PORT RICHEY – The race for Port Richey mayor picked up its third candidate this week with Robert J. (Bob) Breedlove joining the race.
Breedlove, 61, a land surveyor, moved to the city almost three years ago. He and his partner, Lycia Marie, live on Limestone Drive. Marie is serving as his campaign treasurer.
Breedlove resigned his position on the city's planning and zoning board to run and filed his pre-qualifying papers Tuesday. Qualifying ends Tuesday, Aug. 25, for the Oct. 13 special election to fill the vacancy created by the July death of Mayor Eloise Taylor. The term expires in April 2017.
Breedlove, a first-time candidate, joins Kathy Sue Todd, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014, and former council member Dale Massad as pre-qualified candidates.
"I have a desire to serve the community. I like it. It's where we came to retire and I want to give back to my community,'' Breedlove said.
He cited redevelopment of the city's waterfront and the surrounding area as the top tasks facing the city.
Breedlove, who said he patronizes the Whiskey River restaurant that is walking distance from his home, also noted the city allowed the eatery to expand its dock size even though the commercial operation does not conform with Port Richey's land use map.
"The city either has to enforce its code and rules or drop them. I think Whiskey River is more about how the city is enforcing the rules rather than what Whiskey River wanted to do.
"I understand zoning. I've been working with zoning issues for 40-plus years. When you have a future land use plan and you have a use that isn't in agreement with the future land use plan (and) if you allow a non-conforming use to grow, you can endanger your whole land use plan.''