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Belleair Beach votes for council today

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Deputy Mayor Hugh Papworth was combing the neighborhoods Monday with his wife and sister, passing out campaign leaflets and asking people to vote him onto the City Council. James Allen Waldrop was sick, but his wife and daughter beat the political trail for him during the weekend.

Ronald Zimmerman was hoping the literature he mailed out last week made it to voters.

But council member Frank Lombardi took no chances. He went door-to-door Monday to pass out more fliers.

"I'm fighting it down to the end," Lombardi said.

Voters will go to the polls today to pick three of the four men running for council seats.

City Clerk Mary Gray Black predicts a good turnout.

"It always is," she said. "I don't think it will be as great as it has been for the last two years. There is no mayor being elected and no referendum issues this year."

About 48 percent of the voters turned out at the polls last year.

Black predicted about 40 percent of the city's 1,284 voters would vote today.

The weather won't be a deterrent. The National Weather Service predicted mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the middle to upper 70s.

Lombardi is the only incumbent in this year's race. Council member Robert Bohnsack decided not to seek re-election, and another vacancy on the council was created when William Atteberry was appointed mayor.

He replaced John Blank, who was elected a year ago when his name was pulled from a coffee cup following a tie for mayor.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd. People who have questions about voting today can call Black's office at 595-4646 or the county Supervisor of Elections' office at 462-3551.