Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New trio on Cory Lake Isles board seeks unity

NEW TAMPA — For more than two years, two factions have butted heads in Cory Lake Isles: supervisors on the developer-controlled taxing district board, and a number of residents who felt they had no say in the way their community was being run.

Police were called in to watch over meetings, ugly words were slung anonymously on message boards, and campaign fliers were distributed en masse in this 1,000-home development.

It all ended Tuesday night when three newcomers unseated the incumbents in a sweeping victory that is sure to change the direction and tone of this upscale community.

The candidates ran for individual seats but on the same ticket: the winners for change, the incumbents on tradition.

Emerging victorious were Kerri Ringhof, who defeated David Pardue for Seat 1; David Burman, who beat Roger Brown for Seat 2; and Dan Morford, who upset Suzanne Manzi for Seat 3.

Ringhof, Burman and Morford watched the results come in at Beef O' Brady's on Cross Creek Boulevard, where they celebrated after learning that each had garnered 75 percent of the votes. About 80 percent of Cory Lake Isles' 1,200 registered voters went to the polls, according to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

"It's a mandate from our community to make a change and a change for the better," Burman said.

Morford said they must now focus on healing, but admitted it will be a challenge.

"How do we unite the community?" he asked. "I wish I knew the answer to that question right now."

He described the behavior in the months leading up to the election as "ridiculously stupid."

"Nasty, in my mind, is when two entities are going at it at least halfway objectively," Morford said. "This got to the point where it was just dumb."

Ringhof agreed, saying the problem now is recovering and coming together. But she called it "a new day in Cory Lake."

"I see the forecast calling for raised home values and improved quality of life," she said.

Manzi did not return a call for comment, and Pardue and Brown could not be reached before press time.

Dong-Phuong Nguyen can be reached at (813) 269-5312 or [email protected]

New trio on Cory Lake Isles board seeks unity 11/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 6, 2008 12:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.