Town avoids election for 20th year

Belleair Shore hasn’t had to go to the polls since 1998 because of a lack of candidates
Published January 10

BELLEAIR SHORE — Mayor Robert Schmidt and Commissioner Deborah Roseman were re-elected because they were the only two candidates who qualified to run for office.

“I appreciate the confidence the people of Belleair Shore have placed in me,” Schmidt said when his re-election to a new two-year term was announced at the Dec. 18 Town Commission meeting.

That confidence has been longstanding.

Schmidt will have served 23 years on the Town Commission, including the past five as mayor, when his new term begins in March.

Roseman will start her fourth term on the commission.

Elections are rare in Belleair Shore. The last time any candidate for public office faced an opponent was 20 years ago, when longtime Mayor John Robertson first ran for office. He served as mayor from 1998 until 2014 when he resigned for health reasons.