town's Planning and Zoning Board and the Local Planning Agency, and was on the board of Action 2000. She is active with the Indian Rocks Beach Library and Historical Museum, and works as manager of the Beaches YMCA. She was one of the founders and served as president of the board of the Spring of Tampa Bay, which has become a national model for women's shelters. She was also appointed to the Hillsborough County and Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She is married and has a son. Assets: Home at 412 20th Ave., other real estate. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Rental income, pension, investments.

Phillip J. Hanna

Age: 58 Background: Hanna has lived in Florida since 1983 and in Indian Rocks Beach for the past 18 years. He is a graduate of the Indiana Military Academy and attended Indiana State University, where he majored in broadcasting. Hanna served in the Army and operated Hanna Advertis‑ ing with his father in Indiana. He later joined a family real estate firm and worked in marketing. He currently works in real estate and owns a professional television and radio production and marketing company. He is a member of the Clearwater Amateur Radio Society, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Pinellas Realtor Organization, and 4-H. This is Hanna's first attempt at elected office, but he has previously served on the city's Beach Management Planning Committee. He is engaged and has two children. Assets: Home at 403 Harbor Drive S, investments. Liabilities: Mortgage. Sources of income: Pinnacle Group, LLC, Tech Data Corp.

Don House

Age: 57 Background: House was born in North Carolina, moved to Florida in 1967 and has been a full-time resident of Indian Rocks Beach for the past three years. He and his family live in a home that has been in his family since the 1960s. House earned a B.A. in finance from the University of South Florida. He is self-employed in real estate. House has served on the Indian Rocks Beach Planning and Zoning Board for the past three years, is currently chairman and is seeking his first 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: Self-employed; design/build nightclubs and computer systems.

Polling place
Indian Rocks Beach Town Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach charter amendment
Providing for the Transfer of the Charter Office of City Treasurer to the City's Administration Shall the Charter for the City of Indian Rocks Beach, Article VI, Charter Officers, Administrative Departments; Section 6.1, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and City Attorney; Charter Officers; be amended to abolish the City Treasurer as a Charter Officer and instead make that Charter Officer an employee within the City Administration, hired and terminated by the City Manager?


Redington Beach
Polling place
Redington Beach Town Hall 105 164th Ave.
Referendum question
Shall the Charter of the Town of Redington Beach, Section 5, Town Officers Generally, subsection (b), Salaries, be amended to increase compensation for the Mayor from $100.00 per month to $500.00 per month and for the Commissioners from $50.00 per month to $300.00 per month?


GULFPORT — There will be strong competition for elective office Tuesday in two south Pinellas communities — Gulfport and Indian Rocks Beach — but in other beach communities a lack of competition forced municipal government elections to be canceled.

Gulfport has the most candidates, with six people vying for two seats on the City Council.

In Ward 2, incumbent Michele King will face challenger Jim Greenwald, while Ward 4 incumbent Mary Stull must fight off three challengers — Sam Henderson, Pam Prell and Courtland Yarborough.

Three candidates in Indian Rocks Beach — Phil J. Hanna and Don House Jr. and incumbent Terry Hamilton-Wollin — are competing for two open City Commission seats.

Hamilton-Wollin is seeking her second term in office. Hanna is seeking elective office for the first time. House ran unsuccessfully for office last year.

The new Gulfport council will be charged with finding a new city manager to replace Tom Brobeil, who resigned recently because of health concerns.

Another major issue for the new commission regards completion of development rules for Gulfport's overlay waterfront district.

Ward 2 incumbent King points to her two-term record: the county's first human rights ordinance, conversion of the city's vehicles to bio-diesel fuel, creation of a dog park and "doggie dining" ordinance, the Clam Bayou cleanup, expanded curbside recycling, a crackdown on drugs and drug-related crime, a "shop local" campaign to support local businesses, and a trolley service connecting the city with St. Pete Beach.

Her opponent, Greenwald, has taken a strong stance against high-rise buildings along the city's shorefront. He also calls for more efficiency in government and a "cleaner, greener city."

Incumbent Stull, who also is seeking a third term, describes herself as the "voice of Ward 4" and points to her "unblemished record" of service. She said she is proudest of he

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