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Safety Harbor City Commission | Seat 3

This seat is being vacated by mayoral candidate Nancy Besore. The winner will serve the remaining one year of the term. This is the first time either candidate has sought public office, though both candidates work in the public sector. Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Dean Harmeson, 41

Defense consultant
Andy Zodrow, 44

Harmeson is a member of the city's Planning and Zoning Board. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a defense consultant at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Harmeson touts his leadership in the Navy as an asset in city politics.Experience Zodrow is an attorney with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission. He was previously a senior counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is also a member of the Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals.
University of Phoenix, bachelor of science in business management

American Military University, master of science in strategic intelligence
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, bachelor of science in resource management

Stetson University College of Law, juris doctor
"The waterfront park needs to be what the citizens desire. Through focus groups, they have already expressed the desire for a low-intensity recreational area, and that's what the commission needs to support. I would like to see it improved the way the citizens have already suggested and complete the improvements as quickly as possible. We have to look at the finances and make sure we have enough capital to cover what they desire."What kind of development do you support at the Waterfront Park, and over what time period?"In the short term, within a year, I am supporting limited passive recreational use and minimal structures, including a boardwalk and normal park amenities such as picnic tables and similar structures. Beyond one year, I would consider residents' suggestions for additional uses, such as a small band shell and more active recreational activities."
"I believe it's been a success. Matt Spoor, the city manager, sent out some data from the first three months, and they were all encouraging. The recyclables have doubled over that time period from the previous year. The number of trips the garbage trucks had to make to the landfill was decreased by 77 trips. I understand, as a homeowner, I'm impacted like everyone else in that I have to manage my garbage and focus more on recyclables, but overall that's good for the environment."Has the new garbage pickup program been a success or failure?"The garbage pickup program has generally been a success. I would like to see where the cost savings have gone, as the services of two garbage pickups a week have been reduced without a corresponding reduction in city utility fees. The city should review a program to allow alternative garbage pickup for those perishable items that may create a nuisance during the warmer months. "
"I would prefer residential. That would be a transition between the commercial that exists on McMullen-Booth and the single-family homes that exist to the east of the Firmenich property. I believe it would create more revenue for the city, which we could use for community services and put that money back into citizen-focused programs."Would you rather see industrial or residential development on the Firmenich property?"What I or the commission would prefer is not relevant to the proposal and what would be allowable under the Comprehensive Plan. It is not the government's decision to propose developments/uses for a private site but rather to prohibit those uses that are not consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. I personally would prefer to see industrial use on the Firmenich property, but I recognize the property owner's interests and would review any proposal under the applicable rules. I am not opposed to rezoning the site to residential, but I am opposed to the Richman group's proposed intensity based on inconsistencies with the Comprehensive Plan."
"The first thing I would want to focus on is the downtown business district – looking for ways to market the downtown business district to incentivize business to establish in the downtown business district and with marketing, to bring citizens to spend their money in their downtown business district. We need thriving businesses in the downtown Main Street area."If you are elected, name one issue or project you want to tackle immediately."I would work to get the city more involved in the National Flood Insurance Program to better protect the interests of the residents. This can be accomplished through representing the residents, through further federal legislation and by increasing the city's flood plain management activities to further decrease residents' flood insurance premiums under the NFIP Community Rating System."
HomeAssetsHome and rental home in Safety Harbor and land in Michigan
Home mortgage and two car loansLiabilitiesMortgages on all three properties
Defense consultant, Streamline Defense

U.S. Navy Reserve
Source of IncomeAttorney, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
Married, three childrenPersonalMarried, two children

About the job: The winner of this race will finish out the remaining one year of commission member Nancy Besore's term. Commissioners are paid $8,147.40 a year.

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