ST. PETE BEACH — Commissioner Rick Falkenstein surprised fellow city commissioners by recently announcing he would not run for re-election in order to spend more time with his family.
In 2014 Falkenstein, who is general manager of his family’s Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in Pass-A-Grille, was chosen to fill the District 2 seat vacated by former Commissioner Jim Parent. In March 2015 he was subsequently elected.
His brother Bruno Falkenstein served on the City Commission for about a dozen years starting in the 1980s
During his announcement, Falkenstein seemed to choke up and added, “It was a tough decision, but so be it.”
The qualifying period runs through noon Dec. 7, and the election will take place March 12. Falkenstein’s District 2 seat and Commissioner Melinda Pletcher’s District 4 seat will be up for election.