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Indian Rocks Beach to decide on mayor

(ran LA edition)

Voters go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall today to choose a mayor and two commissioners.

Running for mayor are two veterans _ Bob DiNicola, who served eight years as commissioner, ending with his defeat in 1991, and Vice Mayor Jim Palamara, who is finishing his first term on the commission.

The top two vote-getters among the three candidates for the commission will win seats. Larry Sandefer and Jean Scott are newcomers. Marilyn Morris served a two-year term on the commission that ended a year ago when she was defeated in a re-election bid.

In the mayor's race, both candidates agree that voters should have more say about how the city spends its money. They both say they have the experience to do the job well.

DiNicola, 61, retired as chief stone inspector for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington. He and his wife, Renie, own the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Sunshine Mall. They have lived in Indian Rocks Beach for about 16 years.

Palamara, 38, is a building contractor specializing in concrete. He and his wife, Karin, have lived in Indian Rocks Beach for nine years.

Morris, 56, and her husband, Francis, owned the La Sol De Mar restaurant in the city for 17 years until it closed in 1991. They rent out the building and some other property. The couple have lived in the city for eight years.

Sandefer, 44, was an assistant state attorney in Pinellas County from 1978 to 1986 and has been in private practice since then. He has lived in Indian Rocks Beach for about six years.

Scott, 45, was a docket clerk for the state Court of Appeals in Georgia for seven years. She and her husband, George, own and manage rental property in the city. They have lived here since 1987.

Voters cast ballots at City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. People with election problems can call 595-2517.