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Suncoast fire district board has three finalists for seat

The winner will fill the seat of a board member who moved.
Plans for the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District Board of Commissioners referendum March 12 call for a $100 increase in the annual assessment for single-family units. [Tom Germond]
Published Sep. 20

The Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District board is considering three applicants to fill a vacancy on the board.

Commissioners recently interviewed David Ardman, a project manager for EXP, a design firm; Mark Moston, owner of Moston’s Business and Sporting Apparel in Belleair Bluffs; and Daniel Mynsberge, a retired firefighter/EMT, for the position.

The appointee will replace Laura Martin, who relinquished her seat in June because she moved out of Indian Rocks Beach, the area she represented. The new board member will serve until the November 2020 special election.

Asked why he wants to be a fire commissioner, Ardman said he has relative experience stemming from his early career in New York, where he served as a public information officer for the New York State Thruway Authority.

“I served as their around-the-clock duty officer and worked very closely with New York state police, particularly the troop that patrolled the thruway exclusively and all the local municipalities around the thruway corridor,” he said. “I was a duty officer for the 325-mile Erie Canal System, and am familiar with crisis communications and crisis management. So I see a lot of similarity in that respect.”

Asked why he wants to be a commissioner, Moston said he has grown up in the community from elementary school through college.

“I’ve seen how it’s grown, and I see the process of expansion and how it needs to be regulated. And I think that I work very well in groups,” he said.

Mynsberge said he would like to be a commissioner because he was a career firefighter.

“So it’s near and dear to my heart. I’d like to be of service to Indian Rocks. Been vacationing here since ’94 and a resident here since 2012. This is now my home and I would like to help out,” he said.

Mynsberge was the facilities and logistics manager for the American Red Cross from 2005 to 2012.

Prior to that, he was a battalion chief for the city of Flint, Mich., fire department, also serving as captain, lieutenant, sergeant and firefighter/EMT during his tenure there from 1978 to 2002.

The board is expected to decide at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Belleair Beach City Hall.

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