Two Lantana Council members will face opposition from political newcomers in the March 14 election.
Vice Mayor Philip Aridas, who has served on the council since 2011, is being challenged by Suzanne Gordon, 38. She is a stay-at-home mom and Realtor.
Aridas, 62, is a park ranger.
Vice Mayor Pro Tem Tom Deringer, who has been on the council since 2002, is being opposed by Edward Shropshire, 64. He is a council watcher, works for a building materials company, is a defensive driving instructor and has worked as a local union representative.
Deringer, 63, owns Palm Beach Tire, a company he founded in 1993.
Two large projects Lantana’s Town Council will be keeping tabs on this year are construction of the mixed-use Water Tower Commons development, just east of I-95 on Lantana Road, and construction of Aura Seaside rental units and office space just north of Hypoluxo Road on the east side of Dixie Highway (the former home of the Cenacle retreat house).
The council will also be coordinating sidewalk improvements on Broadway and north of Lantana Road along North Eighth Street, overseeing roadway repaving and restriping and refurbishing the former Department of Juvenile Justice building on North 8th Street for future Police Department headquarters.
— Mary Thurwachter
Meet the candidates
The Lantana Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two pre-election events.
A debate is set for 7 p.m. March 7 at the Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S. Dixie Highway.
A Candidates Meet and Greet Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9 at the Old Key Lime House, 300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. Attendees will pay for their lunch.